Sunday, August 29, 2010

More slim pants - Review: Ann Taylor Capris sz 00P

Many petite favorite retailers are offering slim pants this season and I coudn't be more thrilled. I've always loved slim pants for work, but previously only Theory carried them in small sizes. J.Crew jumped on the bandwagon with the Minnie pant, and now Gap, Ann Taylor, and LOFT each have their versions.

In Boston, most women commute to work in flats, so cropped, slim cut pants are a must-have for me to avoid tripping over long hems. I find them to be more versatile than boot-cut trousers, and much easier to incorporate into weekend casual outfits.
Blouse: Banana Republic 00P
Jacket: Theory Caprine 00P
Pants: Ann Taylor Stretch Twill Capris sz 00P (also comes in black)
Belt: J.Crew (similar here - love "heather dove")

Even though I just bought a pair of Gap slim crops, I was enticed by Chloe's claim that these pants ran small. They are more like ankle pants on my short 28" inseam legs, which some of you may find asthetically awkward, but I don't mind at all. Continue reading for my review...




Fit: The 00P was very fitted throughout the hips and thigh, but left me with a 1.5" waist gap. Unlike the Gap pair I reviewed, these are side-zip and do not have a trouser front nor belt loops (like the J.Crew Minnies), which is a minus. Under a top, however, the gap isn't too noticeable and the pants stay up fine because the hips are so fitted on me. A trip to the tailor should be able to fix the gap.

Please note that 00P is an online exclusive size for Ann Taylor. This is kind of a bummer since LOFT and BR both carry 00P in stores.

Color: I really love this "cliffside" color...it's like a grayish taupe. All my skinnies are black so this is a welcome change.

Material: 52% cotton, 42% rayon, 6% spandex. This twill feels nice and stretchy and I hope it holds up well after a wash. I asked Chloe beforehand to make sure the material isn't too wrinkle prone, but I did find that it wrinkles at the back of the knee.

Price: At $78 these cost the same as J.Crew's twill Minnies, but there are some pros and cons to each. The Minnies are dry clean only, whereas these are machine washable. The Minnies come in more colors and have nice belt loops, but Ann Taylor has frequent sales and coupons. I got these with the $20 off pants promo, plus another coupon so they came out to be $46.40. Still not cheap for me, but I know I'll get a lot of wear out of 'em.

Verdict: Despite the waist gap, I'm keeping!

The next color on my want list for slim pants is charcoal gray. I'm eying the J.Crew bi-stretch minnies pictured below...oh please, please give us a sale : )

Readers - are you buying in to the slim ankle pant trend? Or do you find it to be too unflattering on shorter legs?

38 comments:

  1. I love slim ankle pants on you! i love the pop of color from the blouse and pretty pics btw. i also like the lighter color pants too...i need to get some. all my pants are so dark. i have the minnie's from jcrew and they do the same exact thing -- the waist gap!

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  2. I am suprised that waist gap doesn't bother you. Waist gap is one thing I couldn't stand for pants. I love the color. You sure will get a lot wears out of them. My AT pants are arrived yesterday. I like them but I am not in love with them. Review is coming up this week :)

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  3. I actually think the lighter color helps in not cutting off the leg line, so I think I like these better on you!

    I just took some pics of the Gap slim crop pants, and I'm really torn about whether I should keep them. I'm really liking the feel and look of slim pants, but the crop part just seems so awkward to me (especially in black)... will have to ask your advice once I get my post up :)

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  4. Ping - I'm really interested in seeing how the Minnie's fit on you! You'll have to show us sometime on the blog : )

    PLG - They do bother me, but I don't think I've ever found pants without the gap. All my theory 00 one's I have had (or need to have) the waist taken in, the Gap ones need taking in, and now these...it's a sad fact that work-appropriate pants won't fit me in the waist so now I just have to swallow the cost of alterations.

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  5. I think they fit you well! They are very flattering on you.

    Thanks for the review, will keep these mind when I start working again! :)

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  6. I think these slim ankle pants look really good on you, but I think to pull these off the wearer has to have proportionally long legs. I think it can easily make someone look stumpy though.
    Also, even though you are really tiny, you seem to have a rather low waist to hip ratio. Everything that fits you well around the hip seems to also have a rather significant waist gap.

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  7. Those look really great on you. I really like the colour of these too. I hope the j crew ones work!

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  8. Looks great on you! I like how you wear them with the AT beige/pink? pumps which elongate your legs.

    BTW....J Crew latest promotion. Open a J.Crew Credit Card and get 20% off your first purchase. This offer expires 8/7/10. Of course I hate to pay shipping...I only wish they offer free shipping with opening card too.

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  9. They're really cute! I love the color.

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  10. LOVE these! I think they fit you better than the Gap black ones did (less wrinkling, probably b/c the width is smaller)! I've been very hesitant to go to AT to try stuff on, even after reading so many glowing reviews.. it's always been the store my mom shops at! But after seeing these pants on you, I really want to go try them on!

    The "Scuba Seamed" pants look nice too, I'm digging the color.

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  11. I like cropped pants, but only if they are just the right length and slim enough to the length. Something too wide or too short (or both) really irks me, but those are perfect on you.

    I'm really not a fan of the side-zip myself. They tend not to flatter my body shape at all so I avoid them like the plague. I am interested in the J.Crew Minnies too though and I'm so glad they at least have belt loops AND little welt pockets in the back. They just look so cute on the models.

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  12. You look gorgeous! I am going to try and put the same like outfit together when i go shopping this weekend! This will be perfect at work! I love your closet as i said before you give me so many ideas :)

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  13. Jean--I sure will in the near future. If you bought the minnies from Jcrew, I'd recommend returning them. The thing about the pants is that they fit great when you wear them in the morning and as the day goes by, everything will start to sag and it doesn't look fitted anymore! If I wear it a 2nd time (without washing/dry cleaning), it gets worse. It's loose everywhere & looks like I have a saggy butt. LOL. I rarely wear it.
    Also I'd dry clean the pants. I put it in the wash and it definitely faded the color. I got the dark grey color.

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  14. Oops...sorry the Jcrew promotion is good now through sept. 7/2010.

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  15. I've purchased 7 new skinny leg pants from express recently (2 of which were 0S so those kinda fit like ankle pants). I too love these sorts of pants, I use them for work, happy hours, birthdays, church, casual, everything really! I wear tons of flats too, so these are perfect, I hate it when my normal boot cuts get dragged into mud and dirt. I'm wearing one of my new pants in my latest once in a million years post, haha. it really holds up and doesn't loosen up on me!

    side zips never seem to look right on me, must be my hips =/

    love the look of the Petite Scuba Seamed Pant!!

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  16. looks so cute on you! ahh i love those shoes too!

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  17. Cuuute! I'm still trying to find cute pants for work, and I'm thinking the ankle length might just be the way to go :)

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  18. I like every single item you have here. I haven't shopped for pants in a year and you really got me thinking about getting some of these pants. They look great.

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  19. I must be slightly too slim for ankle pants because I've found that though they're the proper length in the morning, by the afternoon, they seem to have slipped and are somewhere between ankle pants and "normal" pants!

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  20. I think they look great on you however I just look stumpy when pants cut at my ankles =S I love the colour of your pants!!

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  21. Good looking pants. Definitely useful for commuters like you. Really like the color!

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  22. Slim ankle pants look awkward on me... probably because I wear flats most of the time :P However, they look great on you though!

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  23. Ooooh *love*! The pant / shoe combo is stunning!

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  24. I really like the color of these pants, and after reading the problem that Ping is having with the Jcrew Minnies stretching out so bad I'm thinking I'll just stick to these. Great Outfit!

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  25. The slim ankle pants looks great on u! I've been eyeing the J.Crew Minnies, too. I didn't know Ann Taylor carried something similar. Thx for the review. I'll have to check them out.


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  26. I've been wearing slim pants to work since the weather's gotten a litte cooler and I love them too! The grey pants look really good on you and make your legs look really long. I really like the way you styled them. I tried the Gap pants that you mentioned and I don't know if I had the right size but the were really long on me. They just didn't look right.

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  27. Hey - I like these MUCH better than the gap ones (which shortened you) - they don't hit you weirdly at the ankle. Maybe you don't need the minnies....

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  28. I got the banana top and the theory skirt from the bolg sale yesterday. Shipping was super fast. The top fits me perfectly! The skirt is a bit loose but still look great. Thanks for puting such lovely items on sale :)

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  29. Cute look! I'm a new reader. :)

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  30. Look! Jessica Biel in cropped pants.

    http://theskinnywebsite.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/FP_5655221_Biel_Jessica_FP6_083010.jpg

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  31. Those pants look great on you. I have been looking for a pair likes those but none seem to fit right.

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  32. you look awesome.
    and the slim ankle pants are very uncommon here in working women of the Philippines. :D

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  33. amazing look. The pants look great on you.xx

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  34. I love your outfit combo here. I'm one of the people who cannot bypass the ankle-grazing length on me. Also, you noted creases on the back of the knees but how did you find it along the hips (I work at a computer most of the day)?

    I love your shoes and am looking forward to your fall wardrobe (coats, long sleeves, cardis, etc...). Here in West Coast Canada, we get lots of rain. Could you do a short blog on what you wear from your house to work on rainy days? Do you wear boots then switch to heels at work? Do you wear hats or scarves or just bring umbrellas?

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  35. i always shop at theory or bebe, i really need to look into ann taylor for pants now. :) i also am planning to buy those allison izu jeans that you rated! yaya!

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  36. Claud - I got that email too! I don't want yet another credit card, but I'm waiting for them to have a 20% sale on skirts or pants.

    Yolanda - I'm so glad you got them already. That's a bummer that the skirt is too big...you must be tiny because it was snug on me!

    Audrey - lol, those look akin to the Gap crops. Okay even she doesn't look great in them so maybe I'm being delusional about myself...eeks.

    Canadianpetite - I looove Fall dressing as well. I haven't worn these sitting down for a long time yet but will report back after I do.

    Btw, it's very rainy in Boston as well. I definitely use umbrelly's and wear rainboots then change at work...no need to risk getting nice shoes or pant legs soaked/muddy. Another reader asked for a rainwear post a while back and the photos just turned out too boring to post...I wear black raincoat, black boots, black umbrella.

    Amy - I love theory but Ann Taylor prices are more friendly on the wallet! Btw, if you get any Allison Izu jeans don't forget the coupon code on the side bar : )

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  37. You look adore! I'm petite too have such trouble with pants- why are they all made for giant glamazons?! Love that you feature clothes for people like us :)

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