What I wore…

Thursday, February 6th.

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When pairing longer length tops and coats with tall boots, a I try to be careful not to truncate my leg line completely. To me, this outfit works due to the boots, jeans, and coat all being darker colored, and the fact that neither the boots  nor the coat actually reach my knees. Petite readers, do you have any “rules” for wearing longer clothes?

At any rate, I was warm and comfy all day.

Credits: Banana Republic Outlet scarf (old); LOFT tunic sweater (available online at loft.com in non-petite sizes); Banana Republic skinny jeans (available to bananarepublic.com); Kelly & Katie Carey leather boots (purchased at DSW; sold out online); Fossil Vintage Reissue calf-hair bag (purchased at Marshall’s); H&M coat (last season)

A review and comparison of petite gray skinnies

I have been on a hunt for gray skinnies and recently decided to order a pair from one of my favorite petite-friendly stores: Banana Republic. I’ve had success with their denim before, so despite the steep price (I had a discount), I ordered a pair of gray skinnies.

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I’d recently tried some gray skinnies at LOFT, but the backside view was, to put it nicely, undesirable due to too-large pockets. However, during an impromtu trip to my local outlet mall, I ran across a similar pair at LOFT Outlet (find a store near you). They were not the same as the ones at the regular store. Indeed, they looked much better, so I picked up a pair of the Modern Skinnies.

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A Comparison:

The Loft Outlet (LO for short) skinnies were a shade darker than the BRs. They feature light whisker washing around the hip area, which is a turn off for me. However, I found the darker color to be flattering enough to make up for it. Also the BR skinnies were significantly longer. If hemmed, I would have lost most of the “skinniness” around the ankle.

LO skinnies (my shirt is kinda covering the whisker wash):

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BR skinnies:

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Here are a side and back view comparison (please excuse the less-than-great quality of these photos):

LO skinnies (note the distressed finish at pockets and hems):

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Br skinnies:

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I was surprised, but I liked the cheaper LO skinnies ($35 on sale, $70 regular price) more than the more expensive ($80-something retail) BR version, despite the fact that the BR jeans were a little softer. (I do have a pair or dark indigo denim BR skinnies that I love. They “scrunch” at the bottom too, but somehow it doesn’t bother me in the super-dark color).

Readers: what do you think about these jeans?