4th of July Stripes & Sales

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LOFT dress sz xs (now just $20!) with straps shortened (see alteration), AJ Morgan sunglasses (3 colors), Madewell bag, BP Moveover flats

Happy 4th of July weekend! Nick and I have been enjoying a low-key few days at home – as many Bostonians migrate to the Cape for the holiday, our neighborhood has been wonderfully peaceful with an abundance of street parking spots (one could get used to this!). I wore this today starting with a morning at the Boston Public Garden with our visiting friends and their two adorable little boys. After a whirl on the merry-go-round, a loop around the pond on the Swan boats, and a feast of Mr. Frosty ice cream, they (and Nick) were plumb tuckered out!

striped loft summer dress outfit

This dress is a LOFT regular xs, borrowed from my mom who is just a bit taller than me. Their sizing runs big, but with a DIY shoulder strap shortening alteration of about 2 inches, this dress fits someone my size decently as a midi-style dress. The material is pretty thin but you get what you pay for – it’s currently on final sale for under $20. And as you guys can tell from my last three posts, I can’t get enough of these super affordable sunglasses for summer. Here’s a few other sales around the web today worth pointing out:

LOFT – extra 60% off select summer styles and all sale styles. My picks: this palm-print romper with lots of good reviews, this tiered white skirt + jungle floral skirt (elasticized waists usually fit with no alterations needed!). For those who like a little boho-style, the white skirt is pretty good quality and lined.

Ann Taylor – 40% off full-priced styles with code JULY40 and extra 60% off all sale. My picks: flat leather T-strap sandals for under $20,  Jacinda platform wedges for under $40 (see on me), and this Chanel-esque chain belteyelet shirt dress which is very nice quality (see both on me).

Anthropologie – extra 30% off sale items w/ code EVENBETTER

J.Crew Factory – 50% off site-wide with no code needed, and for a limited time: get extra 15% off + free ship at any price with code HAPPYSALE

Saks (ends Monday 7/4) – 10% off site-wide with code SAKS5TH – most high-end designers are unfortunately excluded, however almost all of the beauty, hair & fragrance brands I checked are included! I tried the code on Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Lancome, Kiehls, Jo Malone, La Mer, and lots more…so get your backup orders in on favorites that never usually go on sale.

Neiman Marcus (ends Monday 7/4) – extra 25% off sale items. You can filter for clothing & shoes by your size, but my top pick is my Bric’s Bellagio suitcase (see it in past blog posts) which is now at the best price I’ve seen to date for this quality line of luggage! Here’s the rest of the Bellagio collection (all on extra sale) in numerous other sizes and more unisex colors.


35 thoughts on “4th of July Stripes & Sales

  • Reply La Bijoux Bella | by mia July 4, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Looking beautiful . . . As always! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Reply Dressed With Soul July 4, 2016 at 3:09 am

    I adore your super cute striped dress – and I'm happy I own nearly the same 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Reply Neeltje | Thoughts in Style July 4, 2016 at 3:18 am
  • Reply Claudia July 4, 2016 at 4:02 am

    that's such a lovely dress! I lvoe stripes in summer! They make you think right to beach!
    I wish you a hapy 4th july!!

    10 things to buy on summer sales

  • Reply fabi Aguilar July 4, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Perfect look for a celebration as today!!!


  • Reply Katie July 4, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Beautiful look Jean! Can I ask: how do you fit your bun under your hat? And how do you keep the bun so neat and tidy under the hat? Thanks in advance

  • Reply Sasa Zoe July 4, 2016 at 11:03 am


    Shall We Sasa

  • Reply Julia Mazzucato July 4, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I love that dress! Stripes are my favorite summer print, and the back of this dress is so fun.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  • Reply Maria Abad July 4, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Love the bow on your hat. It sounds like you're having a great holiday weekend! I stayed in New York too and besides the usual tourists, the city seems more peaceful as you said and the restaurants are suddenly free, all in all a win win I must say!
    MariaOnPoint http://mariaonpoint.com/ | Find me on IG https://www.instagram.com/mariajabad/

  • Reply Anonymous July 4, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    hi jean, where did you get your hat?

  • Reply Angie July 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Can you show instructions on how your shortened the shoulder straps on that striped dress?

  • Reply Bill July 4, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Beautiful dress and fantastic price

  • Reply Rosa Fairfield July 4, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    That dress has such an amazing back, I love the hat too.


  • Reply FlareAForte July 4, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Horizontal stripes are everything this summer!! x

  • Reply Shelby Johnson July 4, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I would love to know where you got the hat also! Beautiful look! Happy 4th!!

  • Reply Meliza Joyce July 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I've been eyeing that Madewell bag for the longest! I have their Transport tote but want a messenger type bag, too! Camel bags always go well with everything 🙂

    Xo, Meliza Joyce | melizajoyce.blogspot.com

  • Reply Genevive n July 4, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Such a cute looK!

    xx Gen

  • Reply Trang Do July 5, 2016 at 2:15 am

    Love this beautiful dress!! Hope you had great celebrations on this day!!
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • Reply K July 5, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I love this dress! Your mom has great taste 🙂 Also, where do you get the hat?

  • Reply Georgia Sunray July 5, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Love your outfit! So classy!



  • Reply Cheyanne Jordan July 5, 2016 at 8:33 am
  • Reply affecionada July 5, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    It was fairly peaceful here in Providence as well, which I enjoyed. Love that hat! Must check out the Boston Public Garden.

    Jen | affecionada

  • Reply nycfoodlover July 5, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Can you share instructions on how you shortened the shoulder straps (DIY)? Thank you!

  • Reply Deasy Noel July 5, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Such a pretty look and perfect for the garden 🙂


  • Reply mybeautrip July 5, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Love this casual striped dress!


  • Reply Jean July 5, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Hi! Sorry I forgot to link it but it's BP brand from Nordstrom and shown in a few prior posts too

  • Reply Jean July 5, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Angie, I just added a photo and linked it under the first image. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Jean July 5, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Shelby! It's BP brand, you can find more photos of it in a few of my recent posts! It's a plain hat with a sash that I added.

  • Reply Jean July 5, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    It's BP brand but I added the bow sash!

  • Reply Jean July 5, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Hi! There's an alteration image linked underneath the first photo. let me know if that clarifies things!

  • Reply Jean July 5, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Haha good question…it doesn't! I had thrown my hair up in a quick bun after taking off my hat since it was super windy. After I tried putting my hat back on atop the bun, my husband said I looked like I had a beehive on my head ; )

  • Reply nycfoodlover July 6, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Thanks so much Jean!

  • Reply Emily Kate Farina July 6, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I was in Boston a month or so ago and walked through the Boston Public Garden – so beautiful! It's so refreshing to away from the concrete and near nature, even though Boston streets are beautiful as well. Thanks for all the sale details, always good to have! http://www.fizzandfade.com/

  • Reply Judy K July 13, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Hi Jean! I just received this dress and the crossback runs high on me so my bra is showing. Did you have to use a crossback bra?

  • Reply Melissa Gutierrez July 17, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Jean! I had the same issue with the horizontal part of my bra showing. Any bra tips would be great. Thanks!

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