Sailor Pants + Oversized Cardigan | On the Daily EXPRESS

10/10/18

Sailor Pants + Oversized Cardigan

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For the past few years, the only type of pants I've worn have been very casual: jeans, leggings, or joggers. My lifestyle is pretty casual and even for most dressy events I can just wear "nice" jeans with heels. But I've always thought it would be a good idea to have a pair of nicer black dress pants on hand, and when I saw these sailor pants, I knew they were The Ones. They probably aren't the most classic style, but I can think of at least three events I have in the next two months where they'll work so I think I can get my money's worth out of them well before they go out of style.

These sailor pants are the only pants I own from LOFT so I can only compare their sizing to Express pants...and they ran the same for me as Express and Abercrombie jeans. So they're True to Size from my frame of reference. I'm also wearing the Regular length (I'm 5'4") so keep in mind the length may be different if you're taller. I saw that they have both a "Julie" and "Marisa" fit and I really have no clue what the difference is, but the Julie fit didn't come in black and I knew I wanted black, so Marisa it was! Luckily they worked out! I did get them during a LOFT 40% off sale, and they have them at least once a week! So if they're not on sale today, I'd add them to your cart and keep checking/waiting for a sale since there's no need to pay full price.


So let's talk about this cardigan. It's under $30 with free shipping, BUT...you do have to wait awhile for it. Mine took two weeks and four days total to arrive after I ordered it. That's pretty standard in my experience for a lot of the budget clothing options on Amazon. I'm wearing a Small in this cardigan, and it's pretty oversized. If you want it oversized, just order your regular size. If  you have the option to size down and want it a bit less bulky/more fitted you can do that too. I ordered this because I liked the color and the drapey collar look in theory, but in practice it was a little fussy to wear. The collar didn't stay put how I wanted it, although after looking at the model in the photo maybe I was doing it wrong? I don't know. I know this type of chunky/oversized cardigan style is really in right now, but after trying this one I'm not entirely sure this trend for me. Again, that's not to say anything bad about the sweater itself. It's actually great for the price. But you always have hits and misses when you try new things in fashion, food....and life in general! The sailor pants are a hit for me, the cardigan I just didn't love as much. Most likely someone else could try both of these exact pieces and have the opposite experience!

Just a quick note about these leopard pumps: when I got them last year they didn't cost nearly as much as they do now. Sorry about that! I usually try to find a good budget option for the pricier pieces I have but I really couldn't find anything like this under $100 that I thought deserved a "similar" label. The best I can do is a round-up of more affordable leopard mules (flats) in this post.

I usually like to have a little more to a post than just an outfit like today, but on Book Review week, my book reviews end up being the "more!" So make sure to check out Tuesday's post if you need a good book!


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35 comments:

  1. It's a shame that cardi took so long to arrive and is a pain to wear, as it does look cute! :) Those pants are lovely on you too!


    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a wonderful week so far :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  2. Same in my wardrobe - pretty much can be jeans all the time, but it is useful to have that one pair of dress pants to grab every once in a while. And these are so cute on you!

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    1. Thanks Anne! I do think I'll be able to put them to good use - especially with the holidays coming up. They'll be great for dressy-casual events. :)

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  3. LOVE this outfit so much! I have always been a fan of sailor pants and you styled them in the sweetest Fall fashion!! Yep, I'll wait on a cardi that good..such a GREAT color! You look spectacular!!

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  4. It's always good to hear the back story on fashion! Some things look well but don't wear well, I've been there, done that and those pieces end up in my giveaway pile. There was a time when I knew the fit of all the pants from Loft, sadly I haven't gotten any in awhile so I'm clueless. Working from home has seriously changed my shopping habits.
    The colors in this outfit are so perfect for fall - the leopard just pulls everything together! Great look Gina!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. I hear you on working from home vs. shopping habits! I'm home even more now than when I was a stay at home mom! It's a little ironic!

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  5. What fun pants! I have found that the Marisa runs smaller (probably more TTS to Express) and the Julie is a more spacious cut - I usually have to size down in those. After seeing your outfit - I want to change my outfit today and put on my camel cardigan and leopard pumps instead! Have a great day, Gina!

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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    1. Thanks for the info on the fit of LOFT pants! Hopefully that will help other readers. I can definitely picture you having/wearing similar pieces to this! :)

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  6. These pants are fabulous, I always loved the sailor style but currently I don't have any. Love these long cardis.


    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. Thanks Rachelle! I actually think this is my first pair of sailor pants ever!

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  7. I'm the same. I have lots of jeans and leggings but not much else. Those sailor pants are super cute! Love this entire look!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. Thanks Jill! It was fun to branch out into a different style of pants. :)

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  8. I just love this entire look. Those sailor pants are so cute with the buttons, and the cardigan looks so warm and cozy; love the color. You styled both pieces beautifully with the white top and leopard print shoes.

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  9. Such a great outfit for fall! The sailor buttons are such a great detail! And those pumps are fabulous!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  10. I have looked at these pants on the Loft site a couple of times but always wondered how much wear I would get out of them. They look great styled with your camel cardigan and leopard pumps! Maybe I need to reconsider. ;)

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  11. I love this outfit. I was just in Loft this weekend with my daughter looking for business casual for her. I saw those pants and thought they were darling. I think she tried them on, but I was out hunting for more things and missed it. I wear the Julie fit at LOFT. They are for us "curvy" girls. I also ordered a camel sweater from LOFT that came and I tried it on, but think it's too boxy. I guess I'll try it one more time before I return it though because I just love the black and camel. You know, I find Loft and ON shipping is about as slow as what you're referring to. I ordered some ON stuff before I left for my trip (on the 26th) and it's still not all here...ridiculous! Happy Wednesday!

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    1. SO TRUE. Old Navy shipping takes forever and a day. I end up paying the $7 for 3-5 day option a lot of times because I'm ordering things for my kids and they need it sooner. And thanks for the notes on the LOFT pants! Hope that helps some other readers. I think I know which camel LOFT cardigan you mean! I have seen that on their site and it looks really pretty.

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  12. Okay, I’m in LOVE with this entire outfit! I’m not normally a pants girl unless they are jeans but these are so chic! They look formal enough for so many different occasions. Definitely a look I’d recreate myself!

    It was great chatting last night too :)

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    1. Haha, yes it was fun! And thank you! You should give the pants a try! They're a fun change from jeans and would be great for wineries. ;)

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  13. I love your loft jeans. I think you pulled it beautifully with the top and cardigan. I love the casual look. My style has shifted toward casual chic from classic. I am loving it. I love that I can finally wear jeans, leggings and tight pants but yet have a chic vibe to it.
    www.chez-rama.com

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    1. Thank you! Glad you are finding your style stride!

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  14. Yes they are 'the ones' and love the button detail, they look very classy. Jacqui Mummabstylish

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  15. Those are such fun pants--I love the button details. I have a hard time finding dress pants I love but have had good luck at Loft. I think their "Julie" fit is considered their "curvy" fit. Yay for finding great pants!

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    1. Thanks Shea! Yes - three of you said Julie = curvy fit so that's good to know!

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  16. I think that cardigan is really cute on you! I hope you give it a try a few more times. Those pants are adorable! I have a few different pants from LOFT and they are great!

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    1. I'm not ready to give up on it yet because I do think it's cute and comfortable! I'll definitely try to style it again.

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  17. This outfit is so stylish, yet effortless looking and I know better! Or is it just me that has to work hard at effortless?? Anyway, I don't mind waiting a bit for a good deal and that cardigan would be worth waiting for. Thank you for hosting this fun link up...again, so glad I found you!

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    1. LOL no, I hear you. Effortless looks take effort! If nothing else in finding the right pieces with the right fit so you can throw them together at the last minute and still look put together.

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  18. I haven't known what to call this style of trousers - now I know they are called sailor pants! I love them and have an eye on a pair. Have a great weekend xx Maria

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