Dressing Room Diaries from Loft

Dressing Room Diaries from Loft

Happy Friday ladies. I have a small dressing room diaries for you today from Loft. #househunting. DRD is when I go into stores and try on what’s new so you can see how things look on a woman over 25 who wears clothes larger than a size 2. I’m 5’4″ and weight around 143 with an inverted triangle figure (broad shoulders, narrow hips).

Please know, I don’t do this to buy clothes for myself. Many items I show here are in unflattering colors and shapes for me so you needn’t feel the need to tell me because, trust me, I know.

This dressing room could use some touch-up paint and the lighting isn’t great but you’ll get the idea. Most of what I am showing is on sale, 40-50% off.

I started with this Tweed Jacket. The fabric is black, gray and pink tweed with a subtle golden metallic thread woven through. It’s very pretty.

I’m wearing a 10 regular. It’s one size too large plus the sleeves about 2″ too long for me so I folded them under. It’s a cropped jacket so this length works for me but could be too short for very tall ladies. There’s no front closure so it just hangs open. I’m wearing it with the rolled cuff girlfriend chinos. I rolled the cuff down because I feel too short for crops. These are available in 5 colors in regular, petite and plus. I’m wearing a 10 regular which is too large so I think they run true to size.

Here’s the same tweed jacket in 6 petite which is too small for me but the sleeves are a better length. The 8 petite would be perfect. I’m wearing it over a navy cotton tank and the same girlfriend chinos in 8 regular, coastal gray. They chino’s all have the bottoms rolled up twice but I prefer them rolled down which makes them full-length on me.

This top is described as a paisley pattern but it doesn’t look like one to me. Paisley is usually heavily printed with curved teardrop shapes. This is a soft white background with a tiny motif scattered across it. It has a woven front and a knit back, like a tee. It comes in regular, petite and plus. I’m wearing a regular medium which fits. I topped it with the whisper-light white cardigan.  It’s also available in a stripe pattern. This cardigan hangs open and doesn’t have patch pockets so it could dress up over a summer dress. I am wearing a small, which fits.

Loft Plus

This navy striped cardigan is a linen and polyester blend, with pockets. It’s a more substantial knit than the white one above and also hangs open with no buttons. These sort of sweaters are great completer pieces for outfits. It’s available in regular, petite and plus. I’m wearing a regular in medium. I prefer this length because a petite would stop mid-thigh on me which cuts my body in half. 1/3 – 2/3 proportions are much more flattering to the eye. These skinny jeans are called mid rise but I don’t consider 10 5/8″ a mid rise. I call them closer to high. They’re very stretchy denim with enough spandex to not bag out. They’re available in modern (slim) or curvy cut. I’m wearing a 29 regular in the modern cut which means they run true to size. I would choose this length to ensure the highest rise and allow the legs to be full length.

This denim jacket is a stretchy cotton-spandex blend and very comfy. This is a medium in regular length which fits true to size. This is the mid-indigo wash, available in regular and petite here, plus here.  The same jacket in a darker wash is available in regular, petite and plus here, and tall here. It’s cropped to the waist which makes it great for wearing over dresses and skirts. This floral skirt has a smocked waistband and side pockets. I am wearing a small, regular length which is 32″ long, petite is 29″ long and plus here is 37″ long. I would need the petite and might even roll the waistband to shorten it more because this length feels dowdy on me.

Tall Loft

Let me start by saying, there is no color that is less flattering on me than canary yellow. This wrap top also comes in a pretty blue, green, and a crisp striped version which was not at my store…so I’m in yellow. These wrap tops are available in regular, petite and plus. I’m wearing a medium petite which is too snug and because I have a long torso, this waist detailing is above my waist. I’d be better in medium regular…in any color but yellow:) I topped it with this classic modern white blazer in white. I can’t locate the link for the white but it also comes in stripe, black, pink, floral print, in regular length, petite, tall and petite.

Have you been to Loft lately?

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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  1. April 26, 2019 / 12:04 pm

    If there is a retailer I love, it’s Loft. 99% of my clothes are from there, which is saying something because I live in France. I am exactly the opposite of you–a triangle, aka pear. Small on top, bigger on bottom. I LOVE that Loft has options. They have the Marisa cut for women like you–bigger waist, smaller hips. And they have the Julie for women like me–small waist, bigger hips. I can put on a size 12 in Marisa, and the hips/thighs will be tight (and the waist big enough to accommodate another person), but if I put on Julie, I can go down to size 6 or even 4. Most brands split the difference, so you would always find the waists too tight and me the hips too tight. Every last pair of pants I own is from Loft.

    • April 26, 2019 / 6:48 pm

      I believe it. Loft is offering clothes for most every woman’s shape and their prices are terrific.

  2. Hobdy Deborah Tinsley
    April 26, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    I love the red skirt and denim jacket on you. I don’t think it looks dowdy at all!!

    • April 26, 2019 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you. I’d prefer the skirt to be shorter on me. I have short legs 😉

  3. Peggy
    April 26, 2019 / 12:32 pm

    What would look best on me is the navy blue striped cardigan and what they are calling a mid-rise jean (nope). I don’t like the long midi length cardigan but a shorter cardigan like the one shown) would be ok. Any jeans coming close to 11” is high waisted and I applaud the designer. Mid rise is a disaster on me.

    • April 26, 2019 / 6:52 pm

      Mid rise is a disaster on me too. Guaranteed to enhance my muffin top.

  4. Penelope
    April 26, 2019 / 12:46 pm

    Usually I like most Loft styles and can find a nice outfit by mixing as you’ve done. I like the outfits that are more classic, cute jackets and long duster with simple basics. But the yellow top, red floral skirt look frumpy to me. I have a couple of similar skits from years ago and am thinking maybe it’s past time to donate them! I like them and they are very pretty but maybe not as flattering as I thought. I think I’ll get them out and see if I can find ways to freshen up the look. It may not work for me anymore.
    This made me do a needed reality check re my age and appearance.
    Thanks for this episode. 🌺

    • April 26, 2019 / 6:53 pm

      Awesome Penelope. If you don’t feel great wearing them, it’s time to get rid of them.

  5. Sue Lewellen
    April 26, 2019 / 1:02 pm

    I loved the white blazer on you—and the yellow top under the blazer, I thought looked great. But then again, I love black and yellow together. (I’m not blonde.) Good sale and there is a Loft near me. I may just have to go shopping.
    Hope your house hunting is going well and you find the perfect home at the perfect price!

    • April 26, 2019 / 6:54 pm

      Thank you Sue! Happy shopping.

  6. Pat B
    April 26, 2019 / 1:36 pm

    I love the striped cardigan! If you didn’t get it, go back!! It looks great on you. I have to comment on the tweed jacket. I got a black and white one this spring at JCPenney and it was very cute, but unlined. I wore it exactly twice. The weave separated in the back, both at the darts and out in the middle of the fabric. Annoying, because the second wearing was when I was making a presentation at a professional conference. Argh! I’m guessing if it were lined, this would not have happened. It landed in the trash as soon as I got home.
    (Hoping this comment goes through. I have tried commenting before, on my Kindle, and they look like they are going through but then must not, because the comment never appears in the post. And it’s not like I said anything negative, I’m a big fan, so I assume it’s the interface with Kindle.)

    • April 26, 2019 / 6:59 pm

      Hi Pat! It must be the Kindle interface although I admit I have no clue. Technology is always a struggle for me.
      I’m sure the lining would have helped your jacket but in any case, it never should have split. I do have a few tweed jackets from years past and they are lined. So happy you got through.

  7. Cynthia
    April 26, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I love Dressing Room Diaries! Thanks so much for doing this 🙂

    • Janey
      April 26, 2019 / 4:31 pm

      I love dressing room diaries too. my shape is similar to yours, bigger on the top than the bottoms, so it gives me an idea of the different looks

    • April 26, 2019 / 7:00 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that Cynthia! Happy Friday.

  8. Kay
    April 26, 2019 / 1:50 pm

    That top is not paisley! But I like it. I’m going to go look for it.

    • April 26, 2019 / 7:00 pm

      I agree. Why they called it that is a mystery 😀

  9. Debbie Davis
    April 26, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    Thanks for this Dressing Room Diaries! Some nice pieces worth looking into! Hope your house hunting improves and you find what you’re looking for soon! Enjoy the weekend Jennifer!!

    • April 26, 2019 / 7:03 pm

      Thank you Debbie. It’s stressful but I’m hopeful we’ll find the right place soon.

  10. Pam
    April 26, 2019 / 2:11 pm

    I laughed when you said you might “roll the waistband” on the red skirt. I haven’t thought about that since my high school days 50 some years ago. LOL. Our skirts had to touch the ground if we were on our knees. We would roll them up and down all the time. Always making them shorter when the teachers weren’t looking!

    • April 26, 2019 / 2:46 pm

      I remember those days – we did the same thing.

    • April 26, 2019 / 7:04 pm

      Lol! I remember them checking our skirt length. Such fun memories. I have been known to roll elastic waistbands these days if my skirt needs it.

  11. April 26, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    Loft seems to be my store – most of my closet has Loft labels. I don’t usually find much for me when I go into the store because I need Petite – so I shop online.

    • April 26, 2019 / 7:07 pm

      I pretty much have to shop online too. I think it’s the direction most shopping is going.

  12. April 26, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    I have to tell you that I love everything you have on in
    DRD this week. I don’t usually go into Loft as I feel their things are for people built smaller than me. I’m 5’6” 163 pounds. I think I need to make a visit there again.
    You have introduced me to several new things since I started following you.
    I am so glad. Just wish I had your ability to put outfits together.
    Thanks again!

    • April 26, 2019 / 7:09 pm

      I’m always happy to help you put things together MaryAnn. Go check out Loft. They’re covering most sizes women need.

  13. Cathy
    April 26, 2019 / 5:05 pm

    That white blazer is super flattering on you! Great cut!

  14. Bonna
    April 27, 2019 / 5:56 am

    Loft for the win! Love the jeans jacket and red skirt but agree it would be more flattering if it were shorter. I shop on line so much because I live soooooo far from anywhere! Even my closest Walmart is 40 miles. Will be going to Oklahoma City the end of the month and that is when I will replace worn clothing and add some new for summer. Great post!

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