Talbots striped tee sz Petite P, Sole Society booties sz 5.5
The pre-Thanksgiving F&F; sales are rolling in, including 25% off site-wide for Kate Spade (one of my go-to’s for holiday gifts) with GIFTED, 40% off at Ann Taylor with FRIENDS40 including new arrivals that hit yesterday, and also 40% at LOFT with code SHAREIT. I get a lot of questions on the olive skinny jeans I wear constantly, but they’re an older style by 7FAMK. I’ve tried on several alternatives from a wide price range and these LOFT sateen 5-pocket legging jeans were the best dupe I’ve found, plus are very affordable with this sale! They come in 5 colors and in regular, petite, and tall sizing…
I’m trying on a 24P which was a snug fit, and the length is great for shorties (just cuffed up once with these booties). I’m always surprised by how slim LOFT’s skinny jeans run compared to their skirts and pants, which I almost always need to get altered. The sateen material is not a shiny one (like what I typically mentally associate with “sateen”), more with a sueded feel and the color is a true dark olive. LOFT also makes a coated legging jean that fits equally great. The carbon color is a fun alternative to plain black jeans and the brandywine is beautiful in-person.
On to this coat – for several years now I’ve been shopping for a classic, belted camel coat. The top contenders for me each year remained the J.Crew’s popular icon trench (see my past review) and Burberry Brit’s camel coat (see my past review). The J.Crew had great details but a boxier cut and the Burberry was better but at a much steeper price point, so I wanted to take time and shop around more. You would think there’d be more options for such a staple piece! Years later I’m still camel-coatless and didn’t want to go any longer without one. I finally took the plunge with the Burberry (got a size 2 for layering room and shortened the sleeves) which of course has gone up in price during the time I’ve been hemming and hawing away, but I hope the number of wears over the next few years will make it a worthwhile splurge.
I’ll be showing more of that coat soon, but as a look-for-less, I wanted to do a quick review on this LOFT belted coat. It’s not too similar, but is one of the very few camel coat options I’ve found this year, especially since the J.Crew icon trench in camel sold like hotcakes before Fall barely began. It is single breasted, and a slight A-line cut when unbelted.
The style has a funnel neck like the Burberry which can be worn folded down, or propped up for full neck/lower chin coverage on brisk days. The material is a 50% wool blend which I found to be ~ medium weight. The quality of the material was average, nothing to write home about but I haven’t seen better options at the sale price point. I thought it fit true to size for LOFT coats and my usual xxsp had room for thick layers underneath. Details-wise, I like the classic shoulder epaulettes and button tabs by the wrists, however I never understand why coat pockets have upper openings instead of side/slanted for easier hand entry!
As part of this LOFT sale I ordered the coated legging jeans and plaid funnel neck coat to try – I’m iffy about what the coat material will be like, but am in love with the taupe/ gray/ brick red color scheme and how it goes with almost everything I’ve been wearing lately. UPDATE: the coated legging jeans are amazing and a definite keep – would highly recommend. The coat pattern is great and fit in xxsp is also good on me for a coat, but the material is not high quality…will be trying it on more and deciding on that one.
Banana Republic actually also makes a plaid gray coat in petites which I saw in store and thought was nice quality. The pattern doesn’t speak to me as much, but I wanted to mention their 3-button coat in general which I hope they’ll make in more colors/patterns! I tried on the bright neon version of the same coat above in XSP (my usual size was sold out in-store) and was impressed by the tailored yet classic feminine look – a nice alternative to the J.Crew lady day. It was just a little big so I think my usual Banana Republic size would’ve fit perfectly. The bright lime was too bright as a coat even for this neon-lover (however there are lots of 5-star reviews for it already online), but check out the grey plaid for a more muted look.