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Review: J.Crew Straightaway Jeans

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Top (old, from this post. Similar here), Jeans, Shoes, Sunglasses, Lipstick

You’ll have to excuse another jean review, but when they’re good, i’ve gotta share ‘em. And these are just the best.

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They’re from J.Crew and are a cross between a straight jean and a “girlfriend” style: just a bit of room in the hip and thigh, with a tight button front.

The length is meant to be ankle, but given that your girl is only 5’6, i’ve rolled these to achieve the style. My philosophy about length for jeans is that it can always be fixed. If the waist and hip areas fit, just have the length tailored, or roll them.

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And last, a quick nod to these shoes, because they’re just gorgeous.

Plus Size Good American Denim Review

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Let me start off this blog post by stating that these are far and away the most embarrassing pictures of myself that I have ever posted on the internet. Most bloggers select photos of themselves that are the most flattering. In the name of research, and of serving this community well, i’ve been known to do the opposite over the last five years. Evidence here and here. But, I will say, that standing with my legs splayed in ill-fitting jeans might just take the cake.

Enough about me. On to the review of these very hyped jeans.

The story: I purchased three pairs of Good American jeans. Their claim is that they fit all women sizes 0-24W. They are sectioned into types: good legs (make your legs look good), good waist (high waisted), and a few others. I purchased two Good Legs, and one Good Waist in two sizes: 12 and 14. I’m typically just between those two sizes and all of the websites advised to size down. So, here we go.

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First up: Good American Good Legs (distressed) in Black, size 14.

Right off the bat I wasn’t a fan of these. The distressing all of the way up the thigh just emphasizes the exact area that I don’t want to emphasize as a woman with thick legs. Just think about where your eye is drawn. Right smack into the middle of my thighs. Not good.

Next, the distressing was just too. much. Getting these on was a pain because I was so afraid that i’d put my foot right through them.

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Next issue with the distressing: when you have thick thighs and the distressing is on your thickest area, this happens. Your fat pokes through the distressing! Seriously I don’t even know what to say about this. I feel like this wasn’t thought through for the thicker audience.

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On a positive note, I will say that the front of the pants were quite great. They laid flat and had a high waist, coming just to my belly button (i’m a 31″ inseam). You can see a side view of this in the photo below. It is a flattering front cut.

My one and only point of feedback here: there is no logo or engraving on the button or the grommets. Very bizarre when you’re paying $180 for jeans.

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And finally, the back view. I also wasn’t a fan of this view. The pockets are very very small on these jeans, and come up above the lower curve of my butt, making it look like it doesn’t fit into the jeans. The pockets are also set very wide apart. This is great if you’re trying to create a look of a fuller butt, But for someone who has a substantial rear, this wasn’t a win for me.

My overall thoughts on the Good Legs Distressed Jeans: These are going back.

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Next up: Good American Good Legs in Blue 004 wash, Size 14

These are the exact same as the style above, without the distressing and in a medium wash.

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I actually liked these jeans much more than the ones above. The lack of distressing meant they were more flattering on the leg, and the wash was fairly even. There is some overkill whiskering around the crotch, but nothing that would keep me from owning these jeans.

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Overall these had a good fit, minus the issues in the rear just like the ones above. The pockets are small and make me look like I can’t fit into them.

I should also note that length for me in jeans isn’t an issue, as I typically cuff the bottom of my jeans, as seen here.

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Oh, and, in getting these on, I had to do this. The “horsey dance” as my husband calls it. Struggling to get the pant up my leg. Not cute.

My overall thoughts on the Good Legs Blue 004 Jeans: These are going back.

My overall thoughts on Good American for curvy/plus size ladies:
I think these jeans don’t quite live up to the hype. The grommets aren’t engraved, the button feels plastic, the material feels thin and far too stretchy for my personal taste. Most importantly, I don’t think the pockets constructed as they are do much of anything for bigger women.

I’ll also say that I don’t think these run large. In fact, I think they run about half a size small. You’ll notice I never tried on the Good Waist pair, as I ordered those in a size 12. There was no way those were getting on my body.

I could probably size up and see a different fit (something I might do). But overall, my $60 Banana Republic jeans still remain my favorites.

Have you tried Good American?

Review: Ann Taylor Colorblock Slip Dress

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Dress (currently 50% off), Shoes, Jacket

Let me just jump up and down for this dress for a hot second. Seriously, i’m wearing a size 14 here and it fits me EVERYWHERE. Hallelujah! It’s the colorblock silk dress from Ann Taylor and it. is. exceptional.

It is a perfect midi length on me, has adjustable spaghetti straps and even has a built in bralette.

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I just love the way it skims my curves while not being too tight, making it totally office appropriate.

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I’m styling it here with tennis shoes and a jean jacket, totally perfect for a casual weekend but think it would look amazing with nude or black pumps, hair up, and a vampy lip.

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As a curvy lady, nothing feels better than clothing fitting off the rack, amiright?

Review: GAP Skinny Ankle Utility Chino

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Top (here in navy), Pants (currently 40% off), Shoes (vintage, similar here), Bag, Sunglasses (the color I have is sold out, but here they are in black and tortoise)

I’m excited to review another pant that has recently become a favorite in my wardrobe: the GAP skinny ankle utility chino. I’m wearing them in the army green color, and let me just tell you that they are so versatile and have worked their way into outfits of mine, weekly.

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On top of the awesome color choices, the fit was stellar right off the rack. I did have to size up in these, i’m wearing a 14, but I did that mostly because I wanted a bit of a baggier look, rather than a skin-tight jean kind of look.

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These pants have about a 28 inch inseam, making them just ankle length when rolled down, and perfectly messy when rolled as I have them here. They also have a mid-rise, coming to just below my belly button.

I absolutely adore the long side pocket look and don’t think it adds any additional bulk.

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If I could make one complaint about these pants it would be that the back pockets are flaps that close with a snap closure, and never quite stay securely shut. This isn’t the cutest look when walking around the office, but I find that I just close them every time I use the restroom and the problem is solved.

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Are there any other pants you’ve found and are loving lately? I’m always on the hunt!

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