Grey & Navy Tweed (J.Crew Cafe Capri After Alterations)

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Freshly back from the tailor, I’m elated to wear some real pants for once and give my jeans a break. As mentioned in the “before” post, I asked my tailor to slim the legs and take in the waist. Taking in the waist alleviates the need to always wear a belt, or else spend much of your day hiking your pants back up into place. It also makes sure there are no pinches in the pant caused by a belt cinching the extra waist fabric into a bunch. Slimming the leg makes for a much sleeker look, and really changes the look of the pant. It’s amazing how big of a difference a little bit of slimming on a roomy pant leg can do for the whole silhouette.

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Outfit detailsBanana Republic shirt :: Banana Republic sweater :: J.Crew pants :: Christian Louboutin shoes :: Valentino handbag :: Kate Spade watch

Altered – Banana Republic shirt has had darts added (to be shown on the blog soon) :: J.Crew pants have been slimmed & waist taken in :: Kate Spade watch has had the band replaced :: Christian Louboutin shoes have heel & ball of foot pads added

27 Comments

  • Reply November 11, 2012

    Jorlette

    You look amazing in those pants!

  • Reply November 11, 2012

    Annie

    The pants looks so much better after being altered.

  • Reply November 11, 2012

    Carrie

    Amazing how the little changes add up to a big difference in fit. :) That tweed is so pretty, too.

    • Reply November 12, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      So true! The alteration that really changed the look of the pant was getting the legs slimmed. The difference is amazing. =)

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Petite Adventures

    Fabulous pants – they fit so well and look so chic!

    Kate xo petite-adventures.blogspot.ca

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    PetiteAsianGirl

    The tush on these look absolutely FAN-TASTIC on you. No wonder you can’t do crewcuts : ) PS- the shirt is from here but XS looks like it’s gone http://www.isaay.com/J.A.C.H.S.-Erin-02-Shirt/JAC-104623,default,pd.html?dwvar_JAC-104623_color=GRY&start=3&cgid=2012-fall-markdowns&prefn1=brand&prefv1=J.A.C.H.S.

    • Reply November 12, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      LOL! Thanks! I would love to fit into the much cheaper yet great quality and style pants from Crewcuts, but my tush just Incredible Hulks it’s way right out of them. Thanks for the shirt info. Found it on KarmaLoop, so I’ll stalk it for a Cyber Monday deal. =)

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Elissa

    agree that your tush looks great lol! these are now great fitting pants

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Petite Tomatoes

    Those pants look great on you.

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Petite Therapy

    Amazing alterations! How much did you have to take in? I sometimes have issues with extra fabric around the knees. Does that go away when you slim the legs?

    • Reply November 12, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      These pants needed a few inches taken in (3-4 I think), all along the leg line. You can pretty much take in as much as you want from the leg without making things complicated, and you can also start taking in the leg at any point of the leg you want. I’ve had a pair of baggy knee’d jeans taken in just at the back of the knee before:

      http://www.alterationsneeded.com/2011/07/adventures-in-alterations-slimming-2.html

      Just make sure you tell your tailor that the baggy knee is specifically what bothers you so they know to make it nice and fitted.

      I also heard Rachel Zoe once talk about leg slimming alterations at a conference She said her magic trick to making legs look a mile long is to nip the pant leg in at the knee. She was talking about flare or boot cut pants, but it’s a great tip all around anyways. =)

      • Reply November 12, 2012

        Petite Therapy

        Thanks so much for the tips! I’ll have to try it soon!

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Madalina Tita

    cute outfit! love that I don’t pair your bag with your shoes!

    xoxo
    Mady

    thegirlfromthemirror.blogspot.com

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    New Petite

    Love how the pants fit you post alterations!

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Lauren Haber

    love these pants! It’s amazing how the Cafe Capri looks sensational on every woman. I bought a pair and love them for work as well

    Lauren @ thepearshape.com

  • my goodness kelly. those look amazing on you. your legs and bum look perfect, lol. and i’m still drooling over that bag.

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Katherine

    WOW Kelly those pants look amazing on you! You are inspiring me to go to the tailor – I am looking forward to seeing more before and afters on your blog :)

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Angela W.

    Hi Kelly, I am a new petite blogger. I just had my blog set up and posted my very first reviews, http://weekdays2weekendsinstyle.blogspot.com. I hope to hear your feedback! Thanks,

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Adriana

    My goodness, I love those! They look so much more fantastic post-alterations. You are going to be the reason I start hitting the tailor. Also really digging your much more preppy style lately :)

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    lisacng @ expandng.com

    They are looking great!

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    respect_the_shoes

    You are a pro as customizing your wardrobe to fit you perfectly!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Kat

    Those pants look so great post-alterations! Just wondering: How much $$ are we talking about for all of that??

    • Reply December 5, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Hi Kat. The cost can vary by where you live and how expensive/cheap your tailor is, but slimming the legs cost $24. I’m not sure how much the waist alteration was because it was lumped into a lot of other tailoring work, but I’m guessing about $20 – $30.

  • Reply December 9, 2012

    Melanie Cardinaud

    I love your trousers :)

    Love,

    Melanie ~ http://www.mlncrd.com

  • Reply April 1, 2013

    Linda

    Hi I just found your blog and I have a pair of cafe capris that need to be taken in as well!!Did you find any trouble getting out of the pants after alterations? My tailor warned me about it.

    • Reply April 1, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      Hi Linda! After alterations, they will need a little tug over your heel to get the skinniest part over your foot, but it’s not difficult. I wouldn’t worry about it unless you think you may have issues due to limited mobility or ankle problems. ;)

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