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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Cape

I am fascinated by capes. I’ve had a belted wool cape jacket on my wish list for some time now, but I haven’t come across just the right one. But I saw this cape jacket online at the Zara website and I was in love. Such a dramatic topper. And while, such a piece doesn’t normally fit into my lifestyle, I still *had* to have it.

Cape Jacket + Shorts
Cape Jacket + ShortsZara Cape Jacket (similar and cheaper by Nasty Gal) / Jacob sleeveless button-down blouse (similar) / Ann Taylor Shorts (similar here or here) / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps / Aldo Minaudiere (cute alternative here)/ Aldo Cuff bracelet / Forever21 Rings / Express Necklace

Do you notice the funky tan lines on my feet? This was from a hot and sunny day in early March. I’m usually quite obsessive about applying sunscreen, but not realizing how hot it was going to be, I didn’t apply it on my feet where there was a gap between my cropped boyfriend jeans and my Vince slip-on sneakers. As a result of my neglect, I have this ridiculous tan line that I compare to the farmer’s tan. If any one has a suggestion on how to quickly fade sharp tan lines, I’d be thrilled to hear it!

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The Extra Long Blazer

I found this blazer amongst the sale racks at Zara this past week. My thought process at stores fast-fashion as compared to other brands, is always, “buy now, think later” because you never know if you will ever see it again. Plus, it’s always great to see things in your own mirror with other items that you own.

Zara Blazer / J.Crew Silk Blouse / Ann Taylor Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater / Zara Jeans /  Zara Boots / Le Chateau Ring / Aritzia Hat (similar).
 

I love the idea of this extra long blazer, but I’m starting to think it falls at somewhat of an awkward length on my 5’1 frame. Either a bit shorter or a bit longer would be more flattering. I will have to mull this over a while longer to be sure whether or not I’m going to keep it.

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