H&M shorts, LOFT striped top, Ann Taylor pumps (similar, on sale in sz 5+), DIY leopard clutch (tutorial)
Just sharing a basic outfit from the hot & humid weekend, and some pics from a recent order. I gravitated towards this navy & white top as a replacement for an old Forever 21 blouse, which became warped and shrunken after one wash to something suitable for a teddy bear. This top is cut generously and could probably benefit from an inch of slimming on each side. However, the smooth polyester drapes & tucks like silk plus is easily washable, which is why my LOFT blouses get lots of wear. I also appreciated that the tiny stripes actually line up on both sides.
I like that this is a lightweight staple for work or casual outfits in the hot summer, plus works both un-tucked or tucked-in. I prefer it with pants/shorts to see the increasing stripe width detail. I got mine in-store for $18 after an extra 60% off. Measurements of XXSP are: 13.5" across shoulder, 16" armpit to armpit, 18.5" across bottom, and 22" length. Note: the narrower neck opening measures 9.75" across and may be tight for some.
Elastic Waist Striped Pencil Skirt (XS P, left photo has 2" clipped back)
I also inadvertently ordered a semi-coordinating skirt. Apparently, LOFT made a few striped pieces to be worn together as a dress or separately – a design after my own heart. I somehow selected the wrong size, so the skirt pictured does not fit. I did try on a similar elastic skirt in the right size, which fit better like this.
The skirt is a knit tee-shirt material with an elastic waist all-around. Even though this was described online, the picture made it look dressier. Maybe the key is to "fill out" the elastic waistband and gathered area, so it looks more pencil and less casual/scrunchy. You can conceal some of the elastic with a wider belt, and I will admit it's comfy on expanding waistlines. Verdict: Return. Would recommend to someone looking for a more casual striped skirt and can fill it out better (perhaps size down).
Marisa Bi-Stretch Skinny Cropped Pants (trying 00P)
solid colors or a cute seahorse print) have a 23.75" inseam and 5.5" leg opening - I just wish those would come in a dressier material for work. Verdict: Return. Possibly suitable for someone with a shorter inseam (or someone who can pull off crops), who doesn't mind a less-fitted leg.
Michael Kors 38mm watch, links removed (similar), Hermes belt (gift from Nick, re-sized for free by the store)
Did you purchase anything from the recent rounds of AT/LOFT mega-sales? If so, please share any keepers or recommendations!