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What to Buy at LOFT

What to Buy at LOFT

I was in Nashville for a girl’s trip this weekend, and one of our stops during the day was Reese Witherspoon’s store, Draper James  

It’s a cheerful pretty, Instagram-perfect haven for preppy style. 

Now, I will say something that will undoubtedly ruffle some feathers, but here it goes. 

The clothes are cute, but nothing unique. The actual merchandise looks and feels like; I’m just going to say it, LOFT. 

Few celebrity brands bring something new and needed to the market. And after walking around the store for a bit, I was left wondering, if this wasn’t a celebrity brand, would anyone care?

Don’t get me wrong; the clothes are cute and super wearable.

The styles are also easy to find elsewhere for less. 

So today, I rounded up some of LOFT’s options that remind me of Draper James style, on sale, in a range of sizes. 

What to Buy at LOFT

What to buy at LOFT in June

 

To get the most out of the retailer, I always share these tips.

First, shopping online is the best option.

Every time I physically walk into LOFT, I almost immediately leave. I can’t explain why other than the store is so boring.

But once I go online, I find dozens of options.

I also only buy tops, layers and the occasional dress. There is no reason to purchase their bottoms; you have better options elsewhere – all of which I feature in various weekly posts.

This time of year especially they have fantastic affordable tops to pair with jeans or shorts. And if you’re like me, that’s the category I can always use a little refresh in. 

Finally, never pay retail. They have sales all season long.

Regarding size, they have a decent size range, especially if you are petite. 

Almost everything has a petite option. 

Plus size is a different story, I’d like to see more options here. For now, they go to XXL or a 16/18 depending on the style. 

Colorblock Tiered Maxi Pocket Dress

LOFT blue colorblock tiered maxi pocket dress

Colorblock Tiered Maxi Pocket Dress, $120, 40% off with Code SURPRISE

Lightweight sundresses are all over Draper James, and this blue color block option is perfect for a hot summer day at home or pack for vacation.

Throw on flat sandals to run errands or meet a friend for lunch. It even has pockets! 😉

Available in XXS – XXL, runs large so size down.

Starry Eyelet Ruffle Peplum Top

Starry Eyelet Ruffle Peplum Top in Pink

Starry Eyelet Ruffle Peplum Top,$64.50, 40% off with Code SURPRISE

Another staple piece is a ruffle top in a bright poppy shade. This one I like more than anything I saw in the store and the price (when on sale) is ideal. Pair with crisp white or black bottoms for a bold contrast, and add your favorite pair of statement earrings. 

Available in regular and petite sizes in XXS – XL

Floral Button Pull On Midi Skirt

 

LOFT Floral Button Pull on Midi Skirt

Floral Button Pull On Midi Skirt, $79.50 40% off with Code SURPRISE

After we featured a Midi Skirt in our Outfit Formula Series last month, I’ve received dozens of requests for more options. 

And LOFT has some great ones, in different prints, in a range of sizes.

Like this floral print skirt.

I like this particular skirt because of the slit in the front. This helps keep the line of the skirt moving and not straight across your leg, so you don’t cut the line of your leg in an awkward spot. 

Available in regular and petite, in XXS – XXL.

I also like this white floral faux wrap option, in regular and petite, in 00 – 14. On sale for $65 with an additional 40% off. 

Shimmer Stripe Ruffle Midi Pocket Dress

LOFT shimmer stripe ruffle midi dress

Shimmer Stripe Ruffle Midi Pocket Dress,$110 40% off with Code SURPRISE

Rainbow stripes with a hint of shimmer may not be for everyone, buy gosh is this is pretty little dress. 

I appreciate the flattering v-neck line and subtle flutter sleeve. And, again, pockets!

Available in regular and petite, in a 0 – 14. 

Plaid Dolman Shirt

LOFT pink plaid dolman shirt

 

Plaid Dolman Shirt, $59.50 40% off with Code SURPRISE

Just a pretty pink plaid shirt that works well with white bottoms or light wash jeans. 

You can tuck it in, leave it out, or tie it at the waist like the model. 

Available in sizes XS – XXL

Palm Double Strap Midi Dress

LOFT Palm Double Strap Dress

Palm Double Strap Midi Dress, $120

If you like bright, bold pattern this dress is so much fun. 

Wear it on its own, with flat or block heel sandals. And add a denim jacket if you need a layer. 

Available in regular and petite, in 00 – 14. 

Modern Blazer

LOFT Modern Blazer in white

Modern Blazer, $140

Finally, if you’d like a summer weight blazer, you might consider this one. You can throw it over a dress, or even pair it with shorts. 

Available in regular and petite, in sizes 0 – 14.

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What to Buy at LOFT

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Rachel

Friday 10th of June 2022

I love Loft! So glad to see these suggestions! And for me, I have found their curvy line of jeans fit perfectly. No gap in the back! If you are hourglass shape, and have a hard time with some of the other brands, their curvy line (which comes in small sizes too) is worth trying.

Tracy Gray

Monday 6th of June 2022

I like loft! I do agree I find kore on line than I do in the stores. Thanks for these ideas. I’m going to do something I haven’t done in years and that is purchase a midi dress! I’m excited about the ones you suggested.

quietgirl

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

I bought this fantastic navy blazer (in the store!) It's a beautiful knockoff! Since it is tweed, is it only for Spring and Summer? Or being Navy, can I take it into fall? Thank you for the great find. I have been trying to find this style for almost a year!

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

So great! I think you totally wear it in the fall with your favorite dark denim!

Tracy Gray

Monday 21st of March 2022

I love these choices from loft! I just purchased a Jean jacket and sweater. But I’m definitely interested in the lace up sweatshirt and white sweater. Thank you!!!

Rebecca

Monday 21st of March 2022

Megan, Thanks for these ideas. I just got back from my Loft in Westlake, OH (which does a great job of NOT looking boring) and these are some great pieces! The navy blue dress is supposed to be loose? I couldn’t decide if the S or M was right for me so I passed, but I may go back for the M if it’s supposed to be loose. Loft also has a super cute, navy v neck sweater with large scale strawberries on it. I couldn’t pass it up! I also came home with the lace-up hoodie, textured split neck sweater, and boyfriend cardigan. All at 50% off. #winning

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