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3/23/17

LOFT Fitting Room Reviews + Sale Alert

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Hi, Everyone!

Today I'm sharing some quick LOFT fitting room reviews with you. I've been eyeing several of the pretty new arrivals online, and decided to pop in to my local store to see them in-person and try them on. I tried on most of these pieces last week, but am only now getting around to posting them, just in time for another great sale! 
(LOFT has some of the best sales!)

Starting today, you can get 40% off your entire purchase if you are a LOFT or Ann Taylor cardmember! Cardmembers also earn double rewards points on all purchases. If you're not a cardmember, not to worry, because you can still get 30% off your entire purchase! Use code "SPRING17" at check-out. No code is needed in-store; the discount will be applied automatically. 

Be sure to scroll all the way down to view/shop all of my sales picks!

Now, let's jump into the fitting room reviews...

(I apologize in advance for the wonky lighting; I did my best to capture the true colors of all these pieces.)




Floral Vintage Soft Tee - "candied lemon" (XS)
Modern Skinny Crop Jeans - "pure dark indigo wash" (0P/25)

First up is this Floral Vintage Soft Tee in "candied lemon." I've been drawn to all things in this mustard-yellow/golden-rod color, so I immediately grabbed this try on. The vintage swirling floral print is really lovely for Spring and the color is so beautiful! This print is also offered in the Floral Ruffle Shoulder Shell (cute for the office) and the Floral Textured Pencil Skirt (love.)

If you're looking for a great, breathable, cotton tee that packs a pretty punch with its cheery color, then this one's for you. I absolutely love it. I don't have too many tees in my closet, and this fills the gap for 'casual/weekend wear' nicely; just throw it on and go.

I'm trying a size XS here, and I'd say it fits true-to-size to slightly loose. (For sizing reference, I'm 5'2" and my measurements are 34-25-36.) I like that the hemline is slightly curved, covering part of your backside if you want to pair it with a pair of skinny jeans like I'm doing here. 

Fit: TTS to slightly large

Price: $29.50 retail / $20.50 with 30% off promo

I grabbed these Modern Skinny Crop Jeans in "pure dark indigo wash" to try on with the above tee and some other tops, and was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked them! They're soft and comfy and slightly stretchy, allowing them to contour your shape nicely. They're a cotton-poly blend with 3% elastane, and are a sturdy weight without being too stiff, which is nice. I wasn't on the hunt for any new jeans, but these cropped ones were so comfy and effortless, that they came home with me. The jeans in the store come pre-rolled, and these ones are rolled 3 times, but you can adjust them to your liking. I really like that the cuffed ankles aren't bulky at all and fit snugly. The dark wash is also super versatile, allowing them to be dressed up or down. I'm so happy with these and they'll definitely see a lot of wear coming Summer, too! I definitely recommend trying a pair!

I'm trying on size 0P/25 here, and they fit true-to-size for me for LOFT denim. These jeans come in regular sizes as well with a 25" rolled inseam, versus the petite rolled inseam of 22.5."

Fit: TTS

Price: $69.50 retail / $48.65 with 30% off promo




Diamond Crochet Sweater (XXSP)

Next up is this Diamond Stitch Crochet Sweater in "whisper white." Ohhh...you guys, I immediately fell in love with this one. I must've brushed over it online because I don't recall seeing it at all, but after seeing it in-store, I had to try it on! The weave on this sweater is STUNNING -- truly unique. I didn't find one thing I didn't love about it. The details are my favorite: the delicate overall diamond weave, the contrast-stitched trim at the sleeves and bottom hem, the split hem on the sides. So, so lovely! Did I need another sweater in this color? Nope. But I just couldn't pass on this one. I adore it! It can be dressed up with a pencil or flare skirt for the office or dressed down with jeans or shorts. 

Another bonus: it's 100% cotton. It's soft, comfortable, light, airy, and perfect for Spring/Summer. I really can't say enough good things about it! It's semi-sheer, but you can get away with a basic, nude bra without looking immodest, or you can add a thin cream or nude cami for more coverage if you prefer.

I'm trying on size XXSP here and it fits perfectly -- not too snug and not too wide/baggy. It has a flattering silhouette that still highlights your waist, which I love.

Fit: TTS (size up for a looser fit)

Price: $54.50 retail / $38.15 with 30% off promo



Shimmer Floral Flutter Off-the-Shoulder Top (XXSP)


Next up is this Shimmer Floral Flutter Off-the-Shoulder Top. I admit, I've been slow to the OTS trend that's everywhere right now, but after trying a few on, like this one, I can see what the hype is all about. What I really like about this one, aside from the pretty floral print in soft pastel shades, is that it can be worn both on the shoulder or off. If you want a little more coverage, just pull the sleeves up, and voila! (Bottom photo.) Or, if you want a look that's more flirty, say, for date night, then just slide them down. (Top photo.) I love both looks! I couldn't resist this top and recently wore it out to dinner and received so many compliments! (See it on me here on Instagram.)

This darling floral print is also offered in the Cherry Blossom Infinity Scarf and the Shimmer Floral Flounce Dress (see the dress here on my sweet blogger friend, Jess. She's similar in size to me at 5'2.5.")

One thing I want to point out after wearing it for several hours is that the metallic threading throughout the fabric can start to become itchy/scratchy along the collar. I have sensitive skin, so it could just be an issue isolated to me, but after a few hours, it was driving me crazy and I could see my chest becoming pink and irritated from rubbing it. If you have sensitive skin, I suggest you try this blouse  on in-store and walk around for several minutes to see whether it bothers you or not. I still love this blouse, but will need to see how I can eliminate the scratchiness along the collar (maybe a light layer underneath?)

I tried on size XXSP and the fit was TTS to slightly loose. This style is meant to be more blousy, and I think it drapes nicely, but if you prefer a more form-fitting style, you may wish to pass on this one.

Fit:  TTS to slightly large (size down for a closer fit)

Price: $59.50 retail / $41.65 with 30% off promo



Lace Cami Dress - "spring storm blue" (00)

Next, I tried this Lace Cami Dress in this pretty shade of blue, called "spring storm blue." The color is fairly true to the online stock photo, and the lace is so much more lovely in-person! The floral lace and stitched seaming under the bust are also nice, feminine details. The spaghetti straps are adjustable, allowing you to get the fit just right, which I really appreciate. Oftentimes, these types of spaghetti-strap styles don't have adjustable straps and you're forced to have them altered, so kudos to LOFT for not cutting corners on this aspect.

I'm trying on size 00 here, which was more of a midi length on me, but I think it looks pretty this way. This dress comes in petite sizing, too, but they weren't available in my local store to try on. The downsides I noticed right away with the fit are 1) the arm holes are cut too low (petite size may alleviate this) and 2) the gathered fabric at the waist poofs out strangely just under the waist seam. You can see it in the top photo. It's not the most flattering, adding "padding" to the waist and hip area that I don't want or need. It's a darling dress, but I'm just not crazy about it enough to take a chance on ordering the petite size only to find it's "meh." For these reasons, this dress is a pass for me, but I think it would still look lovely on someone with a different body type. I suggest trying it on in-store just to be sure.

Fit: TTS to slightly large (extra fabric at waist)

Price: $118 retail / $82.60 with 30% off promo



Flutter Flare Dress - "shaded rose" (00)

Next, I tried this Flutter Flare Dress in "shaded rose." This dress is actually a re-release in a new colorway: this rosy-pink shade, which is so pretty! I own the "jazz blue" color from last year (see on me here and here) and love it! This is one of those dresses that lends a polished finish yet is easy in that you can just zip up the back and go. I love dresses like this for their ease and versatility. Add a cardi or blazer for the office or just a chunky statement necklace for a dressier dinner look and you're set. The fit-and-flare silhouette is universally-flattering, it has pockets (yes!) and the flutter sleeves add a nice, feminine detail. The color is also perfect for Spring/Summer, and would look really cute paired with a jean jacket and sandals.

I'm trying on size 00 here, which runs large and wide. Oh, LOFT,  and their notorious vanity sizing...I always lament over this and wish the sizing was more consistent! The good news is that this dress comes in regular, petite, and tall sizing -- one of their more redeeming qualities when it comes to size offerings. If you're similar in size to me, you'll definitely want to try the petite sizing for a better fit; the 00 runs wide at the waist and hips, and the arm holes are cut too low, which may reveal your bra. Once you get the fit right, though, this dress will take you through these warmer months flawlessly.

Fit: Runs large (size down for a closer fit)

Price: $89.50 retail / $62.65 with 30% off promo


Gilded Garden Top (XXSP)

Next, I tried this Gilded Garden Top. Embroidered details like the ones on this top are my favorite, especially this time of year; they're so feminine and pretty! I love the mustard-yellow floral motif, which is trending in several of LOFT's new arrivals, and the crisp-white color of the blouse itself. Unfortunately, it's a cotton-linen blend, which means it's prone to wrinkles. You can clearly see the crease line of where the blouse was folded, as well as other wrinkles already forming down the bodice. I'm sure the wrinkles can be steamed out, but I'm curious to know how the blouse will look after wearing it for a few hours. For this reason, I passed on it for now. It's such a darling blouse and is light and airy, but I'm not sure I want to fuss with steaming it all the time. We'll see. I've been known to change my mind. ;-)

I'm trying on a size XXSP, but you can see it still runs wide and has a boxy fit. The sleeves fit nicely, though. This style of blouse is meant to be blousy, which I like, but it does swallow up the waist line. The length also hits at the widest part of the hips -- another reason I'm still on the fence about it. If you prefer a slimmer fit, this blouse may not be the one for you. The embroidery is so, so cute, though! 

Fit: TTS in the sleeves; wide in the waist

Price: $54.50 retail / $38.15 with 30% off promo




Floral Embroidered Vintage Soft Tee (XS)

Next, I tried this Floral Embroidered Vintage Soft Tee. More pretty embroidery? Yes, please! I love this tee so much! The blue and white color combo is one of my favorites and the floral embroidery is just darling. It's another nice, lightweight tee that you can just throw on with a pair of jeans or tuck into a skirt, and you instantly have a cute, on-the-go outfit. The side slits are a nice detail, and the overall length covers most of your backside if you want to wear it with skinny jeans or leggings. It's super soft and comfy, 100% cotton, and adorable -- you can't go wrong with this one!

I'm trying on a size XS, which fits nicely without being too snug or pulling at the bust or hips. Since cotton tends to shrink a little when you wash and dry it, you may want to size up from your usual size. Also, if you want a shorter length, you'll be happy to know that this tee comes in petite sizing as well! I personally don't mind the length on this one for a casual look, but if you're planning to wear it mostly tucked in, you may want to opt for a petite size. 

Fit: TTS to slightly loose

Price: $29.50 retail / $20.65 with 30% off promo



Fringe Lace Yoke Tee (XXSP)
Inked Floral Pleated Shorts (00)


Next up is this Fringe Lace Yoke Tee. Ohhh...another one I was immediately smitten with! The special details get me every time! I love the crisp-white color, the lace yoke detailing with fringe trim at the neckline, and the peek-a-boo lace on the sleeves -- so delicate and beautiful! Love, love, love. It's 100% cotton, making it light and breathable, and it comes in both regular and petite sizing. It comes in an "icelandic grey" colorway, too, which is a cross between a charcoal and navy. It's a lovely shade, but the white wins hands-down for me. If you need only one white tee for Spring/Summer, this is it. Seriously. Grab one now; you won't regret it.

I'm trying on a size XXSP and fits perfectly. It's not too tight across the bust or in the sleeves, and I can freely move around in it without worrying about splitting the delicate lace. If you prefer a looser fit, definitely size up, as it will shrink a little in the washer/dryer.

Fit: TTS

Price: $44.50 retail / $31.15 with 30% off promo

I grabbed this pair of Inked Floral Pleated Shorts to try on with the above tee, and while I'm not a shorts kind of gal, I was really quite impressed with these! The micro-floral print in soft, pastel shades is perfect for Spring/Summer, and they're super soft and comfy! They drape nicely and the inseam is just the right length at 4." Most shorts tend to have a short inseam and end up looking indecent on me, so I just pass altogether. Besides, I've always been more comfortable in skirts/dresses, but that's just me. That said, these are adorable and would pair nicely with a tee or tank like I'm doing here and a pair of sandals.

I'm trying on a size 00 here and I'd say they run a little large since they sit on my lower waist. They're roomy enough for tucking in a top, and didn't pinch or squeeze in any way. They're super soft and have a drapey fit that is really flattering.

Fit: Runs slightly large; size down for a closer fit

Price: $49.50 retail / $34.65 with 30% off promo


Left to Right:
Vine Split-Neck Blouse
Mixed Floral Lace Shell
Painterly Floral Shirtdress

This trio was actually the first of my try-ons last week, and are more of my favorites (I told you I'm loving so many of the new arrivals!)


Vine Split-Neck Blouse (XXSP)

So, first up is this Vine Split-Neck Blouse. This has become a blogger and "LOFT girl" (aka, avid LOFT shopper) favorite, and it's easy to see why: the eye-catching, swirling vine and floral print, the soft blush color mixed with the vibrant greens, corals, and yellows of the floral print...it's super feminine and oh-so-romantic. It's another one of those easy, Spring-y pieces that will look great dressed up with a pencil skirt or slacks or dressed down with a pair of jeans/ankle pants. Since it's 100% polyester, it will wash and wear well without a lot of fuss. Not everyone loves poly pieces, and I get it, but for me, they're low-maintenance, not prone to wrinkles, and the colors usually hold up well with no fading, so I don't mind them. If it's a hot day, I'll just layer a cotton cami underneath for breathability (is that even a word? If not, it is now...ha!) Overall, this blouse is soft and flowy, and effortlessly pretty. I adore it and think it looks absolutely darling on everyone I've seen it on. (Oh, and please pardon my slip that I'm wearing with it; I was rushing!)

I'm trying on a size XXSP and I'd say it runs large; the waist and sleeves are wide on me, but I still like it. It's meant to be a blousy tunic style, so it's meant to be worn loosely. If you prefer something closer-fitting, this blouse may not work for you or you may need to invest in a few alterations. The length is longer, and looks great with white skinny jeans. This blouse also comes in regular sizes -- yay for options!

Fit: Runs large - recommend sizing down 1 - 2 sizes

Price: $59.50 retail / $41.65 with 30% off promo


Mixed Floral Lace Shell (XXSP)

Next is this Mixed Floral Lace Shell. LOFT's white, lacy tops this season are all so gorgeous and this one is no exception! The floral lace and embroidered floral motif along the bust is so feminine and delicate. It's partially lined but it's still a bit sheer, so you may want to wear a white bandeau-style bra underneath for more coverage as I'm doing here; it works perfectly, covering bra cup lines you sometimes see with regular strapless bras. (I swear by bandeau bras for these types of blouses.) As with most shells at LOFT, the material is a thin polyester. It's machine-washable, which is a plus, but with the delicate lace, I'd almost err on the side of caution and have it dry-cleaned. If you do machine-wash it, definitely use the delicate cycle and hang to dry; I get the most life of my shells this way. Overall, this shell will garner lots of compliments and I highly recommend it!

I'm trying on a size XXSP and it still runs a bit long and wide on me. It's not overwhelmingly large, but I'd suggest sizing down on this one if you can. It also comes in regular sizes if you prefer a longer length.

Fit: Runs large - recommend sizing down 1 - 2 sizes

Price: $59.50 retail / $54.99 sale / $38.49 with 30% off promo


Painterly Floral Shirtdress  (XS)

Next is this Painterly Floral Shirtdress. This was another one of those pieces that I glossed over online but actually liked in-person. The floral-and-dot print may be too busy for some, but I think it's quite cute! There are also so many great details on this dress that you might not notice until you try it on: the buttons down the front, the matching string belt that cinches the waist beautifully, and the pockets! You all know my love for dresses with pockets, so this was such a nice surprise for me! What I really love, though, is that you can just slip it on over your head without having to unbutton any of the buttons, cinch/tie the belt, and you're done -- easy breezy! When I'm in a rush and want to still look pretty and put-together, I always reach for these styles of dresses. Unfortunately, based on the feel of the fabric, I assumed it was 100% cotton when, in fact, it's 100% rayon. Now, I didn't know this until my aforementioned friend, Jess, told me, but apparently rayon basically shrinks up and looks awful after just one wash in the washing machine. Yikes! I had already ordered a different size with the help of a sales associate, so if I love it when it arrives, I'll have to dry-clean it only. Grrr. That's not what I was hoping for, but we'll see if I end up keeping it. I'll keep you updated. I was planning to wear it with a cardi or denim jacket and strappy sandals for a casual-cute look.

I'm trying on a size XS here, but the length is a bit short, coming up to almost mid-thigh on me. Since I prefer my day dresses to hit me at the knees or just above so that I can also wear them to work if I choose, I ordered size XST. I was so happy to see that this dress is offered in tall sizing! It's offered in petite sizing, too, but given the shorter length of the regular size I tried, I didn't dare consider the petite sizing. If you don't mind the shorter length, I'd say go with your usual size; the bust, waist, and sleeves all fit nicely. I also want to mention that this dress is unlined, so you may want to wear a slip underneath for more coverage as I'm doing here.

Fit: TTS (length runs short)

Price: $79.50 retail / $55.65 with 30% off promo


Watercolor Floral Scarf 

Lastly, I tried on this Watercolor Floral Scarf. I already own and love so many of LOFT's scarves, and this one is my new favorite. The watercolor print is so beautiful and colorful! It's light and silky, drapes nicely, and is large enough to be worn as a wrap, which I really like. I plan on bringing this on vacation and will wear it as scarf, wrap, and swimsuit cover-up. I love and highly recommend this one!

Fit: One size; measures 28" x 76"

Price: $39.50 retail / $27.65 with 30% off promo

A couple more pieces I ordered but didn't get to try on in-store:  Meadow Dress in XXS (arrived & runs really large - currently at my tailor's - see my previous blog post here for more details)
Flora Dress in 00P - arrived and fits perfectly; love!
Villa Dress in XXS - should arrive early next week

That's all for the fitting room reviews! I hope you found them helpful, but if you have any other questions, just leave a comment or email me!

Also, let me know if you snag any goodies during the sale -- I'd love to hear what you scored! I included all of these picks and more below (just scroll through to view/shop.)

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XO

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