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.

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

    Posted 7.17.16 Reply
  2. Judy K wrote:

    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?

    Posted 7.13.16 Reply
  3. 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/

    Posted 7.6.16 Reply
  4. Thanks so much Jean!

    Posted 7.6.16 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    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 ; )

    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

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

    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

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

    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    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.

    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

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

    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

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

    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  11. mybeautrip wrote:

    Love this casual striped dress!


    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  12. Deasy Noel wrote:

    Such a pretty look and perfect for the garden 🙂


    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  13. Can you share instructions on how you shortened the shoulder straps (DIY)? Thank you!

    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  14. It was fairly peaceful here in Providence as well, which I enjoyed. Love that hat! Must check out the Boston Public Garden.

    Jen | affecionada

    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
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  16. Love your outfit! So classy!



    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  17. K wrote:

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

    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  18. Trang Do wrote:

    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}

    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  19. Genevive n wrote:

    Such a cute looK!

    xx Gen

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  20. 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

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  21. I would love to know where you got the hat also! Beautiful look! Happy 4th!!

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  22. Horizontal stripes are everything this summer!! x

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  23. That dress has such an amazing back, I love the hat too.


    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  24. Bill wrote:

    Beautiful dress and fantastic price

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  25. Angie wrote:

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

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    hi jean, where did you get your hat?

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  27. Maria Abad wrote:

    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/

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  28. I love that dress! Stripes are my favorite summer print, and the back of this dress is so fun.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  29. Sasa Zoe wrote:


    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  30. Katie wrote:

    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

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  31. Perfect look for a celebration as today!!!


    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  32. Claudia wrote:

    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

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
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  34. I adore your super cute striped dress – and I'm happy I own nearly the same 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply
  35. La Bijoux Bella | by mia wrote:

    Looking beautiful . . . As always! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Posted 7.4.16 Reply

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