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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?

Outfit Idea: Florals + Polka Dots

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I purchased this dress a few weeks ago and have already worn it a few times. I love the soft floral pattern and how nicely it drapes. I kept it simple by pairing it with black tights and shoes so that the dress would stand out. I added the sleek polka-dot bag to keep the outfit from looking too boho.

If I were to wear this outfit again, I would add a cardigan over the dress or a turtleneck underneath. It’s a very lightweight dress with see-through sleeves—not great for a cold winter day.

Readers: Do you like this type of dress? How do you keep it classic and appropriate for work?

Review: J.Crew Tall Schoolboy Blazer

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J.Crew Tall Schoolboy Blazer in Wool Flannel; J.Crew Factory Chambray Shirt (similar); William Rast “Jerri” Stardust Ultra Skinny Leg Jeans; Anne Klein Zya Leopard Pump; American Eagle Necklace; DSW Clutch; H&M Bracelet

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You saw me wear this red blazer in my last post. It’s extremely versatile and I don’t have anything like it in my wardrobe. Here are my thoughts:

  • Size: I’m wearing a size 2 tall. As you can see, it doesn’t look very tall. It’s about 24″ long which is shorter than most of the other blazers I own. I can’t imagine how short a regular size would look on me! I don’t mind the length, but I would have preferred it to be an inch or two longer.
  • Fit: The overall fit is boxy. You can see that it’s not tailored in at the waist. Buttoning one button helps to define the waist. I also sized down to avoid looking too baggy.
  • Material: The outside of the blazer is made of 100% wool, the inside lining is 100% acetate and the lining of the sleeves are a blend of polyester an spandex. It’s very warm—so warm that I didn’t mind standing out in 20 degree weather without a jacket for these pictures!
  • Details: I love the gold buttons. They add some interest to an otherwise plain red blazer.
  • Color: The red is so fun and bright. It is a true red, though these pictures make it seem a bit more orange. Either way, it certainly adds flavor to any outfit.

[spacer size=”20″]I know I’ll be getting lots of wear out of this blazer even though it’s shorter than I expected.

Readers: Did you expect the J.Crew Tall Schoolboy blazer to be so short?