Monthly Archives: May 2013

Review: J.Crew Tall Liberty Toothpick Jean

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It’s been beautiful out this week in Boston. I can finally go outside without a winter coat, drink iced coffees, and enjoy the tulips that are in full bloom. I had been dying to wear these floral (and very colorful!) pants from J.Crew but thought it would be best to wait until some actual flowers had bloomed. So here we are…at last.

The J.Crew toothpick jean is a new find for me. Years ago, I tried the matchstick jean and found the pockets to be too large and therefore unflattering on me. I was hesitant to try any other denim from J.Crew until I saw the toothpick jean in polka-dot. I couldn’t resist! You can find my review here; I’m wearing a size 30 tall. The fit through the thighs was amazing, but unfortunately, the jeans were too large around the waist. By the time I got around to exchanging the jeans for a smaller size, they were all sold out. Sad story.

Instead, I tried another style in size 29 tall. Enter the Liberty toothpick jean. Here are my few quick thoughts as compared to the toothpick jean in polka-dot:

  • Size: Holy tightness! I had all I could do to get these zipped up so I’m hoping that they’ll stretch a bit with wear. I was sort-of expecting size 29 to be a bit small, but I think this style runs smaller than the toothpick jean in polka-dot.
  • Length: The tall inseam is 30″, making it a good length for the weather transition months. Regular size inseam is 28″. I find that the lengths are consistent across toothpick jean styles.
  • Material: The material is cotton with a hint of stretch. These do feel less stretchy than the toothpick jean in polka-dot. The leg openening at the botton is little under 12 inches, so if you have larger feet, you may have trouble pulling these on.

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Overall, I love that there is a party on my pants. Verdict? Keep.

Readers: Have you tried the J.Crew toothpick jean? How did you find the fit to be? Was the fit consistent between sizes?

P.S. Do you like the picture of the duck? My boyfriend (aka the photographer) was obsessed with this little  guy!

Tall Trick: How to Find Flattering Ankle Crop Pants

Elevated Style | J.Crew Cafe Capri Wool 2

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Ankle crop pants are all the rave this season, and fortunately, they tend to work well on tall women of all shapes and sizes. Here are a few tips for wearing this season’s hottest pant:

  • Choose the right length. An inch or two above where your foot meets your ankle is perfect. Any longer and you might look like you outgrew your pants!
  • Consider your body shape. If you are tall and curvy or pear-shaped, choose a pant that either has a straight leg or has a slight flare at the bottom. This will help to de-emphasize any unflattering proportions. You can see that I’m wearing a straight leg style (i.e. the pant doesn’t taper all the way in at the ankle) to complement my pear-shaped body. If you have a slim or athletic physique, choose a narrow-cut pant. This will give the appearance of more curves.
  • Don’t forget about the rise. Ankle crop pants look best with tucked-in shirts, therefore a regular or high-rise is great for most body types. To ensure the rise isn’t too low for me, I like to dance around the fitting room. If everything stays in place, I’m good to go!

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Above, I’m wearing the tall Cafe Capri in Wool from J.Crew. Tall sizes are on sale for $49.99 and if you order before Friday, you’ll get 25% off your entire purchase! What a steal! These pants are made from a lightweight wool which is perfect for wearing all year round.The inseam is 30″ (for comparison, the inseam of the regular size is 27″) and the rise is very low. I’d say that these pants run large. The first pair I ordered (size 6T) fit fine at first and then loosened up quite a bit throughout the day (baggy butt syndrome!). Size 4T (above) fits me much better.

For those of you who shop at tall-only retailers, I found a few cute ankle crop pant options here and here at Long Tall Sally.

One last piece of advice: I find that ankle crop pants look best with a heel or pointed flat. Alright, it’s time to show a little ankle!

Readers: Do you wear ankle crops?