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A Visit to Ann Taylor LOFT

19 Sep

Since I’m on a shopping ban, I feel like I’ve been doing more of these fitting room reviews to compensate.

Everyone’s been talking about LOFT lately and I’ve only recently started looking at their things. Since there was a promotion on pants, I asked the SA about the pant styles and cuts. She told me that there were primarily 2 cuts, the Julie and the Marisa. Online, there’s the Ann, but they haven’t been getting them in the store recently.

I took a pair of each style in 00P to compare the fit on my body.

The Marisa.

Modern Fit. Sits lower on waist. Wide-leg silhouette.

The top is in XXSP and though it fits decently, I don’t think it’s for me. It looks much better on Petite XXS.

I like the idea of the silhouette, but it’s totally unflattering. My hips are too wide for this style with unsightly bunching in the crotch area. There is also a fairly large waist gap by 2-3 inches.

Would I buy it? No. But it would work on someone with a thicker midsection and slimmer hips.

The Julie.

Curvy Fit. Sits slightly below the waist. Contoured to flatter the hip and thigh. Wide-leg silhouette.

The tee is in XXSP. It’s cute, but not really my style. It’s a bit too snug over my chest, so I would go with an XSP instead.

The pant fits perfectly with no waist gap and there’s more than enough room for my hips. The silhouette is more of a bootcut than a wide-leg look, but it’s not bad. From the back, I have a serious case of pancake butt…and that definitely killed it.

Would I buy it? Not really unless I take it to the tailors to fix the back part. Would fit someone with a more sizeable bottom half.

So I guess these LOFT pant styles are not for me.

How about you? What styles fit your body shape and how do you like LOFT pants?

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DIY: Fixing a Tear

16 Jul

My friend got a major tear in his khakis but he really loved these pants that he wore them until someone thought he was homeless.

So I told him I could fix it if he wanted.

When I got them, they were just washed, but I didn’t know the extent of the damage. It turned out that it wasn’t just a simple tear, it was three in parallel.

I was a bit surprised, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle. I picked up two patches and matching thread for less than $5 to get started.

Since the patches were fairly large, they looked unsightly on the outside, so I applied them on the inside of the pant. Then I sewed the tear down to prevent it from getting any bigger or more frayed to give it that “destroyed” look.

The view from the inside of the pant isn’t too pretty, but at least you can see how it looks from the inside. I know I didn’t follow the traditional way of repairing a tear, but it works fine.

Things You Need

  • 2 Heavy Canvas Iron-On Patches
  • Matching Thread
  • Iron / Ironing Table
  • Sewing Machine

Instructions

  1. Take two heavy canvas iron-on patches and apply them to the back of the tear. (Inside out)
  2. Iron on the patches and wait for the bond to set
  3. Invert the pants and sew down the tear using a diagonal stitch

The completed result isn’t very fancy, but it does the job and it’s heavily reinforced so I doubt it’ll fall apart any time soon.

Spice Up Your Leggings

22 Aug

Back to school season is already here and with it comes some last minute traveling before hitting the books. Plus, it’s just nice to get away from the daily grind, whether it be work or school, before autumn arrives and the cold weather sets in.

When traveling, I think leggings are much more comfortable than jeans and more covered than a dress. I’ve heard that maxi dresses are great, but I’m not a fan, and it’s a bit too breezy for my liking. My ideal travel outfit would be a nice oversized tee, leggings, white keds, a beanie if I have a bad hair day,  and a circle scarf in case I get cold.

Traveling Outfit

Instead of playing it safe with basic black leggings, why not try out different patterns, colors, and styles? There are so many different looks, I can’t get enough!

It’s pretty simple to mix and match outfits to go with leggings. For solid color leggings, a patterned or printed top would be awesome. While for patterned leggings, a simple solid color top will suffice. Some say that leggings are not a replacement for pants, but as long as you keep your bum covered, it’s fine with me. It’s all about the confidence in what you wear that really makes the outfit pop.

My faves are the printed pink leggings and the graffiti leggings…so HOT!

fun leggings

From the left, top row:

  • Missguided print leggings $13
  • Wet Seal Gold Latex Leggings $19
  • Charlotte Russe People’s Liberation Graffiti Leggings $33
  • American Apparel Nylon Tricot Leggings $34
  • Charlotte Russe Footless Liquid Leggings $15

From the left, bottom row:

  • Charlotte Russe Tribal Leggings $13
  • H&M Leopard Leggings- Turquoise
  • H&M Leopard Leggings-Purple
  • Forever 21 Groovy Tulip Leggings $12