Ann Taylor adjustable waist pants & more J.Crew sale reviews


67 thoughts on “Ann Taylor adjustable waist pants & more J.Crew sale reviews

  • ๑۩ﺴ PINKtistic ﺴ۩๑ July 17, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I love the floral dress and red pants 🙂

  • ellebelle July 17, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I really hate when people refuse to read and follow instructions!
    I really like the medallion sateen dress. Must call in the AM. Thanks for the info. 🙂 elle

  • Anonymous July 18, 2012 at 12:06 am

    hi Jean.

    i just wanna say how glad i am that you show photos of your face! *lol* i've been clicking on your other petite bloggers' links (e.g.: phiphi and sewpetitegal), but always get put off by their 'headless' shots. i think i speak for all when i say – we readers wanna SEE who we're following and reading about. it's nice to have a face to body and posts. i wish i could see more of this with all the other petite blogs – would definitely make me A LOT more interested to follow them.

    i do note you didn't do this pre-2010, but am sure glad u do now 😉


  • PetiteAsianGirl July 18, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Hi JC! As much as I also like to put a face to a personality, I do respect others' desire for privacy. The Internet is a crazy place and I understand why many women would not wish to put their real identity out there.

  • KC July 18, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Here's to integrity! Props to you for putting the time in to fish out repeat entries.

  • newpetite July 18, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Love that floral dress on you! Im waiting for the 30%-40% off on the sale at Ann Taylor and yet to check out the Jcrew. Im generally not very lucky with Jcrew.

  • Vivian July 18, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Love the jersey dress, too bad they made the lines like that, it would have been perfect!

  • ♥ Cassandra (Backtofive) July 18, 2012 at 8:49 am
  • sophié July 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

    yes very true about privacy. However I love the way you stand by your ideas and fashion suggestions. It does help of course that you happen to be very pretty! 😉 Nevertheless I love your tips and honest reviews. I used to work for fashion magazines in the early 2000's and saw the deterioration of content, basically no real fashion advice was left, it all became about product placement. I never bother buying any magazines now – just look at blogs as they are more honest. -still.

  • Anonymous July 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Hey Jean I am looking at getting the Lava Dress from BR for work, are you the one telling us that BR doesn't carry 00 Petite size in store? That's too bad for me since I found a coupon for 40% off in-store to use in a few days, (but I am not willing to pay full price online!) I am hoping the length will work for me since most reviews said the petite is a little too short for work (33 3/4" petite length, 36" for regular and I am 5'4")…I bought 2 dresses from H&M; when I went up to NYC 2 weeks ago, they are short (I measured only 31" length for the size 4) so I am hoping the extra 2 3/4" from the BR dress will add just enough length for me to feel work appropriate. What do you think?

  • myhanh July 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hey Jean!

    How did you slim the sides of a silk dress?! I altered my polyester dress this weekend but there are parts of it that crinkled and looks "bacon-y." The tension on my singer was set at 6. I also tried, 7, 8, and even 9 with not much more luck. Any suggestions?

    Thank you!

  • SewPetiteGal July 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Look at those abs! May I ask what kind of exercise regimen (if applicable) you follow?

    The Ella dress looks gorgeous on you and you got an amazing deal! I would also love some adjustable waist pants (but more for letting out than cinching in) – will have to check those out next time 🙂

  • SewPetiteGal July 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Partially about privacy, more so about being self-conscious in my case 🙂 "Headed" photos do look better and I am thankful for those bloggers!

  • Anonymous July 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I rmbr she said yes 00P in stores, no xxsp in stores. I have experienced the same at my local non-factory RRs.

  • Dawnelia July 18, 2012 at 10:14 am

    The red pants look nice on you 🙂

    Would you like to follow each other?

  • Jackie July 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I love that red dress and the adjustable waist pants are definitely something I'd try! Oh, to eliminate that horrible waist gap >_

  • Always Maylee July 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I am totally with you on the adjustable waist feature to carry over to adults!

    xo, Yi-chia

  • Eva Wu July 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    pants are great! i love that colour!

  • Sophia Jih July 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Jean, stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago and have been an avid reader since 🙂 I love the Ella dress on you but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't work on me!

    Also, something random, but that I've been wondering — any chance you can do a brief post/comment on what nail colors are appropriate for a business casual workplace? Or is it better to go without nail polish completely?

  • Vanessa July 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    It's might not be that people didn't follow directions; I read the directions carefully and would never enter anything twice unless allowed but I kept looking for a "submit" button. I don't know if my first attempt went through or not but if I did more than one, it was an accident.

  • Princess Martha July 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Those pants are amazing!!!!!!!
    I really need to check those out!

  • LoveStyleHappiness July 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

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  • LoveStyleHappiness July 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I find that strapless dresses slide down a lot and I'm constantly tugging at it to keep it in place. Do you notice that at all?


  • jenn~the stylish housewife July 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    WOW! i have NEVER seen adjustable pants for adults!!! my son has a few pairs and i always thought that would be amazing to have as an adult! ha ha! i am shocked at how great they look…not bulky at all! what a great review!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • Anonymous July 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Jean!

    I love your blog. Thanks for all the fashion tips. Anyway, I've been wondering for a while now, and I have a question. In your case, when you wear strapless dress, what types of bras do you usually wear underneath that doesn't show any strings or that are not visible to the outside. I tend to stay away from strapless-anything because I don't really know what to wear underneath?
    If you have a moment, please give some advice of what to wear underneath with any strapless-anything? Thank you for your time.

    Btw, love the floral J. Crew dress. I have an engagement party to go too in the next few weeks, and I thought this dress if perfect for it.


  • lisacng July 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Wow, $24 fully lined, print, fit, and silk! OF COURSE! Great buys! And whoa again on the adj. pant waist. Great to see that ugly bunching didn't occur. Funny that they might be for decorative reasons but you made it work!

  • easy petite looks July 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    i did give in to the j. crew sale, although i havent made it to the store yet. i've been looking at the two tone cashmere sweater in the red since it came out, and am excited it finally went to sale! also picked up a few tunics, leopard flats and the chunky cashmere sweater, which will likely go back. a few days ago i shopped the kids section, so i'll see how those turn out!

  • Caroline July 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Ahhh…your blog is not good for the pocketbook! :). I was on the fence about both dresses bc I've already ordered a ton from this sale, but seeing how good they look on you had me calling a SA…they're doing a nationwide search as I type this!

  • Natasha Fatah July 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    That pink and turquoise dress was a-may-zing on you!!!

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • Kat July 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I really like that floral dress. And I saw your instagram with the H&M; blazer paired with it. Great dress… and blazer color!

    I tried on some things at J.Crew yesterday, it wasn't fitting the way I had hoped. Also, their sizes run QUITE large…


  • PetiteAsianGirl July 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Hi there – I think most stores that offer petite DO carry 00P in stores. I just haven't found any xxsp except at the outlets.

    If you are 5'4" then it doesn't hurt to try on both the petite and the regular…most of my BR dresses are usually the "right" length for me, so considering how I'm 4" shorter than you, it could be borderline acceptable for work. Doesn't hurt to try though!

  • PetiteAsianGirl July 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Hi MyHanh! Talking about thread tension confuses me so much…I think I just got lucky that the one tension I've set my machine at for the past 10 years happened to work for this silk dress. I wish I had actual tips…but maybe Sew Petite Gal can assist?

  • PetiteAsianGirl July 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Lol…I don't really have a regimen but I lift light weights (10lbs) and do planks and crunches. That's it….I should really do more cardio, but I just get so bored by prolonged workouts.

  • PetiteAsianGirl July 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Sophia – for a business CASUAL workplace, I think you can wear whatever color you want. At work I see women with nails in every shade of the rainbow. For a business formal environment or for an interview, I'd probably just stick to lighter shades like cream, light pink, peach, or french tips, etc.

  • PetiteAsianGirl July 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Vanessa! I completely understand situations like that where it's a technical glitch or user confusion. The ones I were finding were the same ppl re-entering a second day, then again a third day, etc.

  • PetiteAsianGirl July 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Hi Grace! Thank you for your kind comment. For strapless dresses, I've been wearing my Sascha bra from the little bra company

    It's the only strapless I've had so far that fits snugly enough to not slide down, plus it has a little bit of push up padding in the cups. Sometimes, TJ maxx or marshalls might have strapless bras with small bandsizes too.

  • PetiteAsianGirl July 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Caroline – did she find any for you? They're so pretty. Be warned though that these Ella dresses run smaller in the torso than other J.Crew items!

  • Joy July 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I NEED those adjustable pants in my life. Do you think that the cropped length in regular sizing would be long enough to fit like full length pants?

  • Kathy | Elevated Style July 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Love the strapless dresses! Beautiful.

  • Suzie Q July 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I'm in love with the J Crew floral dress. Such a great steal! Too bad I missed it. Thanks for the excellent detailed review of the fits!

    Suzie Q

  • Anonymous July 18, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Hi Jean!
    Love your blog and it has transformed my wardrobe (my team agrees)! Work in financial services (business casual) like you and actually just had my second baby so was in a state of constantly changing sizes for a couple of years. Now that I'm largely back to my normal size, am super excited to rebuild a wardrobe almost from scratch. Would love to see a future blog from you on how to rebuild a wardrobe (or what foundational classic pieces one should have) with each new season. More immediately, Would love some tips or posts on casual weekend wardrobe (prefer non dry cleaning) – casual but still cute/classy/elegant… I'm sick of my plain GAP t-shirts.

    Thanks and you are very talented! Do you offer wardrobe consulting services?


  • Anonymous July 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you for the response Jean!

    All the best,


  • Fashion Territory July 18, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Fantastic dresses, and styled beautifully!I love the feel of these photos.

  • Caroline July 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    They found the garden floral and are still looking for the medallion paisley. I wear a 2 (I'm actually 5'7 1/2 and not petite, but love your style and writing) but ordered a 4 in this. Really hoping to get the medallion in a 4, or I'll have to call back to do a search for a 6 and then alter. it's tough being taller but having the Asian proportions of narrow hips!!

  • Olivia July 19, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Great dresses from JCrew!! I'm definitely going to look for those. Are the SF pumps comfy?

  • Fashion Allure July 19, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Nice one! I like it so much, I wish to be one of them.

  • Elle July 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I was sort of on the fence about the ella dress in garden floral before…but seeing your post sort of pushed me over the edge. I was able to find one locally but it wasn't as marked down as the one in your store. Regardless, $40 for a pretty spring dress seems well worth the price. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Elle July 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    p.s. the 40% off sale is still happening in stores…and I am hopeful that it'll continue through the weekend. J. Crew is getting their new arrivals in stores next Wednesday so they must be eager to get rid of spring merchandise!

  • SewPetiteGal July 19, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Ahh, a good core workout! I took a pilates / yoga combo class last week and thought I was going to keel over. Instructor asked, "How long do you want to plank?" Crazy lady next to me said, "2 minutes!" I started cheating at around 30 seconds 😀

  • SewPetiteGal July 19, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Eek! I purchased some silk a couple of years ago but have yet to touch it (too scared) so I'm sorry to say that I don't have any experience with it. And like Jean, I also don't usually play with the tension setting. When I work with slippery fabrics, I tend to guide it firmly with both hands. Um, I know that's not very helpful – sorry!

  • myhanh July 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    No that's plenty helpful! Thank you, ladies! I guess, I'll have to do a couple of more practice pieces! 🙂

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  • Vanessa July 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

    That's terrible! I wouldn't do that so I guess I assumed no one else would either!

    I saw your reply above about planks. I haven't been doing them long but I guess now I have more motivation since they worked on you!

  • Michele August 7, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Try adjusting the size of your stitch to a smaller size? That's helped me in the past, but I agree that silk is a scary difficult fabric…

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