It’s no secret I love my tweed jackets – this one has the look and structure of one but with the comfort of a cozy sweater. For some reason I never saw this in petite sizing online but there were plenty at my local stores. An XXS petite fit well off the rack, although a more “shrunken” fit would be nice for a boxier style like this. The sweater weave is light but dense, so this has been a staple at my desk for keeping warm in.
I was bummed to lose my favorite Ann Taylor pearl & chain necklace while traveling, and haven’t had luck since using store locator. Thankfully, a few of my friends had picked it up, so I get to be a happy borrower while searching for a replacement. I love that the pearls and chains accentuate both the ivory and metallic fibers in the jacket.
While at LOFT I also tried on this cute red dress with flared pleats. LOFT dresses are usually a little roomy on me, so I was surprised when the torso of this one zipped up snugly. The waistline of this one was borderline too high for me, so longer-torso’d ladies please take note. I've hit my red dress quota but just wanted to share.
LOFT scuba skirt pleated dress in 00P (50% off)
The fit and flare style must be going strong this season, as I saw a very similar dress at H&M. This one had the opposite problem with the armholes and waistline falling too low on me, as H&M sizing does not come in petites. I thought it had good potential for someone a little taller. Price was $49.50 which is on the high end for their Everyday line.
This plum ponte dress below is also from H&M, from their Trend line (better quality in my experience but also higher price points; line is available only in larger city stores). I posted a while back that I brought it home and planned on hemming it. After taking a closer look, however, I realized it needed more than just a hem.
H&M Trend dress in sz 2, item #077246, $59.50, off the rack fit above vs. clipped up fit below
Although the dress fit narrow, the torso would become frumpy if I wasn’t standing straight. I finally realized it was due to the bust darts being a few inches below my actual chest, which resulted in the undesirable “double boob shelf” effect.
This can be remedied by lifting the torso in place via the shoulders - most easily done with sleeveless items. The sleeves here however would also need to be removed, the armholes re-sized and sleeves re-attached. I returned this dress, but would recommend for anyone who can fit it better off the rack, as I thought the quality was nice and the shape was very flattering