Uniqlo pants review for petites

Image-1 (4)Uniqlo leggings pants in dark charcoal grey. Size XS (I am 5’2″/104 lb).

If you haven’t heard of them, Uniqlo is a Japanese brand that sells basics at affordable prices.  Since they are from Japan, you can guess that their sizing runs smaller than average – which is great news for us petites.  Another bonus is that they offer free hemming.  I was happy, however, that the XS in pants worked fine for me (I’m 5′ 2″) so I didn’t need to bother with hemming.  I happened to be in Bellevue a few weeks ago when they had a grand opening for their new store, so I ducked in and grabbed a few pairs of basic pants.

They have a basic women’s pants/jegging (pictured above…and below).  These were warm, stretchy, and flattering.  And at a great price – regularly $29.90, on sale for $19.90 (and as of today looks like they are back up to regular price – but I would keep an eye out for a sale, especially after Christmas).  I think I will go back and pick up another pair or two in different colors (or better yet, online – although note that although shipping is free, returns are not).


These are a dark charcoal grey with a denim texture.  Note I am wearing the asymmetrical top from my first post…in the spring!  It hasn’t been all that cold around here lately (I am near Seattle) and still is warm enough to wear with a tank top underneath and of course, some cozy boots.  Note that there is some bunching on the leggings – I don’t mind as I am mostly wearing these with boots, but if it had bothered me, I could have had them take an inch or two off.

I also had been eyeing some warm sweats/joggers to wear around town but hadn’t been wanting to spring the $80 – $100 at Lululemon or Athleta so I was excited pick up these fleece-lined joggers for $39.90 ($34.90 for grand opening sale).  They are much better in-person than on the website so I’m glad that I happened to see them in-store.

Warm Lined Slim Fit Stretch Pants XS Waist:24-25Uniqlo warm-lined slim fit stretch pants
Side & back zippered pockets…the back pocket is a little bulky. Probably the only minus.
IMG_3328 Fleece-lined with a drawstring on the inside.

And lastly, I discovered Uniqlo selling pants advertising some type of keep-warm “Heattech” technology.

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Unfortunately, these leggings/pants did not work out for me.  I’m not sure what it was about them, but they just weren’t as flattering as the other pants. They were thicker than the average legging, but they didn’t feel especially warm to me.  In fact, the grey leggings above felt just as warm or warmer.  You might feel differently though – as they have some positive reviews on the Uniqlo site, at least for style.  As for me, however, I’m taking these back.

On another note, I picked up a down-like (in appearance, not in warmth) jacket for my son, and found that it fits me and is actually pretty cute.  Sorry, no picture right now but I will try to add one later.  If you need something lightweight and aren’t terribly worried about warmth…it’s a decent packable jacket for a steal of a price.  It would work for fall or spring (or, if you live in warmer climes, an anytime jacket).  I can’t attest to how well it will hold up (the zipper feels a bit flimsy), but it’s a nice looking jacket & comes in some fun colors.   I also picked up some fleece-lined pants for my 11-year old boy who pretty much will only wear jeans or sweats to school.  He loves them as they are cozy and great for the chilly and wet weather we’ve been having around here lately.  This is another pair of pants that I think looks better in real-life than in the pictures they have online.

Hope this was helpful.  I am interested in knowing what other Uniqlo pants or products worked for you, especially if you are petite!







The Little Black Dress & Banana Republic’s Embark

My friend Betty is funny, smart, and creative.  Here she shares about her closet and her latest recommendations to find a deal…


I have this problem.  It’s actually become more of an illness.

My obsession with shopping has resulted in a closet full of little black dresses that have never seen the light of the day – the poor things are crying out to be taken out on the town.  Good news is that I will have the perfect LBD for just about every special occasion.  Mind you, I’m a homebody who hardly ever goes out.  But a girl can dream.

Part of the illness is that I can’t pass up a good deal.  If it’s on clearance, I have to have it.  And then, there’s the thrill of the hunt and the score.  Like getting a dress that was originally $130 for under $20.  Yes, I’m that good.

So this “illness” of mine extends beyond clothing to home goods.  I may actually love home goods more than my stock-pile of LBDs.  Lamps shades, throw pillows, blankets, frames – one for every season, holiday, and just because.  It’s out of control.

Since my closet and my home are busting at the seams, but I can’t stop shopping and can’t stand the idea of letting a good deal slip away – this blog is my retail therapy.  If I can’t buy it – at least someone else out there can benefit from my finds.  So please help me help you!


So my closet of LBDs is thanks to my favorite store – Banana Republic.  It’s my go-to place for achieving a simple, polished look.  When I was in my 20s and just starting out in my career, I would often skip lunch just to go shopping at Banana.  I still remember when I first became a “Luxe” member over a decade ago.  All those lunch-time shopping excursions quickly added up and soon I had earned enough points to become a “Luxe” member with added privileges like free basic alterations and free shipping.  And when I stopped working after my first child was born, I remember lamenting to my husband that I no longer had an excuse to go shopping now that I was going to be a stay-at-home mom.  “What if I lose my Luxe status?” I whined.  My husband just shook his head, appalled that we were starting a family and all I could think about was losing my Luxe status.  Fast forward over a decade later and I am happy to say that I never did lose my precious Luxe status.  Apparently once you earn it – it’s never taken away.  Thanks Banana!  And I’ve drifted in and out of being a stay-at-home and working mom, and Banana has remained my favorite go-to store for both casual and business attire.

For years now, I have prided myself on mastering the art of shopping for discounts at Banana – hitting their 40% percent or additional 60% off clearance sales.  But I’ve recently discovered an even better way to score additional discounts.  Not too long ago, Banana started this “Embark” program.  So essentially by becoming an Embark member, you just enter your phone number every time you make a purchase and Banana will credit money back to your account if someone else ends up buying the same item for less within 7 days.  You will be credited back the difference in savings and you can use that credit towards a future purchase during designated “Embark Days.”

But what’s even better than earning those credits back is actually when you get to choose an “Embark Pass” which are additional perks that you get to select.  You get to choose from 3 rewards – like my most recent one was 1) 30% off woman’s dresses, 2) Extra 5% off sale’s item, and 3) Free 2-day express shipping.  Naturally I selected the 30% off woman’s dresses so I can stock my closet with more LBDs.

And here’s the secret – the trick to maximizing your discounts is to make the purchase on-line because the site will allow you to combine promos.   I’ve tried using my “30% off woman’s dresses” embark pass at the store during one of Banana’s take an additional 40% off promos and the store wouldn’t allow me to combine discounts.  But I tried it on-line and it totally worked!  So I got this cute little quilted shift dress (yes, I know  – it’s another LBD.   But I don’t have a “quilted” dress in my collection so it’s totally justifiable, right?).  It was originally $130, but after all my discounts I got it for under $12!  Seriously – I kid you not.   I’ve got the invoice to prove it.

Receipt petite finds style double

So become an Embark member, combine those discounts, and happy shopping!

Transitioning to Spring

My first outfit post.  By the way, I think I could get used to this – having an excuse for a manicure & a pedicure (it’s still 40 degrees around here) in the name of sharing favorites from my closet!

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I love how a floral spring scarf can take any outfit into spring. Vera scarf (similar lightweight pretty scarves here), Old Navy top (similar), suede wedge boots (old) similar, Tory Burch 56 mm Cat Eye sunglasses (Nordstrom), and Gucci bag (see below)
I love how a floral spring scarf can take any outfit into spring. Vera scarf (similar lightweight pretty scarves here), Old Navy top (similar), suede wedge boots (old, similar) , Tory Burch 56 mm Cat Eye sunglasses (Nordstrom), and Gucci bag (see below)



This Gucci patent leather bag is one of my all-time favorites!  It is not available anymore but there are several online consignment shops selling it, (search “Gucci Patent Leather D Ring Large Hobo”). I hesitate to include a link since I haven’t actually used any of them, but if you do your homework and don’t mind pre-owned, it’s a steal at $400-$600.  Not only is it beautiful, but it is luxuriously soft and light. Perfect for fall and winter (I live in Seattle, so it’s perfect for the rain) but also can be sleek for spring…and in the summer it finishes a black/white ensemble beautifully. If I find something close to it, I will let you know. In the meantime, here is a Michael Kors bag that I have been eyeing.

By the way, the Tory Burch glasses above are my favorite sunglasses.  I haven’t found an outfit that they don’t look good with.  These cat eyes from Tory Burch will look good on just about every face shape (am I being over optimistic? let me know if I’m wrong). I purchased this pair from Nordstrom after falling in love with them at the counter, but it looks like they are available on Amazon for $50 less.

Swapping the boots out for some nude wedges (similar) along with white jeans (Banana Republic, old, similar), Tory Burch 60 mm Aviators, and the iconic Louis Vuitton Alma or other classic structured handbag:

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I purchased this photo session almost two years ago from Aderyn Photography at an auction benefiting a great organization, ACRS.  Big thanks to Aderyn not only for donating to a good cause but for honoring my purchase almost 2 years later (life got hectic..) and for taking some great pictures!

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