Casual classics in Hong Kong

casual travel outfit madewell tee white jeans gray goyard st louis
J.Brand distressed crop jeans sz 24, Madewell pocket tee xs, Thierry Lasry sunglasses
Soludos espadrilles sz 5, Goyard St Louis PM tote, H&M denim jacket
Baublebar mother of pearl necklace (sold out; very similar)

Hello from Hong Kong! Nick and I are here for a few short days visiting family, snapping our way around the city as we explore. This is one of my super casual tourist outfits for strolling around, comprised of simple yet classic pieces. The denim jacket around the waist not only serves as a backup layer for places with chilly AC blasting, but also adds interest to the outfit, and bonus - protects the bottom of white jeans from getting dirty when you sit down!
j brand white jeans outfit thierry lasry lively tortoise sunglasses Since white jeans have proven to be so versatile in my wardrobe year-round, I wanted another pair (my basic white skinnies have been these Article of Society ones) but with distressing. I love a thicker white denim, skinny fit and with minimal sheerness. I probably tried on no less than a dozen options, and found two styles at Nordstrom that were good quality and fit the bill. As a bonus, they are both ankle or cropped styles so no hemming even needed!
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The material on these J.Brands has that thicker denim with good "hold" that I look for in higher-end denim. The distressing is almost patched on and feels sturdy, not like my knees will bust through it after just a few wears. Other potentially petite-friendly similar white jeans include these J.Brand distressed skinny jeans in a 27" inseam and these AG The Legging cutoffs with a 27.5" inseam, both of which I haven't tried personally.
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The other style I tried on and liked were these Hudson ankle jeans. A few notable differences between these and the J.Brand ones: In comparison, Hudson's length is about an inch longer, bottoms are frayed hem, there are slightly more distressing patches throughout the jeans, the rise is a little higher at mid-rise, and the back pockets are bigger.
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Leaving you guys with a little story from behind the scenes of this post...while shooting this outfit yesterday amongst throngs of people on a busy street of Hong Kong, a ruggedly handsome British man approached us to introduce himself (also a Nick!). I've been so into my Soludos shoes lately, so imagine my gleeful reaction when he said he's the founder of the brand! He was staying at our hotel and just happened to spot their striped espadrilles on my feet. We ended up chatting for quite a bit about the styles and my fit & comfort feedback which Nick said he appreciates hearing - love a company that listens to customers with open ears!
soludos shoes founder nick brown
Thank you Nordstrom for partnering on this post!


57 comments:

  1. what sunglasses are those??

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  2. I love the outfit and I'm so jealous you're in Hong Kong right now. It's so awesome that you were able to meet the founder of Soludos :)

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  3. Wow, what a magical story! You've been raving about these Soludos shoes too! And to run into the founder of them in Hong Kong, so random and crazy! It's just like how you use to rave about Loft/AT for years on your blog, and then suddenly we saw you on their NYC billboard as their petite model...crazy fortune! You are special, Jean :) And loving the snippets of your trip on snapchat! You and Nick are hilarious! You guys should have your own reality show, haha!

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  4. Hi Jean! Lovely post as per usual! Keeping my fingers crossed, hoping to bump into you when I visit Boston in may!

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  5. Love your look! So perfect!
    xoxo Lynda
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  6. Jean, I hope you told Nick to start making Soludos in size 4! :)

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  7. Loving the tip for tying a jacket around the waist when wearing white jeans - I've just picked up a pair so I'll have to remember that! I love this casual look and those Soludus espadrilles look so comfy but chic!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

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  8. I'm loving your casual travel look. Great tip on the jean jacket keeping your white jeans clean when you sit - never thought of that. Also thought it was so awesome seeing your snaps about meeting the founder of Soludos! Really enjoying your snaps and IG posts. Hope you have a great and safe remainder of your trip!

    Amanda
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  9. Beautiful casual style. Love your white jeans!
    xx

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  10. I love these jeans, they are perfect! But I can never pull of white jeans :/
    Fash 'n' fudge
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  11. You look so cute! Love your espadrilles!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

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  12. Great casual look and I like that you bring your tote around when you travel. I always end up carrying a backpack.

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  13. Looking great in Hongkong! Love these jeans:P

    Shall We Sasa

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  14. Love the casual outfit!!! May I ask what lipstick you're wearing?
    Hope you continue to enjoy your trip!! :)

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  15. Holy serendipity! Who would have thought?

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  16. Such a cute look
    Xoxo
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  17. Really nice jeans you look very gorgeous.

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  18. That was such a cool moment on your Snapchat! Love the lip color and sunglasses x

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  19. What is the sizing difference between the xxs and xs of this Madewell tee? I'm debating which size would be best to order.

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    1. I got the xs for a slouchier fit, also because the cotton shrinks a little in the machine dryer. The neckline is lower cut as the sizing goes up.

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  20. Great story!!
    So how come Nick, the founder of Soludos is not wearing espadrilles??? 🤔

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  21. That's so freaking lucky! Love that you met Nick, that must have been so surreal.

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  22. I've been having so much fun following along on Snapchat! You and Nick have had some really special food experiences this trip :) great post as usual!

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  23. Awesome - I looked into Soludos and saw they had shoes with donuts on them...ordered! :P

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  24. Love your outfit! So simple and chic!
    xx
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  25. Love your outfit! Hope you are having an amazing time on your vacation!

    xoxo
    Sharan
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  26. I love your simple outfit! I always love wearing basic pieces that are perfect for everyday wear. I used to live in Shanghai, China a few years ago and one of the cities I visited was Hong Kong (also for family) and I just love the way the streets are...horrible for walk :P I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!
    Love,
    Thays

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  27. This is such a gorgeous post, Hong Kong looks so vibrant in the background! Love your outfit!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

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  28. I have lots of love for this white jeans, I really need a pair of lovely white jeans.

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  29. This is beautiful!

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  30. Love the outfit and the story! I've been eyeing both pairs of Soludos you have. Just struggling in size as I don't have any available locally to try in store.

    Question for you regarding the striped Soludos. I'm struggling in what I would wear them with. I find that you have made them seem very versatile, but wasn't sure if you had a rule of thumb of pairing the stripes with particular outfits. Also, how do you conceal the bow/tie when wearing them with jeans?

    Thanks,
    Nicole

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    1. Hi Nicole - stripes are almost like a neutral, so I suggest not overthinking it! You could wear them with almost any outfit made of solid colors (like jeans + a tee) or even if you're wearing other patterns that don't conflict with the stripes. The bow tie just tucks under my jeans, but I wouldn't worry about concealing them since they look cute when exposed.

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  31. LOVE the outfits! Casual but cute!

    Xoxo
    Serein
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  32. So brave to sit on the ground in white jeans! Love the outfit :)

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  33. Mind disclosing your nail color?

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    1. It's OPI be there in a prosecco

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  34. I love this outfit! It's so casual, yet, effortlessly stylish :)

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  35. i live in HK and have been following your blog for the last few years....welcome to the land of the 852....small world my very good friend who lived in HK until a few years ago is in HK on a business trip at the moment and staying at the same hotel as you !

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    1. Small world indeed! I loved the hotel...hope she enjoys her stay as well!

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  36. Hi Jean! This is probably the oddest question, but may I ask what bra (brand and style) you were wearing in the ig pic where you were standing in a dress with a glass of wine? Thanks!

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    1. Just a regular bra, but I safety-pinned the bra straps to the camisole straps. It's a Calvin Klein wireless bra I mentioned in a prior post.

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  37. Love the laid back look! How awesome you met the founder of Soludos. ^_^

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  38. Love the outfit on you. Casual and chic. What the name of your lipsticks?? That's a great color.

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  39. Thank you so much for the reply! You always manage to make it all look and sound so easy. Hopefully I can pull it off :)

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  40. I found the perfect pair of white jeans last month...The AG Stevie Ankle Whites are perfect, love the texture (not rough denim) and the fit is great without the flesh sheerness that I can't seem to shake off other brands. Try them out!

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  41. I read your blog regularly and hear you rave about the Sloan Pants and the Articles of Society jeans. I had no idea they would fit me as well as they did. I'm 5'2" and 103 lbs with muscular thighs. A few months ago, I found a pr of Navy Sloan Pants in a 0P at BR for less than $20 and snatched them up. OMG they fit perfectly. Now today, I needed a pr of sand or stone colored pants for a volunteer post. I went to Off 5th and tried on 10 pairs with nothing to my liking. Then it was 2 doors down to Nordstrom's Rack. The only thing I found remotely close was a lonely pair Articles of Society skinnies in my size for $29.95. Oh, it fit like butter except the length. I washed and dried them hoping to shrink them a bit. I can't wait to wear them. Thanks for the great tips!

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  42. Hi Jean, how comfortable are the stripped espadrilles? I was about to order them, but after reading the last reviews, I'm not so sure anymore. I like my shoes to be wide enough in the toe area. Would love to have your input before ordering them. Thank you in advance!

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  43. Hi Jean, do your soludos run true to size?

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  44. Love the Madewell pocket tee, it's the perfect basic tee shirt, so comfy and cute too. Thanks for suggesting it!

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