Wednesday, March 22, 2017

REVIEW: Olive ankle pants from LOFT (Sanded sateen chinos in Marisa fit)

Pants: LOFT, purchased in store last week, currently an extra 40% sale price (exact)
Jacket: Gap, thrifted (similar)
Tee: Eileen Fisher, thrifted (similar)
Bag: Botkier via ebay (similar)
Shoes: Via Spiga via ebay (similar)
Earrings: via ebay (similar, exact in gold, super similar in silver)
Watch: Applewatch 38mm, gift (exact)

These pants.  When I spend over $30 for any one item (usually the grand total of my purchase of several things at a thrift store - on a splurge day), there's a good reason.  One happy day last week I wandered into the LOFT sale section, and on a whim, tried these on, along with my usual LOFT cute tops.  This time, none of the tops made it home with me (how many cute tops do I need if I don't have cute pants to wear with them, right?), but the pants did.  There happened to be a petite 12 in the store, I tried that and a 10 regular.  I went with the petite, it fit better overall, and I really liked actually having a cropped pair of pants be above my ankles (a rarity when you're 5'2")!

I was talking about go-to color combinations last week (this post), and I neglected to mention this combination of olive, denim and black - partially because I couldn't make this combination until I found these pants (my previous pair got too big and were sold).  But olive and denim with black (here's an older example worn last year), or olive and chambray with navy (seen here) both work (I can think of lots of other possibilities, as well, can't you?), and I especially love how an olive pant looks with a denim jacket.  Since I'm not a huge fan of the denim on denim look (for me at least), having casual pants that are not jeans makes it much easier for me to wear my denim jacket!  Otherwise I can to wear a skirt with my denim jacket, which works fine, but isn't always what I want to wear on my days "off".  I already wear skirts a lot of the time!

Ok, finally I'll stop talking to share my "official" review of these pants.  I didn't take these photos with a review in mind, so they don't show many details as well as I would normally try to, but you can see more details at the website photos here.  I just thought I'd throw a review in here, since it's so rarely I actually buy something still available in stores and online - these are, and 40% off sale price!

Item: LOFT Sanded Sateen Chinos in Marisa Fit

Sizing: Runs pretty true to size, but definitely not on the large side like some LOFT sizing. If you're between sizes, you might want to go with the larger size for these pants.  The calf area is particularly on the fitted side if you have larger calves.  (In that case, you might like this fit better for you, still a very similar pair of pants with a little more ease at the calf).

Length:  The petite version hits an inch or so above my ankle bone.  

Fabric:  A nice substantial cotton-rayon-strech fabric with a soft, sanded finish.  That sanded finish gives it a touch more casual look, which is fine with me, but keep in mind if you're thinking of wearing these for work.  It would definitely depend on the workplace, these are not dressy chinos!

Quality:  Fabric, seams and finishing details all seem well-made.  

Color: A light, fresh olive (I believe it's officially called eucalyptus leaf), it's perfect for spring, but really classic for any season.  If you compare the LOFT website photo to my pictures, you can see that it is more olive green than it appears on their site, so that can be a good or bad thing depending on your preference, but at least you get another view of the color from my photos!

Other details: Zippered pockets in front are more flattering (although less easy to use, I will admit).  There is also a second seam that runs down the side that starts up with the pockets. I like that little detail, others may not.  It's not extremely obvious in the website photos, you can see it if you look for it in my photos.  For those of us who live or die by the details, it's good to know it's there to decide if you like it or not!

Comments:  I'm very happy with my purchase.  These pants are just right for a casual spring look and will be used often in the future, I think.  I'm already foreseeing them with heels and a blazer (probably with a graphic tee) for a night out, and with lace up sandals and a floaty white top for summer.  I'll be wearing this with my new blue and white striped off shoulder top, soon, too - watch for that on the blog!

Here are some other olive cropped pant options:

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