Sunday, September 30, 2012

AFD IDIM Adventures: Red Suede Skirt, post-surgery.

Blouse: T.Babaton by Aritzia Silk Georgette Bow Blouse (Ivory, size XS)(similar).
Blazer: Talula Babaton by Aritizia Blazer (Black, size 0).
Shoes: Ann Taylor Factory Signature Pumps (Black patent, size 6)(similar).
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Bag (Dark Brown).
Skirt: Danier, thrifted (Red suede).
Ring: Le Chateau.
Watch: Michael Kors Runway Watch (Silver).

Before photo:

    I thrifted this tomato red suede skirt last year (Danier needs to bring back their colored suede skirts!). It was actually this skirt and another that pushed me to purchase my own sewing machine. This skirt didn't fit initially, so I took it to my tailor for some alterations. It needed some slimming and a bit of shortening, nothing too complex. But when I got it back, I was terribly disappointed even after making the seamstress do it again. The cost of alterations wasn't cheap either. After that frustrating experience, I decided I was going to try and do my alterations myself. The end result after a countless number of tries, is now *almost* perfect. The difficulty in altering the skirt was mostly due to my inexperience in trying to "shape" a skirt around the body, but now that I have a few projects under my belt getting to the end result became much easier. The one imperfection is probably only noticed by me, so I'm going to try and ignore it. You can't see it, can you? Wait...don't tell me! Otherwise I'll forever be trying to re-work this skirt.

    Working with suede and leather isn't easy. They are extremely unforgiving (leather more so than suede) because if you make a mistake, you inevitably have holes punched into the material that will not disappear. If you are going to attempt to work with leather, all you really need is a needle made for leather or suede and some leather glue for the hem and you are good to go. Take your time and remember, you can always make it smaller, but you can't make it least not without leaving a lasting mark on the material. 

    Despite not having a great place to thrift, leather and suede have been my best finds. I also have an electric blue suede skirt just waiting to be altered. It seems like a bit too much work for me right now, but I'm hoping to make it into a beautiful pencil skirt one of these days.

   Jean from Extra Petite altered this great leather thrift find for Elle from FastFoodandFastFashion. It looks amazing!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Review: J.Crew Petite Icon Trench in Wool-Cashmere.

   I have been looking to replace my wool-cashmere J.Crew coat for a few years now. I've had it since 2005, and even though it's held up well over the years, it was starting to show some rips and tears, particularly in the pocket area and in the lining around the vent. I've patched up the pockets for the most part, but I thought that it was time that I gave in to purchasing a replacement after putting it off for the last two years.

    I love that J.Crew's Icon Trench now comes in wool-cashmere, and not only that, in petite sizing as well! There are three colors, none of which are black, but colors that can be treated as neutral nonetheless (burgundy, navy, and tan). I decided to go with burgundy (Cabernet) which is a classic color that is popular every fall/winter season but is having its moment right now. For sizing, I decided to go up one size from my usual 0P. The biggest reason for this is based on the sizing of my old J.Crew coat which is 0R (purchased before I was familiar with J.Crew petite sizing). 0R fits well, even though the waist hits a bit too low, but it is extremely snug when worn over a blazer. I like to have a little extra room for thicker layers just for comfort. Also, knowing that J.Crew's petite sizing fits a bit smaller than regular sizing overall, it just made sense to go up a size if I wanted to be comfortable with multiple layers. This of course, was just a guess and all this logical reasoning could go out the window once I tried it on...

....and I was wrong. I should have kept with the 0P. The overall length fell right at the knee so the length wasn't too overwhelming, but the waist fell a little lower than it should (although I am very short-waisted). Even though the coat felt good, it didn't look good. It was just too big around the rib cage and waist, especially without the heavy layers underneath.  You can see the flap sticking out in the back of the shoulders, even though it isn't all that obvious here, but it should lay fairly flat against the back:

    The color is heavenly though.  I tried to keep the color as true as possible, but the actual color is a bit darker than the indoor shots show and less purple than it appears in the outdoor photos. The stock photo below is probably the most accurate depiction of the color:

    The wool is nice and smooth, and...that's pretty much all the good things I have to say about it. I mean, it's a nice coat, I was just hoping for more given it's regular price of $325 (I used my 25% off code for this). 

    The sleeves are a good length, not that bracelet-length stuff J.Crew has been playing around with the last few seasons. But, I really wish there was an option for Thinsulate. The Icon Trench is a nice light fall coat, but I can feel in the weight of it that it wasn't going to be anywhere near as warm as my old J.Crew coat with Thinsulate. 

    The thing that bothers me the most is the A-line cut. With my old J.Crew coat, I actually had it slimmed so the A-line was almost completely eliminated. I was hoping the shape of this trench was going to be straighter, but it's not. And slimming a coat is not cheap. The A-line shape is even more pronounced when I tie the belt tight, but here it is with and without the belt tied:



   The coat has no inner pocket and its lining is polyester (no surprise there) but it does seem to be made really well. Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this. If you live in a climate where it doesn't get super cold and you like the A-line shape, or the A-line shape isn't as pronounced you than it is on me, then this is worth a try (on sale). Otherwise, I think it should be skipped unless on super sale. I think I might exchange it using the red phone in the store for 0P just to try for size, but it will probably still have the pronounced A-line shape that I dislike so much. 

    Anyone else try this coat and was happy/unhappy with this? Love to hear what you think!

    Right now you can get 25% off your order of $150 or more online at J.Crew using code STYLE25. 

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review: J.Crew Telegraph Pencil Skirt in Super 120s.

Blouse: Ann Taylor Matte Jersey Cross Over Top (Blush Grey, size XSP).
Skirt: J.Crew Telegraph Pencil Skirt (Landscape green, size 00P).
Shoes: LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amelie Pumps (Black, size 6).
Blazer: T. Babaton by Aritizia Suiting Blazer (Black, size 0).
Clutch: Botkier Charlotte Clutch (Black)(see similar).
Necklace: Forever21
Ring: Le Chateau

     I really wanted to buy something with my 25% off J.Crew cardholder code. It happens so infrequently that I feel obligated to buy something when it comes around. Of course, it had to be something that either almost never goes on sale (for example, suits in classic colors), or something I wanted so badly that I can't wait. Since I am not in immediate need for a suit or heels, I decided on the J.Crew Telegraph Skirt in Landscape green. 

     I'm drawn to green almost as much as I am drawn to blue. The skirt comes in the Super 120s material and in petite sizing. It is basically the No.2 pencil skirt with about two or three inches of extra length. This is such a relief because I've been having a lot of trouble with the length of J.Crew's pencil skirts as of late due to my disproportionately longer lower half. With the exception of the double-serge wool version of the No.2 skirt, J.Crew pencil skirts have all been too short. At least with the longer version, I could have it hemmed to my desired length which seems easier than having to let out the hem and attach a binding to get the most out of the material. 

    When the skirt arrived, I was not disappointed. The color is a rich, jewel-toned green and the super 120s merino wool is so smooth. It has two rear welt pockets, invisible back zip and a kick pleat in the back. 

     I think it could fit a *tiny* bit better around the back, but overall it is quite acceptable. It is high-waisted and falls just at the bottom of the knee. I actually like the longer length with heels--it seems so Victoria Beckham. With flats, it makes me look a bit stumpy so at some point in time it will probably need to be hemmed up to above the knee for more versatility, but I actually like the way it is right now. 

     Here are the full measurements for the skirt in 00P:

             Waist: 24.5"
             Hip: 33.75
             Length: 23.5"

     The regular price of this skirt is $138 and with 25% off, I paid approximately $103 plus 6% cash back. It is still a bit pricey, but for suiting material I'm always willing to splurge a little bit especially for a good quality wool such as the Super 120s. Plus the color is surprisingly versatile; it goes with just about everything. Grab one here, I also love it in Warm Sienna, which happens to be on sale.

   Anyone else give in with their J.Crew 25% discount code for cardholders? Please share!

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Break out.

Blouse: Ann Taylor Sheer Leopard Trench Blouse (Leopard, size 2P)(similar here or love this version).
Jacket: Veda Max (Black, size XS)(beautiful in Ruby).
Trousers: Theory Alleen Trousers (Navy Blue, size 00)(Emery trousers similar).
Pumps: LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amelie Pumps (Black, size 6).
Ring: Le Chateau

   Imagine my excitement when the weather was actually a bit cool last Wednesday. You know what that means? Time to break out the leather!...Even if it was just for the one day. It's my first time wearing this jacket outside the apartment so you can envision my paranoia when rubbing up against things. The leather is still a bit "stiff" and snug from being unworn, but I still enjoyed wearing it nonetheless.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Risky Business.

Coat: Club Monaco Emma Short Trench (Navy, size XS).
Sweater: J.Crew Tippi Sweater (Heathered Grape, size XXS).
Blouse: Jacob Tie-Neck Bow Blouse, without the bow (White, size XS)(similar here).
Skirt: Jacob Tulip Ponte Skirt (Black, size 0)(similar here).
Ring: Le Chateau.
Shoes: LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amelie Pumps (Black, size 6).
Purse: Olivia Harris (Dark Teal Patent).
Bracelets: Natasha Leather and Stud Bracelet from TJ Maxx, Unknown brand Leather and 
Chain Bracelet from TJ Maxx (see similar), Silver Bangle (similar here).
Watch: Michael Kors Runway Watch (Silver).

    I decided that despite the freezing cold temps in the office, I was going to take a big risk and wear a skirt to the office. It was my way of rebelling against the attempted suppression of my love for fall fashion. It's the perfect weather to begin pulling out the fall gear, and whoever controls the A/C is intentionally trying to kill my fashion sense by making me wear a snowsuit. That's my theory, at least. Luckily, I didn't suffer too much. I'll probably continue to try to wear skirts to the office until one of these days I find myself deeply regretting it.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

PFC #19: Trend Benders (and some AFD IDIM Adventures).

     I had this post set up for a different day but decided to use it as my Petite Fashion Challenge #19 post instead. It's a PFC and IDIM Adventure all rolled into one. The Challenge is hosted by Angie from Pandaphilia and here is what she has to say:
Trend Benders. Pick your favorite Summer or Fall 2012 trend and make it work for you, whether it's going all-out, incorporating it into a professional outfit or using it in moderation. For example - how would you bend this neon brights trend into something in sync with your personal style? Challenge yourself - you might even take something you think would never work on you and get creative! Extra brownie points if you can use your trend in more than one look.
    A huge fashion trend going on right now is prints, particularly printed denim. Many women absolutely go crazy for  polka-dots. I don't mind a little polka-dot here and there but I'm not head over heels for it. My weakness? Stars. I saw these Current/Elliot print skinnies and my eyes almost popped out of my head:
from Net-a-Porter
   But $218 for a pair of denim that is only a passing trend? Not likely. So I took it upon myself to do some DIY-ing. I took an old pair of denim (actually they are brand new, but I got them as a gift and have never worn them), a star print stamp that I purchased from eBay for ~$2, and a white ink pad by Versacraft purchased on Amazon:  

      Here are the jeans before:


   The process of stamping didn't take long. Just press the stamp into the ink pad with a good amount of pressure and then press on to the denim with your stamp. Make sure you practice on a scrap of paper to make sure you know how much pressure to apply on both the ink pad and on the item you are stamping. When done, iron over to set the ink. Use any color that you want. Gold would look amazing. I just used white.

   At first, I tried to make all the stars perfectly straight and lined up because I'm OCD like that. But after a few stamps, I realized that not only was it easier, but it also looked better if they appeared a bit randomly placed. Of course, do what you like. If you make a mistake such as put two stars too close together, you can simply scrub it away with a cloth and water and a bit of soap BEFORE you set the ink with the iron. So make sure you are happy with everything before you set! Now, if you only want the stamps to be temporary, don't set with heat at all, and it will all wash away with some water and detergent.

   And now for the photos you all came here for (denim had yet to be washed and worn so they were a bit stiff to peg so that it looked effortless):

Blazer: Talula by Aritzia Exeter Blazer (Size 0, Black)(similar).
Denim: Denim by Victoria Beckham (very old) (similar grey pair here)
T-shirt: AE Favorite V-neck T (size S, White)(similar version). 
Watch: Michael Kors Runway Watch (Silver).
Bracelets: Natasha Leather and Stud Bracelet from TJ Maxx, Unknown brand Leather and 
Chain Bracelet from TJ Maxx (see similar), Silver Bangle (similar here).
Booties: Jean-Michel Cazabat Viena Booties (Black suede, size 6).
Ring: Le Chateau (similar).

   Fun! I actually think I could have made the stars a bit closer together, but otherwise, they turned out pretty well. I don't usually partake in short-lived trends, but this will definitely help satisfy my obsession with stars for at least as long as the trend lasts. 

    I proudly showed my finished project to my dad asking, "Aren't these cool??"

   Dad: "Cool. But wouldn't they be cooler if the stars were maple leaves instead?!"

   Me:  =/ 

   Here is another version of star-print denim by AG as inspiration using smaller stars (or if you want to purchase them, they are on sale):

    Check out the other PFC entrants here!

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Review: Nine West Jeleena Flats.

    I had written off Nine West flats a long time ago. I'm not sure why, but I think I made the assumption that if I couldn't get their pumps to stay on my heels when I walked, their flats would act similarly. 

    On a whim, I decided to slip on some flats in a B&M store, and to my surprise, they actually stayed on! In fact, three pairs fit! Since then, I've been quietly searching the most recent Nine West collection to see if I can find a pair of flats that I loved. I found these Jeleena flats:

   Some IRL photos:

   A rather simple pointy-toe leather flat from the front, but they have this cool silver plating in the back that gives it a little bit of unexpected extra edge. 

    Other deets:

Fit: TTS. But because they stay on my heels when I walk, I guess I would have to say they run a bit narrow, particularly in the heel. Length-wise they fit like a true 6. There is no toe cleavage:

Comfort: They're fairly comfortable with minimal arch support. There is a little bit of padding in the foot bed, and the edges of the shoe don't feel so sharp that they will cut into my feet. They're OK, but nothing to write home about.

Quality:  Typical Nine West quality. Not awful, not great either. I'm generally not a fan of their kid skin leather, as they show creases in the leather quite easily and I don't like the extra shine in the leather that their kid skin usually has. They also have a rubber sole.

Price: $79. 

Verdict: Maybe, likely a return. I love the look of them, but I'm a bit concerned that they will stretch out and not fit anymore, which has happened to me in the past. I may be worrying about nothing, but I'm still a bit apprehensive. If you are interested, they come in an array of colors and patterns including this "taupe" color with a gold-plated heel:

     Anyone own a pair of leather Nine West flats? Have they stretched out much or am I safe?

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Back to work.

   Just like the school kids, I'm back to work after unintentionally taking the entire summer off. The EOTDs will hopefully be more frequent even though I've already had a late start this week--it was a rough weekend. But the work aside, the office is a meat lockerIt is too early to be wearing a trench coat in DC, but I am wearing one along with a scarf, gloves and a hat. I can tell you that freezing your employees is not conducive to high productivity. I just want to point that out to any employers who feel the need to blast the A/C so that the indoor temps are at like, 50 degrees fahrenheit (translation: 10C).

Trousers: Club Monaco Emily Pants (Soot Black, size 0).
Shirt: J.Crew Boy Shirt (Snowcat, size 0).
Shoes: LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amelie Pumps (Black, size 6).
Trench: Club Monaco Emma Trench Coat (Navy blue, size XS).
Purse: Olivia Harris (Dark Teal Patent).
Ring: Le Chateau.
Watch: Michael Kors Runway Watch (Silver).

     These pants are my latest Club Monaco purchase. They were costly at a regular price of $169.50. At the time, I found the price tag to be pretty hard to swallow especially since they were non-suiting pants, but I now I LOVE them and have no regrets (I also felt like I was deserving of a splurge since I had just found out I passed my bar exams).  It's one of those items I would actually buy a back-up for if they die.  They are made from Japanese twill and have a bit of stretch. The fit? Amazing. The price accounts for the fancy, smooth twill, and also the leather trim on the pockets which i'm sure is going to cost me a pretty penny when I have to clean them, but I will worry about that later. These pants are an excellent replacement of my GAP Really Skinny pants. I really love the way the GAP's pants look on the leg, but I'm not a fan of the material at all (BTW, if you are wondering, if you dry the Really Skinny pants enough times in the dryer, they stop stretching out as much). These pants also have besom rear pockets as well as front zip pockets. The GAP skinnies do not. The material has a very subtle sheen to it which gives them a dressier look than the GAP's version, which have been mistaken for jeans in the office by a few co-workers in the past. Wrinkles? They are cotton, so there are wrinkles in all in the typical places like the  back of the knees, but actually not too bad. 

    These pants actually run very small, particularly in the legs. I am wearing them in a size 0. The smallest size CM  carries is 00. If you are extra petite and are looking to invest in a good pair of pants, Club Monaco pants are definitely worth a try. The suiting trousers do run a touch big if you are somewhat lacking in the booty department like I am, but most their other denim and twill pants seems to run much smaller lately. Check out the Emily pants here! Remember, if you have a valid student card you get 20% off (online too)!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

AFD Obsession: Faith Connexion Peplum Tweed Jacket.

    How amazing is this collarless jacket by Faith Connexion? The classic material of tweed finished off with edgy details of leather trim and zippers? Yes, please.

    The structure of the jacket is unbelievable with the slight peplum, which gives the illusion of a smaller waist without the exaggerated ruffling of a traditional peplum shape. Along with the shorter length, I would expect this to be super flattering on petites. It looks great both open and closed so the possibilities are endless. The one thing I might be able to do without is the irridescent threads that are apparently weaved through the boucle, but as far as I can tell, it can be overlooked. Get it here for $605. Ouch. I love this, but I don't think I could swallow the idea of paying more for boucle tweed than I did for my Veda Max Leather jacket. For something not as ridiculously priced, check out a red "tweed" version from Zara here or something more military-inspired here. Or J.Crew's version with a more pronounced peplum here.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Some Non-Suede Bootie Suggestions.

     When I posted my review about the Jean-Michel Cazabat Viena Booties a few days ago, I had an anonymous reader ask me if I had any suggestions for a non-suede bootie. I can completely understand this request. Having originally come from a very winter-y climate, as well as living in New England for four years, I know that suede is not a practical material to be worn in the winter. In fact, I almost completely avoided it. It could be worn for the month of October and two weeks in November and then they had to be stored away again until next fall.  The cost per wear would not be the best ratio.

     Now that I live in DC where the climate is much drier during the winter season, I love the idea of suede and have no qualms about purchasing it (although, it may be something I regret when I eventually move home). But I decided to put together a few suggestions for some non-suede booties if any of you were interested. My criteria, other than being non-suede of course, is:
  • Not too high of a heel--they have to be practical to commute in--so 3.5" heel/wedge and under;
  • A classic style, maybe (but not necessarily) with a little edge;
  • They are appropriate for the office. Nothing too overtly sexy or too casual;
  • Reasonable price range--I kept my choices under $400. I don't necessarily think you need spend $400 and not all of us can afford to, but as the season goes on with F&F sales and Black Friday quickly approaching, you might be able to snag them at a great price; and
  • I would actually wear them myself. 
    Anonymous was right in pointing out that a lot of booties are made of suede this season. So finding nice, practical leather booties in a reasonable price range, was not so easy. But here is what I came up with:

    Coach Sondra High heel Belted Bootie. While I'm generally not a huge Coach fan, I do really like many of their shoes (and have you seen their new Legacy Handbag Collection?! Wow). This bootie is similar to the one I purchased last year in wedge form. It is a very good quality boot and I'm happy to recommend it. The shape of the toe and the heel (3.5") are perfect, and the buckle detail is just enough to keep it interesting. Regular price at Bloomingdales' is $248.

   I really like this See Chloe Martine two-tone bootie I saw on the Bloomingdales' website. Not everyone is a fan of the burgundy colored heel, but I think it gives it a unique touch. The slightly thicker 3" heel makes it easier to walk in, and the slight dip in the front adds a little extra length to the leg line. Original price at Bloomies is $400, I would totally stalk these until their F&F pops up in October.

 LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Lorelei Bootie. OK, this bootie is 3.75" high, but it has a small platform making it feel like about 3.5". If you are comfortable walking around in something like this, I think it is a great option. $139 at Endless.

And probably my favorite of the the bunch is this Ann Taylor Clark Belted Wedge bootie. It sits on a 3" wedge and has the perfect almond toe. It's regular price is $198, but with Ann Taylor's frequent coupons, you are sure to find this at a pretty decent price. Don't wait too long though! This boot is disappearing fast online (but it was re-stocked last night!). Best check your local store for a better selection of sizes!

   I hope this helps someone! And if you have any suggestions for a practical non-suede bootie, please post below in the comments!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Review: Jean-Michel Cazabat Viena Bootie.

[Warning: Pic-heavy post.]    


      I have been absolutely OBSESSED with these booties since they first appeared on Shopbop about a month or so ago. They seemed to be the perfect little bootie for fall: A wedge that is not too high so that I can wear them commuting to and from work, but still had enough of a heel to give a little height and some sex appeal. The pointed toe gives it an edgy downtown feel and could see myself wearing them for both work and on my off days. I already envisioned them with dozens of outfits--skirts, denim, trousers, you name it. 

     The original price is $245, which I found a bit hard to swallow given that I need to keep a close eye on my spending. But I managed to snag this bootie for $134 after an 20% Amazon discount for subscribing to their handbag and shoe emails, plus a $63 rewards card.  I really couldn't contain myself when my concierge handed me my package. I tore the box open in anticipation of being blown away. When I slipped on the boot and looked in the mirror, I thought, mmmmm....I'm not sure. 

     I hate it when that happens.

      The suede is beautiful, and bootie is sharp-looking. The problem was the height of the shaft which just seemed to cut my leg line in an unflattering way...although, I suppose that is true of almost all booties.

      Here are some IRL photos of the bootie itself:

Yes, they also come with the cute heart inserts:

      The breakdown:

Quality: The suede looks to be pretty durable. If anything, it needed a little brushing to get the specks of dust and lint that was clinging to it. The sole is made of leather and the upper has patent trim. The seams look well put together and I don't see any glue residue. 

Comfort: The wedge is 3" high on a size 6, which is a very comfortable height, at least for me. I can walk forever in 3" heels. There isn't an amazing amount of padding, but they aren't hard either. The amount of padding under the footbed is comparable to all my other boots, except my Uggs, of course. I usually insert some winter insoles anyway, so it isn't much of a concern.

Sizing: I wear a size 6 in shoes and sandals, but I almost always go up a half size for boots and booties so I can insert a winter insole and thick socks to keep my feet warm during the cooler weather. With both my socks and the insoles  in, I found them a bit snug initially, but the quickly formed to my feet. I would say that these boots are TTS to a bit large, although on the narrow side. I did also try the 6.5 and there was too much heel slippage for me, so i had stay with the 6.

LookSuch a pretty bootie. But when I started wearing them with outfits, I could not get past the shortened look of the leg. I'm not sure why I'm so concerned with it, it's not like I dont already own several pairs of booties that do exactly the same thing.  Here is a  comparison of the bootie with the J.Crew Emmaleigh dress I last reviewed with a photo with me wearing it with pumps:

   See the difference?

    Here is a photo with me wearing it with denim. I couldn't get the jeans to tuck in the bootie in a flattering way, likely due to my super thin ankles. After several attempts at tucking, folding, bunching, and pulling, I realized that there was probably no way I can tuck pants or jeans into these things (no, leggings are not an option). At the moment, it appears that the only way to get these booties to look right with pants is to wear them a bit cropped like so:

   I could have done a better job than above, but you get the idea.  EDIT: After trying on six different pairs of trousers and jeans, I discovered that being able to tuck in the pant leg or letting it sit over the booties is wholly dependent on the pair of bottoms that I wear. That makes me feel better.

   And here, with tights in my attempt to elongate the leg:

Verdict: Unsure, but leaning towards keeping them.  After basically trying on half my wardrobe with them, keep. I just love them. They are a bit more difficult to style than I had originally anticipated. I really thought they could go with just about anything without much effort, but in reality it appears they require a bit of work, but that's OK. I also wish the booties didn't shorten the look of my legs, but I think that is something that can't really be avoided unless you find a bootie with a dip in the front. If you want to try these boots and see how they work for you, check them out here. They also come in a pretty Walnut color.

 What do you think about the booties? Does a shortened leg line influence your buying choices or am I just dwelling on a non-issue?

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