In the past, LOFT has had a challenging time figuring out where it fits in the fashion landscape. The Midge to Ann Taylor’s Barbie, LOFT was first the lower-priced version of AT, then tried becoming Coldwater Creek’s cooler cousin. (Look, we have capris! In a color other than beige!) The latest incarnation should be far more successful: a J. Crew for the slightly older set. Now open next to Trader Joe’s in Festival at Woodholme, LOFT stocks exactly what you’ve come to expect (weekend goodies like tees, shorts, denim and casual dresses) with less of a focus on inexpensive workwear than in years past (good move). Savvy was particularly impressed with the “style closet” concept, where key trend pieces have been pulled together for easy dressing room access, along with mannequins showing off outfit options that are fresh, fun and fashion forward. (Look for Sav in her wheat and vanilla textured tank tucked into yellow shorts with a braided leather belt and blue summer scarf— adorable!) 1809 Reisterstown Road, 410-484-0220

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