Tuesday and Shopping Update

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Sorry for pics before my hair was dry.  Running a bit late today, and with this humidity, my hair was still a bit damp even by time I got to the office!

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 Now it's all full and beachy waves and goes far better with the dress.

Dress: LOFT, picked up during their Friends & Family event last week
Belt: Vintage
Shoes: Sofft
Bracelet: Twisted Silver

I actually bought quite a lot of stuff from Ann Taylor & Ann Taylor LOFT for their Friends & Family event.  And all is going back except this dress (which I honestly think will look better next week when I'm not all PMS-y bloated).

What I got from LOFT:
Petite Abstract Waves Woven Dress – This is the dress I am wearing.  I have to say if I didn't have the F&F discount and a store credit, this dress wouldn't be worth it.  It's polyester, and that weird textured crepe polyester that from far away may look like silk but once you touch it you know it's synthetic something.  Super super simple pattern, no fancy details.  The waist is elasticized and covered with a black grosgrain ribbon which on its own looks very much as though something is missing.  The dress has side pockets which is what made me consider returning this dress – the pockets make the sides stick out a bit weird, and make it look as though it's junk in my trunk and not extra fabric.  I may use Stitch Witcheryir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B0001DSIHI to close them up.

However I kept this dress because it's lightweight, it's summery, I know it will look better if I lose weight or bloat, and my husband told me I look hot in it. 🙂

Petite Flutter Silk Dress – I saw this in several magazines and thought it looked gorgeous.  Also thought it could be a nice red wardrobe replacement for my “secretary dress.” 

First, the dress doesn't flutter.  It's packed so those ruffles lie completely flat.  Smooshed flat, and the ruffles have raw edges so it just looks as though the dress is inside-out.  I tried hanging the dress in the bathroom while I took a shower, thinking the steam may help flutter up the ruffles but no, they still looked awful.  Oh, and the dress is see-through, like could see the lace on my skin-colored bra.  And petite?  I actually had to double-check the label and packing slip because this “petite” dress hot me mid-calf.  FAIL.

Pleated Collar Shell – This doesn't seem to be still in stock, and may be because it was on sale.  Anyway, it is a lightweight cotton voile (like my lovely JNY top), looked to have a deep notch v-neck with a multi-ruffled stand collar.  The color was called Poppy Red, which looked more like hibiscus or watermelon to me.

This was NOT petite but it fit like it.  Raised my hands and you could see my belly.  It fit nicely over the bust, but was tight over the midsection (when does THAT happen?).  The collar didn't stand as well as I would like because the fabric was so soft.  And the neckline didn't fall open so it looked like a high-necked shell with a deflated clown collar.  Another FAIL.

What I got from Ann Taylor:
Denim Pencil Skirt – At the time of my order, they didn't have 14 petite in stock.  And after the skin-tight scary denim skirt I recently got from Gap, I was thinking maybe I should stick with 16.  No 16 petite.  So I ordered 16.

Yep, I am a 14 petite.  This skirt is far too big.  Even though I was swimming in this skirt, and even when I pulled it up to my ribcage it still hit below my knees, I knew it was a good choice.  So good I am going to exchange it.  The denim is heavy enough to not be clingy, but not so heavy that it looks stiff.  It has fantastic seaming that enhance a curvy figure, a tiny kickpleat, a gorgeous dark hue that looks like real denim, but is totally work appropriate.  I hate that my local Ann Taylor doesn't offer petites over 12 in their shop, so I have to order online.  But I really think the 14 petite will be a great fit and just what I have been looking for.  WIN.

Petite Cotton/Silk Blouse – No longer online but it was on mondo sale at the time of Friends & Family.  Anyway, it is a gorgeous bright pink, is a non-stretchy cotton/silk blend shell with size zipper at the bottom side.  The scoopneck is trimmed with small stiff ruffles.  Fully lined.

If I wore suits on a regular basis, I would keep this top.  The neckline is super flattering, the color and fabric gorgeous, it fit well, slightly loose in the body but no bra showing under the arms and more of a conservative fit perfect for Corporate America.  However alone, it looked like a suiting shell.  It is seamed, very tailored, and I couldn't make it look fun with trousers, skirts, or jeans.  Not a FAIL, but not an Allie WIN.

Coralized Micro CZ Pendant Necklace – The one I got is no longer online, but it's sorta similar to this.  The one I got has a longer, thinner chain and is solid gold with little CZ dots, no mother of pearl in the center.  I think it's a cute pendant, like the old brushed gold look, and can totally see it this fall with simple dresses and come winter it will be fab with a merino turtleneck and a pair of dark slim jeans.  the chain is adjustable, which is always a big plus with me.  I always have major success with Ann Taylor jewelry!

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  1. It’s weird, because the dress runs very big, so it was quite loose on me. The only way I think the ruffles would flutter is if I ironed them away from the dress each time it was cleaned. And still with that raw edge on them it just doesn’t look as good as the pricetag. Curious to see what the dress looks like in the store, if they steamed or pressed it to make the ruffles work.

  2. I love your hair here! Seriously, I would kill for waves like that. As for the flutter dress that doesn’t flutter…..do you ever think that the company put a size or two too big on the model and just pins it to allow it to drape like that? I noticed it didn’t seem to be terribly fitted on her. Just wondering.

  3. I recently got the Ann Taylor denim pencil skirt. As you said, the seams really flatter a curvy figure. I hope you’re able to get it in the right size.

  4. Hi, I just want to tell you that i Love your blog. I discovered it yesterday and I’ve been looking at your pics and the outfits you wear are amazin. Unfortunately I don’t leave in the states so it’s a big difficult (and expensive) for me to order online from the shops you buy, but at least I take the ideas and sort of recreate the looks with what’s in my closet. I send you big hugs and big congratulations for your nice blog.

  5. You look fantastic in that dress! Thanks for sharing your purchases – I tried on that beautiful bright pink blouse … and watched it while it was on sale. You are making me feel better about my decision not to buy. It is a gorgeous color!

  6. Oh thank you so much! You totally made my Tuesday with this comment!

    Best of luck to you with WW, and hope to hear from you again! 🙂

  7. I just have to tell you that I’ve been reading Wardrobe Oxygen for awhile but never realized you had this and your other blog. YOU are fabulous! I spent almost all day in work reading back entries and I love your story, your life, your style, and your family. Oh, and your hair too. I am 46 and my two boys are 11 and 14 so I’m out of the baby years, and I think I look pretty good for my age. I’m a size 10 and am doing WW online. But I’m just like you…I’m not killing myself but I have dropped a few pounds. However, I’m really more concerned about what goes into my mouth rather than how much. I just need to eat more fruits and veggies. Anyway, your websites have given me such good advice on how to dress and buy clothes. I’m really trying to update and look in style, but not like a teenager. I’m glad to see that you wear all different brands of clothes and shop all different places. You’ve inspired me to wear more heels (my legs are pretty good) and to invest in good pieces. In short, I’ll definitely be checking your blogs every day. Keep up the great work. And I like the dress too. Blues and browns are one of my favorite color combos.

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