Spring Sale Reviews: LOFT & Banana Republic Petites

Happy Easter to those who celebrate! There's a few sales going on this weekend, including 50% off and free shipping on all orders at LOFT with code CYBERSPRING, 40% off and free ship on all orders at Ann Taylor w/ APRIL40, and 40% off (excludes denim) at Gap w/ code GAPEGG. I haven't been inside a LOFT for quite some time, and was pleasantly surprised by the bright colors and cute prints.
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LOFT floral skirt ($30 in stores), LOFT ponte shell (orange on the bottom, $18 in stores for reg sizes)

I love the vibrancy of this skirt and the weight of the material, which felt like a thick canvas. I'm trying on a 4P with the extra material pinched behind me, so unfortunately I can't gauge the fit (but in my experience, LOFT bottoms require waist alterations). I also liked the juicy pink and orange color combination and the neckline pleats of this thicker ponte shell. I could only find a regular XS at my local store, which was too boxy throughout with generous armholes.

Both items are still available in smaller petite sizes online - I ended up ordering the ponte shell in petite XXS, this box pleat blouse, and the Marisa white linen pants in my quest for white trousers without sheerness issues. I was also eying this colorblock shell with good reviews, but already own several black & white items.
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I love my tweed jackets, but the thinner texture of this one felt flat. I tried it on along with the dress below only to check out the fit (and in the spirit of Easter). The jacket fit me well in length and not bad at the shoulders and torso, but the sleeves would need slimming.

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This mod-inspired shift dress fit just as expected, with the length being on the shorter end. As with most shift styles, I would not recommend this for larger chests. I was disappointed that there were no pockets or lining (if memory serves me right) for a dress like this. If you're hankering for something in spring colors, I really like this floral print dress which looks more flattering and costs less, but was not available at my local store.

BR was also having 40% off everything yesterday, but I see it's only 30% off online. This mustard yellow blazer with piping (reviewed here) is now a bargain for the quality at just $49 (update: excluded from this online promo), but smaller petite sizes may be hard to find at this point. It's still fully stocked in regular sizing online, with two other colors that aren't marked down as much yet (love the "angora white"). While shopping for Nick, I tried on two new arrivals but didn't feel compelled to purchase either:
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The peplum trend got a bit overdone last year, but I liked this subdued variation with a slight flared bottom. I can see this worn both with pants as well as belted over a pencil or A-line skirt. In person, the jacquard material has just a slight sheen and is very pretty. The fit was good with a small issue - the shoulder straps felt a little wide on me.
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I loved the fit of this blazer from the front - the collarless design with tapering along torso made for a seamless fit, and the knit material laid smoothly and felt comfortable. I couldn't see my full back, but one possible fit issue might be the lack of a back vent. I was also disappointed by the partial lining that just covered the upper torso of the blazer. Not sure why retailers are doing that more often, especially for items that retail over $100.

Overall, an empty-handed shopping trip for me (other than the LOFT items ordered online to try), which my full closet is perfectly happy about. If you had any good sale finds this weekend, I'd love to hear about them!

50 comments:

  1. I, too, have not been in LOFT for ages. I don't know what it is, but their line has not been speaking to me in the same manner as 2009/2010/2011 when I couldn't seem to get out of Loft! These choices are all very pretty, but, if you don't need any of them, then smart of you to walk away. I recently returned a bunch of things to Anthro, Ann Taylor, and BR. I thought I needed all of the discounted things I bought. But really, I don't need another thing. Back they went!

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  2. Ohhh love the loft items especially the pink shell and the flora skirt!! too bad about the sizing :(
    omg i tried on the same BR blazer in 00P and the bust area was too big for me. it looked very promising on the hanger. i think my bust shrank because i started running recently when i really just wanted to tone my legs. argh! i'm hoping it's size inconsistency is the issue and not the latter. lol

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  3. you picked out some very nice spring items! the brighter colors make me feel happy, esp. since it is raining here right now.
    That BR lattice peplum top looks so cute on you too!

    shortandsweetjoy

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  4. Great reviews, Jean. I like the ponte shell on you. I didn't buy anything this weekend but I saw an olive military jacket at BR (not online). Fit was casual, came with a hidden hood, but made of raincoat material. It was still $150 before discounts, so I may pick it up on further sale.

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  5. Ooh I like the box pleat blouse. What color did u get?

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    1. Ps use code cyberspring for 50% off!

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    2. Ah..I saw that being advertised this morning but it didn't go live til now! I got the pink/orange color combo. Hope it's not as boxy as in the photo on the model.

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    3. ooh, not that one.. the 3/4 sleeve blouse. i couldnt decide and ordered all 3! =X

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    4. Duh, I should've realized the other top only comes in one color! : ) I had the same dilemma as you and ended up getting both whisper white and the light taupe. White was my first choice but reviews said it was very sheer (I'm ok with a little sheer, but we'll have to see!). Hope at least one of yours works out for you!

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    5. You too! : ) thanks for the deal alert!

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  6. I like the ponte shell on you, though sizing could be smaller. So glad spring is here, yay for vibrant colors. I don't actually have any floral pattern anything, too scared to try.

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  7. Thanks for these reviews, Jean! I can't put my finger on what, but there's something about the dobby striped shift dress that I really like on you. I have the white Julie linen trousers from a few years ago and feel they're casual in person, so I rarely wear them with dressy items. They're lined but the pocket outlines are somewhat visible. They're super comfortable and perfect for summer. I hope the Marisa pants you ordered lives up to your expectations!

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  8. Your reviews are always so useful! Thank you! Now just waiting for an H and M spring/summer items reviews because that's the only store that's actually near me!!

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  9. Thanks Jean for this post! I'm interested in the ponte shell (orange/pink combo) top but generally I get gaping arm holes with these styles. Would love to know how the XXS fits you when it arrives (I'm have very similar measurements to you)!

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  10. Thanks for the review! Just ordered the floral skirt and the floral dress from Loft both in 00p! I've been eying these for a while too and your post just helped me make the decision :-)

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  11. Gap code cannot be applied to 1969 jeans~~

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    1. Very sneaky of them, yet again! Thank you for the alert.

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  12. I luckily found that floral skirt in my size, I love it!

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  13. After reading your post, I decided to buy some items at Loft. I never brought anything from Loft before, but it was 50% off and free shipping, so it cant hurt to try. I brought the top you tried on in pink and orange, in the white in black because I didn't like the orange part on the bottom. I cant wait to try on all my new items.

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  14. Thanks for the great sale alerts that are going on currently. I love the ponte shell, I think it's completely sold out now though since I don't see it even listed on the site anymore.

    Suzie Q
    www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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    1. Try clicking her link. I just tried it and the shell showed up just fine for me. Good luck!

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  15. love the skirt and striped dress!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  16. Thanks ! Picked up 2 sandals !
    Can you please do a post on wardrobe essentials for casual wear? Not for work.

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  17. Great looks! The lattice print is very slimming and would look nice under a black blazer as well!

    http://beautepoet.blogspot.ca/

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  18. I reviewed Loft today, too. :) I like the ponte shell on you. Such a pretty color. I also thought the yellow tweed blazer was a dud. Thanks for sharing pics :)

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  19. hi jean I love ur style...can u plse give me advice on what color/style outerwear wd go wid this top http://www.laura-ashley.com.au/Allover-Spot-Shirt.aspx?p36347 … paired wid my deep rust boyfriend chinos?

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  20. Thanks for the photos and update!

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  21. I absolutely love this blog. You have inspired me so much, Jean. I have found many items in Loft, Ann Taylor, and J Crew. If it weren't for you, I would have never perfected my style. I am now happy with clothing and have learned to care about my appearance. By the way, I am an Asian teenager who is 4'10" (and done growing). I thought I'd be destined to wear junior clothing that doesn't fit well for the rest of my life, but now I don't have to worry about that. 00P and XXP fit perfectly . Thanks again!

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  22. Jean,

    Any chance you can speak to anyone in Ann Taylor & Ann Taylor Loft for us International petites about their sales policy?

    Ann Taylor finally start shipping internationally but international customers are excluded from their sales. Other stores like jcrew and banana republic & gap don't exclude international customers from their sales. I emailed ann taylor customer service and recieved no response and when I asked in a comment on their facebook page they deleted it! I would purchase many petite items but when factoring in taxes, duties & shipping it only makes financial sense if I can access the sale prices. For example, the ann taylor perfect pumps would cost me €127.10 plus €26.55 duties & taxes plus at least another €20 for shipping - so a pair of ann taylor perfect pumps would cost me over 170 euro or about 220 dollars if paying full price!

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  23. That floral pencil skirt is so cute! LOVE it!

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  24. Yes, I just want to echo what everyone else has said - thank you so much for posting these pics. It is so helpful! I am also really happy to know these fit issues are not just mine alone. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't even remember to think about alterations. Usually I just put items back on the hanger and leave.

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  25. Loving these looks! Hope you had a great Easter!

    http://the-glitter-life.com/2013/04/01/white-chocolate-snack-mix/

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  26. The first floral skirt is cute! (I want!)

    Manon
    http://fromtokyotoparis.wordpress.com/

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  27. Great finds! I'm really liking the coral shell and collarless blazer!

    xoxo,
    Andrea

    www.andreaeveryday.com

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  28. love the yellow jacket! :*

    http://landing-in-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  29. Super cute finds! Loving that shift dress!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.HeyLoveBlog.com

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  30. I just tried purchasing the tipped blazer with the promo code at BR and it doesn't seem to work on this item for some reason.

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    1. Use the code 50BRSHOP, I got extra 50% off

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    2. Anon # 1 - Darn, I missed the fine print again. Sorry about the confusion.

      Anon # 2 - that code doesn't work for me, but it's awesome that you got it. What a deal.

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  31. I love the skirt in the first look and your cell phone case is too cute! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  32. There are SO many great sales right now! And I LOVE your Ferragamo flats (wish I could find those on sale.) :)
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

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  33. Your skinny jeans look like they fit you perfectly! Are they new (this year's)? And did you make any alterations?

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    1. Hi there - they are last years, and I haven't ever had to make alterations to Gap's legging jeans from the petite line. They usually fit on the snug end as well.

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    2. Thank you for answering my question from an older post. This must take up so much of your time! I know I can always count on your reviews and assessment of fit. =)

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  34. I got my loft order today! Which color box pleat blouse did u end up keeping? I have the pink and white...

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    1. I am keeping the white - it definitely is sheer but a wireless nude-colored bra does the trick. What about you?

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    2. I love them both. I was worried the white would be too sheer based in the reviews but I found the white to be very crisp and clean. The pink color is great for spring. Since I could see myself getting a lot of use out of both I decided to keep both. I love that it is at good length to tuck in or out... And can be worn to work or out for drinks. The material is nice not wrinkle prone... plus it was basically BOGO thanks to ur alert. Thanks! : )

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  35. Oh - I ordered that dress from Loft. http://www.loft.com/loft/product/LOFT-Petite/LOFT-Petite-Dresses/Petite-Floral-Dream-Print-Halter-Neck-Dress/302211?colorExplode=false&skuId=13606671&catid=catl000036&productPageType=fullPriceProducts&defaultColor=6909&CID=aff_2178999

    Somehow that print was disappointing in person.

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  36. Awesome looks. My sis bought a truckload of stuff from the sale. Was stuck with assignments and by the time I could hit the stores, most of the good stuff was gone. Thankfully my sis bought some stuff for me too. I loved a pair of lace pants she got for me.

    yamkantravel.blogspot.com

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  37. I have that floral skirt! It's super cute for spring/summer.

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