Last week I took a big risk and ordered two bottoms from Loft on final sale. Both the cropped pants and pencil skirt were meant as refreshers for my summer stint in a business casual office. They were extremely inexpensive ($30 total for both) so I thought the risk was worth it. They arrived last night and here is how I fared, with some questions for you wise ones.

Item #1 is a pair of tomato red cropped kick flare pants, a super wild card as that color is very unflattering on me, considering I suit cool tones only. However I really love how tomato red pairs with unexpected colors such as blush and light blue as shown in Angie's ensembles, so I decided to give the pants a try. I ordered them in 2P since the regular size was sold out. Considering that a I have really long rise and shirt legs, would you believe that they fit perfectly? They come just below my belly button. I have two questions about them:
1. The length - they are 4" above my ankle bone and I am almost wondering if they are too short - a rarity for my short legs with cropped pants. There is some extra material in the hem so I could let them down an inch.
2. Posting logistics - I have been trying them out with various tops and shoes in order to make a capsule similar to Angie's Monday post. It turns out that I will have lots of photos to post, especially if I am to include photos with or without toppers. What is the maximum amount of photos you think one can reasonably look through in the post? Should I split my capsule building into couple of posts with no more then 10-15 photos per post; or is it better to have one huge post?

Item #2 is a navy patterned pencil skirt with piping and rounded hem which reminded me of a similar one in black & white from J Crew that was an Angie pick recently. Unfortunately, I did not guess the size right this time. The reviews stated that the skirt runs very small, one or even two sizes, so I sized up to size 2. As it turns out, that size is pretty big on me and the skirt rides low on my hips instead of hitting me on my waist, it is about 2" below my narrowest waist point. In #3 and #4 you can see how it looks with a simple shell tucked in, and in #5 I am holding up the extra material in the back to show how it is supposed to look if it fit right. #6 and #7 show the skirt worn with untucked/welted cropped sweater. I am wondering how big you think it looks and whether it is still wearable and which way (final sale). Would you:

  1. Wear it as is anyway, both with tops tucked in and untucked, since you think it doesn't look that big
  2. Wear it as is only with untucked tops that conceal the fit around the waist
  3. Have it altered
  4. Try to shrink it in the dryer - the material is thick non-stretchy and textured, 61% polyester, 28% rayon and 11% cotton, with cotton lining
  5. Donate it and call it a learning experience.

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