Hello, and welcome to Dressed for My Day. Well it’s turning out to be a fitting room week! After going to the dentist yesterday, I decided to meet up with my husband for lunch. And since I was close to the mall…and quite a distance from my house…I decided to squeeze in another try-on session or two. Today I’m sharing a few things from Loft and Ann Taylor.
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These two sister stores are longtime favorites of mine. They run almost continuous sales, carry fairly well made styles and generally they’re clothing works well for me. I especially love Ann Taylor for shoes and suiting, which I am showing here, and appreciate Loft for shorts and casual tees.
At Loft right now you can get 30% off summer styles and 50% off Lou & Grey with code SOGOOD. The two offers are not combinable. And at Ann Taylor use code HEAT to get $75 off your $250+ purchase, $50 off your $200+ purchase and $25 off your $150+ purchase.
Try-On Session Basics
I’m 5’8″ and weigh about 155 right now. I have an X or hourglass shape and fairly even proportions. I generally wear smalls or mediums in shirts, tops, dresses, coats, etc. I almost always take an 8 in pants, jeans, skirts, shorts or dresses. Unless I tell you otherwise, these are the sizes I’m wearing in the photos.
If you have any questions about anything I show, please ask me in the comments section below. Other women may benefit from reading my response to your question.
In these photos I’m also wearing…
- gold hoop earrings (sold out, but similar)
- conch shell necklace (Use code KAYHARMS for 10% off your order)
- Edge slide sandals (also here)
- Nordgreen Native Watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off your order)
Loft Try-On Session
At Loft I found some great denim shorts and tees, as well as a couple of dress/skirt options. First up I tried on this little Striped Button Trim Pull On Midi Skirt. I paired it with an everyday v-neck tee and with a Lacy Sleeveless Button Down Shirt.
I’m wearing mediums in all three pieces. I might could have sized down to smalls in the tops for a trimmer fit. I think the Striped Button Trim Pull On Midi Skirt is a really nice option if you’re looking for easy breezy summer skirts. It is a little sheer, so you might want to wear a half slip underneath. And be mindful of the slit in the front if that is a concern.
Next I tried the Clip Dot Dolman Shirtdress. It is so soft and comfortable, but not especially figure flattering, of course. But if you’re just looking for something cool and fresh to wear for everyday, I think this is a great choice. Unfortunately, it’s a preview selection, so it’s not discounted. But the striped dolman pocket shift dress is just like it and it is included in the 30% off deal.
Again, I’m wearing a medium and might could have sized down to a small. But I do think the dress is supposed to have a pretty loose fit. I appreciate that the dress has pockets. Oh, and it has a slip, too. The slip is not attached, so you can remove it and wear your own favorite. But I do think the little cotton slip works well, too. The striped dolman pocket shift dress listing does not mention a slip, so it may not have one (or even need one).
The Eyelet Smocked Yoke Swing Dress above was in my fitting room when I got in there, so I tried it on, too. It’s a roomy fitting dress, but I think it’s fun if you like this kind of fit. And this Eyelet Smocked Yoke Swing Dress is on sale and you get another 50% off with code SOGOOD. I’m wearing the medium, so you might consider sizing down if you want a trimmer fit.
I intended to include a shopping widget with lots of great dress options from Loft, but I can’t get many of them to load. So you might just want to check out the full inventory of dresses for yourself HERE. In years past I’ve felt that many of Loft’s dresses were to short for me, maybe geared more to very young women or teens. But this year I’m finding more that I feel like are a good length for us older gals.
I envisioned my readers packing for a beach vacation when I tried on this High Rise Cotton Linen Pull On Wide Leg Jeans In Indigo Seas and Seashell Everyday Crew Neck Tee combo. I think this casual outfit would be so nice for dinner out while on vacation. But these High Rise Cotton Linen Pull On Wide Leg Jeans In Indigo Seas could certainly serve multiple purposes.
I will say that the High Rise Cotton Linen Pull On Wide Leg Jeans In Indigo Seas are not especially lightweight. The full leg gives you an easy breezy feel, but the fabric is more on the heavy side. I’m wearing a medium in both pieces.
Next I tried on the Fresh Cut High Waist Boyfriend Shorts In Light Wash. The website says these are an online exclusive, but I’m pretty sure these are the same shorts. They are extremely comfortable and, I think, quite flattering. I especially like the high waist. I know that doesn’t work for all proportions. But if you can wear a high waist, it really is flattering because it hits right at the smallest area of your torso.
The Fresh Cut High Waist Boyfriend Shorts come in one other wash, too. I’m wearing my true to size 29, and I like the way they fit.
I paired the Fresh Cut High Waist Boyfriend Shorts with the Palm Tie Dye Surf Tee. Again, I was envisioning you on a beach vacation. Ha! I’ve already been on my little vacation, so I guess I’m dreaming for you. Anyhow this Palm Tie Dye Surf Tee fits true to size and is oh so soft. I also like the shorter length. In fact, I noticed that many of Lofts tees have a shorter length, which is really nice for many of us.
Remember, you can use code SOGOOD to get 50% off Lou & Grey (athleisure and loungewear) and 30% off summer favorites at Loft. They have so much more on their website than in the store. This is one store that I definitely suggest shopping online rather than in the store. I was quite disappointed with the inventory at mine. But I’m very impressed with what I see on the website.
Ann Taylor Try-On Session
Ann Taylor fashions are generally dressier than Loft’s, but still geared somewhat to a youthful demographic. That said, I find their staples to be flattering and appropriate for women of all ages. Again, my local Ann Taylor had a very minimal inventory. I had seen so many things on the website that I wanted to try, and none of them were there. So I’m showing you the few things I found that I felt would resonate with my readers.
First up, a pair of fairly dressy pull on shorts in a linen blend.
I’m wearing the medium and I’d say they fit true to size. These are very blousy shorts, but a cool option if, like me, you have fuller legs. And they’re so comfortable. Here I tried them with a raw honey colored tiered cutout shell. While I tend to tuck or at least front tuck my tops, this tiered top seems appropriate for leaving out. And I think the combination works for a very casual, relaxed look.
I’m wearing a medium in the tiered cutout shell. It’s also available in white. Next I tried the tiered cutout shell with a black gauze pull on maxi skirt. They have a similar skirt in a floral print, a white gauze and a geo print.
I’m wearing a medium in the maxi skirt. I think pairing the maxi skirt with the tiered cutout shell creates a sort of dress. I had a reader ask recently about creating an elevated Bohemian look. I think this would qualify.
But I also tried on the maxi skirt with this tropical rose pink gauze split neck blouse. And here I tucked in the top all the way around, blousing it a little. On the right I’m just showing you how the length and hem of the blouse. I wouldn’t wear it that way.
I’m wearing mediums in both pieces above.
Next I shifted gears and tried on a couple of things for the office or church or other dressier events. I love the tropical rose color of this Cutout Flutter Sleeve Top. I’m wearing a medium and it fits true to size. I have this full top tucked in the front.
I’m wearing the Cutout Flutter Sleeve Top with the Ankle Pant in Atlantic Navy. I’m wearing the curvy fit in a size 8 and they fit nicely. But I definitely have to have the curvy fit in most of Ann Taylor’s dress pants.
The Ankle Pant also comes in black and is made of 88% Cotton, 12% Elastane, for a bi-stretch comfort. The pants are tailored trim with belt loops, front onseam pockets and back Besom pockets. They are quite comfortable and so very workplace appropriate.
I guess I need to start carrying window cleaner wipes with me to these try-on sessions. Ha!
Anyhow, above I’m wearing the Atlantic Navy Ankle Pant with the linen blend sweater in sail cloth. This beautiful cap sleeve sweater also comes in three other shades. I’m wearing my TTS 8. If I worked outside the home, I would consider at summer linen blend sweater like this to be a wardrobe essential. But you can find a similar button front option with a longer sleeve here.
I paired the linen blend sweater with some beautiful suiting below. I’m wearing it with the Straight Pant in linen herringbone. This time they didn’t have the curvy fit in the pants, so I sized up to a 10. These do fit, but I’d probably prefer the 8 in the curvy just because I know those curvy fits usually work well for me with AT. Then again, since they’re white pants, I might would stick with this 10. Anyhow just consider either sizing up or going with the curvy fit (if needed) for these more sheer pants.
I simply showed the Straight Pant in linen herringbone and the linen blend sweater above with different shoes so you could see how they fit lengthwise and how they’d work with different footwear options.
And below I added the One Button Blazer In Linen Herringbone. I also took the photo in a different place and you can see that the color of the suit darkened a bit. I’d say the suit is definitely the lighter, whiter shade, but it’s also not a true white. It’s a beautiful, creamy white.
Remember, Ann Taylor is having a buy more save more event with $75 off your $250+ purchase, $50 off your $200+ purchase and $25 off your $150+ purchase when you use the code HEAT. And this is an ONLINE ONLY deal.
Thanks for going shopping with me. And let me know if you have any questions about the fashions I shared here or anything else I may have seen in the stores. It’s a pleasure serving you.
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