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6/25/16

LOFT Fitting Room Reviews - Part 1 of 2

Hi, Everyone, and happy Saturday!
 
I'm finally getting around to posting my fitting room pictures and reviews from my visit to Loft last weekend. I'm breaking it up into parts since I tried on several pieces and didn't want these posts to run too long.
As a quick side bar: Loft is one of my favorite retailers for a host of reasons, a few of them being that they offer a plethora of lovely, versatile clothing and accessories at great price points. I especially love their work wear, as I primarily wear dresses and skirt-and-blouse combos to the office. (My work environment is business-casual, yet I prefer to over-dress given my occupation.)
Now, on to the reviews! I had popped into my local store to return a few items, and really hadn't intended to try anything on, but some pretty, new arrivals caught my eye and ultimately swayed me otherwise. (That always seems to happen...ha!)
 
 
Here are a few of my fitting room picks:
From left to right:
Dash Stripe Cut-out Flare Dress // Striped Swing Dress (no longer online, very similar here) //
 
 
 
The pretty, antiqued, floral print of this dress immediately caught my eye. I must say that the online photos don't quite do it justice. The "vintage blush" coloring is soft and feminine, and it is offset nicely by the pops of reds, corals, and soft blues of the flowers in the print. I'm always partial to easy, grab-n-go dresses, but this one has extra noteworthy details, i.e. flutter sleeves, a shirred elastic waist for ease and comfort, and a button keyhole at the back of the neck. I tried on size XS regular, which was the smallest available in-store, but it comes in petite sizing as well. (For reference, I'm 5'2" and about 102 lbs.) I like the length of the regular sizing; it hits me right at the knee. The waist seam also sits nicely at my waist as it should. I fear the petite sizing would make the waist come up too high on me, as another reviewer noted online.
Overall, the dress is lovely, fits nicely, and looks great with a wide belt to cinch the waist (I grabbed this stretch belt to try on with the dress and really liked the combo!) Side note: I noticed that this same print is offered on a few other items, i.e. the Floral Dot Infinity Scarf and the Floral Tie-Neck Top -- both of which are equally pretty!
 
 
Next up was this floral blouse and striped wrap skirt combo. I grabbed both on my way to the fitting room and actually ended up liking them together! I did notice that both items ran large on me, so I would recommend sizing down. I'm trying on the blouse in size XSP; size XXSP was unavailable in-store, but I see it's available online if you're similar in size to me. Untucked, the blouse is slightly wide and boxy, but still drapes nicely. I didn't capture it in the photo, unfortunately, but the blouse has a hi-lo hem, a slit on each side, and piped trim along the lower bottom -- fun details that dress up an otherwise ordinary floral shell. It would pair nicely with skinny jeans or shorts, too, for a more casual look.
On to the skirt:  I tried on size 0, and the waist was a bit loose on me. I would suggest sizing down in order for it to sit higher up on the waist, which is my personal preference. Also, the skirt runs a bit short for my office environment. (Skirt length is 18.") I would probably reserve it for more weekend or evening use. That said, I was happy with the slightly A-line silhouette, the thicker, cotton fabric, and the intermixed cobalt and slate hues of the stripes. I also like the faux-wrap detailing; it alleviates any worries of accidental peek-a-boo incidents while walking or sitting! Overall, it's a nice Summer skirt, and I can see it paired with micro prints, bright solids, white tees, and other endless options.
 
 
Next, I tried on this dandelion shell in size XS. I had to stifle a giggle because it was utterly tent-like on me, which is a shame because I adore the whimsical print! Unfortunately, I may be sized-out of this one since the smallest size available is the XS. If it was offered in an XXS regular size or, better yet, an XXSP size, I'd probably snag it in a heartbeat. I would certainly suggest sizing down one or two sizes on this one. Apart from the exaggerated sizing, there is so much to love about this blouse:  the pretty print, the feminine ruffle across the bodice, the lightweight feel and drape of the fabric (100% rayon) and the convenience of being able to machine-wash it. I can see it tucked in to a pencil skirt or circle skirt (latter shown online) for a more dressy look, or untucked with skinny jeans, slim-fitting ankle pants, or shorts for a more casual look.
 
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for Part 2 of my fitting room reviews -- coming soon!


2 comments:

  1. Great LOFT reviews, Sara! I'm so happy that one of my favorite Insta-bloggers now has a blog! I love the dandelion print so much and I wanted the hi-lo top but alas XXS regular sold out. I also wanted it in the utility blouse but I think my size sold out too. The cutest prints always seem to go fast and I love their spring and summer collections so much.

    xo,

    Jess
    www.whatjesswore.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Jess - I really appreciate that! It was fun trying on some new Loft pieces. I've been loving the Spring and Summer collections, too. I'm hoping the dandelion-print blouse will pop back in our size! xo

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