Today marks the official first day of Spring 2022! Yesterday we had some chilly rain and today is sunny and in the 70s. And I am totally here for it; I love the combo of rain and warm sun. Fashion wise it’s all about layers and feel good (and look good) fabrics and colors. I recently have been on a LOFT kick. With work heading back into the office, I have been mindfully collecting new pieces that can help with the transition. LOFT is the spin-off brand of Ann Taylor. I would describe it as the young, fun, little sister to the Ann Taylor brand. I placed a couple orders recently and even made a visit to one of the stores (as I had been wanting to try on and see how their jeans were. And can I just say, they did not disappoint!) I am so thrilled and giddy with all the pieces so much that I had to share them here with you:
Striped Harbor Tee
One of my sisters once told me to never buy another striped top again because I already owned so many. Sorry sis, but this one is not your typical striped top. I loved how the sleeves contrasted with the body of the shirt. I think it gives it a unique and fresh vibe. The description of the tee did not do it justice though. I was expecting tee shirt material but the material on this piece is luxe knit. It is almost like a fine sweater material. It definitely took me by surprise, in a good way. The weight of the material makes it perfect for Spring and in AC offices. I have learned I am a Loft size XS, as their clothing runs on the big side. XS fit perfectly. The top features a beautiful boatneck and has 3/4 sleeves. Also of note, the color I got is called Forever Navy. It is so dark though that you can wear it with black and it does not look odd. I honestly thought it was black. It does come in 4 other colors, sizes XXS-XXL.
Tipped Relaxed V-Neck Pocket Cardigan
This may be the most perfectly versatile cardigan ever. The color is called Whisper White which makes it look white without looking like a lab coat. It is gorgeous. You must go to the LOFT website and see all the looks they styled this cardigan with. This is the perfect sweater that beautifully goes with everything. Light jeans, dark jeans, sweatpants, skirts, dresses, chinos….this cardigan does it ALL. I got the XS and the fit is still slightly relaxed. Sizes available in XS-XL.
Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Lite Split Neck Hoodie
I was not even looking for this piece, it found me. I was in the LOFT store to try on a pair of their jeans when I walked by this top and made the mistake of touching it. The material is that elevated, silk-like feeling that just makes you giggle out loud when you feel it. And when you put it on, you feel like a million bucks. They styled this hoodie so cleverly too. I am typically not a fan of hoodies, as I find a lot of them have hoods that weigh so much they pull the front up and they are always up against your neck or you are constantly adjusting it all day to keep it back from choking you. Not this one though. The material is so lightweight, and the split neck means there is not a chance of falling under the common hoodie curse. There is a kangaroo pocket in front but I like to give this a little front tuck. It is just so polished and elevated for an otherwise casual, fun piece. Sizes available in XXS-XXL and comes in 3 colors. Good luck resisting this one!
Curvy Chewed Hem High Rise Skinny Jeans in Authentic Indigo
After loving so many pieces from LOFT, I wanted to see how their jeans were. I went into the store to try them on because they have such an impressive range of sizes. These jeans, in particular, come in Curvy and Regular fit, in Petite Curvy and Petite Regular fit, and range 24- 32 waist size. I am about 5’5″ and went with the Curvy Regular 25. The size chart is very helpful in assisting you find your best fit. You can also find helpful sizing information under the product’s details tab for each item. Aside from that though, are these jeans not the most perfect and fun pair you have ever seen? I am not huge on distressing and these have just a touch. The hem is so cute, fun, and unique. They are the perfect hem to show off cute shoes or sandals! The color, Authentic Indigo, is just the perfect shade too. Not too dark and not too light. I am obsessed with them!
Wide Leg Chino Pants
LOFT was having a big sale on pants this weekend so I thought I would try out some of their chinos as well. They offer different silhouettes but wide leg is having a moment this season so I ordered their Wide Leg Chino Pant in Forever Navy to go with my striped tee and cardigan. I ordered the 00 Regular as the reviews all said they run quite big. I will update this post once they arrive. They currently come in 3 colors, sizes 00-14, Regular and Petite.
Leopard Print Hoodie Sweater
This sweater is on sale since we are done with Winter. The reviews were all so great though that I wanted to try it on in the store and see how it was. This sweater is so thick but very soft. It feels like a warm hug. I ended up putting in on in the car on my ride home from the store and it was a perfect alternative to a bulky jacket. I think it will serve me in Spring for the super chilly evenings (or mornings)! The print is so cute. It does have a hoodie and sweater material drawstrings. The hoodie wasn’t pulling my neck; it just felt soft, warm, perfection.
Petite Lou & Grey Plaid Shirt and Shorts
These plaid pieces, I found in the sale section and are from last season. However, I think they look adorable for a backyard party or bbq. Someone in the reviews said how together they look like a romper. But since they are two pieces, you get the look without the inconvenience in the bathroom. Sold! They were only available in petite sizing, so I am crossing my fingers they will fit alright since I am kind of right near where most designers draw that petite line, usually 5’4″ and under. Update to follow once the pieces arrive.
Mixed Metal Chain Necklace and Oval Hoop Earrings
Who else loves grabbing accessories to pad the cart a little to get free shipping? I found this mixed metal (gold and silver) necklace in the sale section and I have been wanting to find a piece with both metals for a while now. I am excited to see it in person. When I was younger, I was a total silver girl but as I get older, I gravitate more toward the gold these days. I also found some rectangular gold earrings that looked similar to the chain links of the necklace. I think the shape is a fun and fresh change up to the usual circle hoop. Update to come once the pieces arrive.
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