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Review: Lucky Brand Jeans

29 Sep

I was looking for skinny jeans to try when I walked into Lucky Brand Jeans. It’s been a while since I went here since the sizes used to be big on me, but it’s probably changed so I went back to check it out.

The SA was really friendly, helpful…and what can I say, he’s cute. šŸ˜›

He picked out all the skinnies in 00/24 for me to try on. There were two cuts, the Zoe and the Lola.

The ZOE: Low rise. Slim fit. Skinny Leg.

I’ve been on the lookout for a pair of grey skinnies every season, but I never purchased a pair since I couldn’t find the right look or fit. These Zoe Skinny Jeans were quite close to what I was looking for in grey skinny jeans.

In 00/24, the jeans fit well without any puckering or any waist gap. I felt that the wash was a bit too light for me and the length was too long since it has a 32″ inseam. I wouldn’t mind purchasing this style in a different wash and getting it hemmed since I like the look of the pants.

I tried another style of Zoe skinnies in 00/24 and I couldn’t even get them past my knees, so Lucky definitely has sizes for people with legs slimmer than mine.

THE LOLA: Mid rise. Curvy fit. Skinny Leg.

The next set of jeans I tried were the Lola Skinny Jeans. Since trying on pants at various stores, I realize that the Curvy fit works better on my body type. So I had high hopes for this cut.

In 00/24, the jeans fit well in the waist and hips. No excess puckering and no waist gap! I like the rise better than the Zoe since low rise pants make me wary that a muffin top might arise. These are the ankle length pants and they’re still really long on me.

The only thing I didn’t like about these jeans was the contrasting thread, but other than that, they were clear winners in my mind. I saw a pair of Lola skinnies that had matching thread but they didn’t have my size at the store.

SUMMARY

Lucky Brand Jeans aren’t exactly petite friendly, but they do have small sizes in various styles and washes. Online they sell 30″ inseam pants too.

Zoe is low rise, slim fit, and works well for slim legged people. Lola is mid rise, curvy fit, and works well for thicker legs. There is some flexibility to both cuts so it’s best to try both and see what looks best.

The price points are similar to Banana Republic but I like the feel of the material a lot better than BR. It has that soft, broken-in feel to the jeans that make it comfortable to wear. So, if you’re looking for another retailer for jeans, Lucky Brand Jeans might be worth a try.

A Visit to Ann Taylor LOFT

19 Sep

Since I’m on a shopping ban, I feel like I’ve been doing more of these fitting room reviews to compensate.

Everyone’s been talking about LOFT lately and I’ve only recently started looking at their things. Since there was a promotion on pants, I asked the SA about the pant styles and cuts. She told me that there were primarily 2 cuts, the Julie and the Marisa. Online, there’s the Ann, but they haven’t been getting them in the store recently.

I took a pair of each style in 00P to compare the fit on my body.

The Marisa.

Modern Fit. Sits lower on waist. Wide-leg silhouette.

The top is in XXSP and though it fits decently, I don’t think it’s for me. It looks much better on Petite XXS.

I like the idea of the silhouette, but it’s totally unflattering. My hips are too wide for this style with unsightly bunching in the crotch area. There is also a fairly large waist gap by 2-3 inches.

Would I buy it? No. But it would work on someone with a thicker midsection and slimmer hips.

The Julie.

Curvy Fit. Sits slightly below the waist. Contoured to flatter the hip and thigh. Wide-leg silhouette.

The tee is in XXSP. It’s cute, but not really my style. It’s a bit too snug over my chest, so I would go with an XSP instead.

The pant fits perfectly with no waist gap and there’s more than enough room for my hips. The silhouette is more of a bootcut than a wide-leg look, but it’s not bad. From the back, I have a serious case of pancake butt…and that definitely killed it.

Would I buy it? Not really unless I take it to the tailors to fix the back part. Would fit someone with a more sizeable bottom half.

So I guess these LOFT pant styles are not for me.

How about you? What styles fit your body shape and how do you like LOFT pants?

Review: Banana Republic Dresses

10 Sep

I was looking for dresses the other day and I stumbled into Banana Republic.

Though Banana Republic isn’t really my style, I saw a lot of 00P dresses in stock at the store so I wanted to try them out and save the trouble of ordering them online.

I want to find more office dresses but there too many options at other stores given my size so I took my chances with BR.

In 00P, this dress has a lot of movement and it feels as comfortable as wearing a jersey tee. I love the neckline, but it’s a tad loose and shapeless. Plus, I’m not a fan of the smocking.

To make this dress better, a nice chunky belt can give it better definition and shape. If it was one size smaller, it would be more flattering and harder to put it back on the rack.

Would I buy it? Maybe as a casual walking dress.

This dress was already reviewed by PetiteXXS. It’s an interesting print but the dress is too loose and the v-neck is too revealing when I move around. It definitely needs a belt to make it look more put together.

Would I buy it? Not really, unless it was one size smaller.

This work sheath has a great neckline again and it minimizes my bust so it doesn’t look too revealing despite the v-neck, which is something I want. But the rest of the garment doesn’t fit at all. It’s too long and too loose.

If I could alter it, I’d take in the waist by 2+ inches, shorten the sleeves, shorten the hem to be above the knee, and make the waistband thinner. Cher from a.fashion.deliberation also reviewed this dress.

Would I buy it? Maybe, if it’s on sale and a trip to the tailors.

I thought this dress would make a good layering piece since it has a tank already attached to a tweed skirt. However, instead of a stretch tee, this top has no stretch and comes with a size zip. The top fits pretty well, but the skirt over-accentuates the hip area with an awkward shape that makes me look really bottom heavy.

Would I buy it? Not likely since the skirt looks so unfortunate.

Overall, the dresses at Banana Republic in 00P are too loose and ill-fitting on me. Either they size inflated or I lost weight (which I doubt) but the dresses don’t fit right from the bust down.

Compared to the average BR shopper, I guess I have smaller waist(by 2+ inches) and smaller hip girth(by .5 -1 inch). If they start making XXXS/000P dresses, I’d probably shop there, but as of now, I don’t think I need to go back this season.

How about you readers?

Where do find work-appropriate dresses that can do well for casual and more formal occasions?

Review: Shabby Apple Dresses

30 Aug

Lately, it seems like Shabby Apple is everywhere but I’m not sure how it fits a petite.

Previously, I tried the Rendezvous dress in XXS with disastrous results that I could have avoided if I read the reviews. The lining was too small for the dress and I did zip it up, but I had the hardest time getting it off. The proportions were all wrong for a petite, but perfect for someone whose 5’7″ and above.

Still one experience is not enough to deter me since I might have picked the wrong dress to try. I think the knit dresses are more flexible with fit, but I wasn’t drawn to the styles. So I took a risk and went for the fitted dresses, specifically Cider and Mt. Greylock.

First, Cider. I got it in XS and it’s made of 100% cotton.

Looks pretty good on the model.

And on me?

From the first photo, it doesn’t look so bad, it’s just a little long.

The fabric feels thick and stiff, almost like crepe paper, but it’s definitely fabric. The construction on the garment is pretty decent though I wish the zipper was invisible instead of being purple. And the detail around the neckline is pretty reminiscent of things I’ve seen from Ann Taylor.

The other photos show that the dress is not flattering and it’s way too big. The shoulder area is too wide. At the waist, I can pull away 4 inches of fabric. And the flare at the bottom is overwhelming on my frame. Even if I got the XXS, it’d still be loose and the proportions would still be off.

Keep or Return? Return.

The next dress is Mt. Greylock in XS. It’s a herringbone knit print made from 100% Wool.

Trendy and sophisticated. It’s also spot on with the fall trend with herringbone and the lady-like silhouettte.

And on me?

The style is super cute and an XXS would probably looked better since the fabric stretches. But the proportions are off once again and the detail at the waist makes it look like I have a pooch. I could put on this dress without unzipping the zipper…that’s how loose it is and how much it can stretch.

If I altered the dress in XXS, I’d have to adjust the dart and seam positions, raise the waistline, and shorten the hem. And maybe shrink the size of the sleeves by an inch or two.

Keep or Return? Return.

Shabby AppleĀ  has several cute styles of dresses, but it’s just not made for a petite in mind. I’ve seen some bloggers wear Shabby Apple dresses but they either altered it in some way, kept it long, or they’re just the perfect proportion for those dresses.

Maybe IĀ  chose the wrong styles for my body type, but it just didn’t work out for me.

What do you think? Have you tried Shabby Apple and what were your results?

Review: Gap Perfect Trouser Pant

23 Aug

Gap just started making suit trousers, so I decided to try it out.

I know, it’s the same company as Banana Republic, but I thought their styles might look and fit better on me. So, I ordered the Perfect Trouser Pant in 00p in grey.

  • Sits at the waist.
  • Straight through the hip and thigh.
  • Flared leg opening.

Here’s what it’s supposed to look like.

It seems like GAP put a lot of thought into the design of their new premium pant collection. There are several different cuts and styles for different body types. So, there’s bound to a fit that works for me..at least, in theory.

The perfect trouser pant has angled pockets so they don’t pucker out and the back pockets are flush to the body. Though the pants aren’t lined, the construction is pretty good. Plus, the suiting material looked decent and not cheap.

But how does it look on me?

Umm….is it just me or does it look like my hips are huge?

The length is just right, but the fit is pretty bad. The silhouette from the back isn’t bad, but all the other photos don’t lie. I guess I’m curvier than I thought.

At the waist, it’s loose by a couple of inches so it can sit lower on my hips, but then the rise would be too low and look saggy. The rear end area is also unflattering because it flattens my bum and there’s extra fabric bunching. In fact, from the side, it looks like my bum is 3 times longer than it should be, which is not what I want.

These pants are not perfect for me.

Return!

My suggestion:

The perfect trouser pant would work better for someone with slimmer hips and a thicker midsection.

What do you think about the GAP Premium Pant collection?

Review: BCBG Max Azria Tunic

2 Aug

I went back to BCBG Maz Azria lately to check out their new arrivals and since I had been holding onto a bit of store credit, I felt like I should at least use it.

Most of the items in XXS fit decently, but it depends on the cut and the style. For a few things, even the XXS was big and if it was one size smaller, it would be even better for me! But the bandage style skirts are made quite small…I couldn’t fit into the skirt in XXS, I had to size up to an XS…amazing!

But what really sold me was this tunic top…I didn’t see it online, but it’s available in stores in XXS. The armholes could be smaller, but it’s fine. I just loved the color and the way it drapes.

Outfit Details: BCBG Maz Azria tunic – XXS, J.Crew Matchstick jeans (waist taken in) – 25R, Urban Outfitters braided belt – S, H&M and Forever 21 bangles/bracelets, random chandelier earrings, Charles David Awaken wedges

And white jeans…who doesn’t love a pair?

I always thought white jeans would make me look fatter but it depends on the style and the cut.

At J.Crew, the Matchstick jeans are a straight leg style, but I could probably get away with the slimmer Toothpick version as well. At the time when it was on sale at the store, I picked up the 25R (thinking it was the smallest size) but I do fit into a 24S…next time, I know what to look for so I won’t have to get the waist taken in and the bottom hemmed.

Review: Cynthia Steffe Dress

29 Jul

When I started venturing into Loehmann’s a few months ago, the first thing I purchased from the store was a Cynthia Steffe dress in size 0.

I’ve only worn it once before the hem fell and since it’s silk, I don’t want to mess with it. So, I put it in my “tailor” pile and let it sit. Since I’ve been thinking of going to the tailor again, I looked into my pile and re-discovered this dress.

The dress is cut pretty close to a petite size. It’s the perfect length and the armholes are surprisingly small. Though the neckline is a bit low, the dress could be more fitted, and it’s unlined…it works very well.

So with this dress, the hem will be fixed (it’s taped up for the photos) and the midsection will be taken in so it skims my body better. I think I got this dress for less than $50, but I’m not sure about the exact amount.

Anyways, I’ve tried mostly tops from Cynthia Steffe. If you really love that loose blouse look, size 0 is right up your alley. I would have picked up more items, but this dress was enough.

For now, this designer is on my lookout list.

What do you think?

Have you heard of Cynthia Steffe or tried anything from this brand?