Re-Connecting the Dots (with Before & After Pant Alterations)


Just when I thought I was done buying polka dots, I saw these pants at Banana Republic and was smitten. So many times, polka dot pants seemed gimmicky to me, but something about these felt otherwise. The dots were just the right size and color, and I appreciate the waffled texture. The pants come fully lined, which is very welcome when it comes to white bottoms.


The blue suede Manolo Blahnik point toe pumps are one of the current favorites in my shoe wardrobe, so much so that I found myself wishing for the same style in black. After shopping around and considering cheaper options, these Kate Spade “Licorice Too” pumps are clear winners. Nearly identical to the Manolo Blahnik BB in design and heel height, and a great fit for this narrow footed-girl. I also tried the J.Crew Everly, and while they were very nice, the Kate Spades won me over immediately by comparison. For fit reference, I took a size 34.5 in the BBs and have them padded to fit better (sized down one half size). I took a size 5 in these Kate Spades, and don’t need any pads (true to my normal shoe size). I took a size 5.5 in the J.Crew Everly, and would need ball-of-foot pads to better fill the toe box which was a little wide for my narrow foot (sized up one half size).

The pants, as per usual, needed a little tailoring. A good fit in the front and rise, these needed an adjustment at the waist gap, and I wanted a slimmer leg-line than off the rack. For $28 at my local tailor, I had both adjustments made. Here is a quick look at the pants before taking them to the tailor (I’m holding them up by the waist gap in the pic to the left):




Outfit detailsJ.Crew blouse :: Banana Republic pants :: Banana Republic belt :: Kate Spade shoes :: Chanel handbag :: Kate Spade watch :: Stella & Dot bracelet (c/o) & necklace (c/o) :: Daisy Knights ring

Altered – Banana Republic pants have been slimmed & the waist taken in :: Kate Spade watch has had the strap replaced


  • Reply April 20, 2013


    Wow, those pants look perfect on you! I agree the size and overall effects of the dots are very neutral and not too crazy as some dot prints are. Great purchase!

  • those pants fit you to a tee! i can tell that pair is going to be a much-love piece in your collection

  • Reply April 21, 2013


    LOVE them! Did you buy the normal ones? I cant find petites. Also, i live in san diego, who is your tailor?

    • Reply April 21, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      Hi Michelle! I bought the pants in size 00P, so petites are available. The BR website has been messing up on that product page since yesterday for some reason. =(

      I switch between two tailors in SD. If you live closer to SD proper, Francois at La Moda Fine Tailoring is great! It’s a menswear shop, so don’t get intimidated if you go in. Francois is very nice and does a lot of menswear tailoirng, so he’s great for complicated alterations, but can be a bit pricey. I have him take in the shoulders of my blazers:

      Recently though, I’ve been using Kim’s Alterations in Encinitas which has been more convenient for me, as well a cheaper. They’ve been doing a great job on all my stuff, including these pants. I haven’t taken shoulder alterations to them, but they’ve done pretty much every other alteration I typically get done very nicely.

  • Reply April 21, 2013


    And the Kate Spade shoes are half the price of the Manolos, too! I like the pants — very cute.

  • Reply April 22, 2013

    Olalonpe Ige

    Spot on combo – clean, neat, perfect :-)

  • thanks for the info on the shoes! still hoping for the bb’s one day. the kate spades rub my heel funny and the everly’s rub my toes. i hate shoes! as always, the alterations look amazing :)

    • Reply April 22, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      The BB’s will probably fit you nicely. I really like how narrow and “cup-like” the heel of the Kate Spades are because my heel is very narrow. The BB’s are wider and less stiff back there as the Kate Spades, while the toe box is very similar.

  • Reply April 22, 2013


    I’m hoping to purchase the BB’s one day. Thanks for the sharing the info. on the shoes. Does the Kate Spade “Licorice Too” pumps come in different colors? The alterations look amazing!

  • Reply April 23, 2013

    lisacng @

    I love the subtle pattern of the dots too! Pumps are haute!

  • Reply April 27, 2013

    Rue Vogiatz

    You look great, the pants look great but would love to see the back. Does the back have perfect balance after tailoring?

  • Reply April 30, 2013

    Lauren Winget

    I think polka dots are the HARDEST print to wear… but your pants are the perfect in-between, LOVE IT!!

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