Loft V-Neck Sweater with Button Detail

Oy, been a long week so far. And it’s only Tuesday! I feel exhausted! But have no fear, I have enough energy today to post. Loft has brought up their Buy 1 Get 1 50% off promo, but only with sweaters. In honor of this promotion, let’s talk about a classic with a twist. V-Neck Sweater with Button Detail.

Ann Taylor Loft V-Neck Sweater with Button Detail

I bypassed this one quite a few times initially. Then it hit me at some point that these classic v-neck sweaters can (and should) replace my basic v-neck tees that I wear with everything during the summer. So I clicked and took a quick look. I was very surprised to see a row of gold/brass buttons on each sleeve! You all know how much I love gold hardware detailing, and it’s so rare to see on anything but jackets/coats, and even then it’s still rare! So, I bought them with the last Buy 1 Get 1 50% off promo.

Ann Taylor Loft V-Neck Sweater with Button DetailAnn Taylor Loft V-Neck Sweater with Button Detail

I’m wearing: Banana Republic Wide Braided Belt (similar here), Loft Chunky Tweed Mini Skirt, Tory Burch Julianne Wedges

At first I really liked them on. But then I noticed they were a bit tight in the shoulder/bust/arm area…again. Sigh. Of course I got a Small and they would probably look better a size up. Not so I’m-almost-busting-out-ish. It’s probably not that noticeable from the front, but it definitely is from the side. You can see the outline of my bra. Gah.

Ann Taylor Loft V-Neck Sweater with Button DetailI’m wearing: Banana Republic Wide Braided Belt (similar here), Loft Chunky Tweed Mini Skirt, Tory Burch Julianne Wedges

I would definitely buy this in a size up if I were to rebuy them again. They’re machine washable, which is awesome, and they’re super comfortable. Love the button detailing. Gives it that slight twist on a classic. And super reasonably priced!

Get it here from Ann Taylor Loft for $39.50. Comes in a ton of colors and even stripes!

Banana Republic Cotton Pleated Skirt

I popped by Banana Republic at Rockefeller Center yesterday, picked up a couple of things, went to the register…and got everything for the amount I expected to pay for one. Apparently, somehow they are having some unmarketed secret 40% off everything “Pre-Fall” sale for cardholders which was not announced anywhere in the store…so I picked up a couple more things of course. May even go back today for more! The Cotton Pleated Skirt is one that’s been flying below the radar for me; it looks like yet another typical BR skirt, and with all the mixed reviews on sizing and coloring, I’ve been passing on it. Now that it’s $39.99 and an extra 40% off, I’m a-lookin’ at it!

Banana Republic Cotton Pleated Skirt

First thing to note is that indeed the color in real life does not reflect the color in the stock photo. Instead of beige-ish, it’s more green.

Banana Republic Cotton Pleated SkirtBanana Republic Cotton Pleated Skirt

I’m wearing: Loft Striped Corsage Sweater, Loft Wide Braided Belt, Tory Burch Julianne Wedges

It is significantly cuter than I expected. It’s very light and airy with a great circle/A-line shape. I sized up a size for some length; I think that was the right move as I prefer this skirt to sit more at my hips than waist per the stock photo. The only problem I can foresee with this skirt is that you probably can’t wear it with tights because the skirt (or its lining) is a soft, thin material; it’s not stiff enough to stand on its own and will likely stick to tights as you walk, causing bunching problems, skirt hiking, etc etc. Without tights this will be hard to wear in chillier weather. Regardless, I think this is a great buy and even if I can’t wear it in Fall/Winter, the price and design is great enough that I will keep it for next Spring/Summer (which will be here before you know it!).

Get it here from Banana Republic for $39.99.

Ann Taylor Loft Striped V-Neck Cardigan

I wish Loft gave their items more interesting names like J.Crew so we don’t end up calling clothes by the same names season after season. Anyway, happy Saturday everyone! I just finished some delicious sushi and with the ever delicious lychee smoothie by my side, I’m ready to post about the Striped V-Neck Cardigan from Ann Taylor Loft.

Ann Taylor Loft Striped V-Neck Cardigan

White with blue/black stripes or navy with white stripes. Something about these two color combinations in either sweaters or tops makes me think of posh country club / casual chic / polo matches. To me, these are the ultimate color combos to match up with cognac-colored accessories like belts and riding boots. Great neutral colors and look inherently high end. To me, at least.

Ann Taylor Loft Striped V-Neck CardiganAnn Taylor Loft Striped V-Neck Cardigan

I’m wearing: Loft Multi-Tier Shell, J.Crew Equestrian Belt (similar here), Loft Chunky Tweed Mini Skirt, Tory Burch Julianne Wedges

I’m wearing a Small in these photos. I usually go up to Medium for cardigans just for that extra roomy look, so I forget why I went to Small for these. They are pretty fitted but not too much so, with the exception of the arms. I know, again, I’m feelin’ like these designers are trying to tell me my arms are disproportionately big. Boo. They’re tight on my arms. Not unwearably so I guess, but not too happy about it. With the Buy 1 Get One 50% off (sweaters only) promo back on, I’m thinking of exchanging this for a size bigger and then buying the navy colored version as well. Highly recommend this cardigan – I don’t think I’ve seen a single person look terrible in it.

Get it here from Ann Taylor Loft for $59.50.

P.S. Shoutout to reader Tina for the idea of adding a belt to the Loft Multi-Tier Shell. I know this isn’t a skinny belt, but I couldn’t resist adding in a pop of cognac to this outfit.