In case anyone wasn’t 100% clear on the level of dorkiness Sarah and I can sink-I mean aspire to, allow me to clear that right up.
But yay!!! Sarah’s back!! And this time we hit up LOFT. I’m not gonna lie…..it was a little hit-or-miss, and it took Sarah two (TWO!! the poor thing) trips to get the sizing/combos to work. LOFT’s marketing machine of gorgeous, soft-colored neutrals is hard to resist, so I think our trouble started with thinking that EVERYTHING would be amazing. It’s not. But there are several pieces that are just so, so good. And in the end? Well done, LOFT.
Let me start with something near and dear to my heart: sweatpants. This outfit was my personal fav. I’m wearing LOFT’s Moto Flight Jacket (size XS), with Lou & Grey’s Trackstripe pants (size XS) and Lou & Gray’s signature tee (size S). I wish they had an XXS in both the moto jacket and pants. (FYI – an XXS is available in the jacket, but not the pants.) Sadly, Sarah couldn’t find anything from the Lou & Grey line in MN, soooooo…..
Let’s move on to Sarah, shall we?
Jacket: LOFT Moto Flight Jacket (XS on me, M on Sarah) – We both LOVED this piece!! It us insanely soft. Really surprisingly soft. It’s more like a fleece than a jacket.
Skirt – Left on Me: Quilted Flippy Skirt (XXS) – even with an XXS, this skirt was *almost* a bit loose. Which means I can wash/dry without fear. Sarah also tried on this skirt, but the quilted fabric wasn’t flattering – it didn’t drape well on a curvier body. (And on Sarah, the M was too small, the L was too big.)
Skirt – Right on Sarah: Tweed Flippy Skirt (M) – Much better drape with this fabric!
On Me – LEFT: Quilted Flippy Skirt (XXS), Marled Sweater in blue (S)
On Sarah – RIGHT: Tweed Flippy Skirt (M), Back Button Pullover in plum (M)
I loved the wash of these jeans, but not the fit (I like mine to fit skinnier), but Sarah loved them!! She noted that she had to size down to get the right fit (and she didn’t notice much difference between the curvy and regular sizing). We were surprised by how cute the tops were on both of our body types!
Also, I’d like to talk about the button-down for a sec:
The Stripe Knit Button-down Shirt is actually made of soft jersey, like a t-shirt. So it layers beautifully – your arms never feel restricted. This piece was one of our very favorites from LOFT. (It also comes in gray, chambray stripe, and a bunch of solid colors that Sarah is wearing because I promised never to make her wear white again.) Also, all LOFT tops are 40% off right now….
On Me – Left: LOFT Snow Leopard Print Car Coat (the store only had a S, so it was WAY too big), Knit button-down in gray (S), Whisper Stripe Pullover Sweater (M), Denim leggings in center blue wash (24).
The striped sweater is ever-so-slightly-sheer, so it showed the contrasting placket of the gray knit button-down. If I were to do this over, I’d put the striped sweater over a solid button-down (or the gray stripes – anything without a contrasting collar and placket). Also, the denim leggings were a much better fit for me than the jeans.
Top: Mixed Mosaic Woven Sweatshirt (XS, S) – This is the most misleading name ever. I love this top, but there’s nothing sweatshirt-y about it. It’s simply a silky, polyester top. Sarah liked it MUCH better once she sized down.
Skirt: Wooly Plaid Pencil Skirt (00, 6) – we both loved this skirt. I’d prefer the 00P, and Sarah would prefer the 8, but we worked with what they had. Anyway, this is a fab skirt for work or fall date night.
I’m a mixed-print kind of girl, but if it’s too much for you, try topping with LOFT’s Bomber Jacket. So cute for work, right? (Ignore the weird fuzz on mine – dirty mirror.)
The bomber jacket is really good – it’s boiled wool, so very soft, warm, yet thin enough to drape well.
This outfit is adorable on Sarah, but it strikes me as too Bolero-tie-Texan on me. You know? Maybe it’s the hair. Or maybe I just need to swap out that shirt. And when I first saw the pic of Sarah, I thought “what is she doing with her hand?” She sent me like 7 of these pics, all with the weird hand position. Then I realized: she’s copying the pic I sent of me.
BWAH HA HA HA! Well played, Sarah.
Jacket: LOFT’s Bomber Jacket
Top: LOFT Grid Dot Blouse (I actually like the piping and the sexy pajama-vibe of this top…even if this execution didn’t quite work.)
Jeans: Skinny Stitched Moto Jeans in smash blue wash (29, only on Sarah – everything was sold out in my size)
I like the blouse better unbuttoned (at least on me):
Ok, now we’re entering stranger territory. Behold, LOFT’s faux-leather mini skirt:
I am swimming in the petite XXS. Even this size was too big around my poochy waist – and I have it cranked up as high as possible, in order to make it “mini”. With all of that, I do like the look of a long sweater over an A-line mini….it’s almost like a color-blocked dress. And Sarah and I are both wearing a medium in the sweater (and I almost want her to go down one more size). It’s LOFT’s Colorblocked Textural Sweater. The color-blocking on this thing is genius – it actually helps make you look thinner.
Soooo…all in all, this outfit was OK. Close, but not the greatest. So we each tweaked our above outfits one more time….
On Me – LEFT: This is still the colorblocked sweater, but I went down to a size S (and they only had it in navy). Because the skirt was just too long, I swapped it out for the Quilted Flippy Skirt. This result is a much better example of the two-pieces-to-look-like-a-colorblocked-dress I was going for.
On Sarah – Right: Sarah swapped out the colorblocked sweater for one that showed off the elastic-waist detail (Back Button Pullover in plum). Better, right?
I can’t help but think that we both may be better off with LOFT’s Leather Paneled Ponte skirt. Sadly, this piece wasn’t in our stores.
But….THE FUN DOESN’T STOP HERE!!
Coincidentally, I received an email (with pics!! my fav!!) from reader Amber, who had just scored big at LOFT. Her fav? That Colorblocked Textural Sweater, which, she notes, she liked better when she sized up TWO sizes.
Amber had a few other favs, like “the perfect oxblood cords I’ve been needing” (LOFT calls them “darkest cranberry”) and these two stand-out pieces:
Right: LOFT Chambray Sweatshirt
Um….how much do you love her little blond shopping partner? I cracked up reading the last line of her email: “This is the softest chambray ever. Ever. The boy quit.”
Amber, thank you SO much for sending these pics!! I definitely missed that sweatshirt dress (cause I would’ve been ALL OVER IT), and the LOFT store I was in had exactly ONE chambray sweatshirt left in stock. It wasn’t my size, but I agree with you on the softness. (It’s more like a flowy top than a sweatshirt, but LOFT is clearly playing fast-and-loose with the ‘sweatshirt’ moniker these days.)
Oh! And before I forget: If anyone needs a cute raincoat, LOFT’s Coated Anorak is awfully cheery. (No Sarah because she is boycotting all forms of yellow.)
I hope you guys like reading these as much as Sarah and I like doing them….I should also mention that all tops and sweaters are currently 40% at LOFT.
Love you, Sar. Thanks for putting up with me and going back a SECOND time.
ps. Where should we go next? I’m hearing you guys want Anthro? Nordies? If we do Nordies, it might make sense to focus on just a designer or two at a time. Vince? Joie? Who are you currently drooling over? LET THE SHOPPING ENABLERS HELP YOU PULL THE TRIGGER….LOOK INTO OUR EYES…..
pps. Please leave harassing comments about the quality of Sarah’s phone. Sar – my offer to get you a dang iPhone still stands!!!! Stubborn girl.