Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review: J.Crew Cafe Capri in Pop Art Polka Dot

    I love colored bottoms. Printed bottoms intrigue me, but when I try them on in store, I always feel so uncomfortable in them. I ordered these J.Crew Cafe Capri Pants in Pop Art Polka Dot to fulfill my free shipping quota last week, just out of curiosity: 

    They're cute, right? 

    Here they are on me in 00P after a few hours of wear:

   Accidental fold in the cuff after some experimenting, oopsy:

    The color is navy blue with cream-colored dots. The exact measurements are:

    Waist: 26"
    Hips: 33.5
    Rise: 7.5" from seam to top of pants.
    Inseam: 23.75" including cuff.

    The measurements are bit deceiving. Fresh out of the bag, they *almost* fit my 32.75" hips perfectly. There was a bit of folding in the back probably due to being too big. I think with a little washing and shrinking, they would actually fit better. They fit slim to this hips and thighs, but have more of a relaxed fit starting just above the knee. They are made of 98% cotton and 2% spandex. There is some stretching out, but not as bad as my GAP Really Skinny Pants. The pants fit low, and the waist fits me, although I'm carrying a little bit of extra weight than I normally do at the moment (severe boredom at work + multiple 80-hr work weeks = almost certain weight gain, all to my mid-section, no less).

     They also have a cuff so I can let this out about 3+ inches for some extra length, which I LOVE--it is such a rare find (as is, they are such an awkward length on me). They also have besom (welt) pockets, and two off-seam side pockets, although the pockets are smaller than average sized--I can't fit my entire hand in them. Overall, I think they are just the cutest bottoms I've purchased in quite a while. The regular price is $118, which is fairly steep, but I also was able to use my J.Crew rewards card against it, making it ~$93. Still on the pricey side, but colored (non-denim) bottoms have been such a struggle for me many times due to length, and the ability to let the cuff down on these is a huge bonus.  These are cute pants, and I could see myself wearing these for casual wear or even at the beach because of the looser fit (although, how often do I go to the beach??). If they actually fit slimmer to the leg, I might consider wearing these to work. Is a little DIY slimming or shrinking in order??  As is, the looser fit looks a bit *too* casual for casual Friday in combination with it's material. $93 is a bit too much for me for just "beach" pants. But shrinking and letting down of the cuff might actually do it for me so as long as shrinking doesn't cause them to loose a lot of length. I shall ponder it a while longer.

What do you ladies think? Should I keep and slim or return and wait for a sale?

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Looks & Books said...

I think these look great on you, and are super cute. I wouldn't say the fit is too too relaxed, but they could be taken in a tiny bit if you would feel more comfortable. I would keep them, especially if you've had trouble finding pants like this that are the right length for you. They will be great for summer! 

Lisa Ng said...

Cute! Have u tried them in girls sizes? Extra Petite and I am Khatu seem to be loving the fit and cost!

Cher said...

I can't do the girls size. My inseam is ridiculuously disproportionate for my height. They would be way too short. =/

PaulCCarter said...

awwww so adorable

Essence Brown said...

I have these! I love them and receive so many compliments. Best part? I found them for three bucks in a thrift store a few weeks ago! Keep them!

Jen @ Librarian for Life Style said...

So cute! And polka dots never go out of style. :)

Canadianpetite said...

Print looks so great but a little shrinking would probably make it look better

Lisa Ng said...

I see! Can't wait to see what you do with this pair then!

E in Flats said...

These pants are super cute--I would say hold out for the sale and then buy them, but they very easily could sell out.  I too have been thinking about purchasing a pair of printed pants, and these in particular, so I'm glad you reviewed them.   :)

Guest said... can you feel right about returning them after wearing for a couple of hours???  How do you think the person who gets these pants after you return them would feel?

Cher said...

I actually don't see a problem with it. I didn't leave the house with them on and I didn't go commando. Why can't I try on a piece of clothing to see if I really like it? Maybe I'm alone on this, but I don't see why anyone after me would mind (if I did return them). I wouldn't mind. At least I would be able to see how these would really fit. Many people purchase shoes and take them home to try them on with different outfits, is that really different?

SewPetiteGal said...

DIY slimming (something I only recently did) is a lot easier than I thought - just slim along the inseam.  I took mine in 1/4" and it made a world of difference.  If you're curious, this is the post:

Cher said...

You did a great job. I don't imagine that slimming would be that difficult, although, I am a little concerned about what will happen if I decide to slim higher around the hips where the pockets are. I've done it with my mom's scrubs that she asked me to alter and it was a bit messy on the inside but still looked fine on the outside. I think what I'm going to do is let out the cuff and see how much length I can get out of it, and if I can get more than I need, I will slowly try to shrink before slimming. Maybe I will only need to slim mid-thigh and down like you did.

Kathleen Lisson said...

I would feel just as comfortable with one person wearing them around the house for two hours as I would with 20 people trying them on in a dressing room. I think more damage is done to clothes by forcing a zipper or transferring foundation or deodorant onto clothing than some lady sitting on her couch can accomplish.
Some people prefer fresh-from-the-manufacturer clothes - they can try on in a store, then buy online.
The only downside to wearing clothes for a few hours is the tendency to talk yourself into keeping them. If they don't fit and you don't want to pay for alterations, send them back! The perfect pant is out there somewhere. Don't settle!

Guest said...

Thanks for your input, but I still don't understand.  A few hours of wear, especially with sitting and transferring your body oils, can actually put a lot of stretch into fabrics.  You might not notice the difference because it's a gradual change over time, like gaining weight or growing, but someone who's putting it on for the first time might notice a difference in the fit from an unstretched garment.  I'm also not sure it requires a few hours to try on a garment at home with different outfits, but maybe I'm different.  I try to be respectful of the garment especially when I'm not sure I'm going to keep it.  From your response, I can kind of see that you probably won't change your mind, but I just had to put in my two cents and was curious to understand your perspective.  Thanks for taking the time to discuss anyhow.  It's interesting to see different consumer perspectives.  I suppose retailers take it all into account.

Cher said...

Thank you for leaving a comment. Funny, I actually consider myself very respectful of garments that I haven't yet decided to keep. I know that someone after me might want to purchase it so I'm as careful as I can with it as I go through my decision-making process. As Kathleen pointed out below, I'm not sure there is a big difference between me sitting on my couch and wearing it for a few hours and 10 women trying it on in the fitting room. When I purchase something, I know there's a chance that many women before me had tried it on. Heck, I've seen people wear something in the fitting room for half an hour trying to decide if they want to keep it. Does this bother me? Usually no, unless the item is  obviously soiled (make-up, deoderant, etc). That someone has put it on before me is the risk I take when I purchase something in-store. I suppose I make the assumption that most women share this view because I don't know anyone personally who would disagree with me. Thanks again for leaving a comment, it's always  interesting to hear different perspectives.

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