Part of my job as a personal stylist is to research brands, fits, and styles so that I am able to make appropriate recommendations to my clients. During one of my recent retail research outings, I headed to Loft, Ann Taylor's cooler, younger sister and hit the racks to find the best stuff in the store.
The Best Dresses
Flowerbed Flutter Swing Dress, $89.50 / Plus Sizes Here
First up, this Flowerbed Flutter Swing Dress is insanely comfortable. I recommend this one for women with small hips, large busts, and/or apple shapes. The dress is cut roomy through the middle and tight in the hip area. I recommend sizing up.
Loft Lace Flutter Dress, $98
Next in line, we have the perfect little wedding guest dress for under $100. Just add silver strappy sandals and statement earrings. This lace style works well on hourglass, pear, and athletic body types. The bust area is best suited for someone with a D cup or smaller. It is available in petite and runs true to size.
Loft Floral Knot Dress, $69.50
Our final, flirty dress is going places. Rendered in supremely comfortable stretch rayon fabric with a flattering tie-waist, this one can go from work to weekend, brunch to board room quite easily. Works well on hourglass, pear, and athletic body types. I recommend for those who are D cup or smaller. This dress runs true to size.
The Best Pants
Loft Fluid Sailor Pants, $69.50 / Plus Sizes Here
Moving on to pants, I discovered this adorable sailor style. Pair with a striped Breton tee and red sandals for a chic, summer look. I recommend these for apple shapes, women who are bigger on the top, and athletically built women. Size down in these as they run large. Also available in petite, though this silhouette works best on women who are 5'6" or taller.
Loft Modern Unpicked Button Fly Skinny Jeans, $79.50 / Plus Sizes Here
I have featured the blue version of these jeans on the blog before. Available now in black, these high rise jeans work beautifully on my clients who are apple shaped or bigger on the top. They run true to size.
The Best Tops
Loft Shimmer Petal Sleeve Tee, $34.50
For those with very casual wardrobe needs, I am always on the hunt for t-shirts with that little something extra. May I present this super soft petal tee. I recommend this one for women with narrow shoulders. Pair with white jeans and beige sandals for a casual chic look. It runs true to size.
Loft Lacy Shirred Split Tee, $49.50
Another entry in the casual chic department, this lacy top is the only white blouse you'll need this summer. It's lined, shaped well, and incredibly comfortable. Pair with light wash jeans and blush sandals for a sophisticated weekend look. Runs true to size.
Loft Zebra Vintage Soft Tee, $29.50 / Plus Sizes Here
I once had a client who wanted t-shirts that looked "done". She wanted tops that would help her look put together without a lot of accessories or completer pieces. For her, we ended up purchasing several tops by Lucky. This cute graphic tee makes me think of her. This Zebra scoop neck tee will look great on pretty much everyone. It runs true to size.
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical fashion advice for women everywhere. Addicted to blazers since 2004.