Basics + blues (Rag & Bone The Skinny jeans review)

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H&M; blouse (similar in petites), J.Crew blazer, Baublebar necklace

I’ve gotten several questions on Instagram about these jeans and realized I haven’t done a real review yet! I’ve been reaching for them quite a bit over the past two months, as evident via my IG. I was first turned onto Rag & Bone by Kelly of Alterations Needed – the knee fading and distressing on her jeans always actually hit at her knees like they’re supposed to, which fellow shorties know is a rarity with premium denim (the dreaded shin holes!). Kelly mentioned that the details on R&B; “skinny” cut jeans were always proportionately placed for her 4’11” frame (although still long in length), which I can happily attest has been true.
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I tried on several washes and finishes at my local Nordstorm (which had plenty of 24s and even a few surprising 23s in stock) – these are The Skinny cut in La Paz wash, a medium dark blue with a small patch of distressing under each pocket and a little at one knee. It’s a good amount for anyone who wants to ease into destroyed denim (or back into, should I say, remembering the “mudd” pairs from my high school days). The weight is on the medium to heavy side, with very comfortable stretch.

The inseam on these is 29″ so not as long as most R&B; jeans (I tucked an inch in, right above the frayed style hem). I’m wearing the sz 24s and find them to be true to size, with a half inch waist gap on me. I forgot to take a back view photo of these, but will be sure to next time!
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And here is the MK Sutton bag I got in the pale blue – a very pretty color in person. I’m a creature of habit and can’t stop gravitating towards this type of satchel with top handles and removable long strap, but it works for my lifestyle. I was worried this wouldn’t fit a laptop for work, but my 13″ Macbook Air slides right in diagonally, and fit a pair of shoes and some snacks to boot!
rag and bone jeans michael kors sutton2On a shoe note, I often share these Sam Edelman “Delilah” d’orsay pumps as a similar alternative to my Halogen ones, and finally got to try them on in my size. The size 5 fit me well (they start in an obscure sz 4!) and I would say runs on the narrow side in the front half. Overall they are a lighter shade of brown than my Halogen pumps, and another difference is a small black patch on the upper back.
sam edelman Delilah leopard heelsAnother pair of jeans that I tried on and really liked (but went for the R&B; with distressing over a solid wash) were these Citizens of Humanity Avedon ultra skinny jeans in “ventana” wash. It’s amazing how within one brand and one general cut, the fit can differ so much. I’ve tried on CoH Avedon jeans that were baggy, super long, and high-waisted on me in the same size 24, but these “ankle ultra skinny” fit nicely throughout and as a bonus, no hemming needed.
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Trying on Chelsea 28 top sz XS (shoulders a little wide), CoH jeans sz 24, BP ankle boots

On the model, it’s amusing how the jeans look like highwaters and the blouse a belly shirt! When shopping online I always look for items that appear a little too short or shrunken in the stock images, since more often than not that translates into a good regular fit on petites.

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Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!


52 thoughts on “Basics + blues (Rag & Bone The Skinny jeans review)

  • Ann Robie March 22, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I love your outfit, especially heels – they look awesome!

    Ann |

  • Anonymous March 22, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Jean, what size do you wear in the Jcrew Schoolboy Blazer? The 00R is too big for me but my Jcrew doesn't carry Petite sizing so I'm not sure what to order.

  • Diana March 22, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I love your purse!!
    || D I A N A ||

  • Jean March 22, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Hi there – I took the 00 petite. I noticed their petite sizing is currently sold out in most colors, but they do typically make it! I'd check back a bit later to see if they restock.

  • Dorigamii March 22, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I've never been drawn to a bag color outside of black/brown leather, but it really works here with the white blouse and blue jeans. Love the contrast between the structured bag and unstructured blouse! Really great silhouettes in this post!

  • Dorigamii March 22, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I've never been drawn to a bag color outside of black/brown leather, but it really works here with the white blouse and blue jeans. Love the contrast between the structured bag and unstructured blouse! Really great silhouettes in this post!

  • A Golden Tulip March 22, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Love the bag, color is so pretty… and although i like the R&G; you are wearing, love the wash of the CoH ones..


  • Rebecca Chung March 22, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    The Rag & Bone jeans look awesome on you! They're my favourite brand of jeans, I own way too many pairs! ❤

  • JTC March 22, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    That looks so nice! I especially like the MK bag! The outfits you wear are always so nicely put together!


  • Sasa Zoe March 23, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Love your bag! The color is perfect for spring:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Anonymous March 23, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Love your blog! Quick question – if you were to match non-heeled, casual shoes with blue jeans, what would you wear? Thanks so much 🙂

  • Nidhi Patel March 23, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Aw noticed the 23s aren't available online, but if the distressed areas hit the right parts of the body, then these are worth finding in store!
    An Unblurred Lady

  • Sophia W March 23, 2015 at 1:22 am

    The color of that bag is fantastic – great to see your photos of it as the photos online really don't give that blue justice. xx

  • Anonymous March 23, 2015 at 2:39 am

    are you going to keep the bag?

  • Jeanne March 23, 2015 at 2:47 am

    I love your camel blazer! 😉

  • Sweets & Style March 23, 2015 at 5:21 am

    I love these jeans and your kitten heels! So cute!

  • One Stiletto At A Time March 23, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Your necklaces are gorgeous!!!!

    XoXo One Stiletto At A Time

  • Taramixandmatch March 23, 2015 at 6:08 am

    The jeans look great on you, and I love the color of your bag!

  • prudence yeo March 23, 2015 at 6:08 am

    The jeans is really flattering and love how the statement necklace add a touch of glamour to the chic outfit!


  • Anna March 23, 2015 at 6:30 am
  • donna bailey March 23, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Love your look, so classic and chic! Really like your style.
    Domestic cleaners Putney

  • Anonymous March 23, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Thanks so much!

  • Jean March 23, 2015 at 7:28 am

    So many options! I wear my jeans with pointed toe flats (in both solid and patterns), sperry shoes, loafers/smoking slippers, Toms canvas flat shoes…

  • Jean March 23, 2015 at 7:28 am


  • Easy, Frugal Style March 23, 2015 at 8:42 am

    oohhh I really need a blazer/jacket in that color. So pretty. Love the blouse too!

  • Paola March 23, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Great outfit, I love your shoes and your beautiful bag

  • Anonymous March 23, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Hi Jean,

    I absolutely LOVE the color/shape/styling of the MK bag. However, I'm a student and Michael Kors (even on sale) is still outside of my budget. Do you have any alternatives you can recommend? Especially something near to this color?

  • tailoredandtrue March 23, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Great review! I love the MK bag it's super cute!

  • Rachel (ESQ. Style) March 23, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for the review, Jean. Love the bag. Is that you in the pink top? Your hair looks so long there!

  • Anonymous March 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful look on you Jean. I thought I might order the MK light blue bag but I'm not seeing the 20% off on the website, is it over?

  • Anonymous March 23, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Love it! Thank you for sharing! I had an idea for another post– your tips for engagement pictures (do's and don'ts, what photographs well on petites and doesn't), ideas of both casual and dressy outfits, how to coordinate with your man!

  • mybeautrip March 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Love the outfit, specially the necklace!

  • Jean March 23, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Unfortunately it looks like Macy's sale has ended so the price match has as well : ( I'll keep an eye out for any codes in the future!

  • Jean March 23, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Haha yes! Was sorely in need of a haircut!

  • Jean March 23, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I'll keep my eyes peeled – I see lots of bags in a similar silhouette (I know Fast Food & Fast Fashion did a review of a zara version, but not yet in the color!)

  • Anonymous March 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Even though I've never been petite in my life, I love your blog and have been trying to emulate your sense of style. A few months ago, I purchased the H&M; shirt you are wearing, but have been having such trouble with it. I know you often wear it with blazers, but what do you do when you don't have a coverup, as it's so sheer? It's so low cut in the front that a camisole looks dumb, but I have to wear something or have people looking at my bra strap all day. Also, I can't get the sleeves to stay beautifully rolled, like you have in these pictures, as the fabric is so filmy. Help, please!

  • Champagne Star March 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Love your outfit, especially the camel jacket.

  • Anonymous March 23, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Ok thank you!!!

  • cinny March 23, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Jean, I tried to ask Nordstrom to price match but they say that the dimensions listed on Nordstrom and Bloomingdales are different, and hence they can't price match. I'm quite confused since it's definitely the same item listed on both sites: vs Do let me know if you have any suggestions — thanks!

  • Jean March 24, 2015 at 3:22 am

    Hi Cinny – that is super odd! I'd definitely try again and get a different customer service associate, or ask to speak with a supervisor. I was able to get my price match on the medium.

  • Jean March 24, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Hi there – thank you so much for your kind words! Regarding the H&M; top, I actually don't mind wearing a camisole with it. Just one that's a little lower cut in the front so it barely shows if at all. i also wear a nude colored cami so that the back doesn't show up starkly. With sleeves, I sometimes use tiny safety pins or even a rubber band on each arm to secure them!

  • Jean March 24, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Thank you for the suggestion! I actually haven't taken engagement photos yet so will be struggling to figure those things out myself first : )

  • Jean March 24, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Thanks to another reader for this tip – Bloomingdales currently has 25% off for friends & family, and the sale includes these bags! Nordstrom will also price match it if you'd prefer to order there.

  • Diana March 24, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I checked and based on Bloomingdales website, their bag is slightly bigger.

  • Jean March 24, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Each store has a different way of measuring their inventory, especially handbags where the shape is sloping. It's the same exact bag though. I've checked it out both in-person at Bloomingdales, and also know that MK only makes certain sizes in this Sutton satchel and the medium & large sizes are standard.

  • Diana March 24, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Just confirmed with Nordstrom, they are already price matching. It just doesn't list 'Price Matching' on the website, but the bag is selling for $246.

  • J March 24, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    First, I LOVE your blog, Jean. And I love this outfit. Such a great look. I recently bought the MK Sutton bag in pale blue also. I have an MK Selma bag in black but the Sutton is so spring-y! I was still deciding whether or not to keep it but I think you've convinced me 🙂 Thanks for your post!

  • Nilu Yuleena Thapa March 25, 2015 at 9:56 am

    You look lovely!

    Nilu Yuleena
    BIG hair LOUD mouth

  • Nie juequan March 29, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Hi, Jean! I am thinking about buying the bag but am very curious how you got the medal logo off as obvious the bag looks more elegant without it. Thank you!

  • Jean March 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Nie – it's actually removable!

  • skinny jeans April 20, 2015 at 3:43 am

    That is a gorgeoussss jacket!!! I love the way you’ve styled it–I never would have thought to style like that!

  • Chocomama April 22, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Hi Jean, I love your blog!! Do you wash or dry clean your jeans typically? If you wash, how do you prevent stretching out and/or fading? Thanks!

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