Top 5 Ballet-Flat Brands for the Wide-Footed Woman

Part of being a larger girl is having slightly wider feet. For me, finding flats that fit my wide feet and are comfortable for a full day of work can be a challenge. After years of searching, I have found five brands that work well and have become my go-to.

1. Salvatore Ferragamo (average price $425): These are the priciest of the bunch but could not be more amazing. They come in wide and extra-wide widths and in a plethora of colors and textures. With great arch support, comfortable full leather upper and sole, these shoes are workhorses for the office.

2. Attilio Giusti Leombruni (AGL) (average price $350): If you walk into a department store and ask for the most comfortable flat they own, chances are this is what they will bring you. Virtually no break-in time, buttery soft leather and cushioned soles make these my favorite flat on the market.

3. Halogen (average price $60 on sale): Cheap one-season flats that come in so many cute colors and textures for the season. I opt for the fully stretch ones as pictured above and they mold around my feet for no blistering.

4. J.Crew Leather (non-patent) (average price $125): J.Crew flats are great, but take some time to break in. I only buy the leather or metallic ones and never opt for the patent leather. The latter is too stiff and does not break in as well, making them more uncomfortable. Once these do wear in they are great for the office, though keep in mind they did only last me one full season.

5. Bloch (average price $100): These flats are produced by the world’s largest ballet shoe manufacturer (we are talking real ballet point shoes). They specialize in comfort and support and as they are newer to the everyday shoe market, they always have great deals.

I would love to hear what your most comfortable flat brands are!

Review: J.Crew Café Full-Length Pant for Work & Play

Gap Jean Jacket (old, similar), J.Crew T-Shirt + Café Trouser + Bracelets, Scarf gifted from Mom, Converse Jack Purcell Shoes

Over the last few months I have chronicled my journey in finding the perfect work pant. After trying nearly 30 styles in numerous stores, I decided to transition into the online space and begin ordering for trial and error. My first purchase for a more casual office look were the J.Crew Cotton Chino’s which I discussed in my last sale review. I ordered my standard size 12 and they were so tight I couldn’t even get them up my hips. Undeterred, I ordered these Café pants which happen to be the full-length version of my favorite work crops: the J.Crew Café Capri, and I love them.

My biggest qualm with the Café Capri was the length and the tapering of the leg. Skinny legs and cropped pants are tricky on pearshaped bodies and I found myself wishing they came in a longer length. Lo and behold, they do! These pants fit exactly like the Café Capri but come complete with a longer, wider trouser-style leg and slightly thicker material (98% cotton 2% spandex), more appropriate for office wear.

I ordered my standard size 12 at J.Crew and they fit like a glove. The rear is not too tight, the hip fit beautifully and they sit slightly higher on the waist for a truly office-friendly look. The pant pockets are lined with a silk-like polyester material and the overall material of the pant is more substantial than the cotton of the Café Capri. I did end up quickly hemming these pants by 1″ to make them wearable with flats for every day. For reference I am about 5’6″ and if I order another pair and plan to wear them with heels, I will be ordering a “tall” size to accomodate. Finally, I opted to keep the pockets stitched shut for a more streamlined look and would consider having them professionally removed or sewn to keep them in place.

Overall, i’m in love. Worn here for a casual dinner with my boyfriend, these pants easily transition from office to every day.

Review: Items Purchased at the J.Crew 25% off Promo

Last week I shopped the J.Crew 25% off promo sale and purchased a few fun items I thought would work well for work. Of my order of 3 items I was disappointed with two and will only be keeping one. Along with my J.Crew items I ordered a sweater from Nordstrom which was also disappointing. My hunt for Fall work staples continues!

J.Crew Chiffon Top in HotHouse Floral, $138.00 + 25% off promo. Ordered a size 10

First up is this J.Crew top. Upon pulling it out of the packaging I was instantly dissapointed with this blouse. Online the top looks gorgeous and vibrant, and in person the colors are muted and drab. I was also saddened by the material content for a blouse this expensive. Retail priced at $138 the shell was 100% silk but the lining was 100% polyester. This is quite pricey for something that is itchy on the skin. Aside from the content problems, the fit was all wrong and not flattering at all on someone with a curvy bust. The top draped straight down over my bust creating a rectangular shape on my body. Furthermore, the pleating on the neckline was tacky and not flattering and the sleeves were too billowy for my taste, not at all like the picture online.

J.Crew Stretch Perfect Shirt in Medium Gingham, $75 + 25% off promo. Ordered a size M

This was the one piece from my order that I will be keeping. Surprisingly, I have never tried on J.Crew’s “perfect” shirts, assuming that they would fit narrow in the hips like their blythe blouses. On a whim I ordered this one for some fun layering in colder months and love the fit. The bust fits perfectly with no gaping in the chest, the arms are not too wide or narrow, and the waist does not pull at the last button (always an issue for me). The sleeves are about 1″ too long but I often roll up my sleeves so this doesn’t bother me too much. The material of this shirt is 97% cotton and 3% spandex which I happen to like. The bit of stretch makes it more comfortable and wearable, though I am concerned about how it will hold up in the washer. I plan on only line drying this top.

Trouvé Oversized Sweater via Nordstrom, $68, ordered down to a size S.

I ordered this sweater after seeing it on Anh from 9to5chic and how she incorporated it into her work wardrobe. I have always been a fan of dollman style sleeves but the sleeves on this sweater were simply too wide for my taste. While the material was gorgeous and the rich green color stunning (you can’t really tell in this lighting), the fit was too off to keep. The sweater was truly oversized in that I lost my shape completely. The way that it draped in the front almost made it feel like a maternity garment  and the oversized sleeves made me feel like my arms were larger then they were. Overall, it was simply too slouchy and casual for work-wear which is the direction I am trying to primarily go with my purchases.

Along with the pieces above, I also ordered the Waverly Chino pant from J.Crew and was also disappointed. I ordered up to my usual size 12 at J.Crew and couldn’t even get the pants above my thighs. The fact that my Cafe Capri’s fit beautiful at a 12 and these were too snug to even photograph, is a perfect example of J.Crew’s inconsistent sizing and often why I hesitate to order bottoms online.

Layering for Winter + Reviewing My Favorite SPANX Shapewear

H&M Dress (old, loving this one), Vince Camuto Blouse (similar), SPANX Tights, Steve Madden Boots, Ann Taylor Bracelet (similar)

With the weather dropping in Charlotte I am doing my best to layer without the bulk. This is one of my favorite H&M finds from many years ago and I wasn’t quite ready to give up it’s flirty shape and fun button detailing for Winter. On another note, i’m the biggest fan of these tights from SPANX and always buy 2-3 pairs for the colder months. They are just opaque enough to provide the kind of coverage I need and have body shaping technology that removes the need for other shapewear when wearing a tighter-fitting dress. 

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