Review: Ann Taylor Mila Pump

Yes, it’s true, two reviews in one week. Although this one is quite timely given that Ann Taylor is currently holding their Family and Friends Sale right now, offering 40% off everything with code FRIENDS40. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect nude pump what seems like forever and I’ve tried every nude pump that has ever existed (OK, not really, but it certainly feels like it). I just can’t seem to find the right combination of heel height, color, and fit. But when I saw these Ann Taylor Mila Pumps, I knew I had to try them.

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Ann Taylor Mila Pump, $128, via

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Look: These are beauties. The color is more of a neutral undertone, without leaning too yellow or too pink. Those with a paler skin tone might find these too dark to be truly “nude”, but it goes well my medium to tan skin tone. I also love the heel, which is a bit on the straighter side, which I think gives heels a more modern look as opposed to a very curved shank.

The heel measures 3.5″ from the outside of the heel to the bottom of the heel, which is what the website states as the height of the heel. There is a perfect amount of toe cleavage (in my opinion), not too little and not too much.

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Fit/Comfort: The inner sole of the shoe has a good amount of padding and could be worthy of all day wear. The toe box is also not too narrow for a pointed shoe, which if very important if you don’t want your toes to feel squished after an hour of wear. However, I do have to say, that for me, they run a half size too large. I’ve always had trouble “walking out” of my pumps, but these didn’t even have a chance. This surprised me given that the review I read said they were a bit snug, which part of the reason I jumped at the chance to buy these in the first place! I can usually tell when a shoe simply won’t fit due to the shape of my heel and when the shoe is simply too large, and these shoes definitely ran too long. Width-wise, they seemed to be pretty normal, not too wide and not too narrow.

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Quality: These shoes appear to be pretty sturdy. The sole is made of leather as is the inside and upper of the shoe. They also feel pretty malleable without feeling like they will stretch out, but instead conform to the foot, which is an absolute must in my book, as I cannot stand a shoe that stretches out almost immediately, but neither can I stand a shoe that it too stiff with hard edges. Of course, because of the sizing issue, I cannot be positive that they won’t stretch out so don’t hold me to that statement!

Verdict: Return, due to sizing issue. Unfortunately for me, the website seems to be OOS in the 5.5. I will just have to hope for a return so that I can give these another go in a smaller size! They also come in navy (ooh!) and black!

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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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