Casual classics in Hong Kong

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J.Brand crop jeans sz 24 in demented, Madewell pocket tee xs, Thierry Lasry sunglassesSoludos espadrilles sz 5, Goyard St Louis PM tote, H&M; denim jacket 

Hello from Hong Kong! Nick and I are here for a few short days visiting family, snapping our way around the city as we explore. This is one of my super casual tourist outfits for strolling around, comprised of simple yet classic pieces. The denim jacket around the waist not only serves as a backup layer for places with chilly AC blasting, but also adds interest to the outfit, and bonus – protects the bottom of white jeans from getting dirty when you sit down!
j brand white jeans outfit thierry lasry lively tortoise sunglassesSince white jeans have proven to be so versatile in my wardrobe year-round, I wanted another pair (my basic white skinnies have been these Article of Society ones) but with distressing. I love a thicker white denim, skinny fit and with minimal sheerness. I probably tried on no less than a dozen options, and found two styles at Nordstrom that were good quality and fit the bill. As a bonus, they are both ankle or cropped styles so no hemming even needed!
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The material on these J.Brands has that thicker denim with good “hold” that I look for in higher-end denim. The distressing is almost patched on and feels sturdy, not like my knees will bust through it after just a few wears. Other potentially petite-friendly similar white jeans include these J.Brand distressed skinny jeans in a 27″ inseam and these AG The Legging cutoffs with a 27.5″ inseam, both of which I haven’t tried personally.
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The other style I tried on and liked were these Hudson ankle jeans. A few notable differences between these and the J.Brand ones: In comparison, Hudson’s length is about an inch longer, bottoms are frayed hem, there are slightly more distressing patches throughout the jeans, the rise is a little higher at mid-rise, and the back pockets are bigger.
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Leaving you guys with a little story from behind the scenes of this post…while shooting this outfit yesterday amongst throngs of people on a busy street of Hong Kong, a ruggedly handsome British man approached us to introduce himself (also a Nick!). I’ve been so into my Soludos shoes lately, so imagine my gleeful reaction when he said he’s the founder of the brand! He was staying at our hotel and just happened to spot their striped espadrilles on my feet. We ended up chatting for quite a bit about the styles and my fit & comfort feedback which Nick said he appreciates hearing – love a company that listens to customers with open ears!
soludos shoes founder nick brown

Thank you Nordstrom for partnering on this post!


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  1. Jean wrote:

    Just a regular bra, but I safety-pinned the bra straps to the camisole straps. It's a Calvin Klein wireless bra I mentioned in a prior post.

    Posted 4.29.16 Reply
  2. Jean wrote:

    Small world indeed! I loved the hotel…hope she enjoys her stay as well!

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  3. Jean wrote:

    It's OPI be there in a prosecco

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  4. Jean wrote:

    Hi Nicole – stripes are almost like a neutral, so I suggest not overthinking it! You could wear them with almost any outfit made of solid colors (like jeans + a tee) or even if you're wearing other patterns that don't conflict with the stripes. The bow tie just tucks under my jeans, but I wouldn't worry about concealing them since they look cute when exposed.

    Posted 4.29.16 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    I got the xs for a slouchier fit, also because the cotton shrinks a little in the machine dryer. The neckline is lower cut as the sizing goes up.

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  6. Jean wrote:

    Thierry Lasry "lively" style

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  7. Jean wrote:

    thanks! It's MAC obi orange

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  8. Love the outfit on you. Casual and chic. What the name of your lipsticks?? That's a great color.

    Posted 4.29.16 Reply
  9. Dice wrote:

    Love the laid back look! How awesome you met the founder of Soludos. ^_^

    Posted 4.27.16 Reply
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean! This is probably the oddest question, but may I ask what bra (brand and style) you were wearing in the ig pic where you were standing in a dress with a glass of wine? Thanks!

    Posted 4.26.16 Reply
  11. amazing look & place

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  12. Anonymous wrote:

    i live in HK and have been following your blog for the last few years….welcome to the land of the 852….small world my very good friend who lived in HK until a few years ago is in HK on a business trip at the moment and staying at the same hotel as you !

    Posted 4.26.16 Reply
  13. Cassiopee wrote:

    I love this outfit! It's so casual, yet, effortlessly stylish 🙂

    Posted 4.26.16 Reply
  14. Cute look! =)

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  15. Jody wrote:

    Mind disclosing your nail color?

    Posted 4.25.16 Reply
  16. Linda wrote:

    So brave to sit on the ground in white jeans! Love the outfit 🙂

    Posted 4.25.16 Reply
  17. Serein wrote:

    LOVE the outfits! Casual but cute!


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  18. Love the outfit and the story! I've been eyeing both pairs of Soludos you have. Just struggling in size as I don't have any available locally to try in store.

    Question for you regarding the striped Soludos. I'm struggling in what I would wear them with. I find that you have made them seem very versatile, but wasn't sure if you had a rule of thumb of pairing the stripes with particular outfits. Also, how do you conceal the bow/tie when wearing them with jeans?


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  19. Tanya wrote:
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  20. I have lots of love for this white jeans, I really need a pair of lovely white jeans.

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  21. Alice wrote:

    This is such a gorgeous post, Hong Kong looks so vibrant in the background! Love your outfit!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

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  22. Jenn wrote:

    I love how easy-going these outfits are!

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  23. I love your simple outfit! I always love wearing basic pieces that are perfect for everyday wear. I used to live in Shanghai, China a few years ago and one of the cities I visited was Hong Kong (also for family) and I just love the way the streets are…horrible for walk 😛 I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!

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  24. Love your outfit! Hope you are having an amazing time on your vacation!


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  25. Love your outfit! So simple and chic!
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  26. Julia wrote:

    Awesome – I looked into Soludos and saw they had shoes with donuts on them…ordered! 😛

    Posted 4.24.16 Reply
  27. I've been having so much fun following along on Snapchat! You and Nick have had some really special food experiences this trip 🙂 great post as usual!

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  28. Nicole E wrote:

    That's so freaking lucky! Love that you met Nick, that must have been so surreal.


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  29. Rhg2007 wrote:

    Great story!!
    So how come Nick, the founder of Soludos is not wearing espadrilles??? 🤔

    Posted 4.24.16 Reply
  30. Keri H wrote:

    Those jeans fit you like a glove! Love them

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  31. What is the sizing difference between the xxs and xs of this Madewell tee? I'm debating which size would be best to order.

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  32. That was such a cool moment on your Snapchat! Love the lip color and sunglasses x

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  33. Really nice jeans you look very gorgeous.

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  34. Camille wrote:
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  35. Cassie wrote:

    Holy serendipity! Who would have thought?

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  36. Ann wrote:

    Love the casual outfit!!! May I ask what lipstick you're wearing?
    Hope you continue to enjoy your trip!! 🙂

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  37. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Looking great in Hongkong! Love these jeans:P

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  38. Viola Yee wrote:

    Great casual look and I like that you bring your tote around when you travel. I always end up carrying a backpack.

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  39. Vera wrote:

    You look so cute! Love your espadrilles!!

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  40. Jenn wrote:

    Such a cool story!! 🙂

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  41. Anonymous wrote:

    I love these jeans, they are perfect! But I can never pull of white jeans :/
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  42. mybeautrip wrote:

    Beautiful casual style. Love your white jeans!

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  43. Amanda Lim wrote:

    I'm loving your casual travel look. Great tip on the jean jacket keeping your white jeans clean when you sit – never thought of that. Also thought it was so awesome seeing your snaps about meeting the founder of Soludos! Really enjoying your snaps and IG posts. Hope you have a great and safe remainder of your trip!


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  44. Laura C wrote:

    Loving the tip for tying a jacket around the waist when wearing white jeans – I've just picked up a pair so I'll have to remember that! I love this casual look and those Soludus espadrilles look so comfy but chic!

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  45. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, I hope you told Nick to start making Soludos in size 4! 🙂

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  46. Love your look! So perfect!
    xoxo Lynda

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  47. Hi Jean! Lovely post as per usual! Keeping my fingers crossed, hoping to bump into you when I visit Boston in may!

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  48. Olyvia wrote:

    Wow, what a magical story! You've been raving about these Soludos shoes too! And to run into the founder of them in Hong Kong, so random and crazy! It's just like how you use to rave about Loft/AT for years on your blog, and then suddenly we saw you on their NYC billboard as their petite model…crazy fortune! You are special, Jean 🙂 And loving the snippets of your trip on snapchat! You and Nick are hilarious! You guys should have your own reality show, haha!

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  49. Unknown wrote:

    I love the outfit and I'm so jealous you're in Hong Kong right now. It's so awesome that you were able to meet the founder of Soludos 🙂

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  50. Anonymous wrote:

    what sunglasses are those??

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