Dressing Room Diaries- Colorful At Loft

Today I have a try-on session from Loft. All tops and accessories are 50% off at Loft right now with the code SMILE. I’m not sure what’s up with my local store, but I suspect the supply chains are still disrupted. The collections trickle in with no rhyme or reason so it took me two visits to get these outfits. If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a local store for a try-on session so you can see what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25.

For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 134 lbs with broad shoulders and straight hips. I have a long torso and long arms so I often buy one size larger on top. I try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me so you can see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I tell you what sizes I am wearing to help you understand how things run.

As always, you can click the red text for more information and to shop the item at no additional cost to you.


This gingham top comes in regular and petite, in this orchid color, or black and white. Loft is carrying many things in orchid this spring, which is so great for women with cool-toned complexions. The sleeves are a dolman style which is flattering for women with narrow shoulders and wider hips…not my shape. I am wearing a medium petite.

The high-rise kick jeans come in regular or petite length and curvy or regular fit-(straight through the hip). They have an 11 1/2″ rise and 26 1/2″ inseam in regular length. I am wearing a 29 petite with a 24″ inseam. Both pieces run true to size (TTS). They have classic 5 pocket styling and a frayed hem.

loft lilac riviera pants

I’ve styled these Riviera slim pants for you many times. They’re a great classic that comes in 7 colors and fit beautifully.  They come in regular (straight) and a curvy fit, petite and regular length. These are the petite 6 with a 24″ inseam. If I tucked this shirt in, I would add a pale-colored belt because the belt loops are prominent. The classic striped shirt is a linen/rayon blend that comes in regular and petite, I’m wearing a medium petite.

loft striped dress

This is one of those easy summer dresses you can dress up or down. It’s fitted through the torso and flares out below the waist which is flattering for many women. It’s a soft, stretchy knit that could work for so many occasions. I am wearing a small which is a bit snug in the torso so you could size up easily. The classic denim jacket comes in regular or petite, I am wearing a regular medium which is 20 1/2″ long. This has 4% spandex making it very comfy and stretchy.


This gingham shirt is 100% cotton and comes in regular and petite. I am wearing a small regular. The high-rise skinny jeans are a softer yellow than they appear here. They come in regular and curvy fit, petite and regular length, sizes 24-34. I’m wearing a regular in 28 with a 27 1/2″ inseam…which is too long for me so I need the petite. They have a great high rise which I always appreciate and a whopping 4% spandex so they’ll always retain their shape.

The striped sweater tank is in soft shades of aqua, pink, and yellow on a soft white background. It comes in regular and petite, I am wearing a petite medium.


This gingham midi shirt is a linen/viscose blend in sizes regular and petite. It has a slit on the leg that reaches just over the knee. I am wearing a 6 regular which is 32″ long. The petite is 29″ long and would be a more flattering length on me. The white shirt is their classic 100% cotton shirt that would be a workhorse in my wardrobe. It has a relaxed, almost oversized fit so you could size it down for a snugger look. I am wearing a medium petite.


This cotton tee is a Fuschia and white stripe in 100% cotton. The fabric is very lightweight and beautifully soft. I am wearing a small so it runs TTS. I tuck tops in more than most women, so I’m shocked I didn’t take a picture of this tee tucked in 🙂 It looked really cute. These pants are a lightweight linen/viscose blend that comes in regular and petite. They have an 11/3/4″ rise and a 26″ inseam in this XS regular. They are a full fit and run generously so you could easily size down. They aren’t overly cropped on me so the petite would be a better proportion.


These high-rise skinny jeans have a finished hem (yay) and come in curvy or regular (straight), petite, tall, or regular length. I am wearing the straight cut in 27 regular which is way too snug and too long so they run TTS. I love the soft mint color and they also come in soft pink sizes 24-34. The shell on the left is soft cotton in regular and petite, XXS-XXL. I am wearing a medium petite. The ombre sweater comes in two soft color combinations. I am wearing the Astral Sky in regular small. The colors are softer than my picture shows so I would go by what you see on the website.

FYI- in case you wondered, I hold my phone upside down to take the pictures because it allows me to hold the phone lower and more perpendicular to my body which puts my legs in proportion in the photos.

Are you a fan of gingham? It’s one of the few patterns I’ve embraced in the last several years that feels classic and timeless.

Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.



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  1. I always like DRD.
    Gives me so much to play around with.
    By the way, your hair is stunning. And the outfits were so up beat.
    Thanks for all that trying on. I love to try on clothes an experiment. Sets my mood.

    1. Thank you, Lin. Going natural has sure improved the health of my hair. It’s not as silver as I expected or wanted but it’s what I have going on 🙂

  2. I’m loving the lavenders on you! It should be one of your colors. Thanks for modeling these great spring fashions!

    1. It is one of my favorite colors

  3. I would wear a gingham shirt in black & white or navy & white but not pastels. I wouldn’t wear gingham pants or skirts. Just me! 🙃
    Thank you for the hint on taking selfies.

  4. Janice in Ky says:

    Everything looks great on you but my favorite is the striped dress and jacket. I love dresses for summer and this is so cute. After reading reviews on line I would have to try on. I’m 5’ but have a long torso and this was mentioned several times on line as a consideration. Doesn’t come in petite but would just be shorter waisted on me, always have to watch items with a set waist.
    I love when you show outfits with the top loose and then tucked in. It is amazing the different’ s it makes. Since my surgery for cancer in January I don’t have a waist anymore and a bigger tummy than before. So I usually wear my tops out and loose. Been trying to tie at the waist and this works better than tucking in on most tops. With a tee shirt I use the coin trick and like the look it makes.
    Hope you are feeling better.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your cancer surgery, Janice. Keeping you in my thoughts. I love that coin trick to slim my tees in. The torso was just barely long enough on my long torso which is another reason I would size up. Thank you. I am starting to feel better! Xx

  5. I don’t understand the supply chain problems either. I went to the Loft in the mall yesterday near me, and it was well stocked, and the sale rack was full along the wall, They were marked down and they added 50% off to that. The clothes were mostly all spring and summer items. I did’t see many pants on sale, mostly tops, sweaters, some dresses. Maybe because we are a nice size city north of Dallas we are able to get a lot of stock.
    Thanks for showing us the clothes. You’re looking good .

    1. You are fortunate. I would have expected more stock in mine. The sale section looked larger than the new section!

  6. You look great in everything! I’ve always loved gingham. What I really like are all the pastel jeans. Looks like they fit well. Also like the red striped t-shirt.

    1. The colors at Loft are great this spring. They’ve got bright, soft, and neutrals for everyone.

  7. Thanks for showing the difference in broad and narrow shoulders with the tops. It is nice to see the gingham looks, so fresh. We are all so eager to get & enjoy spring activities. I prefer the smaller check. You look great in everything.
    Thanks for sharing😌

    1. I find smaller checks more flattering for petite women and more refined in general.

  8. Paulette Levy says:

    Really cute cool and casual styles. Must check these out and try on for fit. You look great in EVERYTHING!

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