Mostly LOFT Reviews & Try-Ons

LOFT Herringbone Belted Paper Bag Shorts, size 00 regularAnn Taylor Pima Cotton V-Neck Tee, size XXS regular | LOFT Herringbone Belted Paper Bag Shorts, size 00 regular | Cole Haan Caddie Bow Loafers (true to size, review here) | Banana Republic Leather Effortless Tote | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

I’m back with new reviews this week. My husband and I decided to take a much needed staycation this week. I’ve been trying to unplug and recharge since working from home makes it harder to unplug. These paper bag shorts are really cute and comfortable with a looser fit but they do wrinkle/crinkle easily as seen here. I returned the whisper white color since I would have preferred the shorts in a true bright white.

LOFT Vintage Soft Peplum Tank , size XSPLOFT Vintage Soft Peplum Tank in blue dream, size XSP | Ann Taylor High Waist Frayed Hem Skinny Jeans, size 25/0P | Zara Raffia Crossbody Bag (item no. 6667/510) | Rothy’s The Point in Ecru (review here) | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

This peplum tank is cute basic and it’s a longer length so it provides the right amount of coverage to cover the front and back. I ordered both colors but if I had to choose then I prefer the blue color on me.

LOFT Vintage Soft Peplum Tank , size XSPLOFT Vintage Soft Peplum Tank in auburn melange, size XSP | Topshop Jamie High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans, size 26W x 30L (review here) | Banana Republic Leather Effortless Tote | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

The floral wreath on the wall behind me in my mirror selfies is from ModSugarDesign (review here). The faux cream white roses and anemones in a vase is from GlamFloral (review here). The floor mirror with a tray and clothing rack which I folded in back in a triangle this time is by Umbra and I noticed that it’s available for less on Amazon. Urban Outfitters has a similar leaning version here that is very minimalist. Details on the chandelier and chairs can be found in this older post.

LOFT Smocked Back Strappy Midi Dress, size 0PLOFT Smocked Back Strappy Midi Dress, size 0P | Zara Raffia Crossbody Bag (item no. 6667/510) | Zara Cross Strap Flat Sandals, size 7 1/2 (Item no. 2630/510) | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

I ordered this smocked back dress in  black and the daisy print and they are the same size but I found the solid black color to be more flattering. The daisy print version fit a bit more snug through the top. I do wish the straps were wider to cover your bra straps.

I finally wore out the Zara clear sandals on a longer shopping trip (for a few hours) and they almost gave me a blister. They’re okay for short grocery runs but the more my feet were in them the more it pinched where the clear cutouts are on the sides. Hopefully over time the straps will stretch out since I do like the look of them.

These clear double strap sandals are another more comfortable option I saw at Express. They run true to size since I slipped them on quickly. I noticed that the straps across the middle of your feet are a bit looser similar to how the Minny sandals fit me.

LOFT Daisy Smocked Back Strappy Midi Dress, size 0PLOFT Daisy Smocked Back Strappy Midi Dress, size 0P | c/o Ann Taylor Evangeline Straw Flower Sandal (true to size, review here) | Click here to view a clip from my try-on

LOFT Cropped Cardigan Top, size XSPLOFT Cropped Cardigan Top, size XSP | Universal Thread Women’s High-Rise Jean Shorts in Medium Wash, size 25 (old from last year, similar here) | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I loved this cropped cardigan so much I ordered the whisper white color after getting the olive color (review here). I usually try not to order multiple colors but I wear both colors of this cardigan top on rotation as you can see in this clip here where I was out walking Ralphie.

Banana Republic Factory Adult Face MaskBanana Republic Factory Adult Face Mask (review further below)

LOFT Cropped Cardigan Top, size XSPLOFT Cropped Cardigan Top, size XSP | Abercrombie high-rise shorts, size 25 (old favorites, similar here which I reviewed below) | Ann Taylor Two Tone Leaf Drop Earrings | Banana Republic Leather Espadrille Loafers (true to size) | Click here to view a clip of the outfit on me

LOFT Lace Button Peplum Top, size XXS regularLOFT Lace Button Peplum Top, size XXS regular | Topshop Jamie High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans, size 26W x 30L (review here) | c/o Ann Taylor Liv Cork Block Heel Sandals (review here, leather version here) | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I love white, scallops and lace so I ordered this top at full-price and it’s really pretty and true to size for a relaxed fit. It’s fully lined so the lace isn’t sheer except at the peplum flounce which is not lined.

LOFT Bouquet Clip Tie Front Pocket Dress, size 0PLOFT Bouquet Clip Tie Front Pocket Dress, size 0P | Ann Taylor Resin Flower Drop Earrings | c/o Ann Taylor Evangeline Straw Flower Sandal (true to size, review here) | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

This new floral dress caught my eye and I ordered my regular size 00 regular and 0 petite to compare. After trying on both sizes a few times I decided to go with the petite size for a better fit at the chest. It’s currently sold out online but I’m sure sizes will pop back. The dress is fully lined and not sheer and the buttons are functional. I didn’t like the cutout detail at the bust but you can tie the loops to provide more coverage so that you can barely see the cutout. Due to the cut and placement of the floral print each dress will be unique so if you’re picky then you may have ordered more than one dress to try-on and choose from.

LOFT Bouquet Clip Tie Front Pocket Dress, size 00 regularLOFT Bouquet Clip Tie Front Pocket Dress, size 00 regular | Ann Taylor Plaid Bow Clutch | Ann Taylor Resin Flower Cluster Ring (runs one size bigger) | Click here to view a clip from my try-on

I ordered a bunch of final sale accessories at Ann Taylor and as I was trying on the clutch the strap came loose from the hook. I will have to use a clamp to make sure that the metal loop that secures the chain strap to the hook is secured with no gaps. The bag I received came with some scratches on the gold hardware but it wasn’t a deal breaker for me (I got it for a final sale price of $17.96).

Ann Taylor Pearlized Flower Drop Earrings Ann Taylor Pearlized Flower Drop Earrings | Click here to view a clip from my try-on

These earrings are really pretty but the closure for the hoops face the same way for both ears so it’s easy to put one of them on backwards.

Ann Taylor Gingham Bow Hoop EarringsAnn Taylor Gingham Bow Hoop Earrings | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I also bought these fun hoop earrings on final sale. The ends of the bows were fraying so I will try using fray check on them.

LOFT Straw Cloche HatLOFT Straw Cloche Hat | Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Plush Hoodie Dress, size XXS regular (review here) | Click here for a close up of the hat

I wanted to like this black hat but when it arrived the straw was thinner than I expected and it was too loose on my head.

Urban Outfitters Straw Bell HatUrban Outfitters Straw Bell Hat

I had high hopes for this straw hat since I thought the ribbon ties would be a perfect solution to keep from losing the hat to the wind. Unfortunately this hat was too loose on my head. It is well made and I like the shape but the style just wasn’t for me.

LOFT Gingham Bow Slide SandalsLOFT Gingham Bow Slide Sandals | Click here to view a clip from my try-on

These sandals looked so cute online and in person but the band was a little loose across my feet. I wanted the neutral solid color but they sold out so I ordered the gingham print to try. The length of the sole runs true to size for me.

Express Square Raffia Slide SandalsExpress Square Raffia Slide Sandals | Click here to view a clip from my try-on

I ordered these slides to try after seeing them on my friend Lilly. The color is lighter so I found the shade harder to match with my purses but they are really cute and well made. The length of the soles were a little short in my opinion but going up half a size was too long so I would stick with your usual size.

Mango Double Straw BasketMANGO Double Straw Basket (also available for girls) | Ann Taylor Gingham Pleated Flutter Sleeve Top, size XSP (review here) | Forever 21 Frayed Denim Shorts, size 26 | Cole Haan Caddie Bow Loafers (true to size, review here) | Click here and here to see a few clips of the bag

I was curious about this straw bag so I ordered it to try since MANGO offers free return shipping. The total length of the removable crossbody strap end to end is 38.5″ (19.25″ drop). The bag comes with an inner cinched liner that is sewn to the bottom so you can’t remove it. I wish it came with a clasp to keep the sides in.

Banana Republic Factory Adult Face MaskBanana Republic Factory Adult Face Mask | Click here to see a clip of the face mask on me

I ordered these face masks (pack of 3 masks for $15) and they arrived quickly and are very well made. FYI. If you have BR Luxe status then you can use code LUXE for free shipping with no minimum. I gave 2 of the adult face masks to my sister-in-law since I don’t need that many masks. They were loose at first but they seem to fit a bit better after washing and line drying.

Target Adult Face Mask, size S/MTarget Adult Face Mask, size S/M | Click here to see a clip of the face mask on me

I also bought the Target adult face masks (pack of 2 masks for $4) in size S/M and they fit me well. There are two layers with a pocket for a filter and they’re very comfortable and breathable. In comparison the masks from Banana Republic Factory are thicker due to being three layers.

DIY Mask Extender

On a related note, my husband uses a mask extender (the exact one he uses is linked and another option here) to save his ears since he has a larger head and wider face. The extender he got from a co-worker recently broke after using it daily since the beginning of June so he ordered the one I linked to which is 7.5″ long. Meanwhile I made him an mask extender out of some extra ribbon and two larger buttons as seen above. The length of the mask extender should be the length measured from the middle of your nose to the middle of your ears.

The BYD single use face masks (50 for $21.99) sold at Costco have stretchier ear straps which makes them more comfortable for my husband compared to the disposable masks we bought from Lollicup’s online store (linked here for reference). He was wearing one of the face masks we ordered from Lollicup when one of the ear straps broke and he did not have any extra masks in the car. He was desperate and purchased the first set of reusable masks he could find only to find out that he couldn’t fit the Bella+Canvas face masks (5 for $14.99) sold at T.J. Maxx. Update 7/20: The Bella+Canvas face masks are 2-ply but they feel like one layer since they’re made of a dual-compacted, double-ply jersey fabric.

Striped Dog SuitStriped Dog Suit | Puppia Harness B | Click here to see a clip of it on Ralphie

Ralphie took the onsie and the Puppia harness in size M. He is a 15 pound male Shih Tzu. I washed the onesie before and the hole I cut for his private area allows him to do his business comfortably and it also has not frayed. I wash and line dry the onesie.

I recently purchased the Wahl Peanut clippers after cutting myself with the Scaredy Cut. The clippers are not very quiet but it didn’t scare Ralphie and it is easy to use. Ralphie’s hair got stuck to the foam inside the blade so I used the little brush to keep the blade clean of his hairs between 20 minute short breaks. It took about 2 hours to trim him using the clippers. The longest clipper is 1/2″ resulting in a “summer cut” which is perfect right now during the hot summer months. I should probably invest in better clippers in the future but the Scaredy Cut and Wahl Peanut clippers will do for now. I still use the Scaredy cut to trim and even out his legs since they have more lengths to choose from for the plastic snap-on clippers.

Adjustable Pinafore ApronAdjustable Pinafore Apron (available in other colors) | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

I recently bought this apron since I wanted to save my clothes from getting hair all over when cutting my husband’s hair and Ralphie’s hair. It has pockets which is handy for keeping a comb or another tool that I need to keep within reach.

Lastly, in case you haven’t heard, Ascena, the parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, recently filed for bankruptcy and there will be store closings across their brands which you can read more about here. I first heard about the possibility of a bankruptcy back in early June in this article. They are not going out of business so we’ll still be able to shop online and in stores but some of us will miss our local stores. I (and other bloggers) will no longer receive a commission from affiliate links for Ann Taylor and LOFT until their business and financial situation improves. I’ve already seen many bloggers pivot away from sharing their try-ons. I was able to grab/create my links for the products I’m reviewing in this post but during this time of uncertainty the LOFT and Ann Taylor links do not retain my unique ID after the redirect to the products.

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