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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Shopping Adventures: Target and LOFT Tops, and a LOFT Dress

Hi everyone!  I just got back from my trip and wanted to say a quick hello to review some items I tried lately.  There are a couple I love and a couple that are going back, but that's the nature of shopping, right?  

blouse: PETITE  |  REGULAR

First up is a purple printed top from LOFT.  I LOVE purple, and particularly this shade of it, but I don't have many purple items in my closet because for some reason it's hard for me to find good ones.   This is a good one!  The ruffled sleeves and button details are nice.  This *might* be nursing friendly, depending on how high or low the girls are for you.  *insert emoji of monkey covering mouth*

Even though I'm 5'6" tops are often too long for me.  I think I have a short torso.  Anyway!  I ordered the petite version just to try, and above is the comparison.  (Plus a very petite little photo bomber.)  I'm wearing SP and S.

The SP is a little more fitted throughout the torso and the shoulders, and it hits mid-hip, where I prefer tops to hit.  The S regular has more room all over, including wider shoulders.  Though I could always hem the regular S, I think I prefer more fitted shoulders.  I have broader shoulders, which means tops with flutter sleeves usually accentuates my shoulders disproportionately, so the narrower shoulders of the petite top work out nicely so that the flutter sleeves don't stick out as much.

This one is easy with jeans, and I could imagine it with white, grey, or black shorts in the summer.  Also fantastic for work with a skirt or work trousers.  Overall, terrific blouse!  I don't know that I'd pay full price for it (I got it during a sale) but when LOFT has another sale I'd totally recommend it.


 embroidered tassel blouse: PETITE  |  REGULAR

I told you I was looking for embroidered blouses last week.  I thought these sleeves would be shorter, but noooope.  It's alright on me.  It's kind of long, and I don't love how the rounded shoulders look on me.  It's nice from the side, though.  A lot of embroidered blouses I tried are billowy and look puffy from the side, but this one remains sleek.  It's really lightweight, which would be great for summer!

I'm wearing S here.

 v-neck dress: PETITE  |  REGULAR

I'd been eyeing this dress for a while.  Like I said, I love purple.  And soft dresses.  And v-necks for nursing.  All around a win!  I also ordered the coral version.

The material is super thin and lightweight.  I think I would have been mad about that had I a) paid full price, and b) not read a review prior that warned of its thinness.  However, the thinness means it's nice for summer!  The back has pleats, just like the front, which helps the dress float away from your rear.  That said, I wear slips under all skirts and dresses (THESE from Target), and for lighter colors you would definitely need a slip.

The coral was super pretty and fun, but I ultimately decided I could only keep one color and purple won as I thought I could wear it in more scenarios.  Darn you, practicality!

I'm wearing Medium.

I also saw an embroidered dress that I think is cuuuuuute.  But I saw it after I'd placed my order, plus it's not on sale right now.  It'd be adorable for summer!



embroidered long sleeve HERE

Next, Target finds.  I loved the idea of this embroidered top, but the colors are pretty bright in person.  I don't mind that, but it wasn't what I was looking for.  The material is gauzy, which was not my favorite.  Especially for the price...somehow the gauze made it feel not worth the price.  Maybe that's just my own weird perceptions, but I returned it.  If I remember correctly, I'm wearing this in XS.

embroidered peasant top HERE

I talked about this one last week, but here it is actually on me.  I THINK IT'S ADORABLE.  But I walked away from it.  And I think about it ALL THE TIME still, wondering if I should give it a second try.  I'm a loser and can't remember what size this was...either XS or S.

 The price was better than the one above, and it was soft and flowy and comfy.  However, it's totally see-through, but since I wear camisoles under everything that wasn't a problem for me.  The problem was that it's very billowy.  I was worried that wind would blow (ocean breeze over here all the time!) and lift up the shirt entirely.  Even though it'd just show my camisole, it's still an embarrassing thought.  Like, #wardrobefail.  But if my Target still has it next time I go, I'm actually going to take it home to see if my worry is true.  Because like I said, I THINK IT'S SO CUTE.  

That's all for now!  

30 comments:

  1. The embroidered peasant top from Target is adorable!

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  2. I love these try-on style posts! Especially because I'm 5'6", have broad shoulders, and about the same weight as you! You are like my more stylish twin! ;)

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  3. I also really like that Target peasant top on you. That dress looks perfect on you. I wish that they made this dress in a Tall. I was able to try on someone's return in the store and it was just a little too short, but it's a great dress. I like how you put the nude cami under it.

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  4. I love that vneck dress on you! It's beautiful! So glad you kept it!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

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  5. Always love these posts of yours. You certainly need to go back for the short sleeve target top. :)

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  6. I tend to order petite sizes in Loft tops - I'm the short torso, long legs type, and their petite tops hits just where I want them too on my hips.

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  7. I LOVE that last top!

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  8. I have to say, that last shirt is my favorite! Definitely calls for another trip to Target. :-) Also, you mentioned wearing camisoles under all of your shirts. I'm getting to the point where I think this is necessary most times for myself, to feel more comfortable. Do you just wear a nude spaghetti strap cami under everything? ny brand/type you can recommend? Just curious. I've had some previously and hated them because I was always tugging them down under my shirts!

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  9. Hi Ashley! Right now I'm wearing nursing cami's, so maybe not helpful for you. Before that I wrote Old Navy ones WITHOUT the built in bra. I hate built in bras! And 95% of the time it's nude, the other 5% black.

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  10. And do you not mind your camisole peaking out the top, like with the v neck purple dress? Thats not a no-no? I'm kind of new to wearing camisoles -- If I can't wear it without a camisole, I don't buy it. But it is kind of limiting. My last spaghetti strap camis from ON would roll up on the bottom. Very annoying. Maybe I'll have to look again and read reviews. Thanks!

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  11. Hehe, love the extra petite.

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  12. I bought the bright-colored embroidered top from Target! Actually, I was skeptical, because my husband picked it out, but I wore it to work (my office is SUPER casual) and got a ton of compliments on it. Too bad it didn't work out for you!

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  13. I went out hunting for it because I saw it on someone on Instagram and it looked SO CUTE on her! Not so cute on me, unfortunately. :( I'm glad it worked on you too!

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  14. Hi, I really liked this post (even though I'm in New Zealand and can't easily order the items). But just to say I LOVE that last top on you - you need to go back and get it! (maybe sew weights into the hem...? I reckon it's def worth the risk of a wardrobe fail anyway!). Love your hair in the Target photo too, so lovely. Xx Amanda

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  15. Your photo bomber totally makes this post!!! I love that you mentioned slips because just recently I realized I had gotten out of wearing them somehow, but I think some of my things really need them, and have wondered, where does one buy a slip these days?! Does anyone still wear them or am I am old lady Fuddy duddy?!!

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  16. HappinessatmidlifeThursday, May 14, 2015

    I have been looking to add some embroiled tops as well. I tried the white one at the Loft but had to return it because it just felt too sheer that I would need a cami which sort of defeats the purpose of staying cool in CA summers. Your photo bomber is so adorable!!

    Alice

    www.happinessatmidlife.com



    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

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  17. Susan JeffriesFriday, May 15, 2015

    I love Loft but I often find that things are too long too. I added that purple top to my cart in a petite and am excited to try it! Thanks for the tips today! Susan

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  18. That last peasant top, you should go and get it. It's so beautiful! If you're afraid the wind will lift it up, wear it inside the house :). I mean, it's just too cute. If you would tuck it in your jeans (or partially tuck it in), it might help against the wind lifting it up? (or would that look a bit stupid? I don't know)

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  19. I LOVE the last top. Another vote for going back for it! :)

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  20. ashley @ sunnysideshlee.comFriday, May 15, 2015

    I have the opposite issue of you- I have a long torso and can never find tops long enough. I do love that purple top, though and that plum dress is pretty too!

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  21. LOVE theses posts. They probably take a lot of time but I appreciate you showing a bunch of things and why you did or didn't like them.

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  22. You are so cute and I just love your photo bomber! You are hot stuff in that purple dress, Mama!! XO ~ Casey

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  23. The embroidered peasant top from Target is my favorite!! I might have to take a trip to Target for this one.

    Roxi - www.persianfrenchie.blogspot.com

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  24. Love how you walk us through your thought process! I've never thought about trying petite sizes. Just might have to! I have a short torso too! I've been wanting to add a embrodered top to my wardrobe too! Thanks for the ideas!

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  25. Everything she said, loved the purple dress and the adorable photobomber (i need a heart eyed emoji for right here).

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  26. I looove clothing review posts! It's always so fascinating to me how people decide whether to keep something or not. I'm learning to become much more discerning about what I keep and what I put back on the rack or return when I'm shopping, which I'm really proud of. I used to be the kind of person that would buy things "if they fit" (aka didn't make me look any bigger than I already am) and if it was cheap. Now, I'm so much more picky about fit! It's saved me a lot of impulse buys and shopping regret :) I really love that last top from Target - it looks great on you!

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  27. Thanks, Brynn! I went back and got the Target top, but then I returned it yesterday. I looooooved it, but I didn't think it would be versatile in my wardrobe, in all honestly. It was hard to layer anything over it. Hard to give up that top, but I knew it was important to do it in the long run! Dah. Talk about growing in being discerning!

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  28. Tracy Lynn WardFriday, June 12, 2015

    I've seen you mention that you wear camisoles often--any brand you love? I feel like I'm always disappointed by them--not long enough to tuck in, cut too low, cut too high....would love to hear if there's one you love!

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  29. Hi! Currently I'm wearing nursing-friendly ones, but for non-nursing, I've worn Old Navy ones for years. I'm 5'6" but have a short torso, but I can always tuck them in.

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