I like that this is a lightweight staple for work or casual outfits in the hot summer, plus works both un-tucked or tucked-in. I prefer it with pants/shorts to see the increasing stripe width detail. I got mine in-store for $18 after an extra 60% off. Measurements of XXSP are: 13.5″ across shoulder, 16″ armpit to armpit, 18.5″ across bottom, and 22″ length. Note: the narrower neck opening measures 9.75″ across and may be tight for some.
I also inadvertently ordered a semi-coordinating skirt. Apparently, LOFT made a few striped pieces to be worn together as a dress or separately – a design after my own heart. I somehow selected the wrong size, so the skirt pictured does not fit. I did try on a similar elastic skirt in the right size, which fit better like this.
The skirt is a knit tee-shirt material with an elastic waist all-around. Even though this was described online, the picture made it look dressier. Maybe the key is to “fill out” the elastic waistband and gathered area, so it looks more pencil and less casual/scrunchy. You can conceal some of the elastic with a wider belt, and I will admit it’s comfy on expanding waistlines. Verdict: Return. Would recommend to someone looking for a more casual striped skirt and can fill it out better (perhaps size down).
Ah…these pants. I really wanted to love them for a few reasons. They came in a mustard color that I’ve been searching for (to replace these hopelessly wrinkly ones), they have work pant features like a sturdier stretch twill material, vertical front pockets, slit back pockets, and functional belt loops – plus the price was great. Unfortunately, the crop length is not too flattering on me. I was hoping there’d be sufficient hem allowance to let these out to ankle-length, but no such luck. The cut of the leg and ankle opening was also wider than what I’d prefer for a skinny pant. This could be a simple alteration for some tailors, but my dress pants have rarely come back post-slimming alterations fitting right.
The waist was also roomy, but better than some other pants I’ve tried on. The measurements of a 00P are: 13.75″ across the waist, 16.75″ across the hips, 7.5″ rise, 21″ inseam, and 6.25″ wide leg opening. For reference, my preferred Crewcuts ankle pants in sz 12 (see this season’s solid colors or a cute seahorse print) have a 23.75″ inseam and 5.5″ leg opening – I just wish those would come in a dressier material for work. Verdict: Return. Possibly suitable for someone with a shorter inseam (or someone who can pull off crops), who doesn’t mind a less-fitted leg.