Valentino pumps (similar for less), ASOS wrap, Prada bag in pomice
I love a good versatile ankle pant, especially one that fits without any alterations! I also greatly appreciate the range of colors these come in, so work-appropriate doesn’t have to mean boring. J.Crew bottoms have always run big on me but this particular Martie style in 00p fits like a glove, better than any ankle pant I’ve tried off the rack. I would say this style definitely runs small compared to other American brands as well as J.Crew’s other bottoms. Looking at these photos I might prefer my ankle pants to be a tad longer, so FYI those who are even a little taller than me (I’m 5 feet tall, and these have a 24″ inseam) may want to try the regular sizing.
My WHBM convertible sweater from this blog post quickly became a go-to piece this winter, as you guys are probably tired of seeing on Snapchat by now. It’s hard to make a thick warm sweater feel sultry, but the off-shoulder style here does just that. I wore this same outfit with the cowl neck pulled up covering my shoulders and my nude pointed flats (which now come in real leather & more colors!) for business casual meetings, and swapped the shoes and yanked down one shoulder for a speedy transition into drinks with friends. Here’s another way I’ve styled these pants warmly with a cardigan and my big scarf as a wrap:
Measurements of a 00p: 13″ across waist, 16.5″ across hips, 8.5″ rise, 24″ inseam, 5.25″ across ankle opening. 55% wool, 20% viscose, 19% poly, 6% elastane. Listed as dry clean, but I’m going to try washing gently at home and keeping out of the machine dryer for sure. Please note that as both my off-shoulder sweater and pants have wool content and are unlined, they may be itchy on sensitive skin – I also removed the inner sweater tags immediately.
Banana Republic slim ankle pants are still my favorite for the unbeatable comfy and stretchy 4-season fabric, but these Marties are great for adding a little wool texture and pretty color into your wardrobe. I just went to check out BR’s site and saw they are phasing out the pants I have, which led to a mini panic-attack and impulse to call local stores and order 5 backup pairs. After some digging I see they actually introduced “the new Sloanfit slim ankle pant,” described as “Your favorite ankle pant in figure-sculpting stretch is now even better. We redesigned the pockets and waist for a smoother front, and shortened the inseam to hit at just the right spot.” Intriguing! I did find the inseam to be a little long on the original and the waist a little loose pre-shrinking, so am super curious about the new version. Going to wait for more colors to be introduced, but please share if you’ve tried them on!