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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!

Review: B.F.T. Barefoot Tess ‘Jordan’ Heel

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Why shop at Barefoot Tess? Because style doesn’t stop at size 10.

Barefoot Tess is an online women’s shoe store that provides its customers with the  latest shoe styles in larger sizes—namely sizes 10-15. Shoes offered at Barefoot Tess include pumps, sandals, wedges, boots, flats and sneakers. Aside from regular sizes, Barefoot Tess also offers shoes in half sizes, narrow fit, narrow calf, wide fit and wide calf.

Above, I’m wearing the B.F.T. by Barefoot Tess ‘Jordan’ Heel that Barefoot Tess sent me to review. These shoes feature a rounded toe and 1.5″ metallic silver square heel.  The design is classic with a feminine touch and a hint of glamour. Love it!

Here are my thoughts:

  • Fit: The overall fit met my expectations. I’m wearing a size 11; these shoes run true-to-size and true-to-width. The toebox is not too shallow, sparing me from excess toe cleavage.
  • Comfort: I walked around in these shoes for a few hours and didn’t get any blisters! Yay! That’s the best indicator of comfort for me. The 1.5 inch heel is great for women who spend a lot of time on their feet. Being tall, I love the feel of a heel without the added inches. In addition, there is padding in the heel for extra cushion.
  • Color: The color is a pretty cobalt blue; not navy as indicated online. It goes great with whites, greens and red-oranges.
  • Material: The material is a patent leather with a high-gloss, shiny finish.
  • Quality: The quality of the craftsmanship is excellent. The sole is firmly attached to shoe and the insole is made of leather.  I can tell that these shoes will hold up over time.

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The ‘Jordan’ Heel comes in four colors: Black, Navy (above), Nude and Red. They are available in sizes 11-15 and retail for $144.00. Thank you, Barefoot Tess!

Readers: Have you tried Barefoot Tess?

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within are my own.

Review: J.Crew Tall Toothpick Jean in Polka Dot

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J.Crew Tall Toothpick Jean in Polka Dot; Gap Tall Chambray Tailored Shirt; Banana Republic Factory Jacket; Etsy Necklace; Banana Republic Factory Shoes; Forever 21 Rings

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Spring is just around the corner so I thought I’d liven up my wardrobe with a pair of polka dot jeans. Tall-sized polka dot jeans. Here are my thoughts:

  • Size: I’m wearing a size 30 tall from J.Crew. The inseam is 30″ long, just barely grazing my ankles. The length is fine for me, but for someone else with longer legs, these pants would likely be too short.
  • Fit: The overall fit is okay. The photos don’t really show it, but the pants are two inches too big around my hips. I have this problem often because of my body type. The fit through the thigh is great—not too tight and not too loose—but I do plan to return these for a smaller size. Hopefully my thighs will still be able to squeeze into a smaller size!
  • Material: The material is cotton with a hint of stretch. This makes the pants fairly comfortable and easy to move around in. It also makes the pants look like dress pants even though they are jeans. Win!
  • Pattern: The polka dots are a little crazy, but who doesn’t need a little crazy in their life?! The small scale of the polka dots makes them a little less crazy.

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Surprisingly, these pants are rather flattering. Typically, you’re not supposed to wear pattern on your trouble areas, but I think the busyness of the polka dots actually distracts from those areas.

Readers: Would you wear these crazy polka dot pants? In your experience, how has the fit of the J.Crew toothpick jean worked for you?