Crewcuts apple bobbing cafe capri sz 12 (free ship, use MUSTHAVE for 30% off), H&M top, Target heels
Meet my latest love: apple print ankle pants. They're fun and preppy with a classic silhouette. J.Crew is having apple overload this season, and there's something for everyone:
Apple in Kids sizing w/ free ship at any price: cardigan, chino shorts (good option if you are too tall but still narrow enough for kids sizing. Was contemplating these in case the capris didn't work out).
Apple in Womens sizing: shorts, pullover sweater, underwire swimsuit, large apple pleated skirt (so pricey, but how adorable would this be on a teacher?), large apple cafe capri.
A big thank you to my friend Jimmy for snapping these during our study break. I realized that I've been taking my photographer for granted. Apparently, "shoe shot" or "angle up" (how shorties can appear deceptively taller) don't mean much to other men. Jimmy was a fast learner...he crouched low & braved passerby stares to get these shots.
Toes: Essie "tangerine" Hands: Essie "turquoise & caicos" Lips: Revlon "Ravish me Red"
H&M bag & belt (from a dress), bangle thanks to t + j designs
Now for my review...
Measurements: My kids size 12 measured 13.25" across the waist, 17" across the lower hips when measured right at the crotch, 23.4" inseam, 5.2" leg opening, 8" rise.
Fit: A kids size 12 fits comparable to a small/short H&M sz 2 (except in the waist) or Asos petite 1, and similar but possibly slimmer than American brand 00 Petites. As shown above, it's a bit slimmer and shorter throughout than the 00P womens wool capri pants, which are very roomy on me. I immediately noticed how slim and tapered the legs of these capris are, and how the rear actually flatters my behind. The only issue was the waist - I had quite a size-able waist gap and mulled over how to alter it.
Imagine my absolute delight when Khatu informed me that the waistband was adjustable (designed for fast-growing little kids...loved by fit-challenged adults). There's an elastic band that runs along the inside of the back waistband, and you can pull it taught via two buttons on the side.
I pulled it in about 3 notches on each side, and the fit was perfect. There is some gathering on the waistband caused by the back elastic, but can be easily covered by a shirt or belt.
Quality: 100% woven cotton, feels chino-like with a bit of a ribbed texture. Side zip with two front pockets and 1 back pocket. I really love that the base color is a natural "oatmeal" shade and not stark white. My biggest concern with such a material is unsightly wrinkling, however these stood up fairly well. The iphone pics shown above were taken after about 9 hours of wear - mostly sitting and some walking.
Value: I would not pay t$40 for a solid pair of cotton ankle pants, but the irresistible print and great fit (no alterations needed!) make these a winner for me. As soon as I tried these on, I had a stupid grin on my face and "knew." The bigger kids sizes tend to sell out faster (*eying fellow petite women*) so I'll just have to accept the price. With a dressier blouse and closed-toe pumps, these will also be work-appropriate for me on casual Fridays.
Readers - Are you a fan of printed pants?