Striped blazer + the best-fitting pants (no waist gap!)

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Ann Taylor pearl blazer 00p c/o + bow pumps (updated version) sz 5, J.Crew Cameron pants 00p (runs small), Ann Taylor scallop top (similar tee), Prada Cuir bag, Quay Avalon sunglasses (also here)

After weeks of schlepping myself around in leggings (hello first trimester bloating and fatigue), I’m starting to feeling a little re-inspired in the workwear category! Several of you have requested more office outfits, so I’m excited to share some transitional looks as we slowly ease into spring. This outfit is simple (I topped it off with a gray wrap coat), but each seemingly basic component stands out to me in some way, whether it’s little feminine details or an impeccable fit.

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Striped Blazer with pearls

This stripes + pearls blazer couldn’t be more up my alley, made of a weightier knit fabric adorned with faux pearls. The jacket has some stretch to it (it’s also wrinkle-resistant, good for traveling) with a full lining, and the front pockets are functional. It’s a classic piece that would look equally chic paired with boyfriend jeans or a pencil skirt. Fit-wise, this runs true to size for Ann Taylor. My usual size 00 petite has a little room on me, enough to layer a long sleeve sweater under.

Holiday weekend sales are starting early …  here are some pieces that I have tried on and would recommend!

  • New arrival shoes – AT spring shoes are in!! There are statement flowers, feminine bows, and oh-so-pretty shades of suede. I always get compliments on my old AT pumps, so don’t wait too long because sizes won’t stay in stock. My top picks are the Odette bow pumps in new colors + the Eliza pump in an easy-to-manage low block-heel (I fit my usual sz 5 in both).
  • Tie Sleeve Sweatshirt – If you’re more of a casual gal, this sweatshirt is so cute! It’s hard to tell in photos, but the material is a heathered gray with ruching and ribbon ties at each wrist (you can gather the ruching up by tightening the ribbons). Fit is true to size and looks adorable half-tucked into jeans, or layered over a longer top like they did in the stock photo! You do need to double knot the bows tightly to keep them in place.
  • Tiered Chiffon Ruffle Skirt – I’ve recommended this one before, and it’s still available in small sizes! From my previous review: “It’s a great little piece that fits me off the rack better than most AT skirts (due to the elasticized grosgrain ribbon waist). It has rows of pleated navy chiffon with a full lining underneath, and is actually machine washable.”

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Tailored slim Pants (no waist gap!!)

I raved about these J.Crew Cameron pants in an email newsletter last year (subscribe here!), but never got around to posting blog photos. If you often have trouble with pants gapping at the waist, definitely give this style a try. I always either alter my pants, shrink them in the dryer, or use a belt to hoist them up … so buttoning up this pair with no waist gap off the rack was a hallelujah moment! The only downside is they are almost always excluded from sale.

Cameron sizing starts at a hard-to-find 000 petite, which per the online reviews, has been a godsend to some extra petite ladies. I took my usual 00 petite but in hindsight could’ve sized up. The 00 petite fit me perfectly at the waist (pre-pregnancy) and takes a little wiggling to get on over my hips. Compared to my other fave BR Sloan pants (currently 40% off!), the J.Crew Cameron pants in 4-way stretch run smaller throughout – I always have to shrink the Sloans in the dryer first. Also in comparison, the material on the Cameron is slightly dressier, the rise is higher, and the pant legs are more tailored and fitted down to the ankle. The Cameron is sharper for workwear, but the Sloan is more forgiving, comfortable and stretchy for everyday wear (and travel!).

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Measurements of pants in sz 00 petite: 12.5″ across the waist, 16″ across the hips, 9″ rise, 24″ inseam. For fit reference, my waist & hip measurements are 24″ and 32″ around, respectively.

I’m quickly outgrowing these pants, otherwise I’d be getting them in every color! Just ordered a BellaBand hoping to extend the wear of my favorite jeans and pants. Currently, a rubber band is doing the trick holding these up at the un-zipped waist ; )

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34 thoughts on “Striped blazer + the best-fitting pants (no waist gap!)

  • Reply Deasy @ Rose Gold Rhyme February 15, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Oh, I LOVE the pearl detailing! It’s so chic, and works so well with the navy stripes.

    http://www.rosegoldrhyme.com

    • Reply Sarah Plaskett February 16, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      I have a different body type than you (5’7” with long limbs, and size 2) and I want you to know how much I appreciate your blog!! I can adapt the ideas for my figure and I’m so grateful I found it. So many creative outfit combinations and I adore your style! Please keep blogging after you have the baby, don’t leave me now 😉. Can’t wait to see some “mom” looks too, that’s what I need. Thanks so much!

      • Reply Hanna February 18, 2018 at 10:29 am

        I feel the same way! So happy that I’ve found your blog. Thank you 💕 /Hanna

  • Reply Sincerely Ophelia February 15, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    I love your look! The classic blazer looks great!

  • Reply Ling February 15, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Hi Jean! I’ve yet to buy slim work pants because they always seem to be smooth in the front and fit at the waist, but the back (mostly behind the knee area) creases a lot. Is this common for slim pants or am I just trying the wrong sizes?

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite February 16, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Hi Ling … you mean like in the second to last photo in this post? I think there is usually some creasing with slimmer pants, but for this pair at least, they are not permanent and just happen naturally when you walk and bend your knees.

  • Reply La Bijoux Bella | by mia February 15, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Love ❤️ that simple tailored look! 👍🏼💗👍🏼

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog February 16, 2018 at 12:37 am

    The blazer looks amazing on you, Jean! I never tried a striped-patterned one before – I find it quite hard to wear because I’m short already to begin with. Though I do love the navy colour of yours, very classic! 🙂

    http://charmainenyw.com

  • Reply Daeyz February 16, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Such a perfect look for the office!

    xx, Daeyz
    http://www.daeyz.com

  • Reply Winnie February 16, 2018 at 3:08 am

    LOVED reading the word “trimester” in the blog post and despite being far too young to be a mom myself, I am so looking forward to your maternity posts. Having followed your infertility journey (and your blog for the last 7+ years), I am so elated and excited and get a bit of a thrill every time you mention the fact that you’re expecting. So happy you’re bringing us along on this journey and can’t wait to reference these posts when I have my own children (way down the road…).

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite February 16, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Hi Winnie – Thank you for your sweet comment and for your support over (gosh!!) so many years! That means so much to me!

  • Reply Elizabeth February 16, 2018 at 3:14 am

    This blazer looks sooo chic and put-together! <3 🙂 Loving the print so much! And your hoes are adorable too!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Reply Rena February 16, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Really in love with your elegant look with the blazer!
    With love from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  • Reply Neeltje | Thoughts in Style February 16, 2018 at 6:04 am

    That blazer is so cute! love it. X
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

  • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses February 16, 2018 at 6:14 am

    OMG I’m in love with the striped blazer!

    Happy FriYAY!
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.com

  • Reply Mireia February 16, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Absolutely love it!

  • Reply Ankita Bardhan February 16, 2018 at 9:09 am

    ADORING this outfit look, so classy, feminine and chic! The blazer is such a statement piece!
    xx
    Ankita
    http://realgirltalks.com/

  • Reply Jane February 16, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Jean, will you be blogging about maternity wear when the time comes that you need it?

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite February 16, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Yes, absolutely! I’m excited to attempt to navigate those unfamiliar waters style-wise : )

  • Reply Rachel (S[d]OC) February 16, 2018 at 11:29 am

    I love that blazer so much! You are seriously making me question my moratorium on buying new clothes until the spring. My credit card is begging for mercy.

  • Reply Jennifer February 16, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Your outfit looks lovely! Your pants looks comfy too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jess February 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for the pants suggestion! I’m always looking for a good pair of comfy pants for work. I’ve tried the Sloans before but found then not slim enough at the ankle, so I’ll have to give the Camerons a try. I really like the WHVM ponte pants too. My last wishlist is a non-cropped version! All the pants are cropped nowadays…

  • Reply Petite Teacher February 16, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    You look stylish as ever Jean. I can imagine you are happy and grateful that you have ‘survived’ the first 3 months of your pregnancy. More relaxing months to come fatigue-wise and more challenging ones fashion-wise. I am sure you will come up with fantastic maternity wear. Looking forward to seeing you grow and glow. Love, Lieske

  • Reply FAtou Diaw February 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    This look is amazing!!!
    xx
    https://closettostreet.com

  • Reply Steph February 17, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Love this outfit!! Would it be possible for you to do a blog on some cheaper blazers too sometime soon ? 🙂

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite February 18, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Hi Steph – H&M is usually my go-to for more affordable blazers. However I do usually need to get the sleeves shortened since its not petite sizing (around $25 for alterations) and although I like the narrow fit of H&M, just a heads up their materials are not as nice (you usually get what you pay for) and wrinkle-resistant as BR or AT blazers.

  • Reply B From February 17, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I had a very different experience than you in regards to the cameron pants. I did not like them at all. I bought four pairs in 00P – black, navy, heather grey, and burgundy – and they all fit soo differently with different quality and sizing. The black and navy ended up becoming one size bigger in the wash. The grey shrank in the wash, and the burgundy remains the only one true to size. Not to mention, some had waists that hit very high up past my belly button while others hit under the belly button. J Crew also consistently charges me double my order and mails me two of each thing. I hated shopping online there so I am no longer customer.

  • Reply Alexa M Johnson February 17, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    love this outfit!!

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  • Reply Maureen February 18, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Beautiful blazer! Love the stripes.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • Reply Mary Kay February 23, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Jean,
    I love your blog. Thank you for inspiring this +60 year old petite. I especially love the looks I can wear to work.
    Last year at your suggestion I tried the Banana Republic Sloan pant – I now have it in so many colors! I love the new side zip Sloan the best. I hope they continue to make it in more colors!

  • Reply Amycoz February 28, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Great outfit and love the color!

  • Reply Kaitie March 19, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Jean. Having issues with gaps in the waist of many of my pants, I snapped up a pair of (high rise) Cameron pants after reading your newsletter. Glad to report that these are gap-free! I’ve never gotten pants from J Crew before, but the 2P seems to fit my 5 foot, 110 lb frame quite well – just a tad roomy, and the high rise is very high. I was surprised to find that 2 in J Crew sizes is a 25! Anyway, thanks for great tip off! I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on them.

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