Outfit Of The Yesterday: Plum & Python (+ A Few More LOFT Reviews, Too!)

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(Please note: LOFT’s Friends & Family sale is now over, but you can still take 20% off on full-priced orders of $100+ with code “7INSIDER”!)

LOFT’s Friends & Family Sale wraps up tonight, and the 40% off discount is pretty decent if you, like me, are already feeling the lulling lure of pretty pre-fall fashion. Never mind that it’s 95 degrees out, you’re right! That burgundy-baroque-faux-fur-trimmed-with-a-peplum cape IS going to look so cute while remaining haphazardly stylishly thrown draped over my closet floor for the next few months while I…can’t wear it.

Everyone should have a closet floor that looks so stylish. That, I am certain, is why you read this blog.

But thanks to LOFT our closet (laundry/bedroom/un-used treadmill) floors can now look stylish for a hearty 40% off, and I grabbed a few things recently from the retailer that I have actually already been able to wear right now. First, these pants:

LOFT marisa zip pocket skinny ankle pants in bi-stretch
take 20% off on full-priced orders of $100+ with code “7INSIDER”

I have mentioned many times here in the past that I have a hard time finding pants since I have a bit of a weird body–I am short with a longer-torso and shorter legs. I am an “apple” shape, carrying extra weight in my mid-section, but as I have gotten older (and deal with bloat-inducing Lupus medications + not being able to work out), I have begun to morph into a slight “pear” shape as well. I should also probably note that I am predisposed to hangnails, migraines, accidentally getting “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt” stuck in my head for a million days in a row, and jamming up office copy machines every time I touch one–let’s just throw it alllll right out there.

So aside from being one sad watermelon short of an awesomely anemic Edible Arrangements gift basket, my body is a problem when it comes to finding good pants. Pants that typically fit in the waist are too big in the butt, thigh, and leg. Pants that typically fit in the butt, thigh, and leg typically do not fit in the waist. Blah.

I also prefer pants that:

  1. Have a slightly higher rise (to help my legs look a little longer).
  2. Have a good amount of stretch (while not stretching out of shape during wear–no one likes doing the “broken-pants-hike-up-prance” at the end of the day).
  3. Have a shorter inseam (around 27 inches to 28 inches or so).
  4. And have a zip fly (flat-front pants can look great on some people, but I’m usually not one of them).


I am happy to say that these are the first pants that I have found that just have a really good all-around fit. The bi-stretch fabric is thick enough to hide things (while remaining incredibly comfortable), is super stretchy (but holds its shape well throughout the day), and has a slight woven texture to it (so it’s easy to dress both up and down). It’s hard to find perfection in pants, but these come pretty close.

Here they are with heels (Note: I snapped the pics quick this morning for a reader request, and the terrible top that I am wearing isn’t tucked into the pants but just rolled up, hence something that looks a little like a muffin top. It’s just an illusion–no muffin-topping in these puppies, whew):


Here they are with flats:


Here they are, tucked under about 1-3/4 inches to the length in which I would like to have them hemmed:


And they have zippered pockets. They are a little too low to be completely functional, but the zippers give the pants a trendier polish, which is nice:

Due to the super stretchiness, I found that the “berry blue” pair ran large and I had to size down one size. The black color, however, is not as stretchy and so I stuck with my normal LOFT size for that particular pair.

I will need to hem them up a little bit, as they do not come in petite inseams and I hate wrinkly ankles, but aside from that I absolutely love them. They are a great option for anyone that loves the J Crew Minnie pant but wants something more substantial–well done, LOFT!

LOFT front pocket pencil skirt in bi-stretch
take 20% off on full-priced orders of $100+ with code “7INSIDER”

I am wearing it below in a petite size and in “lush plum” color. It’s too hot to wear jackets at the moment, so I really just wore the blouse with the skirt by itself, but since it is an autumnal-hued skirt I decided to snap a few different jackets with it for some general ideas of how it will work in the fall, too–just in case anyone wants to look back here for some ideas in a few months. :)

The color of this skirt is neat–the plum isn’t overly red or overly blue, but instead a nice, neutral purple that (I think) works well with lots of different colors. Love it:

Yellow Jacket: J Crew, old (similar here) (similar here) (similar here)

Mint Jacket: Zara, old (similar here) (similar here) (a splurge here) (last worn here)

Orange Jacket: Zara, old (similar here) (similar at Piperlime, 25% off!) (similar here under $100)  (similar under $50) (last worn here)

Black Jacket: Zara (buy it here) (similar here) (a less-dramatic option here)

Brown Jacket: Modcloth, old (similar here) (similar under $50) (last worn here)

 Snake Top: H&M, recent (similar under $100) (similar here) (similar here, under $100)

Belt: Urban Outfitters (buy it here, on sale for $15)

Bow: ASOS (similar here) (similar here)

Rosegold Spike Rings: ASOS (buy them here) (a milder version by House of Harlow, on sale) (last worn here)

Skirt: LOFT (buy it here + take 40% off with code “FRIENDS”) (an A-line option here)

Orange Bag: Marc Jacobs Quilted iPad Bag (similar here) (similar by Kate Spade) (similar at J Crew, under $100)

Pink Bag: Chloe Paraty in Rosewood (similar here) (similar here) (similar here) (similar under $100) (last worn here)

Shoes: Vince Camuto Prue Pumps (buy them here) (also now available in a flat!) (similar here for $50) (last worn here)



Are you guys grabbing anything good from the LOFT Friends & Family sale? Share in the comments!