Saturday was a gorgeous near-60's day - I squeezed another wear out of this light coat before handing it over to my tailor. His queue is now a lengthy 2-3 weeks (secret's out! skilled, inexpensive tailor tucked behind the pho shops), which makes no difference since there's nothing but cold and snow in the forecast.
For anyone interested in these BP booties, please note from my previous review to consider sizing up. I initially went with my usual sz 5 and loved how they felt with thin tights. I wore them out and about before realizing how they'd fit over thicker socks. They were very snug on me over cotton socks, but thankfully I had a small-footed friend eager to take that pair off my hands.
I re-ordered both grey and black in half a size up, and was sad (but alas not surprised) to find the ankle opening to be incrementally wider. I didn't expect to keep the black over the grey, but when paired with jeans and tights, I thought this color showed the ankle gap a little less conspicuously. Compared to my other thin-heeled black booties, these provide much more stability for walking longer distances.
From my last post, thank you jannyisms and for3v3r16 for pointing out that LOFT has a super similar version of the Ann Taylor flutter sleeve dress. The fit of both are pretty much the same - slightly boxy A-line shift shape that requires a little slimming. Major differences include:
- LOFT's: fully lined (yay) but the sleeves are raw cut (why?!), soft scuba material is medium weight with a little stretch, thin cutout line around the bottom opening, more pink tone
- AT's: unlined with finished sleeves, thinner material with no stretch, panel stitch detail across the torso, more of a peach-nude tone
After discounts both were about the same price. There was no clear winner but I went with the LOFT version for the scuba material and full lining, and will try to find a solution to seal those raw cut sleeves. I could've waited for a better sale (cue 50% off everything from the good old days) but mall time has been a luxury lately.
And what familiar sight did I see while browsing the store? An ivory floral lace dress similar to one of my favorite pieces ever. The lace texture is unfortunately not thick crochet or intricate like Ann Taylor's prior year versions, but it is a similar-looking option. Petite sizing appears to be online only so I can't speak to the fit.
Zara floral peplum top (free shipping and returns)
Leaving you guys with a random fitting room shot from the iPhone files. This Zara top could add fun spring color and print even to a conservative wardrobe. I can see it paired with a black pantsuit, or layered over a turtleneck with a pencil skirt for work. I'm trying on a sz S here which was a slightly loose but comfortable fit. The peplum was surprisingly not too low on me, unlike most Zara item waistlines. Material felt like a very thin version of Clover Canyon's stretchy neoprene. Downside was the raw-cut edges (again!). Passed as I already own a floral peplum top in a similar color scheme, but wanted to share.