April 15, 2014

LOFT Fitting Room Reviews and Purchases

***Sale alert: 40% off everything at LOFT with code 4PEEPS. Excludes Lou & Grey.***

This is an extremely long, picture heavy catchup post but I hope this will help similarly sized ladies when shopping at LOFT. For fit reference my current weight is 110 give or take a few pounds, my waist size is 28" although most people don't believe me when I tell them that, and I'm 5'2 1/4". (I'm hoping to slim down and become more toned for my wedding in 5 month.) In the meantime LOFT has never fit me better than at my current weight/measurements because their vanity sizing is more forgiving if you have an "average" body type. I definitely had my share of fit issues at LOFT as well as other mass retailers when I was more slender. Now my fit issues have more with their inconsistent sizing. Numeric sizing can be arbitrary so I like to try on various sizes to assess fit. For my current build I typically wear regular size XXS/00 at or XSP/0P at LOFT.

Without further ado, let's proceed with my backlog of fitting room reviews and/or purchases since my last post in December.

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Colorblock Modern Print Peplum Tee

LOFT Modern print peplum tee

Size: XXS
Measurements: 35" chest, 32.5" waist, 23" length
Fit: Loose fit. Fits 1 size bigger.
Purchased and love. It's one of my favorite new tops because it's so feminine and flirty. Like the floral version below this is a very sheer top. The hem is unfinished and I hope that won't be an issue after washing.

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December 08, 2013

Review: Banana Republic Vitah Zip Boots

Banana Republic Vitah Zip Boots, size 7.5
Banana Republic Vita Zip boots, wearing size 7.5

Yesterday I returned the Vitah Zip boots that I ordered from Banana Republic a little over a month ago. I really hope I don't regret my decision because they seem really supple and well made. I liked the rounded toe box, they didn't have too much bunching at the ankles and they seemed comfortable (not stiff in the ankles) when I wore them around the house on the carpeted floors. Unfortunately I never reached for them within the month I held onto them because couldn't figure out how to commute in them. I almost always prefer to commute in flats when taking public transportation so that I don't trip over my own feet, fall down the stairs if someone accidentally shoves me or for peace of mind when walking along slippery/icy winter pavements.

Anyway, without further ado, here are the measurements:

14 1/2" outer circumference
13 1/2" shaft height
4 1/8" heel (there is a covered platform making them feel more like 3 1/2")


With skinny jeans on my calves measure 13.5" so there was still a tiny gap around my calves. These boots are one of the closest fits to my calves for leather boots aside from my trusty Cole Haan Sierra Air tall boots. They're similar to a pair that I tried on at Bally last year (without the zipper detail) but for a fraction of the price. They're regularly $225 but currently 40% off this weekend. I typically wear size 7 in Banana's flats but I went up half a size for comfort for these boots. If you have narrow feet then these will probably fit you true to size.

Here are some more pictures for reference. They're currently sold out online but you maybe able to call your local store to see if they have it in stock. The online item number is 686975002 but the in store item number on the return receipt is 915246.

Banana Republic Vitah Zip Boots, size 7.5

Banana Republic Vitah Zip Boots, size 7.5

Banana Republic Vitah Zip Boots, size 7.5

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December 01, 2013

Cyber Monday & A Few Quick Reviews

Sale alerts:
 
LOFT - 50% off everything with code CYBER50. Online only.
Ann Taylor - 50% off with code SHOP50.
Banana Republic - 40% off with code CYBER.
J.Crew - 30% off with code HOLIDAY.

You can also get additional cash back using Ebates.com or Mr. Rebates.

I just wanted to share a few of my recent buys since I haven't been blogging for a while due to work and other reasons.

#OOTD: Tailor striped blouse from #LOFT, starburst fan necklace and Sloan fit ankle pants from #BananaRepublic, #AnnTaylor gallery tote, #JCrew captoe pumps.
LOFT Tailor Stripe Sheer Blouse, size XSP (see size XXSP on Annie here)
Banana Republic Stardust Fan necklace
Banana Republic Sloan Fit ankle pants, size 0P
Ann Taylor gallery tote (previous review here)
J.Crew cap toe pumps, size 7
First up is my newest favorite striped top from LOFT. I originally ordered the Tailor stripe sheer blouse in size XXS but the sleeves were too long so I ordered size XSP which worked out much better overall. Size XSP measures:
 
17.25" bust
20" along the bottom hem
18" sleeve length
4.25" banded button sleeves
23.5" total length

LOFT scalloped lace dress in 0P
LOFT Scalloped Sleeveless Lace Dress, both size 0P
This scalloped lace dress caught my eye online and I couldn't decide on the color so I ordered both to try and ended up keeping the black one. I like that the neckline isn't too low and I'm just looking for the perfect cropped cardigan or jacket to pair it with. Size 0P measures:

13.5" waist
15" bust
32" total length
 
Loving my cozy infinity scarf on this gloomy Friday.
LOFT Lurex Open Stitch Infinity Scarf
LOFT Striped Popcorn Stitch Sweater, size MP
I really love this infinity scarf since I've been looking for one that isn't too bulky. This one fit the bill in both warmth and softness and I'd highly recommend it.

Checking off 'wear a tutu' from my bucket list. Well sort of. Trying on the tutu skirt from #LOFT in regular 00 before it goes back in store. Measures 26" in the waist by 18.5" long. There's a grey jersey lining underneath so it's not see through.
LOFT Tulle Skirt, size 00
This tulle tutu skirt didn't work out for me but the measurements of size 00 regular are:
 
13" waist
18.5" length

My #OOTD for meeting up with @justtututiny tonight: #zara blouse and jacket, #oldnavy rockstar legging jeans, #anntaylor scarf, #philliplimfortarget bag, #stuartweitzman boots.
Ann Taylor Twilight Leaf Print Scarf
I also loved this leaf print scarf from Ann Taylor so much since it drapes really well and is a thicker weight perfect for the winter. My mom actually took mine so I was very relieved to find this in stores on Black Friday for 50% off since I hate ordering fillers online. I even gifted it to my good friend along with the draped turtleneck top below for her birthday.

Loving this draped turtleneck from #AnnTaylor (wearing size MP). They have so many pretty tops ad dress for fall on sale for 40% off.
Ann Taylor Draped Turtleneck, size MP
I've been pleasantly surprised by how much I reached for this turtleneck top so far. I really adore the feminine drape of the neck since I find normal turtlenecks to be very suffocating and static hair inducing in this cold, dry winter weather.
The perfect bit of holiday #sparkle. Starburst fan necklace from #BananaRepublic.
Banana Republic Stardust Fan necklace
Another favorite find of mine is this sparkly necklace from Banana Republic. I met up with Thu of Justtututiny for some shopping a few weeks ago and spotted it in store. She convinced me to try it on and I'm so glad that she did. It comes with an extender so you can easily wear it with multiple necklines.
Just ordered the Vitah boots at #BananaRepublic for 40% off. I tried on size 7 in store because it was conveniently the floor model but it was a little snug so I'm hoping size 7 1/2 will fit perfectly. :) Perfect for narrow calves (mine measure 13.5" at t
Banana Republic Vitah Zip Boot, size 7.5
I purchased this boot a month ago and I was really impressed with the quality. It's also a great fit for those with narrow calves. My calves measure 13.5" at the widest part mid calf with jeans on. I still haven't worn them out though because I'm not sure that high heel boots are safe to wear in the New England winters even though our grounds are currently free of snow. The foot bed runs narrow so I went up half a size for comfort.

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