Wishing for a White Christmas

ivory off shoulder sweater pants prada saffiano cuir bag

WHBM soft drape wide-leg pants (3 colors) 00p + sweater xxsp c/o , Smashbox “Cognac” lip, Prada Saffiano Cuir tote, Kate Spade heels (old)

As much as I hate the slush and salt (and shoveling!) that is the aftermath of snow, the first snowfall each season is always magical to me. I’m secretly hoping for some before Christmas, meanwhile this soft winter white pairing has me in similar spirits for now. I don’t wear trousers too frequently, but am in love with the fluid drape and flattering cut of these from White House Black Market (the same style also comes in classic black or navy). Petite sizing of the cream is nearly sold out but still available in lower-maintenance darker colors. I often hear petite ladies should avoid wide-leg pants, however have to disagree. Two easy tips to help pull them off despite having shorter legs are: 1) look for styles with a higher waistline, and 2) get your pants hemmed if needed to hit just above the ground with heels on.

WHBM petites winter white holiday outfit

I’ve also worn these recently with a tartan shirt + navy blazer as shown below – I tucked the shirt in and chose a more cropped length blazer in order to keep the leg line long.

white trouser pants christmas work outfit

WHBM pants, H&M blazer, J.Crew shirt, Ann Taylor tote, Kate Spade heels

Several of you asked on this photo how to keep white pants clean…I wish there was a secret, but you just have to be more careful and wash quickly when spills/stains happen. I typically get mine hemmed about an inch off the ground (these in petites have a 29.5″ inseam so didn’t need any shortening!) so they don’t drag on the dirty ground, and I usually only wear long trousers when I know I’ll be taking a car or Uber rather than commute by foot. I also find it helps to hand-wash the hems of my pants in the sink between full launderings.

petite fashion cream wide leg pants outfit

This sweater is called the convertible cowl, as you can either fold it down to wear it off both shoulders, asymmetrically just off one shoulder, or, for more conservative occasions you can keep the material up and draped in a cowl neckline:

winter white pants WHBM petites office work outfit

Sizing-wise, I’m wearing both pieces here in my usual xxs/00p with no alterations. The pants are really nice quality for under $100, with a full lining with functional pockets. The slightly stretchy material feels fluid and comfy against the skin, and is even machine washable. Also, the 2-ring removable fabric belt is helpful for cinching the waist a little tighter if necessary. Here’s a few other pieces that caught my eye at WHBM:

– cropped blazer (in petite & regular) – 75% off with great reviews (reviews are all under the “regular” sizing product page)! Shorter length jackets are good for creating a layered look over longer tops, or to pair with higher-waisted bottoms like I did with my navy blazer up above.

longline blazer (2 colors; in petite & regular) – a feminine, tailored jacket still left in all petite sizes. Longer blazers are beautiful paired over slim ankle pants.

Thank you WHBM for partnering on this post! 

44 thoughts on “Wishing for a White Christmas

  • Reply Julia (yaya) December 16, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    You look so beautiful. Love your picture, the outfit and background work together perfectly.

  • Reply THE NEON FACTOR | Diana December 16, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    So chic and elegant!

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  • Reply Michelle Kim December 16, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Jean – you look beautiful! I absolutely adore this outfit… I'm seriously considering buying those two pieces for my own wardrobe!

  • Reply Chicago Petite December 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Jean I'm addicted to your site and have learned SO much from you! Question or comment…it would be great if you had a search option on your blog to find previous postings. I find myself going back all the time to your previous postings trying to remember your tips or ideas. It would be easier if you had a search feature. Just a thought. As always thank you for all your awesome-ness!!!

  • Reply Bella B December 16, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Oh I love those pants they are so cute and chic!


  • Reply angelina December 16, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    You look stunning and I'm a huge fan of winter whites! I've never tried a convertible cowl neck, but it looks so comfy – no need for another scarf!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

  • Reply Anthophyta December 16, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Lovely – clean and simple (and gorgeous hair) x

  • Reply Sasa Zoe December 16, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Tres chic! Love your wide leg pants<3

    Shall We Sasa

  • Reply Serena Liu December 16, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Jean! This outfit looks great on you! =] I really love trousers because I look like I'm 12 despite being 23 and am always trying to make people take me seriously in the medical world. Do you mind commenting on how soft/comfortable the cowl sweater is? It looks great and is reasonably priced so I'm very tempted to buy it. However, I really hate buying itchy sweaters and there are no online reviews on the WHBM website. Thank you and I hope you get your first snow soon!

  • Reply Kristina December 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Stunning! I'll admit, as a super shorty, I've been too afraid to try wide-leg trousers such as these… but you look so chic, it's tempting to give them a try! Beautiful color palette, too.

  • Reply Jennifer Palumbo December 16, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I am so upset that sweater is already sold out in XS or XXS, seriously wanting this for NYE with a sparkly skirt!

  • Reply Maggie Zemanek December 16, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    This is gorgeous! Those pants are so great.


  • Reply Anna Wang December 16, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Love love this look! So classic! Won't believe no whites after labor day no more 🙂


  • Reply 747 December 16, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I love her posts, too. There's a search bar on the right-hand side of the page … right underneath "Follow By Email," there's a search bar that says, "Type to Search."

  • Reply Lauren Lalicon December 16, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Wow, what a versatile sweater! I'm deeply considering buying a tartan shirt like yours. It looks so fabulous in all the outfits you wear!

    How To Be More Like Lauren

  • Reply Petite-ish December 16, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    So gorgeous! Love it when you style pants.

  • Reply Chicago Petite December 17, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Thank you 747!! Hmm I never see that option using my notepad but when I'm on my laptop I now see the search field. Good to know!

  • Reply Chicago Petite December 17, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Try calling the WHBM petite stores. I called earlier & found the pants in my size in a different state (they shipped free). Here's listing of petite stores. When you click on this link, select "store availability" for list of their petite stores. http://m.whitehouseblackmarket.com/store/category/petites/cat8739284

  • Reply Happiness at Mid Life December 17, 2015 at 1:10 am

    These pants are so flattering on you, I love how they make your legs go on for miles.


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  • Reply Trang Do December 17, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Looks so beautiful! Love your dress!
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  • Reply Anonymous December 17, 2015 at 4:40 am

    Stunning and classy, as always. Would you mind to post the exact measurements of your Prada tote. Sizing for this bag is all over the place online and yours would be an appropriate fit for me. Thanks!

  • Reply prudence yeo December 17, 2015 at 6:14 am

    That sweater is lovely and it's so great that it can be worn in different ways! Beautiful pants too, it looks very flattering on you!


  • Reply María José Grimaldo December 17, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I agree with you completely I even feel wide leg pants, if worn right can elongate your body. Pairing them with heels is essential and also hemming them with the right tailor. Love your style and tips!

  • Reply Olyvia December 17, 2015 at 9:01 am

    the oyster background is hilarious! haha!

  • Reply Julie Hiller December 17, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Gorgeous sweater! I love the off the shoulder look!

    Lifestyle by Joules

  • Reply Catarina Neves December 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

    You look stunning!!!

  • Reply Petite and So What December 17, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Your outfits are always very inspiring!
    And you always look tall!!! Best thing for a Petite!

    Petite and So What?

  • Reply Jada Nicola December 17, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Love this outfit! You look so beautiful!


  • Reply Marina Summers December 17, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Beautiful outfit. I am in love with this sweater, especially worn off the shoulder.


  • Reply Rakela Lubonja December 18, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Jean, do you have any tips on shooting on a busy street such as Newbury? Do you tend to go early in the morning when it's still quiet? Just curious more than anything. It's usually really hard to get pictures without others in it on this crowded street. Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Linda December 18, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Beautiful outfit! Love the pants.

  • Reply PSLily Boutique December 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Love the pants! 🙂

    Lily | pslilyboutique.com

  • Reply Jean December 19, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Hi Serena – you can find some shopper reviews under the regular sizing listing! The sweater is 25% wool (the online listing saying it's cotton is incorrect!) so it has a little itch to it. I thought it was fine, although I did have to cut off the tag immediately since that was itchy. Do you have a WHBM near you? That way you can feel the sweater in-person and if you like it, then they can order petites for you online with free shipping.

  • Reply Jean December 19, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Thank you! My bag measures 13" long x 6" wide at the base. It has a 10" bag height and 15" total height including handles. I got it from Neimans online where I linked above, and their measurements were pretty accurate.

  • Reply Jean December 19, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Definitely quieter in the mornings! We shoot whenever possible in between working so don't often have the luxury of a quiet time (like for this particular post), so just patiently wait for gaps in the crowds : )

  • Reply Unknown December 19, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Got the same outfit but for some reason, the pants is showing my behind 🙁 Not so flattering unless I pull the sweater down.

  • Reply petite in kc December 19, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Jean when did you get the pomice prada bag? Any tips/advice on this bag versus the double zip you have in carmel? did you buy a base shaper for this bag too?

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  • Reply tellmeyblog.com December 20, 2015 at 1:20 am

    That sweater is EVERYTHING!


  • Reply Merin Tom December 22, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Absolutely love the trouser and lovely post:) Enjoyed it!

    Merin:) from MakeupSOS

  • Reply Joanna Le December 23, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Nothing makes me happier than white pants with lining! Gorgeous outfit, Jean.


  • Reply Anonymous December 25, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Thank you kindly, Jean. This helped a lot. I purchased the black and red version and absolutely love it!

  • Reply Anonymous January 8, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Oooh I love your Prada Cuir Double bag. Its a new classic style. I hope you can do a review on it soon.

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