Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale REVIEWS, Round 2 + Public Access Opens!

Best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Try-Ons

Hooray, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to all non-cardholders for Public Access tomorrow, Friday 7/21!

Today I have another round of reviews for you all, but in case you're trying to make a shopping list, check out my past posts on the sale:

SIZING: For reference, I'm 5'6" and normally 6/8 or S/M and 8.5 to 9 in shoes.  

Franco Sarto Booties - size 8.5; size 9 works too
These were a PMT favorite from last year, and I'm so glad they're back in the sale this year!  Only leather versions are available right now, though mine are suede.  Last year, I think more colors and suede/leather options became available mid-sale, so hopefully that's the case again this time.

These are fairly comfortable with a soft, flexible upper--at least in suede.  The low stacked heel is easy to walk in, though I still prefer wearing an insole for extra cushion.  But, what I love most about them is the low shaft for elongating your leg line.  I have curvier calves and skinny ankles, so many flatter booties with a higher shaft look strange on me.  There's a lot of room around my ankles, and they cut off my leg line.  Not so with this low-shaft Franco Sarto pair!  Many, many PMT readers got these last year and have told me all year how much they love them!  See my outfits with them HERE.  Find the booties HERE.

See THIS post on Choosing the Right Pair of Ankle Boots for what I mean about boots cutting off my legs.

Dreamers Tunic Sweater - size S
I showed this sweater already, but it's totally underrated and I don't see a lot of bloggers talking about it, but it's sooooo good so I wanted to highlight it again.  It's so so so so soft!  And if you like that slouchy, relaxed fit, this does that so well!  After I posted it on Facebook a couple people told me they got it at last year's sale and it washes really well.  Great to hear!  You never know, you know?

This has seams on the side that I could do without, but they're not a deal breaker.  You can see them better on the product page.  The sleeves and hem have elastic, which makes them bottom of the sweater kind of wrap around your rear.  Because of the fit and the elastic bottom, I don't know if it'd work well layered over a button up, but it would be great for lounging with leggings (see my favorites below) or like above with jeans and booties.

I HIGHLY recommend this sweater and think you should scoop it up before more people find out about it!  Comes in 4 veryyyy good colors!  See them HERE.

Twisted Seam Ankle Skimmers - size 6
I really love these jeans, but I'm also proceeding with caution--as should you.  I LOVE how they fit on me!  I thought I'd hate the weird twisted seam, but it actually kinda makes me love the jeans more.  And no, they don't feel any different from a regular seam.

Parts I'm unsure of: They have a tiny bit of stretch, but I want more.  I'm concerned they will stretch out too much, but it's been too hot in my house to wear jeans for 3 hours to test them for stretching.  I will do that eventually.  Also, with the slits at the bottom you can't really roll these up for ankle boots or anything like that.  Luckily for me, they work with my Franco Sarto booties sans rolling up, but just wanted to give you all a heads up.

On sale, they are only $44.90.  I need to test them for stretching, but I want to love these so much because they are so flattering on me! See them HERE.

Zella Leggings - size M
I got these at last year's sale and LOVE them!  They are thick and not see-through.  They're actually workout leggings, but I also styled them in 3 casual outfits HERE.  There is a high, wide waistband that I thought I would hate, but it turns out that's what makes these leggings so awesome.  It flattens your stomach while also holding up the leggings so that you don't have to pull them up through out the day.

Someone on Facebook asked if these were shiny like other workout leggings.  The answer is no.  Totally matte.  I wear these both for jogging and for casual outfits.  They are normally $54 and marked down to $35.90 and soooooo worth it at that price!  Get them HERE!

Grey Sweatshirt - size M
This is super soft and fuzzy and cozy!  It's just a *little* short for my taste--and that's coming from someone with a short torso.  Would probably be better for petites and not great for those with long torsos unless you want a cropped look.  It's 23" long.  Otherwise, it's a VERY SOFT sweatshirt that'd be great for lounging in, and it's under $29.90 on sale!  See it in black and grey HERE.

White Lush Top - size M
There is a much longer tunic version of this top that is a huge cult favorite, and then there's this shorter version that is part of the Anniversary Sale.  The longer version is not part of the Anniversary Sale this year, but it's basically always marked down year round and the same price as the shorter one, at $27.90 right HERE.  I have the longer one in Ivory and Sphinx, and the shorter one in olive.  These are amazing because they drape very, very well, and they are as easy to throw on as a t-shirt but are much more comfy with the loose fit and look way more put together!

Above I'm showing the shorter one and my old longer one in Ivory.  I actually preferred the longer one on me in Ivory.  The shorter one makes my shoulders look very broad, whereas the longer one drapes much better.  The side view shows me doing a front-tuck with the longer one, which you can barely tell because it's so darn long.  The way it drapes helps it lay flat with a partial tuck instead of sticking out awkwardly like some stiffer shirts do.

Find the shorter one HERE and longer one HERE--both are the same price.  See my outfits with the longer version HERE.

Black Lush Top - size M
While I didn't love this top in Ivory, I liked it in black as it didn't make my shoulders look broad.  Oh btw this comes in 5 colors.

Also, consider getting it in Sphinx!  I have Sphinx in the longer version and get asked about it ALL the time.  But, that color hasn't been available for 3 years (!!) until now in this shorter version!  Go get it while you can!   See my outfits with Sphinx HERE.  And get it HERE!

Grey Jeans - size 28
Last I checked, these jeans were sold out.  In case they come back in stock I'll talk about them.  They're very stretchy and soft and comfortable!  They have a raw hem, which I'm not sure if I like, so I also rolled them up to see if I liked that.  I love the wash and the single line of distressing.  I'm worried they would stretch out a lot given out stretchy and soft they are, but I didn't have time to do my typical jeans test (wearing them around the house for 3 hours to test for stretching).

Rust Colored Flats - size 9
Aren't these ADORABLE?  Red flats make every outfit pop, but if a saturated red is too bold for you, this rust color is a perfect more muted tone!  For comfort, they are not outstandingly comfortable, but they are not bad either.  The footbed has a *bit* of cushion.  The upper is allllright.  It will probably need breaking in as it feels a tad stiff against my toes in a couple of areas.  But overall I feel like you're getting what you pay for--at sale price at least.

These also come in black, teal, and a floral print.  See them HERE!

Knit Blazer - size XS
Unfortunately this color is sold out, but I think returns from previous customers will make some available.  I didn't realize this one would be textured like the grey one, but it is, and I like that!  This runs quite large, as I'm in XS.  S fit more like a boyfriend fit, as I wrote about in my first review.

These have no lining and are fairly thin, but they are veryyyy comfortable and feel like sweatshirts yet look much, much, much more polished.  I've already reviewed these, but just wanted to tell you about the tan color being textured!

See it in 5 other colors HERE.  See my outfits with the olive one in size S HERE.

BP Cardigan - size XS
These went out of stock FAST, so if you can catch it in any color, GET IT.  And size down!  I have last year's version in several colors and get asked about them CONSTANTLY.  Year round.  It's nuts!  People love these cardigans!

GOOD LUCK for those shopping the sale tomorrow!  Remember to check out my old posts on the sale with some reallyyyyy good old favorites and more awesome finds:

Like, don't forget about the Wit & Wisdom bootcut jeans that feel like yoga pants!!!, waterproof ankle boots, the striped long sleeve tee, the awesome short sleeved striped tee, the plaid shirts, amazing stretchy but firm black skinny jeans, and super soft dark wash skinny jeans, among others!

Also, coming up...MEN'S STYLE picks!  Some of my husband's favorite pieces are around this year in updated versions or new colors.  I'll create a board or shop widget with those soon!  But for now, here are some building blocks you can use to create a list for any guy in your life: Men's Wardrobe Building Blocks.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The First Strapless Bra I've Ever Loved

Had a little photobomber in my picture!  This was one of the very, very, very rare times we've taken Addie along to shoot pics.  She looked at her floral dress, pointed to mine, said, "We match!" and ran over to hug me and wouldn't let me go.  <3 <3 <3

Anyway, with all these summer dresses and off the shoulder tops, let's talk STRAPLESS BRAS!  Several of you have asked for a strapless bra recommendation, and I'm happy to say I actually have one that I don't want to rip off!  In fact, I never have to adjust it through out the day.  In faaaaact, I sometimes forget I'm wearing a bra.  WHAAAT?  Yep.  I don't want to oversell this thing to you, but really, it's pretty darn good!  

There are actually TWO strapless bras I want to recommend to you.  But first, let me warn you that if you are used to $16.99 strapless bras from Target like I was, these will give you sticker shock.  However, they are a world of a difference, trust me!  

If you are looking for a good strapless bra, the two that you need to try are this one from Wacoal and this one from Natori.

I've wanted to try the Wacoal one (HERE) because it has over 500 raving reviews!  Sadly, they don't have it in my size. *insert crying emoji* If your size is there, you should try them for sure!  

Instead, I tried the Natori strapless bra (HERE) and LOVE it!  Like I said, I don't have to pull it up through out the day.  It totally stays in place and feels comfortable.  Nothing digs into my skin uncomfortably like my previous strapless bras had.  And sometimes when I'm ready to change into my lounge clothes, I actually just keep on the strapless bra because it doesn't bother me at all to wear it!  I've had many a dance party with Addie wearing this strapless bra and never felt the need to pull it up.  I often forget I'm wearing a strapless bra--or any bra, for that matter!  I know this bra is pretty expensive, but because it's so comfortable, I no longer have hesitations about wearing a strapless bra and wear this so often now.  Do yourself a favor and try one of those two strapless bras!

I wear mine with my casual black maxi dress.  Many people have asked if you "have to" wear a strapless bra with it because everyone loathes wearing one, especially for casual everyday activities.  The answer is yes, you have to wear a strapless bra, but I don't loathe it because of this Natori bra!  :)   
A note on Natori bras in general:  About a year ago a sales associate introduced me to this Natori t-shirt bra, and it has been the most comfortable bra I've owned.  Other Natori bras I've tried are pretty darn good too, but the t-shirt bra is the one that I felt was like night and day from my other bras.  I feel similarly about the strapless bra.

Also, I've been wanting to try ThirdLove bras as well.  Based on things I've heard, these might rival my Natori bras!

My dress is one of the ones I showed in yesterday's post where I gave 3 tips on finding a dress you can wear in multiple settings.  It's gorgeous, and I love it so much!  One note, I'm wearing Medium.  (I'm usually size 6/8 or S/M for reference.)  It shrinks a little when you wash it, but you can extend it back out if you steam it with a clothing steamer like THIS or THIS.

Have any of you tried the Wacoal or Natori bras?  How about the Third Love ones--particularly the strapless ones?  

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size M)
Jacket: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Strapless Bra: (exact)
Hat: Old Navy (almost exact--current version, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Sandals: Nordstrom (similar)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How to Find a Dress You Can Wear in Multiple Settings + 8 Dress Options

Dresses are a way of life in the summer, am I right?  When it's hot and you don't want clothes touching your body, dresses are the way to go!

I get asked often how to style dresses in different ways during the summer when it's too hot to keep your jackets, cardigans, and vests on.  I agree it can be difficult to create looks that are very distinct when you can't layer.  It's not impossible, just harder depending on the dress and your style.  However, it's important to keep in mind that a piece is not only versatile if you can style it distinctly.  Another way a piece can be versatile is if you can wear it in multiple scenarios, like hanging out with friends or to a beach wedding.  Even if you can't create super distinct looks, you can still get good use out of the item because you can wear it to a variety of occasions!

Since I've been showing a lot of jersey knit "pajama dresses" lately, as I like to call them, let's depart from those and talk about adding dressier options that are still versatile.  Today's post is in partnership with Nordstrom, who has TONS of semi-dressy options that can easily be worn for different occasions.  (Also, these dresses are NOT part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so anyone can shop these right now--no need to have a Nordstrom card.)
How to Find a Dress You Can Use in Multiple Settings

Today I've put together 3 looks with this pretty yellow dress: one for hanging out with friends, one for going to a bridal/baby shower or party, and one for an outdoor summer wedding.

Within each of the 3 looks, I'll also share a tip for choosing or styling a dress like this to help you add more versatile dresses to your wardrobe!

DRESS INFO: I'm 5'6" and normally size S/M or 6/8.  I wear this dress in size S.  It runs pretty large and there was a lot of extra material in medium.  Also, the color in person is a bit more of a muted mustard.

Here are the looks and the tips!

yellow floral print dress + denim jacket + tan sandals
Tip #1: Pay attention to the material.
This dress is made of polyester, and while it doesn't feel super luxurious, overall it's a step up from the jersey knit dresses.  Because it's not a luxurious fabric, it still works in casual settings, yet it can also work in dressier settings.  

I'd wear this look to go out to lunch with friends, go to church, or any other event where I'd want to feel a little more put together except it's still a casual setting.  I've got on my favorite flat sandals of the summer which have such soft leather and a cushioned footbed.  Sooo comfy!  (Find them HERE.)

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size S)
Jacket: Old Navy (similar)
Shoes: Born (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Hat: Old Navy (similar)
Strapless Bra: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)

yellow floral print dress + floppy hat + blush pink
yellow floral print dress + floppy hat + blush bag + wedges
Tip #2: Look for a dress with special details.
Rather than a solid, plain, cotton dress, in addition to a non-jersey material, this dress has a few details that take it up a notch.  It's got a smocked bust that gives it some texture, a beautiful print for more visual interest, and a cool wrapped bottom with a hi-low hem.  All of those things elevate the dress and make it work for dressier settings.

This look is not a far cry from the first outfit, but it's a little more boho thanks to accessories with tassels (which you can't see on my necklace from these pics!)  The look is taken up a tiny step up with a wedge shoe and is cute for a bridal or baby shower, or any type of daytime party, really.

Fun fact: I intended to wear my cutout lace up block heels (THESE) but somehow only brought one of them to the photoshoot.  I suppose I could have gotten away with just wearing that ONE shoe since in these pictures you can only see one of my feet anyway!  Haha!  :P

If a light layer was needed, I'd totally pair this with my green cardigan (like THIS) or purple cardigan (like THIS).  Either of those combos are ADORABLE together and really make things pop!

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size S)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Nordstrom (similar)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Hat: Old Navy (similar)
Strapless Bra: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)

Summer Wedding Guest Outfit: yellow floral print dress + teal statement necklace + nude heels
Summer Wedding Guest Outfit: yellow floral print dress + teal statement necklace
Tip #3: Change your accessories or your hair.
I WISH I had worn my hair in a ponytail, a low bun, or a loose braid for one of these looks.  But guess what?  In addition to forgetting one of my shoes, I also forgot to bring a hair tie for this photoshoot.  Whomp whomp.  Would you help a sister out and imagine the first look with a low ponytail or the second look with a loose braid?  Thanks.  :)

Nonetheless, with a colorful statement necklace, some sleek heels, and a clutch, this dress is now fit for an outdoor summer wedding!  You could pair it with accessories in any color from the print, like pink, purple, green, or white.  I chose none of those and instead wore a turquoise statement necklace which contrasts the yellow.   Just by switching out your pendant and flat sandals from the last outfit to a statement necklace and basically the same shoes just with heels, you're ready to attend a wedding! 

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size S)
Necklace: Nordstrom
Bag: DSW
Shoes: Amazon (similar)
Strapless Bra: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)

There you have it!  To recap, if you need to dress up for anything this summer yet want a dress that you can get more mileage out of, pay attention to its material, look for details that elevate the dress from a plain one, and make sure you can wear it with at least both a simple necklace or earrings and a statement necklace or earrings.

Below are 8 dresses that that could work in all three scenarios that I described above!

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five  |  six  |  seven  |  eight

For more posts like these, check out my One Piece Many Ways tab!

Created in partnership with Nordstrom

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale REVIEWS, a $250 Giveaway, and Earn 10pts per Dollar until TONIGHT!

Ohhhhh man, yall!  This post is going to be HUGE because of a few really exciting things!  Here they are:

10 points per dollar until 11:59pm PST TONIGHT.  First, Nordstrom's site was down yesterday, so to make up for it, Nordstrom's giving us 10pts per dollar until 11:59pm TONIGHT!  I wanted to get all these reviews up for you to know what to purchase!

Catch up on some other goodies that are not featured here that you NEED to try from my last post First Glance Favorites.  Specifically try the pieces from the Must Haves section HERE!

$250 Giveaway!  Second, I'm teaming up with other bloggers to give away $250 to Nordstrom!  Scroll to the bottom of the post to enter!

Now, onto the great stuff!

SIZING INFO: I'm 5'6" with a short torso, usually size S/M or 6/8.  I wear size 8.5 to 9 in shoes.

Long Cardigan - Wearing S and XS
Please, please, please GET THIS CARDIGAN (or one of the following below!) before it sells out! It sold out in this Oatmeal color on the FIRST DAY of the sale yesterday.  Last year this same brand BP had a similar oversized cardigan, and it sold out fast.  This year's version is following suit.  Sizes will pop back in and out as people return things, but once the entire sale was over last year, these things never got fully restocked, and ALL YEAR this has been the most requested item to find a similar version of from those who missed out on them during the sale.  So, please get this!

It is rather thin, but this oversized cardigan just goes with everything!

SIZING: Both Small and X-Small fit me well. Last year I bought S and kind of wished I'd gotten XS. But as you can see in this pic, there is not a huge difference. And yes, I can layer a button up underneath this year's XS, but the wrist area of the sleeves *could maayyyybe* have been tight in size XS if I had larger forearms. Small felt longer and baggier. I think either size could work, and it just depends on what look you're going for!

See all the colors and get this cardigan HERE!

See how I styled my cardigans from last year: grey cardigan  //  maroon cardigan  //  tan cardigan (similar).  This year I'm digging the oatmeal one!

Circle Cardigan - Size S
This one was way softer than the BP cardigan above.  I wanted to love it, but the pockets did not work with my hips.  Inside, the pockets flap around and created bulk at my hips if they got bunched up.  On the BP cardigan, the pockets are sewn down and in place on the inside.  However, if your hips never fight with clothes, definitely try this one because it's sooooo soft and looks amazing when it doesn't fight your hips!

It comes in maroon, dark grey, oatmeal, and a beautiful blush that is already selling out!  See them all HERE!

Other cardigans to check out that I did not see in store this Rib Knit Cardigan and this super Long Open Front Cardigan.

Knit Blazer - Size XS and S
This soft, suuuuuper stretchy, super comfy blazer is back from last year!  These are fairly thin with no lining, but they feel like sweatshirts and are soooo comfy, yet look more polished than a sweatshirt.  Last year I got an olive green one in size S, but this year I tried XS and I might like how fitted it is even more.  The S on me looks more like a boyfriend blazer.  The lapel looks much bigger and the arms are a little looser.  I like the tighter fit on the XS.  However, if you plan to layer this with long sleeves I'd go with the larger size.  Like with the BP cardigans, I think both sizes work and it just depends on what look you're going for.

Comes in 6 colors!  See them HERE.

Tweed Knit Blazer: This thing looks awesome, but it feels like a sweatshirt!  However, the material is tweed-like, meaning the weave is a little loose and can snag in your jewelry, so beware.

Grey Below Patch Blazer - Size XS
This is more expensive than the tweed blazer above, but it is also noticeably better quality.  It is also soft, stretchy, and feels like a sweatshirt, but it's sturdier, has more structure, and looks more tailored than the knit ones I showed above.   It has lining and doesn't give you *quite* the full on sweatshirt feel, but it's still really soft and flexible and comfy.  I'd opt for this version if you work in a more polished setting--i.e. NOT the casual end of "business casual."  :)  It also has the adooooorable navy piping, navy elbow patches, and navy lining to match in case you wanna roll your sleeves!

I don't know how they say this runs true to size because I'm in size XS!   See the elbow patches HERE.

Waterproof Ankle Boots - size 8.5
I tried 5 pairs of booties on including the Franco Sarto Paivley,  Vince Camuto PrasataCaslon Faye, Blondo Liam, and the pair I'm wearing above by Blondo (HERE).  This was by far my favorite pair for fit and comfort, and then add the fact that they're supposedly waterproof...um, yes!  They come in 4 colors, including a beautiful taupe (which is ugly online, so I took a pic of it above.)

COMFORT: I have not walked around in them for a full day yet, but upon first wear, they were the most comfortable out of all 5 pairs I tried. The heel is easy to walk in and the upper is flexible. They're pretty lightweight, and the sole is rubber which I find more comfortable than the hard plastic wood type of soles a lot of booties have.

And, supposedly they're WATERPROOF? Only time and personal experience will let me know for sure, but on Facebook a few people chimed in confirming it's true!

SIZING: I'm normally size 8.5 to 9 in shoes and got these in 8.5.  Get the boots HERE!

OTHER NOTE: I have a hard time finding flattering ankle boots because my calves are pretty curvy and my ankles are really skinny. If you're newer here, I talk about this often on my blog during fall and winter and have several posts on which ankle boots work for me with the shape of my legs. If you're a longer time reader, you know exactly what I'm talking about! These were not only the most comfortable pair I tried yesterday, but they gave me the jeans + ankle boots look I was hoping for--the one shown in this pic.

This sweater is SOOOOOO STINKING SOFT!  I don't know it'll hold up with washes, but good thing Nordstrom's return policy is generous.  :P  Oh man, this thing is so soft!  

It's got seams on the side, which honestly I could do without, but it's fine--not a deal breaker.  There is elastic at the wrists as well as the hem, which I think is supposed to help it hug underneath your rear and would be cute with leggings.  This is 27" long for reference!

Comes in 5 colors.  Totally recommend this sweater, so check it out HERE!

You know I'm always on the lookout for a good striped tee!  This one is not super thick, but it drapes nicely and does the partial-tuck well.  I'm not wearing a cami underneath and you couldn't see my bra lining, but you can see the darker area where my jeans are.  Not sure how it'd be in sunlight though.

Runs pretty large, as I'm wearing XS and it has a loose fit!  The S fit fine in the shoulders but was way longer on me.  This comes in 16 colors, including a handful of prints and a bunch of solids.  See them all HERE.  

Also thin, but also drapes well!  The sizing on this was so different than the one above.  I like the crewneck because I find it easier to wear statement necklaces with it versus v-necks.  Great option for a classic and super versatile basic!  Comes in 17 solid and prints that you can see HERE!

Lace Top - size M
Yall know I love a lace top, and this one is gorgeous!  It's dressier than my current beloved lace tee and would be great for workwear, a nice dinner, or it could even make a cool edgy look if paired with leather leggings.  It's has a nude lining all the way up to the stitching at the bust, and after that there's nothing.  The detail is beautiful!  Also comes in rose.  Check them out HERE.

I was going to save this for a workwear post, but given that it's 10 pts per dollar today I had to show this to you.  It's sooo pretty!  I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did, but it went perfectly with the black jeans and nude flats I was wearing today.  Let it be a put together casual look or a casual business casual look!  :)  It'd look great tucked into a pencil skirt, or more casual with bootcut jeans.  Comes in another blue/yellow print and solid black.  See them HERE.

Raw Hem Tee - Size S
Soft and smooth, and a great relaxed drape.  The raw edges give it a little...um, edge, and there are some slits on the side to give it a little more dimension.  But what I love most is the drape!  This comes in 6 colors and is a nice basic tee if you're in need of one.  Try the white one!  See all colors HERE.

Plaid Shirts - Size XS and S
I love that every year, this sale has red plaid shirts because that's probably my favorite kind of plaid!  However, I also loooove the green and blue one and have been in the market for one.  These are fairly long, but you can do the partial-tuck with them.  They're somewhat thin and really soft.  I don't think they'd be the best to layer under a pullover sweater as its thinness wouldn't make the collar stay up.  But as a tunic over leggings (it's 29" long) or under an oversized cardigan, these would work.  See all 5 colors HERE!

Between S and XS, I preferred the XS, though if I had a larger chest I'd have to go up to S.  I hope these don't shrink in the wash, but if they do I'd try steaming them to see if that loosens it up and restores its length.

These are super stretchy, just like the "yoga pants" bootcut pair, though the waistband is tighter albeit the elastic in it.  The legs feel AWESOME though, so if you need black jeans, give these a shot!  They're only $44.90 which is an amazing price for jeans like these!  All the measurements for inseam, leg opening, rise, etc. are on the product site, which you can find HERE to see if these would work for you.  

Same as the pair above, but dark blue wash.  However, I feel like these were slightly thinner and a little looser.  The black pair felt more supportive, if that makes sense.  They are veryyyy stretchy and comfy though!  Totally worth a shot to try because they're also only $44.90.  Try them HERE.  

Bootcut Jeans - Size 6 and 8
I thought these were the same as the ones I had, but seeing them in person, they are a slightly lighter wash, a little thicker, but stretchy like yoga pants just the same.  My original pair is still available though not on sale, and can be found HERE.  The pair I'm showing above that's part of the sale is HERE.

Size 6 fit me, but I didn't like how tight it was around my thighs and hips.  More importantly, that all made them several inches shorter than Size 8 on me!  I could have worn size 6 with flats, but in size 8 I am standing on my toes so that my pants aren't dragging.  I wear these in size 8 for those reasons.  

These come in maroon, olive, and grey, among others, which are all closet staple jean colors for me in the fall and winter!  The Donna is thinner than the Diana cut, and the rise and leg openings are thinner.  These are also soft and stretchy, though I keep hearing sales associates saying they stretch out!  I've never owned a pair, so I'm not sure.  I'd order both one size down and two sizes (so, 6 and 4 in my case) and do the jeans test: wear them around the house for at least 3 hours to see if they stretch.  If they stretch, wear them longer to see if they stretch more.  Find the maroon and green pairs HERE and grey pair HERE.

Totally thought I'd hate the twisted hem on these, but turns out I dig them!  They have *some* stretch to them, but I wish they had a whole lot more.  Especially given how stretchy the black and other ankle skinnies from Wit & Wisdom are!  However, these are soooo flattering on me.  I don't know if they'll retain shape or stretch out given how little stretch there is in them, so I'll have to wear them around the house for a while to see.  I hope they work out because I love the slight distressing!  If not, I'd give the dark wash ankle skinnies another go, and maybe even size down to 4 in those to see how they work.

For more AMAZING items that I did not review here that I already own, check out my First Glance Favorites MUST-HAVES!  They include these Zella leggings and cult-favorite Lush top

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