Fall reviews: cozy casual petite sweaters

loft poncho sweater petitesLOFT pocket sweater in pxs & jeans sz 24, BP Trolley booties (go up half a size)

I can’t remember the last time I burst out of a fitting room and wanted to get all the things…but LOFT is killing it with their latest fall items. My friend needed to go sweater shopping and we both got more than we had bargained for. There’s lots of drop shoulders which I usually am not a fan of, but I thought they worked well with the slouchy silhouettes. Read on to see what I ended up getting!
loft slouchy poncho sweater petites
LOFT pocket sweater (in pxs), in “Cocoa Cream Melange”

This sweater is a swingy, poncho-like tunic sweater with a turtleneck and adorable kangaroo pockets. I absolutely loved this cocoa cream color, which is a mocha-taupe. My only issue with this sweater was that the head opening doesn’t stretch much – if you have your hair done nicely it will definitely rumple it up. Once on, it’s roomy and comfortable around the neck. The knit is a more open knit but not loose in the sense that I feel like it’d snag. You can wear a layering tee underneath due to the openness but in the photos above I don’t have anything under. I don’t think anyone needs to size up for this one, but I liked how the pxs fit and didn’t bother to go find my regular size (plus didn’t want a smaller neck hole). This way if it shrunk inadvertently in the dryer it will still be a loose swingy fit.loft petites dolman tee shirt top

LOFT textured dolman tee in xxsp and legging jeans sz 24 (not yet online), BP booties

My friend and I both made a beeline for this on the rack – it’s one of those super basic items but in a cut that makes it something you’ll reach for time and time again. I love a good dolman sleeve and this one was balanced out by nice and narrow lower sleeves, and a good length that hit me at the hips. It’s a poly/ linen blend which helps give it a little texture. I just saw that it comes online in navy stripe…aah! Both just got marked down with extra 40% off, no code needed.

This sweater had a really nice, thick and soft material the felt good quality. There are more colors under regular sizing including a pretty “faded rouge” for fall. I did struggle on this one with the best size to get. For items that I like in-store, I usually look them up online to scan reviews, in case something doesn’t wash well or any other issues I might’ve overlooked. I was really surprised at all the shoppers’ suggestions to size down on this sweater. My usual size xxsp hit me at the high hips and was too short for my liking for a casual sweater like this. I thought the charm of it was the loose, swooshy, fit and I had actually grabbed 1-2 sizes up to try. Here I am trying the grey in XSP and the mustard (“aztec gold”) in SP. The swingy, A-line side view on this sweater is my favorite.

I also struggled with what color to get…the grey was the perfect light grey melange but I love a good mustard for fall/winter. The mustard color though did look a little more pill-prone (get your sweater shavers ready for this season) than the grey, or maybe they’d just be more visible against the solid color. The store was closing so I brought both home to try on more and decide.
cozy turtleneck swing sweater - mustard yellow

Below, I passed on this next sweater in an effort to whittle down my armload of favorites, but it was very cozy. The PS was the smallest size left in store – I think a xsp would’ve been perfect. I loved the curved high-low shirttail hem seen on lots of pieces this season, which would look cute with a patterned or striped tee layered longer underneath. I don’t see this color online (may be sold out) but the item # matches up, however lilac shaddow is the same color code as my lace top which is the prettiest pale lilac.

For sweater care, most of these are machine (woo hoo!) or lay flat to dry. For items that I feel should truly be shaped and laid flat to dry, I use my sweater drying rack over the bath tub.

Here’s a few other suggestions and items my friend got (that I’ll be looking to borrow!):
– For work, she got this dotblock ruffle shell paired with this cozy cardigan (soo soft) with rave reviews. The shell is cuter in person, and the pattern has pumpkin orange speckled through it. The cardigan was super soft and I loved the slight grandpa look to it. Pumpkin is one of my favorite colors for the season but it’s hard to find it done right and not a jarring orange. I went online to find it but alas the pump
kin does not come in petites, although the cut of the regular looked on the shorter side. These would look adorable with the top tucked into a navy or cream pencil skirt, or untucked with sloan ankle trousers.
 Sweatshirt tee in navy or grey looks like a great layering staple or canvas under patterned scarves
– LOFT’s “modern skinny” cut denim is still my favorite there and I don’t know why they don’t make more washes and stock. The modern black skinny is still in all sizes as well as this modern high waist one in a vintage-y blue wash, with good reviews.
– And of course my beloved lace swing tee with clean camisole (see my review), now marked down with extra 40% off and finally online in petite sizing.

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  1. GreekGirl wrote:

    Sorry this is so late. Size down. I am an inch taller than you and very athletic 10 lbs more too. I wear pm and size 8.

    Posted 12.5.15 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    HI! Love all your posts! Im wondering if you have ever hemmed sweater sleeves? If so do you have a post/link? thanks!

    Posted 11.9.15 Reply
  3. shef wrote:

    I love the pocket sweater! can you let me know whats the length in inches? Thanks!

    Posted 10.20.15 Reply
  4. aluminah wrote:

    These are all so cute,but I have to say the first one is my favourite 😀 It looks really comfy and I do like chunkier knitting in the colder seasons 😀

    Posted 10.10.15 Reply
  5. Love all the sweaters! Great post!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

    Posted 10.9.15 Reply
  6. Mei Liang wrote:

    I have the grey Loft textured Dolman tee as well! It's very comfy, chic and goes well with everything. Love your blog! <3


    Posted 10.9.15 Reply
  7. All these sweaters look gorgeous! They all look so comfy and perfect for the autumn and winter weather.

    xx, Diane || http://www.dizined.com

    Posted 10.9.15 Reply
  8. Trang Do wrote:

    Love the first sweater very much!!
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    Posted 10.9.15 Reply
  9. Tonya L wrote:

    These are all beautiful and creating just another reason I'm longing for cold weather! It's still in the 90s in texas

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Love all of these on you, Jean! Inspired me to get these from LOFT, thank you for makin this post!

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  11. Love the second one and the last one. The other ones look a little too slouchy to me.


    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  12. Linda wrote:

    Thanks for the heads up on these great finds!


    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  13. Ohh love all of the sweaters! So glad Fall is here!

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  14. Thanks for the heads up on these great finds!

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  15. I love all of these sweaters! That first one looks extra cozy!

    xo, Liz

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  16. Love that pocket sweater, my favorite!!

    Radiant Rita

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  17. That first sweater looks so comfy!! I kinda want it now…


    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  18. Cute sweaters love the colors, my favorite is the one with the pockets looks really nice and warm and love the mustard color. you look lovely.

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  19. I'm loving the color of that turtleneck!

    lifestyle by joules

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  20. Thank you so much for doing this post! I've never shopped at LOFT before and I've been eyeing these exact pieces for weeks! I'm unsure about sizing which is why I haven't pulled the trigger yet and purchased. I am 5'1" and around 135 lbs (a little on the curvy side, larger bust…) size Medium and 6 or 8 in dresses. I'm thinking of ordering my usual Medium, but I've heard around that LOFT sizing runs larger. I want to try and avoid returns so maybe my fellow readers can chime in for suggestions? 🙂 I can always go in-store and try on for fit, but I'm a busy working gal and have very little time (not to mention the closest LOFT is over 20 miles away!).

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  21. Ruth wrote:

    It's been a while since I've been into LOFT, but everytime I see you post a new outfit featuring their clothes I always end up going 🙂 Loved all of these sweaters! Might even buy some as gifts for Christmas.

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  22. I mean can I just steal your clothes already!!!!

    Meg | Meghan Silva's Blog
    @MeghanSSilva on Instagram

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  23. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Cute sweaters! I love the pocket one:P

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  24. Jessica wrote:

    I love all these cozy looks! I'm particularly drawn to the pocket sweater. I like the length plus,well, the pockets. But the knit looks much larger on the website than on you. (You can actually see the tank top the model is wearing under the burgundy sweater.) Any thoughts on why that is? Thanks!

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply

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