Review: J. Crew Minnie Pant in Stretch Twill

The J.Crew Minnie pant has intrigued me for a very long time. However, given J.Crew’s insane vanity sizing, I was convinced that they were never going to fit, so I never bothered to try them. However, a few weeks ago, J.Crew was having an extra 30% off their sale items. As luck would have it, the Minnie Pant in Stretch Twill (Coal, in 00P) was on sale for just under $50 not including sales tax. Sure, why not?


When my shipment finally arrived (because you know, J.Crew’s processing and shipping is a little on the slow side), I pulled them out of the bag with a mixture of excitement and apprehension.

The color was a very, very dark charcoal, almost black. And yep, they are very stretchy. I think I would like them in a wool material better, nevertheless, this is what I had in my hands. The next thing I noticed, was the side zip.

I didn’t realize that it didn’t button up in the front. Not good. I despise pants with a side zipper. More often than not they are extremely unflattering and give the infamous pancake butt. These, however, could be salvaged because they have two welt-pockets in the rear, and yes, belt loops too (which is probably why I thought that these were front-zip bottoms).

When I finally pulled them on, I was absolutely shocked that they actually fit fairly well around the waist, hips, and thighs:

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The back? Not the most flattering pant I own, but they aren’t the most terrible either:

There is a little bit of folding,  but not too much. Does certainly make it look like I need to do more lunges at the gym though. LOL. They are actually quite reminiscent of the GAP Slim Crop Pants from their Premium Pant Collection except with welt pockets. I was a little bit concerned that these will stretch out like crazy like GAP’s, but I wore these around for a while (OK, the whole day) and they have a sufficient amount of stretch in them that they don’t stretch out terribly. I do have a little bit of saggy butt syndrome, but nothing close to the GAP pants which results in me having to launder the pants after every wear.
The length, well…the inseam is about 24″. It’s little bit of an awkward length on me. Not bad. They are workable, but I think if I keep these pants I may let out the hem. It looks like I could get about one extra inch out of them.
Overall, I like these pants, but I’m a bit unsure. Right now, I’m really only looking to buy good investment pieces for work so I’m more interested in the bi-stretch Italian Wool which would be more appropriate for the office. But of course that also means the fit could be completely different (I’m almost positive they will be). What do you ladies think? Keepers? Should I let out the hem, or do they look OK the way they are?

I also got this 3/4 length sleeve stretch perfect button down in XSP, as well. I love green, but it seems rather odd in a dress shirt. My dad likes it. He keeps telling me I should match it with green shoes. Really?? How many people own green shoes?? But I’m leaning towards keeping it, even though right now I feel kind of awkward wearing it. It is different though, and could really give an otherwise conservative office outfit a little pop. I also ordered it in Smokey Graphite as another option which is more of a taupe-y color and very “safe” (I don’t think I can keep both!). What do you think of the green button-down? Too weird or does it have potential?


  1. Michelle July 12, 2011

    Hmm…I am leaning towards no on the pants.  Back views are very important.  Keep in mind, this will most likely sag even more after hours of wear.  I love the front view, though!! I tried something similar from J. Crew two years ago in a lighter gray, and I ended up with a camel toe. :/ 

    I love the shirt, though! The color is very flattering on you!  Lol! about the green shoes! I have a pair that would match perfectly!  They are the Cole Haan ballerina flats from years ago…they came in green, orange, and red.  They were a present from my colorful-shoe-obsessed husband! :p  Wish I would have went back to get the orange, too!  :p

  2. Jane Squared July 12, 2011

    I love the shape of the Minnies, and I’ve been wanting to order them for a while, but something keeps holding me back.  Not sure what, but I think they’re cute.  You’ve definitely inspired me to try them on since they are very flattering from the front… though I think I sometimes focus too  much on the front view instead of checking out how I look from all angles.

  3. Stylepint July 13, 2011

    I like the green shirt, but I’m not so sure about matching it with your shoes. lol. As for the pants, I’ve been interested in them too, but I think you can do better than these. =)

  4. Ping July 13, 2011

    ahh i have a love hate relationship with these pants…i think they look great on you. i have a pair too and they bother me! they look great INTIALLY, but once you wear them they will stretch out throughout the day. The waist, the butt, the knee area will be saggy! I have to wash and dry them almost everytime i wear them to get it back into shape. I hope you’ll try the wool material…I’m thinking they will have less stretch and sag!

  5. Sara July 13, 2011

    I love the pants AND the shirt! But if they’re gonna sag…! Hah

  6. Really Petite July 14, 2011

    At first I was like oh wow….super super cute from the front and then the back- I know exactly what you mean after several hours of sitting- the butt will become very big and saggy..I say return! 🙁

  7. FASHION ICE July 14, 2011

    that green top is so pretty! and the pants were made 4u!

  8. MissRockwell July 16, 2011

    I despise side zips pants as well but d*#! these look great on you!

  9. Clodette October 14, 2011

    I bought these on sale and wore them for the first time today. They look awful after sitting in them for a while. They completely stretch out and sag in the butt area. Unlike leggings, the thickness of the fabric holds on to the wrinkles and folds.

  10. Cassandra May 4, 2012

    I think it’s great you compare them to the Gap Slim Crop Pants because I have a pair and I love them but I do have the exact same issues-they stretch out after I have them on throughout the day and while they might fit nicely in the morning, they don’t by the end of the day. I was looking into getting the Minnie pant to see if it would be comparable, but without the stretching issues. Thanks for the review!

  11. Claudia September 14, 2012

    I just bought a pair of J.Crew Minnie pants in the stretch twill, Vibrant Flame color. I have been wanting these red/orange pants forever and I found them at an outlet so I decided to finally get them. I am 5’4, 115-118 lbs and bought the 00. When I tried them on this morning they seemed way too tight. I could zip them up, but I felt like I was bulging. I’ve had them on for a few hours and I can tell they’ve stretched out a tiny bit…should I exchange for a 0? The label says dry clean too, do all of you machine wash or dry clean? I would think these would shrink if I machine washed them and then I def would not be able to wear them. Help!

  12. Cher September 14, 2012

    Do you usually wear a 00 in J.Crew pants? If you’ve worn them for 4+ hours, I would probably say they are fully stretched out and if they feel tight then u should exchange them especially if u you plan on machine-washing them. The twill you could probably wash in cold and air dry if you wanted to. The wool version I would absolutely NOT wash.


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