Review: J.Crew Martie Pant in Bi-Stretch Wool

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a review, but I thought I would try and start posting them as often as I can, much like I used to when I started this blog years ago as I know many people enjoy them. The problem that I encounter when doing this, however, is that I just don’t really shop as much now that I’ve moved back home to Canada. Online purchases have been in the decline given now that everything has to be “imported”. I thought though, that these J.Crew Martie Pants were worth it’s own review.

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Blazer + Stripe Tee + Olive Cropped Pants
DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Blazer + Stripe Tee + Olive Cropped PantsJ.Crew Martie Pant (see in blush!) / J.Crew Regent Blazer / Loft Stipe Top / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Pumps / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Forever21 Rings

I purchased these pants in 00R after reading that they ran small. I thought about purchasing them in Petite, but I really wanted that extra length and the 24.5″ inseam that the website describes was not to my liking. On final sale, this was definitely risky,  since I generally don’t do all that well with J.crew bottoms, and I don’t do well with side zippers in general. But I got it for such a good deal, I couldn’t bear to pass them up. I mean, olive work pants? How cool would that be?

When I finally go them in the mail, despite being about 3am when I got home from a night out with a few friends, I couldn’t wait to try them on. Skipping to the verdict? I like!

I purchased these Martie pants in a bi-stretch wool and I just love the color (also available in bi-stretch cotton and in this olive green color if that is what you prefer), it’s very different from my typical neutrals such as black, grey, and navy. They do run quite small as even in 00R these were snug around the waist, which I think is fine given that I’m carrying a few extra pounds than normal that that weight sits predominately around my waist.

The fabric is the bi-stretch wool, and is unlined. It’s a tiny bit itchy as wool usually makes me feel with right up against my skin, but nothing too irritating making me want to take off my pants immediately. I have yet to experience any stretching out, but I haven’t worn them for any extended period of time.

Given that these pants have a side zipper, by rear actually doesn’t look flat as a pancake as it usual does with side-zip pants. They also fit very well around the hips.

The rise is quite high on me as the waistband sits right at my belly-button. Not something I’m typically used to, but I’ll take it.

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Blazer + Stripe Tee + Olive Cropped PantsThe one issue I do have with these pants are the length. Online the J.Crew website claims that these pants in Regular have 26.5 inch inseam, but on the 00, these measure to be 25.5 inches which on me, are kind of awkward. The full 26.5 inches would have been perfect, but at the length here is not terrible and I don’t feel like it cuts me off, but at the same time doesn’t give me any extra length. The leg opening of the pants have slits on the bottom, so it doesn’t allow me to let the hem out (I show how I do this in this old post).

For reference, the measurements on 00R are:

Waist: 26″
Rise: 9″
Hips at base of zipper: 33″
Inseam: 25.5″
Leg opening: 11″

Overall, I really like these pants and highly recommend them.  These would be a great option for ankle-baring temperatures,  and I think these are really worth a try, particularly if you J.Crew pants usually run large for you. I see myself wearing these regularly. Right now, J.Crew has select colors in bi-stretch wool on sale for $49.99 plus an extra 50% off for a total of $24.99 plus tax! Use code GETSHOPPING. Remember these are final sale, however!

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Almost there

Though we’ve had a really mild winter this year, I still can’t wait to pack away the heavy winter layers. I’m already thinking of new spring outfits to wear in the coming weeks, including this one and though I’d normally top this off with a black shoe  (because hey, that’s mostly what I have), I decided to go with a cobalt blue suede wedge, because why not?

Pleated blouse + Skinny Pants + Boyfriend Coat Pleated blouse + Skinny Pants + Boyfriend Coat Pleated blouse + Skinny Pants + Boyfriend CoatAnn Taylor pleated bib blouse (old) / Club Monaco Emily Pant / Banana Republic Boyfriend Wool Coat (Spring versions here and here) / Pour la Victoire Mai Wedge Heels (similar) / Daniel Wellington Sheffield Watch / Forever21 Rings

If anyone is wondering about the status of my Five-Item Challenge, it’s going pretty well (see widget to the right). I made a three-item purchase from J.Crew’s sale, but I actually used a store credit. In past challenges, I always excluded items I purchased with gift cards and store credit but this year I made a rule addressing it because I forgot I even had it! In the interest of being transparent, I’ve included it in the widget even though I’m not fully convinced that they should count. Slippery slope, I know.

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Never enough

No matter how many pairs of trousers I own, I feel like I can  never have enough. Despite assembling a very nice collection over the past 10+ years, I can’t help myself when I come across a pair that fits perfectly off the rack (notwithstanding any hemming that may be needed).

Black chunky turtleneck + Black trousersBlack chunky turtleneck + Black trousers Black chunky turtleneck + Black trousersBabaton Nicolas Sweater / Theory Trousers (past season)/ 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Large Satchel / Coach Wedge Boots / Daniel Wellington Sheffield Watch / Forever21 Rings

When I found these Theory trousers haphazardly strewn over a rack in the Runway section of TJ Maxx in one my trips to the US late last year, I jumped when I saw it was just my size. A trip to the fitting room to make sure it fit just right, and it was all mine. They are made of thick, heavy, cushy knit material, I could almost compare it to fleece except that it didn’t look like fleece at all, but heavy wool. It took me a while to push myself to finally hem these, but I’m so glad I finally did before spring was upon us, because these are definitely not for summer wear!

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