Recent Fashion Purchases, Hits and Misses

I haven’t become athletic, I’m not on a diet, but I’ve changed what I eat slightly for health and wellness reasons and it’s changed my body a lot. I’m not pounds thinner or a different size but everything has shifted and all my spring and summer clothes from last year fit weird. So I’ve been shopping and here’s the results, hits and misses…

halogen jumpsuit review - wardrobe oxygenHalogen Crop Wide Leg Jumpsuit

I love Halogen, it fits me great. I thought this would be a great alternative to a midi dress for summer. I loved that since it was a wide leg jumpsuit it would look like a dress, but prevent chub rub. I ordered an XL Petite.

This jumpsuit fits amazingly well, and the straps are placed nicely so I can wear a standard bra and they don’t show. And it does look a bit like a midi skirt and hit at a place on me that looked really nice with a pair of pumps or a nude heel. This is dressy looking, not something to throw on with sandals.

However, this was returned because there’s no way in hell I could pee. It’s so tailored on top, I needed Karl to zip me up. Then you have this long self-belt that wraps twice around your body. If you had to use the bathroom, it would take several minutes to undo everything, then you’d have to hold onto those straps so they didn’t drag on the floor or fall into the toilet, and then to get dressed again you’d need a full length mirror to get everything right, possibly a friend to zip you up, and you may want the ability to see the back view to ensure the straps are lined up. Come on designers, humans need to urinate on a regular basis, why make it so hard? Men don’t have trendy fashion that prevents their ability to eliminate. Why do we have do decide between hydration and fashion? Boo on you Halogen.  Oh, and it doesn’t have pockets. So FAIL.

Leith A-Line Tank Dress Review - Wardrobe OxygenLeith A-line Tank Midi Dress

I bought this dress in black in large. Leith is hit and miss with me, but this looked like a perfect summer dress I could wear to work with a jacket or cardigan or for a summer evening with sandals or heels. And it is. It’s a heavyweight, tightly woven knit with a refined finish that could dress up or down nicely. Though I am short, the skirt ended at a nice midi length between knee and ankle. It drapes just like it does on the model. However, it’s low cut. Not so low cut that I can’t wear it, but low cut enough that I have only one bra in my collection that doesn’t show. If it was petite, that situation likely would be remedied (and if I like it enough I may get the straps shortened to accomplish this). The one thing that has me torn whether to keep or not is the pockets. While I love me some pockets, these sort of ruin the line and make it look more casual. They’re of the same heavyweight fabric and aren’t deep enough to drape nicely, so they sort of add a bit of puckering and are obviously pockets. I haven’t tried pressing them, and I only tried it on twice, so we’ll see. For now it’s in my closet with tags still attached. If you’re taller, this could be a super awesome dress as it’s only $68 but could pass for an over $100 dress. So… WIN? I’ll keep you posted…

cold shoulder tops - wardrobe oxygenGibson Cold Shoulder Flutter Sleeve Top – Black
Chelsea28 Chiffon Cold Shoulder Top – White Snow

I am putting both of these together because they are essentially the same top. I got both in Large. I returned both as soon as I slipped them over my head. I don’t know the online reviews are so darn positive but I thought these were really cheesy looking and cheap. The sleeves weren’t flattering, the top draped weird and hit at a strange length. I felt I looked like a bridesmaid that got in a bar fight. FAIL

topshop bomber jacket - wardrobe oxygenTopshop MA1 Bomber Jacket – Olive

I was slow to the bomber jacket trend, but was thinking how cute they look with a simple tank or tee and shorts or girlfriend jeans… or even over a little dress. Imagine an olive bomber over a striped tee dress with some slip-on sneakers, a great alternative to a denim jacket or cardigan. Anyway… I got this bomber jacket in a 12 (which supposedly fits like a 14). I could hardly fit my arms into the sleeves yet the body was huge and voluminous, and not in an oversized cool way. And see where the jacket hits on the model? On my 5’3” self it hit past the crotch. FAIL.

LOFT Sleeveless Tie Waist Shirt Dress - Wardrobe OxygenLOFT Sleeveless Tie Waist Shirt Dress

This is the kind of dress female corporate Americans desire. It looks polished and professional yet won’t cause you to overheat. I envisioned switching out the belt for one of leather, pairing with a blazer or cardigan when needed, and then rocking it on the weekend with a pair of tan flat sandals.

I think I’ve ordered a version of this dress from LOFT every spring and every spring I return it because it looks like a sack. I think this is a great dress if you’re slim or firm. But it’s a faux-silk sack with a few strategic pleats to remove any trace of body definition, and tries to bring it back with a thin cord that hits at an unnatural place on the torso. It’s a piece I could make work with the right belt and shoes and maybe a necklace… but summer clothing shouldn’t require so much effort. FAIL

LOFT Modern Hoop Earring Review - Wardrobe OxygenLOFT Modern Hoop Earrings

Reviews said these were too big which meant they’d be the perfect size for big-earring loving me. Right? Wrong. These are not big, their meh size (maybe as wide as a quarter and about the height of a quarter and a dime) made them look dated. Seriously I think my mom rocked similar earrings in 1989. FAIL

LOFT Striped Ottoman Tee Dress - Wardrobe OxygenLOFT Striped Ottoman Tee Dress

This was on clearance and then 50% off so I can’t return it even if I wanted to. I got a Large Regular. This dress is fine. It’s not something that ‘sparks joy’ when I put it on, but it’s something that fits, is relatively flattering, and incredibly versatile. As I type this, I’m wearing it with my denim jacket and Clarks suede booties. And well, it was cheap as anything and doesn’t feel cheap (hello ottoman rib). It’s not too tight or short for work, it’s a good throw on with Birks and head to Target dress. So yeah, it’s not awesome but it’s still a WIN.

Wardrobe Oxygen - LOFT Ahoy Striped Dress ReviewLOFT Ahoy Stripe Dress

Another striped dress on clearance and even cheaper with a promo code. They didn’t have L so I got an XL. An XL is too big, it was gaping at the boatneck, the sleeves covered my whole hands, it’s tent-like and hangs below my knees. Ugh, and it was final sale. But washer and dryer to the rescue, it shrunk like most LOFT clothes do and now it’s super cute! The sleeves are longer than you see on the model, so I likely won’t wear this a lot (come on summer!), but it will be great in the fall. WIN.

Wardrobe Oxygen - LOFT La Bonita Dress ReviewLOFT La Bonita Dress

I got this in petite large. It’s huge. It’s mid to bottom of knee, full enough to be able to wear second trimester. But I thought it was cute in a boho relaxed way and having it off the shoulder I felt balanced the volume. I slipped on some gold gladiator sandals, a couple gold delicate necklaces and my Panama hat and was like, Oh Em Gee I am totes wearing this as an outfit post and then to the farmers market!

Then Karl walked into the room and said, “Does that come with a belt?” So I tried it with my raffia and leather belt, my tan wrap belt, and both looked lame. I asked if it looked boho cool and he said, “Yes, if you’re pregnant.” I took off the hat and really looked at it. The fabric is crinkly, but it’s poly and I started thinking how it could be itchy and hot in the summer. The length was too long, if it hit top of the knee it would be better. A medium would be too tight in the top. So I returned it. I bet it would have looked smashing in an outfit post, but in everyday life bopping along the path between stalls at the farmers market I’d end up bumping into an old college friend who would end up asking me when I was due. So yeah, no thank you LOFT. FAIL.

Wardrobe Oxygen - LOFT Chambray Softened SHirtLOFT Chambray Softened Shirt

Oh I dream of slouchy shirts, the sleeves pushed up carelessly but with such a chic effect. Linen, silk, washed chambray, tencel. Maybe one button too many unbuttoned at the collar, exposing a hint of cleavage and a cool necklace. The last buttons unbuttoned, just the ones done to keep me from exposing too much. Pair with skinny white jeans, half-tuck into some girlfriend jeans or denim cut-offs, wear alone with sexy bedhead while I drink coffee in a window seat.  The reviews said this shirt was soft and longer than most chambray shirts, woot!

I dream of this look, but it rarely works on me. I am not willowy and I do not own a window seat. And this shirt didn’t accomplish this effect. It looked like something I’d pick up at Goodwill to wear when painting the house. The color was terrible, the wash was dated, it was not soft enough, slouchy enough. Looked more like part of a uniform. I know so many of you love J.Jill but I swear I’ve tried this same tunic on at their store and have seen many women over 40 wear it and look like they’re going to work on an assembly line while they likely feel they look as though they’re sipping coffee in a window seat. Women, we can do better. FAIL

Wardrobe Oxygen - LOFT Chambray Blazer ReviewLOFT Chambray Blazer

This is one trend I wanted to adopt this spring. I so thought it would work with my current wardrobe, over Breton tops and band tees, with printed skirts and white jeans. I’ve now tried five different ones and they all look hideous. This one fits, but the chambray color isn’t interesting enough and just looks like a dull blue jacket. The cut is really basic and didn’t look cool or modern or flattering, just like something that I could have purchased at JC Penney in 1991. FAIL

wardrobe oxygen - loft white leg trouser jeansLOFT Wide Leg Trouser Jeans – White

I ordered a 32 in regular and petite. They may be cute but I couldn’t slip them over my calves so I’ll never know. FAIL

J. Crew 7" Chino Short - Wardrobe OxygenJ. Crew 7″ Chino Short – Vibrant Red

I’ve always had luck sizing up with shorts, less likely to ride up or get wonky in the crotch. Also with thicker thighs, it provides more breathing room. This was not a good choice with these shorts. I got a 16. Karl said they looked like the bottom of the suit Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman. Pretty accurate. They fit in the waist but ballooned everywhere else making me look frump da dump. I can’t even tell if they’d be cute in a different size, I doubt it would work because the waist would be too small. These also were surely too long for me (I'd do better with 5″).  That being said the color is pretty (it's like a hot coral) whcih I felt would be fun with denim, chambray, and all my stripes… but these shorts were a big ass (literally) FAIL.

J. Crew Vintage cotton V-neck T-shirt in metallic - Wardrobe OxygenJ. Crew Vintage Cotton V-neck Shirt in Metallic – Metallic Blush

I have this shirt in silver and love it. When it went on mega sale I got this thinking it was like rose gold. It is not like rose gold. It is the same exact color as my skin, but sparkly. Call me Edward Cullen. This may be great if you have a darker skintone, but for me it’s a FAIL

J. Crew Long-sleeve striped crewneck T-shirtJ. Crew Long Sleeve Striped Crewneck T-Shirt – Black Ecru

I thought this shirt was this shirt on sale so I ordered in a different color combo. It is not the same shirt. This is stiffer, and far shorter. See how short it is on the model? It’s also that short on me. It was not cute. FAIL

J. Crew Ballet Cap Sleeve T-Shirt - Wardrobe OxygenJ. Crew Ballet Cap T-Shirt in Stripe – Navy Ivory

Cotton/linen blend and cap sleeves seemed like a smart choice for my striped-obsessed self for the dog days of summer. I got an XL so I could wear it casually with shorts or knot it with a skirt. This is itchy and fit super weird and wasn’t light and breezy like other linen blend tees from J. Crew. FAIL

So yeah, this is a long post but as you can see, I only kept three dresses and none of them were anything holy grail perfect. So I’m still on the hunt. Have you had any success lately? Share in the comments, you may inspire me and other readers, or help us find exactly what we need to complete our wardrobes!

56 Comments

  1. Anamarie
    May 22, 2016 / 10:13 am

    I thought the same about the JCrew chino shorts, but I needed them for a trip and was out of time to find alternatives. I washed them and dried them at a high setting and they shrunk perfectly. They are now about a 6″ inseam and seem narrower. I wouldn’t recommend the dry to shrink method, but it has worked for me.

  2. May 22, 2016 / 5:32 am

    Yup, it’s not us, it’s the clothes! I fiiiinally found a light denim shirt that fits me in the arms in Gap – and I’m wearing it almost daily. I’d tried about 4-5 others from different shops and all had loose bodies and tight arms. Just about to head out and look for a black leather riding boot (ankle height) for my trip to New Zealand in their rainy autumn. Will also be useful in the UK as even though it’s nearly summer, we still have cold rainy days.

  3. DC Style Factory
    May 21, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    i love your shopping reviews for obvious reasons — i shop all these brands for myself and for clients. and it’s always so fun and informative to read your take. i love me some nordstrom and swear by some of their great mid-price range brands like halogen, pleione, nic + zoe and others that i know you like as well. BUT…i have to say, i have been diggin’ what asos (dresses and jackets), mango and modcloth (graphic tees) have had — mixes up some of these tried-and-true brands. i would LOVE to see your review of an asos haul!!

  4. Anne
    May 21, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Hi Allie, I love these posts in particular. I also love the fact that your style doesn’t depend on a collection of $3000 handbags! I’m wondering if you’ve ever tried Uniqlo? They have tank dresses like the one you bought, but with bras attached (they also have tank T’s with bras). Their prices are reasonable, and I’ve been pleased with their quality

  5. Alexis
    May 20, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    I’m sorry so many of the items were “fails”–that sounds frustrating–but your descriptions were coffee-snortingly hilarious. “I felt I looked like a bridesmaid that got in a bar fight.”–bwah hah hah!

  6. Jo
    May 20, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    I love your ‘recent purchase’ posts, as they reflect the frustration that I feel when shopping. I have recently lost 25 pounds (yay) and am in dire need of new clothes, but at 5’2″, and age 57, I am at a loss for how to style my postmenopausal body. I am not yet ready for Alfred Dunner but don’t feel comfortable looking like a 25yo. You have wonderful taste and style and have given me many ideas. Because of you, I have bought 3 LL Bean Sailor shirts and they do look terrific. I am so happy I found your blog. THANK YOU. Jo (I haven’t figured out how to change my screen name).

  7. Anonymous
    May 20, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I have been having the same problem. I buy things and then I have to return them, which is really annoying. I have had luck at Uniqlo. I love their supima cotton t-shirts. They are a good quality, thick cotton that washes well and are very soft. I also bought their slub striped short sleeve t. I also had luck at Lands End with their fitted t-shirts. These are not fancy but they are good for running errands on the weekends.

    For long sleeved striped shirts, I bought some at Uniqlo this spring and one at LL Bean. The LL Bean one is the 3/4 length sleeve boat neck French sailor’s shirt. I bought the cream/sea rose color and I love it. The cotton is good quality and it did not wrinkle when I washed it (I air dried it like most of my good clothes).

    I also had luck with shorts at T.J. Maxx. Found a Ralph Lauren chambray pair and a British Khaki pair.

    I don’t even both looking at Ann Taylor Loft anymore. It is such junk.

    For summer work clothes, I tend to shop T.J. Maxx-like stores I have near my office during lunch, so it is hit and miss. I found Jones Studio dresses there with ruching around the mid section and they are great in the summer with a cardigan.

    I recently bought the Angelfish Sperry boat shoes from Zappos and they are awesome. They don’t run narrow (I have wide feet) and they are like walking on a cloud. Since they are closed toed, I don’t have to worry about a pedicure.

  8. Gail Clark
    May 20, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    I love your clothing reviews. Keep them coming!

  9. TheLibrarian28
    May 20, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    I felt bad for you reading this – so many fails! I do most of my shopping online, and sometimes everything fits and looks wonderful, and other times nothing works…I’m sure things will improve!

    Since you’re a stripes lover like I am, you should try this boat-neck top from Old Navy.. I think I’ve bought four so far. It seems to run true to size, but I’ve bought my normal size (XL) and the XXL which is looser but still works. The material is really soft and not too thin, and I like these better than my Boden Bretons which feel a little skimpy in comparison.
    http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=142461082

  10. Emily
    May 20, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    I literally chuckled out loud while reading this. I have been shopping a few times recently and hated EVERYTHING!! I don’t have the solution but do know you’re not alone – whatever the shops are serving up this season is just not cut for me it seems!!

  11. Lee4
    May 20, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Thanks for all the reviews! You are so funny & honest–I love it! I’ve been waiting to hear your thoughts on that Loft corral/red dress ever since you mentioned it in a past post. It’s so cute on the website but I’m neither skinny, nor firm, so it might not be for me either.

    You’re jumpsuit story reminded me of an incident I had in a Gap dressing room. I actually got stuck in a fit & flare dress! The zipper caught in the fabric on the back & it would not move up or down (& there was no other way out of the dress without that zipper moving). There was a nice lady in the room next to me, so after several desperate minutes trying to loosen it on my own, I had to ask her for help. No luck, so we had to call the sales associates. As soon as we told them/showed them what happened, they got scissors & cut the back. This turned out to be a common problem with that dress. Needless to say, I have never tried on one of those again!

  12. Cherie Czaplicki
    May 20, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Allie, two things: The sleeves can be shorted on that top easy peasy for a seamstress/tailor. And the pockets on that dress can be sewn shut and the offending fabric removed. These things may make those two pieces into winners!

    • May 20, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      I am usually all for such things, but when pieces are this cheap and not absolutely perfect in every way except that, I don’t think it’s worth the money. I know where I live to get the pockets sewn up and the fabric removed on a stretchy dress can be $40. But that is a great option and a good reminder for pieces that are perfection in every way but one! Thank you!

  13. pattyink
    May 20, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I got this dress from GAP online three weeks ago. I have worn it three times and been complimented each time. It is a great dress. I got the Petite 14 (I’m a short busty, curvy gal). There aren’t many petite sizes left, just the smaller sizes and some 14. It’s lined. It has pockets. I freekin’ love this dress.

  14. bubu
    May 20, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Sorry you have had such a run of bad luck on the clothing front. I too am short, hourglass and curvy — and broad shouldered to boot –and so many things I imagine one way just don’t get work IRL. Plus I hate dealing with returns, even if they’re free. This is why, even though i have very little time to do it, i pretty much only buy clothes in person. I had an hour between meetings downtown last week, popped into an AT and BR, tried on about 20 things in each and walked out with 2 items from each store that I actually liked! Sadly on clearance, so I can’t link them — but I find I just need a massive volume of potential things in the dressing room to shift the odds in my favor.

  15. Michelle Van Ellis
    May 20, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    Hahaha! I can see me in the bathroom with that jumpsuit on, one leg up on the stall wall and the pant leg of the other leg hiked up with me trying to pee.

    I got a cute t-shirt, print dress from asos recently. Too bad I didn’t read the the description as much as I should have. I was expecting nice soft t-shirty material and it’s more a lightweight textured scuba or as I like to refer to it, 70s bedspread material. But it’s cute and once I got over the fabric expectation vs reality, I really like it. I’m wearing it today.

    Fails have been a top from rainbeaucurves to work out in. It’s too close fitting and too big at the same time, a scuba pencil skirt from Eloquii, gaah – and a totally gorgeous pair of TOMS platform sandals that I can’t even get my foot into even though I ordered a half size up. 🙁

      • Emily
        May 20, 2016 / 4:39 pm

        I can wear the plain ones but the textured fabrics just have nowhere near enough give! I can get my foot half in then I get embarrassed and give up…

  16. Jacqueline Gray Endlich
    May 20, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Thank you for going through the torture for us. I am built a lot like you (but older) and would have purchased many of the pieces you did, and I would have had to return them! (Especially the olive green jacket!) I know now that it is the rare piece that I don’t require a petite. Learning……

  17. julieadp
    May 20, 2016 / 11:27 am

    I’m sorry so many of these items didn’t work for you, but I love your descriptions of why you didn’t like them. It makes me feel better and helps me remember that when something doesn’t fit me in a way I like, the problem is with the garments, not with me.

  18. Kate K
    May 20, 2016 / 10:45 am

    This is my favorite feature. I love seeing what you bought, and your descriptions are both hilarious and helpful. I went on a major shopping trip with my mom a few weeks ago, and some of those same conversations were happening 😀 I’m also sorry that you didn’t find more wins, but I think it’s so important for readers to see that sometimes it’s really hard work finding clothing. You always look great, but it’s obvious that you put forth effort to make that happen.

    Also, after reading your blog for ages, I now have it in my head that I need a jumpsuit. I know that you had done a blog post about that last year so thanks in advance for helping me research 😀

    • May 20, 2016 / 10:50 am

      My Loveappella jumpsuit is still worn regularly, I bought it last spring. It’s also still available at Nordstrom. It rocks because it’s super easy to slip open and pee and it washes pretty well (I wash in a lingerie bag because it stretches out) http://bit.ly/1qyTpxq

      • Kate K
        May 20, 2016 / 11:08 am

        I will definitely check it out! Thanks for the response–I had a bit of a fangirl moment there 😉

  19. Jen W
    May 20, 2016 / 10:28 am

    I really appreciate these posts and your candor about what works for you and what does not. I ordered the JCrew striped tee after your last hits and misses post and I LOVE it! The texture is fantastic. I’ve had more returns than usual this year, but online shopping is still the best solution for my lifestyle.

  20. Gayle Morgan
    May 20, 2016 / 9:44 am

    I’m sorry you had bad luck with the clothes but you had me laughing out loud and I so needed that this morning as I sat in the window seat with my coffee. I think you could do stand up. I LOVE your visual images. Look forward to future postings.

  21. Patricia
    May 20, 2016 / 9:38 am

    I try on a bunch to find the one. I recently went pants shopping looking for basic khaki or beige ankle pants. Actually found two! Brought them both home and wore them around the house. To my surprise, one was an obvious winner. It kept it’s shape … and made me look like I had one. The other started to bag and droop. So one hit and one fail with me as the winner. Then I tossed out a bunch of pants and crops that no longer flatter…

    • May 20, 2016 / 3:58 pm

      Where did you find the winners? Inquiring minds want to know (actually my mom is looking for exactly this and I’d love to share with her and I bet other readers are also looking for similar!)

      • Patricia
        May 21, 2016 / 12:40 am

        Actually I found a pair of khakis by JM, Macy’s. They’re pull up pants with no zipper, stretch and very comfortable. Don’t remember the price but they were under $30 on sale. The other pair were more classic zipper front but bagged out after a while. I went to the store and tried on a stack of pants in different sizes.
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  22. the cape on the corner
    May 20, 2016 / 9:13 am

    gah, this is why i hardly shop for clothes online. especially those you had to keep b/c of final sale? no way, not worth it to me. when i do order clothes online, it’s only with free shipping, free returns or returns to store b/c i would be left with alot of non working clothes!
    b

    • May 20, 2016 / 9:16 am

      Thing is, I don’t have time to shop in person. I work 45-50 hours at my job, my commute is an hour each way, I have the blog, I’m a Girl Scout leader, and there aren’t the hours to spend at the mall (not much shopping near my home or office). I don’t usually buy final sale things because of this, and I find I’ve saved money by staying out of malls because I end up buying feeling I need to justify the time spent there. So while this was a mega fail, in general it’s a win for me 🙂

      • Michelle
        May 24, 2016 / 12:11 pm

        Have you tried Le Tote? I pick 3 clothing items and 2 accessories each week for $59/month. I mail it back in a large prepaid bag sort of like you do for Netflix but with clothing. It’s a clothing rental company and they dry clean everything when it’s sent back.

  23. papergraffiti
    May 20, 2016 / 9:07 am

    I feel you on the chambray shirt thing…What I’m sick of with button-downs in general is not fitting them to an actual human body. I am a pretty hourglass-y shape, for reference. I grabbed a super soft one from Ava & Viv to try on the last time I was in Target and figured it would be made to fit me, as a lot of their stuff normally is—with as much room in the hips as it is in the shoulders. Yeah, no. It fit GREAT through the top but when I got past my waist (which is on the high side) I swear that shirt started narrowing. This is the problem with 99% of the chambray shirts out there and I hate it. 🙁

    • May 20, 2016 / 9:17 am

      YES! Why can’t they nip a little in the waist, but have a nice flow at the bottom? If they’re meant to be longer, this makes so much sense!

      • Kathryn Braun Fenner
        May 20, 2016 / 11:27 am

        I suppose you could find one that is wide enough all the way down and either sew the side seam in at the waist yourself or have a tailor do it….it would have to be a very soft fabric to work, though

        • Emily
          May 20, 2016 / 4:41 pm

          I found a good chambray shirt at Muji recently, if you have them in the US? It’s quite a roomy cut but soft enough fabric that it drapes and looks intentional rather than that I borrowed a boyfriend’s shirt. (I wear it half-tucked into skinny jeans to help offset!) The only thing is that the sleeves are really narrow!

          • Kathryn Braun Fenner
            May 20, 2016 / 4:43 pm

            I expect that the narrowness of the sleeves helps keep it from looking like a man’s shirt–but my upper arms are not slender…

          • Emily
            May 20, 2016 / 4:45 pm

            That’s probably the rationale! Weirdly I found that the cut over the bicep is ok but they seem to taper down to the wrist making them hard to roll up as high as elbows! I mostly roll mine to the mid-forearm and figure it goes with the ‘relaxed’ vibe… it’s my only gripe on the shirt though!

          • Kathryn Braun Fenner
            May 20, 2016 / 4:46 pm

            Imma check out the website!

          • Emily
            May 20, 2016 / 4:48 pm

            I just looked and they seem to show their entire ladies collection as just “socks”?!? If you get the chance to pop in store though it might be worth it 🙂

          • Kathryn Braun Fenner
            May 20, 2016 / 4:50 pm

            Durn, they are only in NYC and California. I was hoping they’d be in Boston where I’ll be next month. Oh well…

  24. HokieKate
    May 20, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Your reviews are so fun to read! “A bridesmaid that got in a bar fight” and “something I’d pick up at Goodwill to wear when painting the house” made me laugh the most. Thank you for this series.

    • May 20, 2016 / 9:13 am

      My pleasure! While my fails may be other people’s wins, I know it helps to read detailed reviews and know the body behind the reviews for context!

  25. Kathryn Braun Fenner
    May 20, 2016 / 9:05 am

    I have wanted to look cool in a bomber jacket since they became stylish back in the 70s, but I have come to realize they only look cool if you have narrow hips, or they stop at the waist and aren’t too bulky. Otherwise, they highlight the hips and cover up our slim areas.

    • May 20, 2016 / 9:13 am

      It’s so true, and I said no for so long for that very reason. But then I saw curvy women rocking them and thought well maybe… newp newp newp.

  26. Morgan Rudder
    May 20, 2016 / 8:59 am

    It cracks me up that you said that coral Loft dress was what a professional woman dreams of because I totally bought it for that very reason–we have got to stop buying the same clothes, lady! Just kidding. I thought much the same you did that it is kinda meh, but totally what I needed during the summer when I can’t be bothered for much. The funny thing is that I threw it on with a blazer and my husband really likes it. Like REALLY likes it. I wore a black wrap dress to an awards thing last night and thought I looked pretty smoking hot in it, and Eric told me he prefers that weird Loft dress. The hell? Men are weird. Dresses are weird. Sizes are weird. Or maybe it’s just Friday. 🙂

    Also, chambray shirts should be a discussion. I had one from Lands End Canvas back in the day that I adored, and have never quite found a replacement. Lands End got close last Fall but I washed it and it go weirdly short–I can still tuck it into a skirt but that’s it. I tried that one from Loft too, and I looked like a 50 year old in a low budget Rosie the Riveter costume. As someone else said, clothing should not be this difficult.

    • May 20, 2016 / 9:12 am

      The best chambray shirt I ever got was from Mossimo via Target. That thing was AMAZING but the buttons that had the thingies to button up the rolled sleeves started wearing away and I had visible holes in my arms. Never have I found a worthy replacement.

      And YES why do we keep buying the same things? Great minds! And funny, I too felt smoking recently in a black wrap dress and Karl said it looked too mature and preferred me in a brightly colored dress that wasn’t as flattering to the figure!

  27. Shelley A.
    May 20, 2016 / 8:47 am

    I order 95% of my stuff online as well, because I live in a smaller city and most of my favourite stores are not within close driving distance. I order a lot from Banana Republic because I know the sizes and usually what fits me, but I also like variety as well. I hate how deceiving some things look online and what the description reads. I do end up returning a lot as well. Getting ‘fails” in the mail is no fun. Boo!

    • May 20, 2016 / 9:31 am

      Exactly. I stick to Nordstrom not just because the shipping and returns are free and easy, but because I know the brands and how they fit for me. But variety is the spice of life, and that brings in a few more fails. But it’s all a learning experience and it’s easier than dedicating an entire day or weekend to the mall which may end up with just as many fails!

  28. May 20, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Crap, that’s a lot of fails. I have to agree with you – we should not me making so much efforts to have something look good, it should be easy.

  29. Kasmira Kit
    May 20, 2016 / 7:55 am

    The “fails” must be frustrating, but it makes me feel better that I’m not the only one to be deceived by website descriptions, model photos, and random sizing! I hate shopping for clothes online!

    • May 20, 2016 / 9:16 am

      If anything, it helps me narrow down what I really need and what silhouettes that season actually work for me. I’ll take it as a learning experience!

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