High + Tied // Neutral pink work pants

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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!

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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.

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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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29 thoughts on “High + Tied // Neutral pink work pants

  • Reply La Bijoux Bella | by mia January 31, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Lovely casual everyday outfit look! 💗👍🏼💗

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog February 1, 2018 at 4:15 am

    Such a girly, professional look.❤️ I love it, Jean, will definitely check out those Jersey pants


  • Reply Mireia February 1, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Absolutely love it!

  • Reply b.a. February 1, 2018 at 8:06 am

    i have been following you for years and feel kind of lucky that we are both pregnant at the same time, so i can get some fashion advice while pregnant!! congrats to us!!

  • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses February 1, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I love the neutral outfit! The muted pink pants are so cute!

    I hope you have a great Thursday,

  • Reply Maureen February 1, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Love the color of these pants and the high waist detail. The tie waist is also a perk as it can cinch in the waist for a better fit and silhouette. Looks good!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • Reply Shloak February 1, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I LOVE high waisted pants, especially for petite girls like me! They elongate you so much and they look so chic! Love the colour you’ve picked!


  • Reply Jessica February 1, 2018 at 9:49 am

    These are so cute! Love the tie detail!


  • Reply Mimi February 1, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I love everything about this outfit. So effortlessly chic and feminine. Jean, just a friendly reminder to be careful not to get sick while you’re pregnant. This year’s flu is very contagious and virulent. Pregnant women have weakened immune system. During my third trimester, I was severely sick with a cold for 3 weeks in the middle of August. Take care of your body and your little one 🙂

  • Reply Marta February 1, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Those pants are beautiful! And the blouse is super pretty as well.

  • Reply Shannon Mahaney February 1, 2018 at 11:29 am

    I just adore those high waisted pants! They would be perfect for work. I generally don’t go for lighter pinks but recently I’ve been drawn to the color more and more.

  • Reply Petite Teacher February 1, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Very feminine look and comfortable too I can imagine. High waisted trousers really do wonders for petites, right?! I love the big bow a lot as well, gives it an extra thoughtful touch. Love, Lieske

  • Reply Jennifer February 1, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I love your outfit! The color scheme is nice too. 🙂 Thanks for your honest reviews and thoughts.

  • Reply Neeltje | Thoughts in Style February 1, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    These pants are so pretty! I love the color of them. X

  • Reply Keri February 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Those pants are fabulous! What an amazing color and cut. They look great on you!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Reply Liz - Shopping My Closet February 1, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Love those pants and the color!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  • Reply Jeany February 1, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Such a cute and elegant look girl! So chic!
    xx, Jeany from http://vogueetvoyage.com

  • Reply Jandrew February 1, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Lovely color, you look great ! Lilac is going to be hot this S/S 2018 .
    Dress The Part

  • Reply Helen February 1, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I love the soft colors of this outfit! And those pants are so gorgeous! The color and high waist fit are both perfect!


  • Reply tralyz February 1, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Jean! I was wondering – do you have any tips on how to preserve the shape of leather bags (Prada for example)?

  • Reply THE MODERNESS February 2, 2018 at 12:18 am

    You always look so put together! I adore these pants. The tie waist is getting really popular.


  • Reply Rachel (Short[dis]Order Cook) February 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Great outfit. I love the pants (the color and the bow are calling me) and the top is lovely too. I couldn’t handle the heels though. Nice color, but i’m probably shorter than you are but my feet hurt just looking at them.

  • Reply Jamie February 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    I can’t wait to see your pregnancy style. I searched and searched for a style blog while I was pregnant and couldn’t find one. We’re trying to conceive #2 and I would love to be more stylish this go around!

  • Reply Jae February 3, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Love the light hues! Always looking gorgeous, Jean!

  • Reply Jane February 3, 2018 at 11:17 am

    This look will be amazing for spring time!! I heard that purple will be THE colour next season:)

  • Reply Elizabeth February 3, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    These trousers are gorgeous, Jean! 🙂 <3 I love the color so much! And once again, congratulations! I'm sooooo happy for you!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Reply Em February 4, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    I love how the color of the pants matches the stripes on your shirt — the whole color palette is lovely!

  • Reply Sharon February 12, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Jean!

    Do these pants wash well? do they wrinkle easily?


  • Reply Viv February 21, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Hi! I love high waisted work pants and typically wear them with sharp flats in warmer weather. What type of booties or footwear would work with this in cooler weather? I don’t typically wear pumps or too much of a heel.

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