Bloomingdales’ Friends & Family sale just kicked off online – take 25% off your qualifying purchase with code FRIENDS with free shipping on all orders (ends 4/9). I wanted to review a few warm-weather pieces included in this sale – while it sure doesn’t feel like it in Boston, wedding and/or swimsuit season will be here before we know it! Also, Anthropologie is having a rare promo with $20 off every $100 spent using code SURPRISE, this weekend only. See their petite new arrivals here.
This lace slip dress from my IG would make a darling wedding guest outfit, and also comes in dark navy. It’s knee-length on the model but definitely midi on me (5′ tall). If you bought this earlier, they do price-adjust within a week! Several ladies commented with a great suggestion to shorten just the skirt lining, which I agree would help visually balance out the dress without losing any of the lace pattern. Fit info: I’m trying on XS and have the adjustable straps on a short setting, so the waistband sits higher up babydoll-style, where it’s more fitted on me. The triangular bust area is a little roomy but not too bad, and the skirt lining runs narrow across the hips when compared to the rest of the dress (hence the low customer rating). Total length not including the shoulder straps is 36″, width across the banded area is 13″, and skirt lining is 16.5″ across at the hips. The lining does stretch slightly about 2 inches, and the outer lace has a good weight and thickness to it.
Switching gears to swimsuits, I’ll be reviewing several styles over the coming weeks at multiple price points! To kick things off… if you’re looking for a flattering, well-made swimsuit that covers trouble areas but still has plenty of sex appeal – this one by Becca is it. Specifically the black color (update: unfortunately XS is only avail. sparsely now at Dillards, Nordstrom, Macy’s, or Zappos) if you want something extra forgiving. I can’t wait to wear it and show how it looks when on! This brand makes cute swimwear in both one and two-piece styles, and their items are very good quality from what I’ve tried.
The cutout waistband hits right above my natural waist and visually “nips in” that area. The material is sturdy-feeling and lined, with removable bra padding cups. The straps are adjustable at the shoulders and tie in the back, and there’s medium/moderate tush coverage. Despite the adjustable straps, however, I wouldn’t recommend this swimsuit for someone with a shorter torso than me, due to where the bust lining begins (see picture and measurements below).
Side note, if you missed out on the Sole Society dupes for my favorite low brown sandals (only sz 7.5 and up left at Nordstrom), they just hit the Sole Society website starting in sz 5! However, for some unfortunate reason they’re priced $10 more there. You can’t tell in the pics, but my Talbots ones are pretty scuffed from non-stop wear, so I did place an order at SS and will update with a review once they arrive. Based on the model photo, it looks like they will also be adding a new color this year in neutral taupe.
I ordered this in both black and white, and had trouble deciding which one to keep! The white is in a thicker material (probably to ensure opacity) and looks striking on, but the black is more universally-flattering and easier to keep clean.
Size-wise, I think the XS could fit someone up to a numerical size 0/2. It’s fitted on me but not super snug, and has good stretch to it. From the crotch to the bottom of the bust lining, this suit in XS measures 16″ and is borderline long on my torso. Due to the stretch, this suit would fit ideally on someone whose measurement in that area is longer than 16″ (you can measure by standing up straight, and running a measuring tape from your crotch to your bra band). If you have a short torso, this cute white one-piece has a crotch to under-bust measurement of 14″ in sz 0 (fits borderline too short on me). It does not have padding at the bust, and there’s notably less coverage at the chest and butt areas in comparison.
Yes, this cover-up tunic is from the kids department! I usually avoid shopping there, since the cut and proportions on kids apparel are almost never right for a woman’s body. I did try on a few girls cover-ups and all of them did not work (neck opening too small, bust gathering too high, etc), except for this one. A sz L turned out to fit perfectly, but note it has very little stretch. Also, the tassels are colored and not white and gold per the photo like I had hoped. If you go for the adults sizing, the lace looks like it can be trimmed easily with scissors along one of the scalloped rows (seal it with anti-fray), if you want to make the sleeves or hemline shorter.
Cover-up measurements in kids sz L: 18″ across the armpits and hips, 16″ across the waist, 31″ total length, 23″ sleeve length. Keep in mind this is a pullover style, so factor in some extra room needed to get it on/off comfortably over your head. FYI Nordstrom sells this at a lower retail price, but you can currently take 25% at Bloomingdales (they can probably match that final price).
Other sale suggestions:
– Stuart Weitzman is excluded from F&F;, but the popular Midland block-heeled boots introduced last year (as an intermediate option between their flat Lowlands and heeled Highlands) are 25% off right now, and still left in small sizes!
– Designer denim: very few brand exclusions, and lots of styles and sizes in stock. I’m a broken record about these J.Brand black (high rise) and white jeans (low rise), but they’re definitely two of the most-worn pieces in my closet. And cropped lengths means no hemming needed!
– Lucy Paris ruffled top – I love the designs by this brand, but sadly it runs big and is better suited for taller ladies. For this top, I got size xs and will be slimming it a bit down both sides, but the length actually worked in my favor. It hits me 1″ below the belly button (versus 1″ above as shown on the model) and looks very cute with mid or high rise bottoms. The quality is also nice, with a full lining and invisible back zipper, and it’s machine-washable. Measurements of XS (no stretch to the material): 17.5″ across the armpit, 14.25″ across the bottom opening, 17.5″ total length.