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My opinion of certain mall brands — Old Navy, Gap, and Ann Taylor’s Loft — formed back when I was a food court-dwelling teen: They remind me of stuffy basics, boring business-casual looks, and my mom. (Why would me and my mom shop at the same place when I could just go to Urban Outfitters instead?)
I’ve felt this way up until recently, when I asked a colleague of mine where she got her [insert item of clothing] for the millionth time, and she replied for the millionth time, “It’s from Loft.”
When I finally checked the store out for myself, I found plenty of things that (surprise!) I actually really liked. Of course, now that I’m a grown-up who spends a majority of her week in an office instead of a high school classroom, I even appreciated the work-appropriate pieces (because they’re made fun with little details like playful ruffles and fresh wrap silhouettes). Still more were options that could take you through late nights and the weekend, too.
There were so many good-for-summer picks — like this bright magenta off-shoulder romper or this really easy throw-on-and-go T-shirt dress — as well as plenty of things I could see myself wearing all year round, from blouses and T-shirts to denim and jumpsuits with plenty of layering potential. (Another great thing to note is that a lot of styles go from petite through size 18.)
Even better, Loft (along with its “younger” sister brand, Lou & Grey) is running a 40% off everything sale right now with code OHYES. Here, I’ve pulled together a handful of pieces that really caught my eye. I’m going to send this to my mom, too, because it turns out we can both shop here and still look like we’re dressing our age.