Manolo Blahnik BB pumps
I got a little taste of Spring weather last week which had me craving vibrant colors! With bright hues, I usually like to either tone ’em down with neutrals, or go all out with complementary or analogous shades. I was feeling the latter on this occasion but did ground this outfit with a pair of nude pumps. For a more formal look, I love the idea of a white blazer over this!
I’m partnering again with J.Crew Factory, which continues to be one of my favorite places to shop for work-to-weekend pieces. The items I’ve bought from there are usually a great value, oftentimes under $50 while being well-made. I just found out they now have “Petite shops” within numerous brick & mortar stores across the US (store locator where you can filter for that) with a full range of petite sizing. The closest one to Boston with a Petite shop is in Wrentham, for those who like to do your shopping in-person!
This pencil skirt in double-serge cotton is one that I see pop back season after season in different colors. I’m wearing 00p which runs true to size for the brand, which means it sits a little lower on me. The 100% double-serge cotton is thick and sturdy, but does crease a little after sitting for long periods given the nature of cotton. Skirt is unlined with an invisible back zip and two front pockets. This plaid shirt is another item that comes back regularly in new prints. The cotton flannel material is soft, and I thought this particular one ran a little slimmer than usual.
Theis skirt is labeled dry clean but accidentally got run through our washer & dryer. The cotton texture changed a little even after ironing, which is probably why it’s dry clean only. On the plus side for me it did shrink about half a size, so now fits more snug than as shown in these pics. Measurements of my 00p after shrinkage are 12.5″ across the waist,” 16 across hips,” 18″ long. Unfortunately I didn’t get measurements before the wash, but I estimate it was about half an inch wider at the waist and hips. The machine dryer is usually the devil for clothes, not the washer, so I’m curious how this piece would withstand hand washing or the machine gentle cycle. If anyone has this same skirt and washed it at home, please share your experience!
J.Crew Factory is having a buy more, save more promo through the holiday weekend – here’s a few other suggested items that I’ve mentioned in prior posts:
– Winnie ankle pants have been re-stocked in both classic navy and black. These are in a stretch twill material and can easily become work-to-weekend staples. See my review of them.
– Gingham and chambray button-up shirts are both wardrobe staples and great for layering under sweaters and blazers. I wear mine more times than I can count. Both of these are cotton and machine-washable, with a petite-friendly fit.
– Double-serge wool pencil skirt left in a pretty burgundy in all sizes (final sale)
– My silver sequin skirt worn in this post has been re-stocked in almost all sizes (final sale)
Thank you J.Crew Factory for partnering on this post!