Navy Blue Skirt + White Cape Blazer

I love this pairing of a cape blazer and a pencil skirt. And while some women hate the idea of black and navy blue together, I certainly see no problem with it.

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Zara Cape Jacket (white) / J.Crew 120s Wool Telegraph Skirt (similar here and here) / Ann Taylor Mila Pumps (Camel) / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel (Black, Large, here in Medium) / Forever21 rings / Banana Republic Triple Wrap Leather Bracelet / Bauble Bar Choker Necklace (gold, similar)

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Risky

I am really not a fan of final sale purchases, particularly those bought online. What’s worse than spending your hard-earned money on items that you aren’t even sure that fit? It’s far too risky for my taste, but once in a blue moon I manage to get sucked in by something that is such a good deal and far too intriguing to pass up. Plus, I had a $200+ credit sitting on my J.Crew account for months that was taunting me.

One of those things was these J.Crew Patio Pant. I’ve been staring at these pants since last year, and since I don’t often go into the mall these days, I really didn’t know how these were going to fit other than from reading the reviews on the website–and let’s not leave out the fact that I J.Crew pants and I aren’t consistently BFFs. Furthermore, cropped wide leg pants in their own right is risky business, particularly if you are petite like myself. Feeling extra daring, I chose to purchase these in a cobalt blue rather than a neutral color hoping to add a little pop to my mostly neutral wardrobe for spring. I had all these reasons not to buy these trousers, so I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to I hit the purchase button except that credit burning a hole in my pocket. And the verdict?

J.Crew Patio Pant + Blazer J.Crew Patio Pant + Blazer J.Crew Patio Pant + BlazerTheory Lanai Jacket (here and updated version in soft crepe here or more affordable option here) / J.Crew Patio Pant in bi-stretch wool / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps (similar by AT) / Daniel Wellington Sheffield Watch / Ann Taylor Factory Top / Le Chateau Rings / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

Surprisingly, these fit incredibly well (thankfully!). Like the Martie I went for the regular length because I had a feeling that the petite size would be too short for me. And they fit pretty well. I scoured the internet and experimented with my own wide leg trousers trying to determine the most flattering length for these tricky pants, and I finally came to the conclusion that for a cut such as these, approximately 3″ above the top of the ankle bone is the most flattering. I actually hemmed these pants up 1″ to get it right where I wanted them. I also again opted for the bi-stretch wool, because I prefer how it drapes on the body. Despite being unlined,  I do not find the material irritating at all.

One thought I had before actually taking these photos was that I should add brooch or something to put on the jacket to give the whole outfit a little something extra. I decided against it, as I was just being a bit too lazy to go dig one up, but now looking back at these photos, I sort of wish I had. At this point, I guess that’s neither here, nor there.

The measurements on the 00R are as follows:

Waist: 26″
Hip at base of zipper: 34″
Inseam (after I hemmed up 1″): 24″
Rise: 9.5″ (high-waisted for petites!)
Leg Opening: 16″

These pants also come in a multitude of colors, prints, and fabrics, including cotton and suede! Today only, J.Crew is offering 30% off your purchase (some exclusions apply), plus 50% off final sale with code TIMETOSHOP. This patio pants are only $25 right now, so I’m contemplating buying these in navy. Also, if you have a J.Crew card, your purchase will earn you double points!

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Other worthy sales this weekend are Banana Republic, 40% off with BR (or GAP) Card and code BRCFITAnn Taylor F&F, 40% off with code FRIENDS, BaubleBar, 30% off with code NEVERENOUGH.

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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