Review: Lace pants

What: Lace pants by J.Crew

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Cotton upper, polyester lining

Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Classic straight line, close to the cigarette pants offered few years back.  The ankle length with the laces = feminine touch. I think tucking the shirt in gives the best look with these pants. And there are pockets!!
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  2. Comfort: Comfortable but beware as you sit down that your derriere is still covered up.
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  3. Quality: Great quality lace, similar to the pintucked skirt reviewed previously. I am not fond of elastic on pants but it works here. I love the neutral color, would pair well with pretty much any top.
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  4. Sizing: True to size but I’d recommend to size up if you like more room in the hip area. However, when you do so, there is extra room in the leg as you see for me…not sure I like the extra leg room because the look is now different from the J.Crew model.ebelandi_jcrew_lace_pants_1

Why Not (Cons): The back elastic but it is manageable.ebelandi_jcrew_lace_pants_2

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper! What do you say?

Review: Pencil and Houndstooth

What: No.2 pencil skirt in houndstooth by J.Crew

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Wool upper, polyester lining

Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Classic pencil skirt, hits right at knees.
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  2. Comfort: Very comfortable.
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  3. Quality: Great quality. Love the inside details, the corduroy at the waist and the fun lining. Well done! Color is darker than the previously offered No.2 skirt in tweed.
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  4. Sizing: True to size.ebelandi_jcrew_no2_pencil_houndstooth_7

Why Not (Cons): Nothing much. Beware the houndstooth is darker in color than pictured.ebelandi_jcrew_no2_pencil_houndstooth_2

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper! What do you say?

Review: Elsie and tweeds

What: Elsie tweed pumps by J.Crew

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Wool upper, leather lining, man-made sole

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Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Old Hollywood glamour, really vibrant pink in real life, lots of pairing opportunities. Well done J.Crew!
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  2. Comfort: Comfortable if you’re used to pointed toes. Manageable heel height.
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  3. Quality: Well made! Apart from artificial sole, nothing to complain about.
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  4. Sizing: True to size.ebelandi_jcrew_elsie_tweed_pumps_4

Why Not (Cons): Not much.ebelandi_jcrew_elsie_tweed_pumps_2

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper…and on sale!

Review: Glossy ankles

What: Glossy leather ankle strap pumps by J.Crewebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_1

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Leather upper and lining, man-made soleebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_2

Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Clean ankle straps with rounded toes. Very classic!ebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_5
  2. Comfort: Very comfortable.
  3. Quality: Good quality leather upper and lining.ebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_4
  4. Sizing: True to size, with a little room but not enough to size up in my opinion.
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  5. Sissi’s pairings: Knee-length dresses, midi skirts or ankle pants/jeans.

Why Not (Cons): Not much, artificial sole works well here at the sale price.

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper. What do you say?

Review: Dorsay and snakes

What: Elsie D’Orsay pumps in snakeskin printed leather by J.Crew

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Leather upper and lining, man-made sole

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Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Sophisticated shoes that can be paired as neutrals for almost any outfits.  The heels remove the casualness of the flat version, though both are equally cute (see flats reviewed by Gigi Gone Shopping and Easy Petite Looks and a pairing by Economy of Style). I particularly love the glitter detailing in the lining.
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  2. Comfort: Comfortable pair, the pair is a little slippery on carpets (typical with artificial soles) but nothing crazy.
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  3. Quality: Good quality leather upper and lining, adorable glittery details.  The artificial sole is a deal breaker for me, but it works here.
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  4. Sizing: True to size.

Why Not (Cons): The price…and the man-made sole.  Hard to justify a high price tag for man-made soles…

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper…if you don’t mind the artificial sole (and you get it on pop-back as the pair sold out quickly). I returned mine. What do you say?