I wanted to thank you all so much for the love, positivity, and words of encouragement in your comments on my last post. You never cease to amaze me with your compassion and support during good times and bad, and I’m so grateful to be part of this community.
Regarding outfit posts, I know my body will be going through some changes, but I’ll do my best to provide measurements for you guys to use as a reliable reference point! I’m also lucky to have an identically-sized cousin nearby, who has been great at providing me with a second opinion on fit. As my waistline expands, one style I have a feeling I’ll soon have to put aside are my beloved high-rise bottoms. Until then, however, I’m embracing them as much as possible since the silhouette is so lengthening on petite women!
Some of you may remember these super comfy jersey high-waist pants from Express last year – I’ve worn those more times than I can count, so was excited to see a similarly-cut new arrival for this upcoming Spring. Last year’s style is more casual due to the elastic waistband and knit jersey fabric, whereas the style I’m wearing here has a work-appropriate, crepe-like material (machine washable) with a zipper closure. Last year’s pants came in more general letter sizing (xxs – xl) whereas the newer ones are in numerical sizing. The waist does not stretch and is a little loose on me, so I used the sash belt to tighten things up. The ankle length means I can still wear flats for commuting back and forth (I switched into neutral loafers for walking outside)!
Measurements of pants in 00 petite: 13″ across the waist, 25.5″ inseam, 11″ rise. Fabric is unlined.
I paired these pants with a silky-feeling blouse that features a little print mixing action but in the same neutral color scheme. This blouse comes in a few colors (including gray stripes) and is very airy and lightweight, so I’d wear skin-toned undergarments or a camisole underneath. The slinky fabric is good for tucking into skirts without excess bulk showing through, and I like the button sleeve tabs for keeping rolled-up sleeves in place.
For a professional workplace, I’d top this outfit with a cream or gray blazer for a more polished look. This dolman sleeve cardigan has a more slouchy cocoon fit, ideal for lounging or wearing casually. It’s shorter in the front and a little longer in the back, which I like for covering the bum. Check my Instagram stories video today to see how it looks on me with skinny jeans and a cami!
P.S. If you want to read customer reviews for these pieces, I didn’t see any yet on the petite sizing pages but there are a few reviews on the regular sizing pages for each item!
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