LOFT is having their F&F sale with 40% off sitewide using code SHAREIT. I wanted to share my top picks starting with this closet basic utility blouse, which comes in either collarless or collared (prefer the latter since the collar adds dimension when layering). I really love this drapey top (fit was good in xxs petite), and it's been a travel staple since it's comfy and doesn't wrinkle on me. Nick was chuckling at breakfast today since mine now has a stain due to accidents from nearly each meal I've eaten while traveling, but no worries - it can just be thrown in the washer back home! It is thin and lightweight, so I would recommend the darker colors to avoid the risk of sheerness.
LOFT sweatshirt jacket in XS petite
I have seen tons of these moto-style sweatshirt jackets this season, similar to a Halogen olive green one I got last season. The concept of these are great, as the moto-style structure adds a little dressiness while the material is all about comfort. For reference, this one is a lot thicker than the Halogen one and is medium to heavy in weight. I'm surprised to see reviewers mention snags since I actually thought the material didn't feel snag-prone, but wanted to note that. It's like a marled heather-y knit, and would look nice with jeans and tall boots or booties. I was trying on one size up from what I usually wear at LOFT and the sleeves were a tad long, so I'd say it runs true to size.
I finally got to try on their legging jeans (also in dark wash) in size 24/00 petite (cuffed in the photo above as they hit about 1" past my ankles). They were very skinny in cut and narrow in the ankle opening, which I know some of you like and have trouble finding. My legs / knees are not straight, so these days I've been gravitating towards slim but not super skinny jeans, which are more flattering in that area for me personally. I preferred the fit of their modern skinny jeans (see on me here) which are a little less snug along the legs.
On the note of the modern skinny jeans, I wanted to share a quick story about an email I got from "Rob." I don't get many emails from men, and most of the ones I do go to the junk folder (ie. guys asking for used stockings or worn shoes...*shudder*). Rob's email caught my eye as it came with a photo attachment of him and a beautiful, radiant lady. Apparently this was his fiancee, who went shopping for clothes for their engagement shoot and couldn't find anything that came close to fitting. He was determined to help after she called him in tears outside of a mall. He hopped on a computer, somehow came across EP via an online search, and ordered a few outfits from my blog for her to try. Long story short, these jeans and the jeweled sweatshirt were keepers and their engagement photos are gorgeous. I enjoy shopping so much that I sometimes forget how frustrating it can be to find clothes that fit properly, no matter what size or body type you are. And that Rob - what a keeper!
R & his fiancee (outfit details from this post)
This grey sweatshirt looks to be sold out, but I saw a few very similar versions including this peach one. The fleece lining of this is so soft and comfy, and it was not boxy. I got a question recently on how to wear neutrals without washing out your skin tone, and the quickest tip is to "sandwich" something of a different color in between the neutral item and your skin. With this top, you could layer a white or colored crewneck tee underneath, a collared blouse, or add a necklace that hits at the neckline junction so you won't look like one blob of peach.
Starburst jewel sweatshirt in petite XS
If you need any fillers for free shipping, I've been on a scarf kick this year and they also make great gifts for friends and family. They are hard to shop online since I really like to see and feel the fabrics in-person. My favorite out of the sale selection has to be a blue and grey plaid option which you guys may have seen me wear here and here. It's very soft and did not feel itchy against my sensitive skin, so would recommend especially at 40% off. The scarf I'm wearing in the first picture of this post is similar in feel and size, with a slightly different color scheme and more muted plaid pattern.
Happy shopping! Please feel free to share any good finds + suggestions from recent sales!