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Textures and stripes at Lou & Grey Natick

Lou & Grey stripe popover in petite c/o, Gap jeans (old), Hermes belt, KennaT jacket (old) Halogen Marlie heels (color sold out - similar), Coach bag from eBay (avail. new)
Fellow LOFT fans might've noticed a new label this year - Lou & Grey is the latest addition to the Ann Inc. family, and can be found in select LOFT stores and online. The brand is all about casual, laid-back pieces and loungewear for a "comfortably confident" lifestyle. They opened their first standalone boutique in the Natick mall (a black hole of shopping btw, for any Bostonians who haven't yet been), and offers curated books and independent artisan goods in addition to clothes. Nick and I popped in yesterday, and I quickly lost him nose-deep in the bartending books...
Sizing runs similar to AT/LOFT and petites can be found online. I'm wearing the textured popover in my usual size there (xxs petite), and it's like a marled sweatshirt in a boxier cut, true to the 80's-inspired "popover" style. The texture is really interesting up close, with little hints of tweed and nautical-esque rope pattern. My favorite piece in the collection is unfortunately sold out in petites, but if you can wear regular sizing, check out this cute and versatile moto jacket. It's made of the same textured "specklestripe" material I'm wearing here but in a more shapely cut, has great reviews, and is a whopping 60% off today with code FLASH (ends 10/27 morning). Please read the reviews on the jacket sizing as some shoppers have indicated it runs big.

I also tried on this colorblock pocket dress in petites, which was super comfy. It's like a long tee shirt that you can doze off in, but can be dressed up a bit with booties and a scarf for running errands. Side note - I got this plaid scarf during the last LOFT sale as a free shipping filler, and ended up loving it. The fringe only runs along one length of the scarf, which adds the right amount of stringy detailing without looking like a mop.

Closeup of the "specklestripe" material which is medium in weight:

For pieces that are very basic in cut or style, texture is key for elevating the look. One item that I really liked in-person (but petites is online-only) was a fluid, lightweight blouse with unexpected comfy ribbed cuffs at the wrists and collar. I came home to look up the item # and was so surprised to see it as this "silky sweatshirt," which I had scrolled past several times un-enticed by the stock image. The flattering drape of the top doesn't come through in the photo and you can't even see the cute knit cuffs. I can see this being a winner basic/ foundation piece and am keeping it bookmarked for future promos.

Thumbs up Lou & Grey for the abundance of seating & reading material for our patient men. While snapping these pics, I also ran into a sweet reader (hi Lorena!) and her husband who was taking a well-deserved rest from all the shopping : )

Thank you to Lou & Grey for having me and for sponsoring this post!
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