Welcome to Dressed for My Day! Today I’m taking you into the fitting room with me to try some spring styles at Loft. They’re starting a Friends & Family Event tomorrow at Loft. But Loft All Rewards cardholders AND Loft Loyalty members have early access NOW. That means you can get 40% off your purchase (they do have some exclusions) by signing in and using code FRIENDS. Join me for my spring Loft fitting room session.
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As is often the case when I do these fitting room sessions at the stores, I tried on a few things that are either no longer available or they are available but they’re excluded from the Friends & Family 40% off. Unfortunately I have no way of knowing this intel when I’m in the store trying things on. So I apologize for any frustration that may cause. But I will do my best to suggest substitutes for sold out garments.
While I do enjoy the price point and the overall casual vibe of the clothing at Loft, I do sometimes find that some of their styles are a little too youthful for me. I think that is very much a personal call, so you may be able to wear things beautifully that look a little silly on me. Not only am I 58 years old, but I’m also 5’8″ and sometimes my height makes me look a little awkward in some clothing. You’ll see what I mean when we get there. Anyhow, let’s get on with the fitting room session.
I weigh about 155 on a good day and I’m holding steady so far at 5’8″ tall. I have a pear or hourglass shape and balanced proportions. That’s just to give you reference when you’re looking to see how these items fit on me.
I generally wear size 8 in tops, bottoms and dresses. But I sometimes wear the curvy fit size 8 if they are available. I generally wear a medium in all of those pieces, too. So unless I tell you otherwise, those are the sizes I’m wearing. I’ll also alert you if something runs small or large; otherwise, assume it runs true to size. That way I can focus on other factors.
ONE MORE THING…in all the photos I’m wearing my Naturalizer Kerry Sandals, my Kendra Scott Addie gold drop earrings, my Kendra Scott Elisa gold and silver pendant, and my Nordgreen Infinity watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off). My bracelets are all recent purchases from Talbots, but they are now sold out.
Monroe Chino Short 6″ Inseam // I tried on the Monroe Chino Short 6″ Inseam in my true size 8 and they work really nicely. I don’t wear shorts every day during the summer, but I definitely like to have a few pair in my drawer. The Monroe Chino Short 6″ Inseam are 97% cotton and 3% Spandex, so they feel really nice on. I definitely prefer this 6″ inseam, especially for my height. These shorts come in nine colors and a full range of sizes, including petite and curvy.
Linen Split Neck Tank // Honestly I’m not sure if this is the whisper white in this Linen Split Neck Tank or not. It looked more beige or ecru to me. But they don’t list such a color, so maybe this is the whisper white. It certainly isn’t the lemon rind. So either this color sold out, or this is the whisper white. But then again, Loft’s whisper white is usually a true white. Boy, I’m starting this fitting room post off with a bang. Ha! At any rate! It runs a little large. Above I’m wearing a medium, but below I have on a small and it fits better. I do like the linen fabric, but it is a bit sheer, too. It comes in other colors that look a little less sheer.
Scalloped Pointelle V-Neck Cardigan //I love the dainty weave of this Scalloped Pointelle V-Neck Cardigan. I think it’s really nice for an office cardigan. It fits true to size and also is available in a soft lemon rind and navy. You’ll see it several more times.
Monroe Slim Chino Pants // As might be expected, the Monroe Slim Chino Pants fit very much like the Monroe Chino Shorts. I really wanted to get these relaxed fit slim cut Chino Pants, but they weren’t on sale the day I was in the store. Now I’m looking at the nine colors they come in to decide which ones to get. They come in a full range of sizes, including curvy, petite and tall. These are very comfortable ankle length chinos.
Marled Short Sleeve V-Neck Cardigan // You could undoubtedly wear this Marled Short Sleeve V-Neck Cardigan open over a tank or button up like a pullover. It fits true to size and also comes in a sapphire blue. Unfortunately this Marled Short Sleeve V-Neck Cardigan is listed as a sneak preview and seems to be exempt from the Friends & Family deal. I do think it shows up a little brighter in my photo than it really is. But I also don’t think the Marled Short Sleeve V-Neck Cardigan is as pale as the one in the website photo either. I think this is a great top to have on hand if you enjoy wearing fuller leg trousers in the spring and summer.
High Rise Straight Crop Jeans in Light Authentic Indigo Wash // I’m wearing my true size 8/29 in these High Rise Straight Crop Jeans and they fit and feel great. I love the raw hem and the mid wash. (I know they call them a light wash, but I’d say they’re more mid wash.) And I appreciate that these don’t have any significant distressing. I’m okay with a little distressing or even holes, but I do love it when I can find a good pair of jeans without. Unfortunately these are about sold out. I’ve noticed Loft jeans go fast. Maybe they don’t produce a lot of any one style? But they do have the similar High Rise Straight Crop Jeans In Rich Mid Indigo Wash in a few additional sizes (as I write this post).
I’m sorry to report that the seersucker blazer I’m wearing above is sold out. When I realized this I did grab another blazer to try on with a few things. You’ll see it a little further down. But I also recommend checking out their Chambray Long Modern Blazer. It’s versatile, well-stocked and included in the sale.
I’m going to continue to show items with that seersucker blazer because I want you to see how I would style them. For instance I actually purchased the Polo Sweater Tank and High Rise Straight Crop Jeans above, and I wore them yesterday with my white linen blazer (that I shared in yesterday’s blog post).
Polo Sweater Tank in Bright Goldfinch // I was surprised at how much I liked this sleeveless top. It isn’t quite as soft and luxurious as the J.Crew silk blend polo I’ve been raving about, but it does fit like that top – close to the body but not tight at all. This one is 79% Cotton 18% Nylon 3% Spandex and machine washable. They also have two similar striped polo sweater tanks. I’m wearing my usual medium.
Meet Me In Capri Everyday Crew Tee // If you want to incorporate a little trending yellow into your wardrobe without overdoing it, you might enjoy this embroidered tee. It fits true to size and works great with jeans or shorts. And I especially like how it works under a jacket.
Striped Modern Blazer // Here’s where I shifted to another blazer, having realized that the seersucker one was sold out online. Unfortunately the Striped Modern Blazer I chose is not included in the Friends & Family deal. Wa domp womp. But it does fit true to size, although very relaxed fit. And it is a nice blazer for spring and summer. It would certainly be versatile.
Everyday V-Neck Tee in Peach Parfait // I’ve long appreciated Loft’s tees, and this Everyday V-Neck Tee in Peach Parfait is a sweet one. I like the wide rim around the v-neck and the 100% cotton fabric and the shirttail hemline. This tee runs true to size; I’m wearing a medium. It comes in ten colors at varying prices.
Everyday Crew Tee in lemon rind // Again, I really like Loft tees. They are a little on the sheer side, but not terribly so. I feel comfortable in them. This Everyday Crew Tee in lemon rind is a nice nod to the yellow trend without going so bright. The Everyday Crew Tee runs true to size and comes in a wide variety of colors.
Speaking of yellow, let’s return momentarily to the Polo Sweater Tank in Bright Goldfinch so I can show you some other pants I tried with it. Remember, these close fitting tops are best for wide leg trousers in order to keep proportions pleasing to the eye. If you wear something loose and flowy below it’s smart to wear something trim and fitted above…and vice versa.
Paperbag Taper Pants // If you enjoy wearing paperbag silhouette pants – and I know that not everyone does – these are good ones. They run true to size and feel good on. They have an elasticized waistband in the back, sit high at a 12 7/8″ rise and feature a 27″ inseam for a true ankle length on me. These are in seaside sand, so I think they’d be very versatile. I know that these pants are not for everyone, but if you have a defined waist or if you have an inverted triangle shape, these pants could be a great purchase for you. Of course if you have a short torso you’ll want to steer clear of anything this high.
These next pants, however, are a definite “no” in my book.
Pull On Wide Leg Pants // These Pull On Wide Leg Pants have that same 12 3/8″ rise, so maybe I’m not wearing them high enough. I have a defined waist, but these certainly don’t accentuate it…at least not where I’m wearing them. And I just don’t recall them wanting to sit much higher. I love having a pair of fuller leg linen pants in my closet for summer. But I just don’t think these are the ones to fit that bill. I feel like they are poorly designed.
Emory Wide Leg Pants in soft moss // While I might could pull off wearing the paperbag pants two above, I also don’t think these Emory Wide Leg Pants are for me. However, I see other women wearing similar pants and looking great. So if these flowy wide leg pants are your bag, these are some good ones. I love the soft 100% Lyocell fabric. They also have a very high waist and a 27″ inseam. But these Emory Wide Leg Pants also come in petite and tall sizes. And they’re available in two other colors, too.
Now let’s shift to dresses. Here’s where I generally run into trouble with Loft because their dresses run short. I chose the longer ones that I could find to try on, so just keep in mind that I left a lot of shorter dresses hanging on the racks.
Striped Sweatshirt Pocket Tee Dress // I really like the functionality and ease of this sweatshirt dress. By the way, don’t be fooled by the name. It doesn’t fee heavy like a sweatshirt to me. It feels like a t-shirt dress. It’s black and white, so you could pair it with a colored jacket or sweater. But I’d probably wear it with a denim jacket. It runs true to size.
Scalloped Stripe Double V Flounce Dress // I also like the ease of this Scalloped Stripe Double V Flounce Dress. It also fits true to size. It has a v-neckline in the front and back. I don’t think it looks great on me alone, but I would undoubtedly wear it most with my denim jacket, as shown above. I think a pairing like this is great for a casual date night. Add some metallic sandals, white sneakers or espadrilles.
Shimmer Clip Ruffle Tie Neck Dress // While I think this Shimmer Clip Ruffle Tie Neck Dress is a darling dress, it’s just not for me. This is the kind of dress that I think is just to young for me. It doesn’t feel authentic on me. But I know for a fact that some of my readers would look lovely and feel beautiful in this simple Shimmer Clip Ruffle Tie Neck Dress. It does run true to size and is very comfortable.
Chambray Ruffle Sleeve Crossover Dress // On the other hand, I don’t think anyone needs to buy this Chambray Ruffle Sleeve Crossover Dress. In my opinion it’s a fail, not because the idea doesn’t have potential. But because the dress is just designed wrong. It gapes open and doesn’t lay right at all. I tried two sizes and one fit no better than the other. It just doesn’t work.
But denim dresses are really trending this year, and Loft has several. I wanted to try this Chambray Midi Pocket Shirtdress, but they didn’t have it in my size. In fact, it’s almost sold out. And I can see why.
Chambray Button Flare Dress // So my only other option was this Chambray Button Flare Dress. It’s a little short for my taste, especially in this particular silhouette. I don’t mind an above the knee dress if it fits close to my body. But a fuller dress that is this short makes me feel a little exposed. Know what I mean? But if you’re shorter than my 5’8″ this dress might be a great option. It feel comfortable TTS and the waistline is quite slenderizing.
So that’s a wrap! Loft always has so much more to choose from online than they do in the stores. So definitely head over and peruse the offerings. I’ve added a few of my favorites to the shopping widget below, which contains all the items I’ve shared here today.
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Priorities. Wow, it is still a struggle after all these years to keep my priorities straight. Is it for you? I think that’s because life has a way of leading us to tipping the scales towards things that seem important but really aren’t. The urgent demands our attention while the truly important waits patiently for us to remember its significance. Unfortunately, sometimes we spend too much time and energy on the squeaky wheel to the neglect of the other things that are going untended. And then that which was truly important suffers.
I’ve discovered that the only way I can keep my priorities in check is to have only one. That’s right, I’ve discovered the secret of one priority. In fact, did you know that the original word “priority” is meant to be singular? Originally priorities plural was not a thing! That little word history reminds me that if I make knowing and making known my Lord Jesus my one priority, then everything else will fall into place. Seeking Him, serving Him, knowing Him and being known by Him. Him. He is my one priority.
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. ~ Philippians 3:7-8