What to Buy at Talbots

What to buy at Talbots

In our Private Facebook Group, I asked you what retailers you wanted to see in our What to Buy at series, and Talbots was at the top of the list. 

In this series, I shop our reader’s favorite retailers’ new arrivals and round up the best options to help build out your wardrobe. 

Talbots is tricky. It has a particular look, so the same advice you hear from me applies here: avoid mannequin shopping.

Why is mannequin shopping such a no-no?

Stores like Talbot’s, Ann Taylor, LOFT, J.Crew, etc., all adhere to a certain look. It’s what makes them popular and reliable. But you run the risk of looking like the BRAND and not YOURSELF when you wear them head-to-toe. 

Since our goal is to help you create a chic and modern wardrobe on a regular person budget, these posts are designed to highlight the best options that will add value to your closet. 

Basically, it’s what I would put in your fitting room if we were shopping together. 

Style

Scatter throughout Talbot’s inventory are some real head-scratchers. Maybe we could all get together and agree that no one over the age of four needs a sweatshirt covered in birds or a butterfly embroidered tee shirt? 

Many of their prints and color selections lack sophistication, so avoid them. Also, some of their cuts are a bit dated. 

That said, they offer a solid selection of basics, like bottoms, dresses, or button-downs. And, as you’ll see below, a few gems that will elevate your style.

Below are my top picks of Talbot’s new arrivals, a combination of classic pieces with a little bit of a twist. 

Sizing and Fit

Where Talbots doesn’t get credit is in their long-standing commitment to size inclusiveness. They have been offering a full-size range for years. So almost every item is available in missy, petite, plus, and plus-petite. 

Regarding fit, they run full depending on where you typically shop. For example, if you wear an 8 in J.Crew, you are probably a 6 in Talbots. 

What to Buy a Talbots

What to buy at Talbots

Right now, everything is an additional 25% at checkout. All most all items featured are available in Regular, Petite, Plus and Plus-Petite. Sizes run full. 

Knit Blazer

Talbots Knit Blazer

Knit Blazer, $159 

We love a knit blazer around here. It gives you the polish of a structured layer and the comfort of a cardigan. 

Available in Missy, Petite, Plus, and Plus Petite in four colors. 

Tweed Grosgrain Jacket 


Talbots Tweed Grosgrain Jacket

Tweed Grosgain Jacket, $189 

I ordered this grosgrain jacket to pair with dark jeans and heels for spring.  It has a very Tory Burch feel at a better price and more inclusive sizes. 

Available in Missy, Petite and Plus from a 00 – 24. 

Button Shoulder Tee

 

Talbots Button Shoulder Tee

Cotton Button Shoulder Tee, $60 

We all know I love a stripe, AND I’m always looking for simple yet chic tops you can pair with black bottoms. Between the boldness of the stripe and the buttons on the shoulder, this tee is a winner that will take you anywhere. Especially as offices reopen and embrace more casual dress, wear this with black ankle pants and flats for the perfect business casual look for spring.

Available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Plus-Petite

Faux Wrap Crepe Blouse

Talbots Faux Wrap Crepe Dress

Faux Wrap Crepe Blouse, $80 

And speaking of winners, this faux wrap blouse is gorgeous. Throw this on with dark jeans, black pants or even your faux leather leggings for drinks with friends or a grown-up date night out. You can dress it up or down with accessories and wear it at least three seasons. 

Available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Petite-Plus.

Cotton Bateau Neck Tee

Talbots Cotton Bateau Tee

Bateau Neck Tee, $45 

This classic went right in my cart. It’s a lovely option if the Boden Brenton doesn’t work for you. 

Available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Plus-Petite. 

Embroidered Tunic

Talbots Embroidered Tunic

Embroidered Tunic, $109

Every summer I struggle to find cute swim coverups that I can wear to our pool. I need something that is practical, but feels finished so when the kids settle we can grab lunch and attempt to socialize. This tunic is ideal for a weekend poolside. 

Talbots partnered with Cabana Life and offers a fun selection of cover-ups that combine style with sun protection. 

Limited sizes from XS – XL. 

* Note – Cabana Life sizing is different from traditional Talbots sizing. I ordered a large in this. 

Jersey Tie Front Sheath Dress

Talbots Jersey Tie Front Dress

Jersey Tie Front Sheath Dress, $119 

I can’t NOT mention a side-tie jersey dress. It’s just a workhorse in your wardrobe this time of year. From springtime holidays, to warmer weather events, shower, even for the office. I’m featuring it in the blue (above) and  it’s also available in black.

With the additional 25% off, this dress is under $100. 

This will be long on many of you, but don’t let that prevent you from giving it a try. A simple hem to the top of or above your knee (depending on where you are comfortable) is all you’ll need. 

Available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Petite-Plus. 

Crinkle Cotton Beach Coverup

 

Talbots Crinkle Cotton Beach Coverup

Crinkle Cotton Beach Coverup, $90 

I bought this too. I know, but coverups that feel like an outfit are hard to find! 

This preppy gingham option looks like a sweet dress you would find from a place like Draper James, but, again, at a better price. 

Available in Missy only, from XS – XL. 

Double V-Neck Terry Dress

Talbots Double -neck Dress

Double V-Neck Terry Dress, $90 

When you’re sick of jeans, don’t want to wear shorts and you’ve retired your capris, simple and soft dresses become a go-to in the warmer weather. This terry dress is lovely for every day wear, with a pair of casual sandals, sneakers or ballet flats

Available in Missy and Petite up to an XL. 

 

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What to Buy at Ann Taylor

What to Buy at Ann Taylor

Many of us grew up with Ann Taylor as a cornerstone in our wardrobes. The brand makes getting dressed easy, coordinating pieces, colors, and prints to help busy women pull a look together quickly.

But when you dress head to toe from a brand or a single store, you start to lose your personality and authenticity. While I’m all for a system that helps you create a uniform of sorts, you run the risk of missing out on the opportunity to develop your unique style.

Today, as part of our “What to Buy at” series, I rounded up my top picks from their new arrivals. These are the best, most practical, and polished pieces that, when paired with your other wardrobe staples, create a modern outfit that doesn’t look so “Ann Taylor-y.”

These posts are inspired by my years as a personal stylist. Before a client arrived at our shopping appointment, I would spend hours going through stores, selecting only the best pieces, and filling up her dressing room. It was such fun for me and immensely helpful for our clients, who worked with us because they didn’t have the time or patience to shop independently.

Think of this series as just that; these are the pieces I would put in your dressing room, based on everything I know about our readers who are looking for help creating a timeless, classic, modern wardrobe on a realistic budget.

What to Buy at Ann Taylor

What to Buy at Ann Taylor

Sale Information: As of 2/22 Ann Taylor is offering a variety of discounts, which I noted in each individual item. 

Ponte Puff Sleeve Top

Ann Taylor Puff Sleeve Top

Ponte Puff Sleeve Top, $54.50 Take an ADDITIONAL 40% off at Checkout

This sweet puff sleeve top is made from comfortable Ponte knit, so it feels like loungewear but is full of style. If you have narrow shoulders or want to minimize wider hips, a puff sleeve is a beautiful option to create a balanced shape. This looks fresh with white bottoms, but go ahead and wear it now with your black pants or dark jeans.

Available online only in regular and petite in XXS – XXL.

Mixed Stripe Sweater

Ann Taylor Mixed Stripe Sweater-2

Mixed Stripe Sweater, $89.50 Take an ADDITIONAL 40% off at Checkout

The idea of simple, one-step dressing is more challenging than it sounds because you have to get the pieces right. Pairing this bold sweater with your favorite black pants (I’ll wear it with these joggers) and a pair of flats is an easy way to dress for work, home, or office.

Available in XXS – XXL.

Houndstooth Blazer

Ann Taylor Houndstooth Blazer

Houndstooth Blazer, $169 Take $75 Off at Checkout 

Freshen up your blazers with this gorgeous subtle houndstooth option. You can pair it with denim, tan, navy, or grey. 

Available in regular, petite and tall in 00 – 18. 

Tortoiseshell Hoop Earrings

Ann Taylor Tortoiseshell Hoops

Tortoiseshell Hoops, $49.50 

These tortoiseshell hoop earrings are so fun! I love the addition of pink with the more traditional gold and tortoise combination. I tend to keep things simple and wear them with a crisp white button-down and jeans to let them stand out.

Striped Puff Sleeve Top 

Ann Taylor Striped Top

 

Striped Puff Sleeve Top, $59.50 Take an ADDITIONAL 40% off at Checkout

Another easy-peasy top to pair with dark bottoms at a fantastic price. I like this for Zoom, home office life, or for a casual night with friends. Layer some necklaces on top to cut the line and create more depth. 

Available in regular and petite XXS – XXL.

Striped Mock Neck Sweater

Ann Taylor Striped Mock Neck Sweater

Striped Mock Neck Sweater, $98 Take an ADDITIONAL 40% off at Checkout

The perfect sweater to transition between seasons, since it looks like this winter never wants to end. Keep in mind that this sweater is meant to be boxy, so you want to pair it with a slimmer bottom to balance it out, otherwise your look will seem oversized. 

Available in XXS – XXL

Ann Taylor Leopard Chain Belt

Leopard Chain Belt, $59.50 

I don’t feature many belts here, but this one reminds me of a DVF print, and I love how it would look over this popular Old Navy Grey Sheath

If you have some sweater dresses or other sheaths, try layering a belt around your waist. It will add value to your outfit by making it look more pulled together. 

Available in XS – L

Shop What to Buy at Ann Taylor 

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What to Buy at Banana Republic

What to Buy at Banana Republic

Our What to Buy at series continues with a roundup of some incredibly wearable, size-inclusive pieces from one of our favorite retailers, Banana Republic.

Hopefully, you are enjoying a long weekend, so pour yourself another cup of coffee and let’s shop Banana Republic’s New Arrivals, where you can take 40% your purchase at check out. 

What to Buy at Banana Republic 

What to Buy at Banana Republic 

Banana Republic has long been a Well Dressed Life Community favorite. With their mix of easy to wear pieces, for work and weekend, along with their full-size range (including petite, plus, and tall), it’s hard not to love. In many ways, they are a rare retailer that figured out a way to grow with their target market, always evolving but never steering too far away from what makes them work.

So let’s talk about what to focus on. There’s no category I would tell you to avoid. Right now, there are some fantastic options for the season ahead. Whether you’ll be home-based for the foreseeable future, are going back to the office, or simply need to refresh some basics, there is something here for everyone.

Wide Leg Pant

Banana Republic wide Leg Pant

Wide-Leg Pants, $110 

These wide-leg pants are a work-from-home dream. They are high-waisted, with a subtle side elastic, and oh so comfortable. Skip the cream option (totally see-through) and go instead with basic black.

Remember, when wearing anything wide-legged, keep your top fitted to your body to create a balanced shape.

Available in short, regular, and long from sizes 0 – 20.

 

Trench Coat

Banana Republic Trench Coat

Trench Coat, $229 

Need a trench? With 40% off this classic trench coat is under $140. That is a tremendous deal considering how often you’ll pull this out of your closet. If tan isn’t your best color, opt for the black, or go with the non-traditional but still neutral sage

Available in XXS – XXL. 

Terry Joggers

Banana Republic Terry Joggers

Terry Jogger, $70 

These Reader Favorite joggers are worth the hype. If you want a casual pant somewhere between a sweatpant and a legging, these are for you. Available in black, green, and light grey in XXS – XXL and petite (here).

Pick up the coordinating top to create a sophisticated matching “set.”

High-Low Shirt

Banana Republic High-Low Shirt

High-Low shirt, $80

This slightly oversized high-low shirt will pair perfectly with any bottom, from a pair of black joggers, to faux leather leggings, to your go-to black work pants. Half tuck in the front and let the back drape to create a casual but polished look for work or weekends. 

Available in regular and tall sizes from XXS – XXL. 

Flannel Shirt

Banana Republic Flannel Shirt

Flannel Shirt, $80 

I love this pink flannel Dillon Classic Fit Shirt. It has a slimmer, more feminine cut and would look lovely with dark or grey jeans.
Available in several patterns, in regular, tall, and petite sizes.

Peplum Top

Banana Republic Peplum Top

Peplum Top, $80

Peplum tops can be incredibly flattering, especially if you are trying to minimize your midsection. Just be sure to pair it with a bottom that has a flat and smooth waistline. This top would be great for work, zoom, or a night out for drinks and dinner.

Available in regular and tall sizes, XXS – XXL in a neutral floral, olive green or berry (above). 

Jumpsuits

Banana Republic Terry Jumpsuit

Terry Jumpsuit, $120 

The first of two jumpsuit options on the list is this long-sleeve option.

Would I spend $120 on what is essentially a terry cloth onesie? No.

But with 40% off, you can make a case for it being the simplest form of one step dressing.

Pair either of these with a fresh pair of sneakers and a denim jacket for a cute and sporty, leggings-alternative outfit.

With FIVE STAR reviews, it comes  in black, light grey, and oatmeal, in regular and tall sizes from an XXS – XXL.

I’m going with the black.

 

Banana Republic Knit Jumpsuit

Knit Jumpsuit, $120

Your second option is this short sleeve version, in a slightly lighter-weight fabric. I like it here in the green, and I love how they style it with a leather moto jacket and sneakers. So cool.

Available in regular and tall sizes, XXS – XXL.

12-Hour Pump

Banana Republic 12 Hour Pump

12-Hour Pump, $97 

A few years ago, we asked our readers to tell us their favorite comfortable heel to wear to work, and the Banana Republic Madison 12-Hour Pump was at the top of the list.

This simple yet timeless and gorgeous heel is available in a ton of colors, textures, and patterns.

Right now, with the additional 40% off, they are around $50 (depending on the style). Take advantage of the savings if you need to replace a black pump or add a fun and poppy color for springtime.

Inclusive Cami

Banana Republic camisole

Camisole, $22 

Size inclusive underpinnings for all skin tones at affordable prices. What a novel idea!

When I worked with private clients, the market lacked simple layering camis. On the rare occasion, I found something decent, it was often too dark for me and way too light for my darker-skinned clients. So my delight over these $22 (plus an additional 40% off) cannot be overstated.

Available in 11 nude-to-you colors, in regular and petite, up to a size XXL. Go stock up for the spring, when tops become see-through whether we like it or not.

What to Buy at Banana Republic 

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What to Buy at Old Navy in January

What to Buy At Old Navy in January

Second only to Nordstrom, Old Navy was our most popular retailer of 2020. No surprise since work wardrobes as we know them went on indefinite pause, and on the rare day we wore jeans our kids asked us why we were so “dressed up.”

I’ve long been a fan of Old Navy. As a content creator committed to size-inclusivity, they are one of the only retailers that make my job a little easier. They truly offer all sizes, including regular (or missy), tall, petite, and women (or plus).

When shopping at Old Navy, it’s important to know what you are looking for, otherwise, the sheer volume of options, whether you are in the store or online, will feel overwhelming. I focus on casual basics, loungewear, jeans  and sweaters in the cooler months. 

My best advice is to layers these with your better quality pieces to create a timeless, classic look. For example, wear the black check flannel below with your Spanx “Perfect” Pants, or the Rockstar jeans with the Sam Edelman Penny boots.  

What to Buy at Old Navy: January 2021

 

What to Buy At Old Navy

Our What to Buy at Series has become our most popular post. Here, I round up the best of the new arrivals at popular mainstream retailers to make shopping easier. And because the goal here at The Well Dressed Life is to help you create a chic and functional wardrobe, I use many of these pieces throughout the season, so you have multiple, mix and match options for any occasion. 

Plush-Knit Lounge Set

Plush knit Lounge set in grey

Plush Knit Jogger, $35 and Plush Knit Pullover, $25 

Let’s start with the obvious, since, so far, 2021 looks exactly like 2020. There is something about wearing a matching loungewear “set” that makes me feel like I have my life in order. (Oh, how the mighty have fallen.) I scooped this cozy set up in the light heather grey. Together the set is about $40 on sale. It’s nice to wear on a chilly day working from home, or to hang out in on the weekends at home. 

Details: Available in regular and tall in sizes XS – XXL, each piece sold separately, 30% discount taken at checkout. Jogger here, pullover here

 

Waffle-Knit Cowl-Neck Sweater

Waffle Knit Cowl Neck Sweater in Moonstone

Waffle-Knit Cowl-Neck Sweater, $40 

If you are looking for a few updated sweaters to pair with jeans as we ride out the colder months at home, grab this beauty. It looks like something you would see at a better department store, for a fraction of the price. I went with the color above, called “Moonstone Green.” The muted color is sophisticated, and pairs well with black or dark denim bottoms. 

Details: Available in regular, tall and petite in sizes XS – XXL in a variety of colors for under $30 with the discount at checkout. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Rockstar Jeans

Rockstar Jeans

Rockstar Jeans, $40 

If you haven’t given their Rockstar Jeans a try, do it now. These are a long-time reader favorite and make it on our Best Jeans list every year. 

Details: Available in regular, tall and petite up to a size 20. Right now they are on sale for $28!

Oversized Boyfriend Flannel Shirt

Flannel Shirt in black and whiteFlannel Shirt, $25 

If you rock a flannel shirt with boots and jeans, then grab this oversized boyfriend flannel. I’m featuring it in the black check, but I also LOVE it in the navy plaid. 

Details: Available in regular, tall and petite in XS – XXL, several color options, currently marked down to $17!

Long Sleeve White Tee

White Long Sleeve Tee

Long-Sleeve Tee, $8 

This tee shirt is $8. EIGHT DOLLARS! And guess what, that’s how much a white tee shirt should be. This works as a stand-alone piece or as a layer. I sized up because I wanted a more relaxed fit to wear with light wash jeans and sneakers.

Details: Available in regular and tall, in XS – XXL, scoop it up in black and white. 

Olive Cargo Pants

Skinny Cargo Pants in Olive Green

Skinny Cargo Pants, $35 

Olive color bottoms are a bit of a staple around here, especially in the spring and early fall. But they are not always easy to find in all sizes.

Now, they are not for everyone. Pass on these if you carry weight in your thighs since the cargo detail will only highlight that. However, if you are straight up and down or have skinny leggings and want to create some shape, these would be great.

Details: With the additional 30% off, you can grab these for under $25 right now.  Available in regular, tall and petite up to a size 20. 

French Terry Hoodie

French Terry Hoodie in Dark Ivy

French-Terry Hoodie, $28 (see FIVE star reviews here)

I’ve tried all the fancy-pants athleisure brands, from Lululemon to Fabletics. They all have their good points, but no one beats Old Navy, which balances updated styles, quality, and affordable price points.

Their new arrivals always have several gems, like this cross-front, french terry hoodie in this gorgeous dark ivy. Throw it over a sports bra or tank and pair it with your workout leggings or their rockstar jeans.

Details: Available in XS – XXL in two colors. 


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What to Buy at Banana Republic’s Black Friday Sale

What to Buy at Banana Republic

Our last stop in our What to Buy at series, is Banana Republic. For their Black Friday sale everything is 50% off so you can stock up on some readers favorites like this silk and cashmere sweater that’s under $30. or these always popular cargo joggers in regular and petite sizes.

Today, I gathered up a few items that feel different. Not the same old basic but rather pieces that will elevated the simplest moment without busting your budget this holiday. 

 

What to Buy at Banana Republics Black Friday Sale

What to Buy at Banana Republic

Once again, sale items this year are flying off the shelf because they started with limited inventory.

Ombre Sweater

Banana Republic tan ombre sweater

Ombre Sweater, $55  

You have a choice of two gorgeous colors options for this sweater, the Ivory (above) and Black. For the Ivory pair with dark jeans or grey bottoms, and wear the Black ombre with your favorite black pants for an elegant look. Available in XXS – XXL. You’ll be able to wear this during the holidays and all winter long. 

Pajama Set

Banana Republic zebra satin pajama set

Pajama Set, $55 

If you plan on spending a day, or a few days, hanging around your house over the holidays, why not make it glamorous? Turn on the fire and sip a mimosa while the kids run wild around you and imagine you’re someplace actually relaxing. I ordered these in the Zebra (above); there is also a pretty navy option in XXS – XXL. These would make a lovely gift too. 

Scuba-Knit Set

 

Banana Republic Scuba Knit Set

Scuba Knit Set: Sweatshirt, $29.75 and Pants, $34.75 

In recent weeks my loungewear has taken a nosedive. To say I need a few fresh pieces is putting it kindly. (What I need a spa day to get plucked, waxed, and painted back to my usual self). For now, an updated sweatsuit will have to do and I love this polished set. It’s available in regular and petite, in XXS – XXL. Buy each piece separately,Sweatshirt, $29.75 and Pants, $34.75 , but wear together or mix and match with other casual pieces.

Waffle-Knit Sweatshirt

Banana Republic Waffle Knit Sweatshirt

Waffle-Knit Sweatshirt, $29.75

One thing I learned about our readership this year is that anytime I can highlight an updated sweatshirt, it’s a winner. This one is so, so pretty with a waffle-knit texture, oversized turtleneck and full sleeves. You can wear it with everything from joggers to jeans to straight-lined pants. Comes in Blush, Ecru and Navy (above) in XXS -XXL. 

Coccoon Coat

Banana Republic Cocoon Coat

Cocoon Coat, $124.50

Sales are also a fantastic time to pick up a statement piece, like a coat. I LOVE coats. L.O.V.E.  This Coccoon coat reminds me of something from Eileen Fisher: simple, elegant with a gorgeous drape. It’s available in Grey (above) and a Cherry Red. But unlike EF, this version is about a quarter of the price. In sizes regular and petite from an XXS – XXL. 

Missed a Post?

Be sure to check out the top  sale picks from all our favorite stores below: 

What to Buy at : J. Crew Factory, Boden, LOFT, and Nordstrom 


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What to Buy at Nordstrom’s Cyber Sale

What to Buy at Nordstrom's Black Friday Sale

We’re heading to Nordstrom for today’s What to Buy at.

Nordstrom starts their Holiday sales early this year, with a week-long Cyber event featuring discounts up to 50%. I spent a few hours going through their inventory. There are hundreds of pages of things you truly don’t need, like a spaghetti strap party dress or another floor-length cardigan.

Even I was getting bored, so I started searching specifically for pieces I know you’re looking for, like winter layers, coats and cold weather shoes. 

What I found is a short list of  some of our favorite brands that will help you get out the door if you live in an area already in a wintery mix. 

What to Buy at Nordstrom for Cyber Week

 

What to Buy at Nordstrom's Black Friday Sale

Please keep in mind because these are deeply discounted, they will sell out quickly. 

Novelty Sweater

Green Bobble Ribbed Sweater

 

Bobble Ribbed Sweater, $50  

Typically, I pick up a few seasonal sweaters this time of year to perk up my standard jean and ankle boot outfits. So I ordered this sweet sweater (in Kelly Green, above) to wear either the night we pile in the car to buy the tree or the night at home we decorate it. It’s under $50, and comes in six colors in sizes XXS – XXL. 

Winter Coat

Down & Feather Jacket

Down & Feather Jacket, $113 (Marked Down from $225)

This is a fantastic price on a high-quality, stylish coat that will keep you warm and dry by Cole Haan. You’re not going skiing in this, but you are running to the grocery store or taking the dog for a walk. Available in Black (above), Forrest and Mauve, in regular and petite sizes. Runs small, so size up. 

Wool Blend Coat

Orange Wool Blend Coat

Wool Blend Coat, $150 

I have a similar classic, wool-blend coat in Camel and wear it all the time. It perfectly finishes an outfit, whether you’re wearing a sheath or jeans and sneakers. This option from Sam Edelman is timeless and well priced, available in sizes 2 – 16 in four colors, including “Cayenne Orange” (above), Black, Ink, and my favorite, Camel.

Waterproof Booties

Blondo Waterproof Booties

Booties, $90

Over in our Facebook Private Group, I’ve received many requests for cold, wet weather boots, so I’m sharing two options today. First, this pair is from one of our favorite brands, Blondo. They are comfortable and look great with jeans or other casual bottoms.  They are available in Camel (above), Grey, and Black. These are waterproof boots you can wear all day, marked down by 40%. Sizes are getting limited.

Barbour Rain Jacket in Olive

Rain Jacket, $250

Another popular question I get asked is if Barbour Jackets are worth the investment, to which I say, “absolutely.” I adore them. These classic jackets are one of the few items you could have “forever.” Especially this rain jacket, available in their classic olive or navy. It’s also waterproof, lined, with a removable hood and a flattering straight length that keeps you warm and dry. Sizes are European, so they run small.

Hiking Boots

Cole Haan White Hiking Boot

Hiking Boot, $150

Finally, the last pair of boots are by Cole Haan. These boots are waterproof, shearling-lined, and have a heavy-duty rubber sole to give you traction in bad weather. Tuck your jeans into them, or wear them with your fleece leggings. I’m featuring them in White (above) because they are adorable. More practically, you can pick them up in Black or Brown. These are also selling out quickly.


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What to Buy at LOFT

What to Buy at LOFT for the holidays

Happy Monday, Ladies!

Today starts a short holiday week, and thank goodness, because my kids restarted virtual learning this morning, and I don’t know if we’re going to make it, lol. (Side note: If you are a teacher, GOD BLESS YOU.) 

With holiday shopping looking very different this year, sales are going on everywhere. I thought it would help to narrow down the best options from your favorite retailers in a week-long What to Buy at feature, starting with LOFT. 

So, I went through our last few months of analytics to find the retailers you love the most and all of your requests to pinpoint the categories I know you are looking for at the best possible prices. 

And the prices are fantastic. I don’t know what the post-COVID retail landscape is going to look like or how mainstream retail is ever going to go back to selling inventory at full-price. But for now, we can take advantage of a few deals to help fill some voids in our wardrobe. 

*Please keep in mind that inventory will sell out fast in many of these categories, and prices are subject to change. 

What to Buy at LOFT for the Holidays 

 

What to Buy at LOFT for the holidays

LOFT has grown on me over the last few seasons. It’s one of my favorite, most dependable resources. I still prefer to shop them online. I never see anything I like in the store, then I go online and order a dozen things.

Right now, there are some fabulous options, especially if you want to make a low-key holiday at home a little more special. Most items are an additional 50% off with code THEBEST.

Holiday Sparkle

 

LOFT Sequined Blouse

Sequined Top, $42 

Even if we’re spending New Years Eve on the sofa, we can still add some glamour. A sequin blouse is just the thing to pair with comfy jeans or joggers. For something a little more relaxed, I love this sequin sweater in black or taupe. 

Boutique-Style Sweater 

LOFT Flecked Sweater

Flecked Sweater, $47 

This multi-color flecked sweater reminds me of something you would find at a little boutique, or Anthropologie for much, much more. It’s unique yet easy to wear, just throw it on with dark jeans and ankle boots. It’s boxer than it looks and works well with a higher waisted bottom. Available in XXS – L. 

Fair Isle Coziness

LOFT Shimmer sweater

Shimmer Fair Isle Sweater, Under $30

This Fair Isle sweater is gorgeous with a lovely bit of shimmer. It has a pretty “shirt tail” hem so it looks finished when worn out but is thin enough to tuck in (or half-tuck). Wear it with jeans, or a skirt with high boots. Available in regular, petite, and plus from a XXS – 24/26. 

 

Holiday Jammies

 

LOFT plaid pajamas

Plaid Pajamas Top, $21 and Pants, $24 

Long time readers know my affection for holiday pajamas. While I don’t go as  far as to make my entire family match, we all love wearing them all season long. These are adorable, available in regular, petite and plus. Note, the bottoms are suppose to be cropped. 

Top Pick! A $40 Moto 

LOFT Faux Suede Moto

Faux Suede Moto, $42

Are you thinking about finally trying a moto jacket? Give this one a try, marked down from $130 to just over $40, in regular and plus sizes. Available in plum (above ) and tan. I just ordered the tan option to wear with black pants or dark jeans. This is the kind of piece you can wear now, and well into the Spring when life (please God, fingers-crossed) is back to normal.

Best-Selling Joggers

LOFT green drawstring joggers

Drawstring Joggers, $79.50 

The go-to pants of the year are joggers and these are relaxed with a bit of structure. Available in moss (above) and dark grey, in XXS – XXL. 


Our Style Content is Inspired by Our Readers

Our readership inspires all of our posts and is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

Some links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase via our site, we receive a small commission.

If you enjoy our content and would like to help us grow, please consider following on Instagram and join our Private Facebook Group to access more advice and exclusive in-depth conversations with other like-minded women.