Speaking of Ann Taylor LOFT…here are some things to pass on during their Friends and Family sale.
First of all, I have a weird thing for tie-neck details on shirts. I think it started with a Lucky Magazine cover where Milla Jovovich wears a silky purple tie-neck top under a tweed menswear vest. I liked it so much that I’ve been searching for the perfect one ever since.
Last year, I was obsessed with this one by Diane von Furstenberg, but the proportions of the size 0 wasn’t right for little ol’ me. The tie-neck details were perfect, but the bust darts and waist detail was too low…it would need some major tailoring to bring it up from the shoulders, which I’m not sure would even be possible. I waited for it to go on sale to justify high tailoring costs…and wouldn’t you know it, my size was all sold out in nanoseconds. I still think about that top sometimes…it makes me sad.
So you’ll see a theme in some of my recent purchases. Every time I see a tie-neck top in a small petite size, I have to buy it, hoping it will fill the tie-neck blouse shaped hole in my closet. Like this one from Ann Taylor (read the post), and now this one from Ann Taylor LOFT:
Here it is on me:
Sweater: Aqua Cashmere Cardigan, size XS
Jeans: Paige Premium Denim Hollywood Hills, size 24 (hemmed & waist taken in)
Shoes: Cole Haan Genevieve Open Toe Pump, size 5
Unfortunately, this top is too big and flouncy. On the model, the tie-neck detail looks small, soft and drapey. On me, it was big, stiff and unruly. Not to mention, notice how the shoulder hangs off me, while it sits perfectly on the model, which makes my shoulders look smaller than they are. The width of the top is also too large for me, and would need to be taken in. This top is 100% polyester, so I’m not interested in investing money in the form of alterations costs into this garment. Still no tie-neck blouse for me…oh well.
I liked the color of this sweater, and have had pretty good luck with the size Petite XXS, so I threw this sweater into my order to get free shipping ($125 minimum):
And on me:
Look at how shapeless it is on me! Awful!
It’s ok though, because I got this one from Banana Republic (size Petite XXS) that fits way better. Take that LOFT, and your sadly shapeless, overly large sweaters!
Maybe some day I’ll find the perfect tie-neck top…*sigh*