J.Crew Ella Strapless Dress in garden floral (extra 40% off) and medallion paisley (item #72213)
I certainly don't need a strapless dress, and usually avoid buying things for the "great deal," but the combination of a vibrant pattern, great fit, and value ($24 for fully-lined, 100% silk dress with pockets and bust boning) swayed me to purchase. I made it work appropriate today with a blazer and some neutral pumps.
Fit: J.Crew womens clothing (notorious for vanity sizing) is usually a big miss for me, so I could not believe how similar this 00 regular fit to 00P's from other stores. The torso was just perfect on me snugness-wise, the bustier length was not too long, and the structured bust cups was not too roomy. The hips were slightly wide on me (but no bigger than BR or AT 00P hips), which I DIY altered by slimming 1" off each side and tapering in at the bottom. Length was also unexpectedly great for regular sizing, and hit me right above the knee.
Measurements: 00 regular measures 14.25" across the top of bust, 12" across the waist, 8" bodice length, 20.5" skirt length, 17.5" approx hips, and 17.5" bottom opening (not factoring in the slit).
Price: These are on sale online, but in-store pricing was lower at $24 for the silk floral, and approx. $36 for the sateen-like medallion paisley (both prices are after the extra 40% off and are final sale). If you locate your size at any store in the country, I believe they ship to homes for $7 or $8. If you want to use store locator, I feel the best time to call is right when they open so the inventory system is accurate, and so SA's have time to look stuff up.
Ann Taylor petite pants (2 colors), DIY dot blouse, Ferragamo bow low pumps (this year's version)
Next up...I've had a burning desire for classic red pants all year, especially since seeing Phiphi & SPG's ensembles...
I've already tried popular options Gap slim cropped pants and J.Crew minnie pants and both did not work out (terrible rear view with the Gap, too big Minnies with difficult to alter side zipper). When Ann Taylor came out with red Chelsea crops earlier this year, I did not even bother trying them knowing the sizing.
Imagine my joy upon walking past these adjustable-waist options at my local store. The adjustable feature is popular in childrenswear for growing young'uns, but why it hasn't expanded into adult markets is beyond me. Most women I know fluctuate at least 5lbs give or take, so even if you aren't extra petite, the adjustable feature is valuable. The funny thing is, based on the item description, it seems that Ann Taylor merely intended for these tabs to be decorative!
Before cinching ----> After cinching
Although the waist tabs looks obstructive, I noted that they are easily masked by a blouse, either tucked or untucked. The material feels slightly suiting-like, but due to the composition (poly/rayon/spandex blend), I am uncertain how they hold up with wear. My ideal material for these would be a premium lightweight wool, but asking for the right fit, material, color and price point would just be too much. Please note that the pants in the photo are about two sizes up from what I would ideally take in Ann Taylor. They are a 0P (smallest sizRe my store carries), and I think one size down from online would work wonderfully for someone my size, after being cinched. Also, the one review online suggests that these run smaller than Ann Taylor's typical pants. I will definitely be ordering during the next sale.
Ann Taylor Stitched Jersey Sheath Dress sz 00P, 2 colors
Lastly, I snapped quick pics of this red knit dress which I ordered online and subsequently returned. The fit was small and grazed over my figure with no alterations needed - usually, when an item looks curve-hugging on the model online, it tends to fit acceptably on me. However, the lines on the front of this dress are actually small perforations (holes) whereas I was hoping they were piping or even just seams.
Readers - Did you pick up any of the above? For owners of the adjustable-waist pants, I'd love to hear how the fabric holds up.
PS - Due to many repeat entries, it's taking me longer than expected to draw the winners of the LOFT gift card giveaway. I hope to do so by the end of this week - thank you for your patience and to those who followed the guidelines!