Herringbone & Polka Dots


A skinny black crop pant has been on my mind ever since the Spring 2013 Saint Laurent runway show. It’s far from a new idea (critics called it “unsurprising” even), but Heidi Slimane’s debut collection for the fashion house made a simple black crop pant just look so damn good. I tried a few versions, but ultimately only these made the cut. More of a very dark grey than a black, I appreciated the unique herringbone pattern that creates almost a subtle stripe down the pant, and the fit was right in all the right places. Pop over here to see this pant before alterations.


I’m going through this thing where I can’t get enough of lion door knockers. I’ve always liked lions, but was never inspired enough to actually collect anything lion-esque. Then, this necklace caught my attention and I knew I had found my lion. It’s a marriage between my inner cultural anthropologist (forcing visitors to knock on your door with a huge, menacing lion’s head is certainly making an interesting statement) and astrological sign narcissism (Whoo! Leo!).



Outfit details – Burberry trench (similar style) :: J.Crew shirt :: Theory pants (also at Saks & Theory) :: Manolo Blahnik shoes (similar) :: Ann Taylor belt :: J.Crew handbag :: Kate Spade watch :: Stella & Dot bracelet (c/o) :: Kenneth Jay Lane necklace (check eBay (here’s one) & sample sale websites)

Altered – Burberry trench has been slimmed & sleeves shortened :: J.Crew shirt has been slimmed :: Theory pants have been slimmed, hemmed, and waist taken in :: Manolo Blahnik shoes have heel and ball of foot pads added :: Kate Spade watch has had the strap changed


  • Reply December 9, 2012

    marie bénédicte Gay

    I would be interested to know what size you picked-before alterations- for those pants. They look very nice on you indeed.

  • Reply December 9, 2012

    Jacqueline C. Rineer

    Girl, I love those blue shoes!!

  • Reply December 9, 2012

    Su in Phoenix

    I just found your website last week. I really like your posts on deals, tips and all the brands your like. I am learning so much from you. Thank you.

  • Reply December 9, 2012

    Petite Adventures

    Love the pants – the fit is fantastic!!

  • Reply December 9, 2012


    The pants look great on you!

  • Reply December 9, 2012


    That is one unexpected interesting necklace pendant . Love it!

  • Reply December 9, 2012


    Love the fit of those pants!!! I’ve been on a cropped pants kick too – they’re probably too big on you but I just tried on the Marissa Wool Cropped pants in petite. Love them…and they weren’t even that itchy LOL! They are lined all the way. I didn’t get them though b/c they weren’t on sale so I may as well wait til I’m back home (same price!)

  • Reply December 9, 2012


    The pants look terrific.

  • Reply December 9, 2012

    New Petite

    Those blue shoes steal the show! Love how the pants fit you.

  • Reply December 9, 2012


    Fabulous! The pants hit you perfectly at the right spot as well – great job :)

  • Reply December 9, 2012


    Your pants came out great! And your lion man necklace is so much fun!

  • Reply December 9, 2012

    Nancy M. Martinez

    The pants are lovely. I love that classic cut! I still have my lion doorknocker pins and earrings from Anne Klein from the 80s! Am I dating myself? I was a very style-conscious college student. I used to wear skirt suits to my classes at SDSU! I am listing on Ebay. I have to try to figure out how to get the JCrew cashmere cardigan in xxs I just listed on Ebay to show on you board. It’s my first time trying this here. Here’s the item number, in case it doesn’t work: 300831604885. A lot more to come…. Have a great week!

    Nancy M. Martinez

  • Reply December 10, 2012

    Madalina Tita

    the shoes are so sexy…cute outfit!



  • Reply December 10, 2012

    lisacng @ expandng.com

    Love the whole outfit, head to toe! The pants look great, the lion knocker so fun, and those blue shoes really pop!!!

  • Reply December 11, 2012


    You’re really rocking those heels. They look great. At 5’2 I always feel silly and out of proportion when I wear any heel over 3 inches. A 3 inch heel looks like a 3.5 inch heel on me… and a 4 inch heel looks like a 5.5 inch heel. Kinda like when a little kid wears his mom’s heels and in proportion to the kid’s body the heels look huge! You seem to make it work however.

    • Reply December 11, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Anna! 4 inches is a feat that I had to work my way up to (a few years ago all the shoes I wanted were only made in 4 inches, and I was determined to wear them). Your posture does need to get used to it, and it also depends on the shape of your feet! I went shoe shopping with Wendy of Wendy’s Lookbook and even though we’re the same height and shoe size, she looked great and could comfortably walk in 120mm heels (4.7 inches!), but when I tried on the same shoes it looked like I was going to topple forward. I have high arches, which makes really high heels tough to wear, but Wendy has flatter feet, so she could rock the higher heel easier. Very interesting stuff. =)

  • Reply December 11, 2012


    The accessories and the stand out heels really put the outfit on another level!

  • Reply December 12, 2012


    Sold! I just ordered those pants in camel. Hope they work out!

  • Reply December 13, 2012

    Melanie Cardinaud

    These trousers are cool :D

    Love xx
    Melanie ~ http://www.mlncrd.com

  • Reply December 13, 2012


    I just found your blog and I love it so much!!!! I am also 4’11” and I find your outfit postings and tips really inspiring and useful for finding properly fitting clothes, which is always the biggest issue for me. I didn’t even realize you were 4’11” until I read it in someone’s comment and I couldn’t believe my eyes! You have amazing proportions. Thank you so much for your blog, you earned yourself a daily visitor!!! :D

  • Reply January 26, 2013

    Rue Vogiatz

    Hi, Would of liked to see the back of pants after the alteration. Any pics laying about? cheers

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