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.
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.”
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!).
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 ; )