Black & White Outfits for Work + A Few New LOFT Reviews what jess wore

January 12, 2019

Black & White Outfits for Work + A Few New LOFT Reviews

Black & White Outfits for Work

Happy Saturday! It was completely unintentional but this week's work outfits were all black and white.

LOFT Heart Flounce Dress, size XSP

I wore this heart print dress to work the other day. It has a shorter length so I wore black tights and oxfords to make it look more work appropriate.

LOFT Heart Flounce Dress, size XSP
OUTFIT DETAILS: LOFT Heart Flounce Dress, size XSP | Karl Lagerfeld Button-Down Bow Cardigan, size XS (sold out, similar here) | Ainifeel Padlock Leather Crossbody Bag | LOFT Basic Tights | Louise et Cie Fenn Lace-Up Oxford (true to size, sold out, similar here) | Click here to view a clip of the outfit

Here is what the bag looks like with my horse bag charm on it:

Ainifeel Padlock Leather Mini Crossbody Bag

The 22cm bag measurements are as follows: 2.5" width, 5.25" height, 7.5" top length, 8.5" bottom length, and 44" max strap length (approximately 22" drop length).

Ann Taylor Boatneck Flare Sleeve Milano Sweater, size XXS regular
OUTFIT DETAILS: Ann Taylor Boatneck Flare Sleeve Milano Sweater, size XXS regular (review of size XS here) | J.Crew Pull-Up Toothpick Jeans in black, size 25P (review here) | Tory Burch Sullivan Boots (true to size, review here)

I lined dried the above Ann Taylor sweater and washed it on cold but I found that the material (76% viscose, 24% nylon) shrinks a bit when you wash it. I always line dry my tops but the sweater fit snug after laundering. I had to steam it out after it was dry in order to loosen the fibers and get it close to the original fit.

LOFT Shawl Pocket Open Cardigan, size XXSP
OUTFIT DETAILS: LOFT Shawl Pocket Open Cardigan, size XXSP (review here and last featured here) | LOFT Velvet Puff Sleeve Tee, size XXSP (review here) | LOFT Outlet Plaid Skirt, size 0P (old feature here, similar here) | Click here to view a clip of the outfit

My exact skirt is old but I noticed that a similar style is back at LOFT Outlet in a houndstooth print!


Get 40% off your purchase at LOFT if you use your LOVELOFT or Ann Taylor credit card. The discount will be reflected at checkout. Update 1/13 5PM ET: Everyone can now get 40% off full-price styles! Since no code is needed use APR441LC for $25 off your full-price promotional purchase of $75+ (click here for the in store bar code). This code excludes Lou & Grey and clearance styles. Clearance styles are now an extra 50% off and some styles are now $15 and under. Refer to all of my LOFT reviews here.

You may want to consider signing up for mobile text alerts from LOFT in order to receive unique offers that you won't get anywhere else. Yesterday at 7PM ET they pushed a unique (one time use) code to mobile text subscribers for an extra 10% off of the select full-price styles that are 50% off. The APR441LC code I shared above is better unless you're placing a larger order for more than $125+.

In case you missed the announcement via email, LOVELOFT cardmembers enjoy an extra 15% off at checkout every Tuesday in January (no code needed)! This offer is combinable with other promotions. Hopefully the current sale will run through Tuesday for extra savings if you're waiting to purchase in order to maximize your savings. Usually this cardmember discount only falls on the first Tuesday of the month.Valid at LOFT, LOFT Outlet, Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Factory stores only. Not valid at Lou & Grey. Purchases must be made with an LOVELOFT or Ann Taylor credit card.

NEW ARRIVALS

Here are some LOFT new arrivals I've been eyeing.



New early access styles (these styles are not yet in stores) are also online at LOFT Outlet.



BACK IN STOCK

LOFT Turtleneck Poncho Sweater, size XXS regular
OUTFIT DETAILS: LOFT Turtleneck Poncho Sweater, size XXS regular (review of size XS regular here) | LOFT Modern Skinny Chewed Hem Jeans in Dark Indigo Wash, size 25/0P (review here) | Lucky Brand Yabba Wedge Bootie in sesame suede (true to size, review here) | Gucci Abbey Shopper Tote (from 2007) | Click here to view a clip of the outfit on me

I spotted a new section on the LOFT site on Tuesday for 'back in stock' items. This popular turtleneck poncho sweater (last featured here, review here and here) from the fall is back in regular missy sizes! I took my usual size XXS regular. Update 1/28: It's also back in a speckled version here!

If you missed out on the white version of this lace dot peplum blouse from last year (refer to last year's review of size XXS regular and XXSP here and size XS regular here) I noticed that it's back in stock in the missy sizes at LOFT Outlet.

I noticed that this popular cozy cowl neck sweater from last year (old review here) is back at LOFT Outlet and this version doesn't contain wool.

This popular sweater vest from 2016 and 2017 is back in regular and petite sizes at LOFT Outlet (old review here).

LOFT REVIEWS

For size reference I'm 5' 2.5", I weigh 108-110 pounds and I'm usually size XS petite in tops and 0/25 petite in pants and jeans if an item runs true to LOFT sizing. If you're new to my blog I typically share the link to a short video clip below each image (the same video clips I share in my Instagram stories swipe ups). My reviews and outfits are also Pinterest for those of you that prefer a more organized, visual catalog. Check out my other reviews organized by retailer here.

LOFT Heart Flounce Dress, size XSP
Karl Lagerfeld Button-Down Bow Cardigan, size XS (sold out, similar here) | LOFT Heart Flounce Dress, size XSP | c/o Ann Taylor Mila Leather Pumps in camel (true to size, review here) | Click here to view a clip from my try-on

This heart print dress has a generous fit so I made it work by pairing a more substantial cardigan with some structure over it. My usual size is roomy all over if you view the clip here. The dress is also very short measuring 32.25" total length (the missy sizes should be at least 1" longer if not more). The other measurements of size XSP are as follows: 14.25" shoulders, 22.25" sleeve length, 34.5" bust (measured pit to pit) and 40.5" where the flounce hem begins.

LOFT Heart Flounce Dress, size XSP
Franco Sarto Imogen Sandal (true to size, review here) | Click here to view a clip from my try-on

LOFT Flare Sleeve Sweater, size XSP
LOFT Flare Sleeve Sweater, size XSP (review here and here) | Hunter Original Refined Gloss Rain Boots in Tawny (true to size, review here) | Click here to view a clip of the outfit

I thought this neutral sweater was cute over the dress. I would probably need to size up in the sweater for a looser fit at the hips so that it allows the bottom of the dress more room to flow. I'll have to try on my other sweaters on over the dress to see if any others would work. However, my favorite wait to wear the dress is to pair it with the black cardigan I showed in the first look.

LOFT Plaid Split Neck Blouse, size XXSP
LOFT Plaid Split Neck Blouse, size XXSP | Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Ankle Jeans, size 25/0P (old, similar here) | J.Crew Factory Zoe suede d'Orsay flats (true to size, review here) | Click here to view a clip from my try-on

I've been wanting to try this plaid blouse for a while and I finally remember to order it to try. I've tried on other split neck blouses before and I've always had to size down since I have a smaller chest. The material is thinner and it's the same material as this plaid ruffle collar utility blouse I reviewed here. Size XXSP fits like size XSP so I found it to fit one size bigger and would recommend sizing down. The top is still a bit loose (the v-neck moves around and I can see a slight peek of my bra) all over on me so I returned it but I really love the size of the plaid print.

Speaking of split neck blouses, I bought this keyhole bell cuff blouse (review here) in size XSP last year and I really wish I had gone down to size XXSP for a better fit.

LOFT Swiss Dot Peplum Blouse, size XXSP
LOFT Swiss Dot Peplum Blouse, size XXSP | Click here to view a clip from my try-on

I thought this pink swiss dot blouse was so cute but it has a very flowy/boxy fit. I am usually size XSP but I went down to size XXSP which measures: 34.5" bust (pit to pit), 36" at the start of the  piping at the top of the peplum flounce, 19" sleeve length and 14" shoulders. I did not love how this year's version fits me at the chest so I returned it.

If you missed out on the white version of this lace dot peplum blouse from last year (refer to last year's review of size XXS regular and XXSP here and size XS regular here) I noticed that it's back in stock in the missy sizes at LOFT Outlet.

You can see the side by side comparison of this new blouse and the older one from last year here and here. Based on my comparison I would saw this year's version fits at least one size bigger than last year's version.

LOFT Turtleneck Pocket Sweater, size XXS regular
LOFT Turtleneck Pocket Sweater, size XXS regular | Click here to view a clip from my try-on

I was curious about this sweater but I didn't love this blue color on me. I'll have to try it in the grey color another time. It fits true to size for a relaxed fit and the material isn't itchy since it doesn't contain wool. Update 1/13: I tried on the grey color in a size XS and the oversized fit from sizing up is a really cute look.

I also ordered this heart zip mirror compact but I was disappointed with the mirror inside since it isn't very clear. Looking at the little mirror was actually disorienting, the outside was a bit bumpy due to how they put it together and the zipper wasn't very smooth for the one I received. It was a cute compact but the execution was lacking.

If you caught my previous post I have some more items to review so I'll be back with more. I also plan to stop by the stores tomorrow so I'll see if anything else catches my eye.

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  1. All the outfits are so cute! My favorite is the second one. Perfect for days without meetings at the office.

    The Style Intermission

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    1. Thanks so much, Young. You always leave the sweetest comments on my blog!

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