I tried on and documented what seemed like a thousand different items so get ready for pictures galore! :)
First, the LOFT outlet store. Since I'm sure you've seen the bevy of LOFT related posts, you can imagine how excited I was to find out there was a LOFT outlet semi-close. We'll start with today's OOTD (86 degrees F today!):
Dress: H&M, XS
Necklace: DIY Paisley Ruffle
Shoes: My oldest (~14 years!) and comfiest wedge sandals.
LOFT Outlet, Wine colored petal cardigan, $18, XS
This fits pretty true-to-size and I rather liked the color. It's a little similar to the LOFT Ruffle Front Cardigan but the material is a little stiffer and thicker.
LOFT Outlet Ruffle Top, $26 (I think), XS
The shoulders fit perfectly but the torso was too loose. I really wish it had at least tapered the top a little to give it an overall slimming effect, but oh well on to the next item!
Verdict: No go
On to Banana Republic Factory Store...
BR Factory, Belted Tweed Skirt, Sz 2P, $59
This fit pretty well and I like the material but I felt like $59 was a bit steep. I'll keep an eye out for it at a future sale.
Verdict: Not right now
BR Factory, Shawl Collar Navy/Gray Striped Sweater, XS, $32
Did I mention I love stripes and anything remotely resembling a nautical look? This fit pretty well, it was a tad loose at the top but I'm not as picky about this since I know I'll be wearing winter layers with it.
BR Factory, Check Peplum Jacket, Sz 0, $65
This fit well in the waist but the bust was very baggy for me and didn't look very flattering.
BR Factory, Gray Cardigan, XS, $24
I really liked this cardigan and its detailing but there are so many gray cardigans hanging in my closet already. Since there wasn't another color I wanted (other colors included Wine, Black, Smoky Blue, Light Blue - I think), this went back to the rack. I may kick myself later for this.
Verdict: Pass, but kinda regretting it
The last stop of the day was the regular LOFT store.
LOFT, XSP, $18
If you remember, I tried on this top here in regular XS but the armholes were too large and the material was see-through. The XSP above fit much better and I almost said "yes," but I already had the LOFT Flutter Sleeve top in this same exact color.
Verdict: No for now
LOFT, Bow V-Neck Top, XS, $21
I love this! It has a slim enough silhouette and I love the gold shimmers underneath the chiffon layer. It's a tad on the low-cut side, but I can alter the straps or wear a cami under it (like I do here).
LOFT Twill Cropped Military Jacket, Olive Green, 0P, $24
I was VERY pleasantly surprised by this jacket. It's slim fitting and cinches in very nicely at the waist. Most importantly, from what I could tell, this looked good from every angle - front, side, back.
Verdict: Buy, buy, buy!
LOFT Sequin Shell, Silver, XSP, $21
This looked gorgeous on the hanger and horrible on me. It seemed to give a ballooned out torso effect - extremely unflattering.
Verdict: Big fat no
I feel pretty good about today's purchases. I was a little more controlled with the buying this time around so I'm giving myself a tiny pat on the back. :)
How about you? Are you hitting the Columbus Day sales?