M&O; cardigan (old, similar – great price for cashmere; note final sale), Parentesi tote, Louboutin heels
This skirt has spring-y, pastel colors but is thick like a wool coat, making it a challenge to style across seasons. I’m hoping to get a few more wears out of it before temperatures drop further, and the dreaded opaque tights dilemma arises. I wasn’t able to find a successful pairing last winter, but may try very dark burgundy tights this year with shoes in the same color.
I haven’t bought anything new in the work wardrobe arena, but stopped by a few stores recently to browse. First up, I thought this little LOFT jacket (avail. in regular, petite, or tall) was reminiscent of my beloved Theory Gratian blazer (worn here):
I love the clean collarless style and curved front. The “bracelet length” sleeves are just like on my Theory blazer, which some women aren’t a fan of, but I don’t mind for showing off shirt sleeve cuffs or wrist jewelry. This jacket was a pretty shrunken fit, cut narrow across the shoulders and through the torso. The only alteration I’d get on this jacket is a slight slimming of the sleeves, but I prefer my sleeves to be very fitted. Material is on the thinner side.
Here’s a closer look of the Colorblocked Collar blouse underneath. The cream and navy color combination is classic, but I only found an XSP (one size up from what I’d normally try), and the fit was pretty blousy with too-long sleeves.
Another repeat from a previous season is this LOFT Lace Ponte Skirt, comprised of a light grey ponte pencil skirt with olive green lace overlay and stretchy grosgrain ribbon waistband. I liked it last year and still think it’s a beautiful skirt, but once again sizing runs a little big. For reference, I’m trying size 00P and have approximately 24/33 waist/hip measurements, and would recommend this size for someone with at least 25/34 measurements. This skirt will only look good if the ponte layer is fully filled out, otherwise it forms unsightly wrinkles beneath the lace.
For anyone interested in their Box Pleat Front Blouse (one of my favorites – shown above and worn here), it’s been restocked in petite sizes with three colors for fall. See other LOFT Fall posts here:
– Tweed stretch jacket and pencil skirt review
– Zoe fit pants review
I picked up this dress for a friend, and thought it was a good office piece for a great price. I was drawn to the thin sweatshirt-like knit material (very comfortable for a long workday) and basic but flattering design. The v-neck makes it easy to layer a button-up blouse underneath, if you don’t feel like covering up with a cardigan or blazer.
The front half of the torso is lined in a soft material, and the rest of the dress is unlined. Sizing is in more generic letter sizing, but an XS fit me perfectly. I was unable to find this dress online – the item # is 044699 and it was located in the workwear department. Back zipper closure, 72% polyester/24% cotton/4% elastane. I would’ve been tempted to pick one up for myself if it came in more colors!