I’ve been in a real style rut this Spring when it comes to cute work outfit pieces! I just haven’t been excited by many options lately, also my search for white skinny ankle pants (a longtime void in my wardrobe) keeps coming up empty. I did recently find this peplum top though which I adore, and as a bonus, it can transition easily from work to casual wear!
The reviews for this top are mixed and I can see why, because it’s a shorter and wider swing style that won’t suit everyone. The petite length is perfect on me (I’m ~5′ tall) worn with mid or high-rise bottoms, so someone taller might want to try regular sizing. If you want to make extra sure no one gets an unwanted flash of midriff, you can also wear a navy or white camisole underneath and tuck it into your bottoms! As a side note, I finally found nice, thick and opaque (although I still always suggest wearing skin-toned underwear) high-waisted white jeans for under $100 that you guys will love. They’re in one of my favorite cuts with good tummy holding power, and don’t need hemming on me (FYI, their 30 length ankle jeans actually measure 27″ at the inseam). If you haven’t tried on Topshop jeans before, go one waist size up from your usual!
The photo below shows how this top fits wider throughout the torso, swing-style. The material is stretchy and has a cotton / poplin-like feel to it. There’s a back zipper entry, so you could slim down the sides if you want and still be able to get in and out of the shirt with ease. I tried this top on in the floral and mixed stripe versions as well, and thought those were also adorable paired with navy pants or jeans.
My Banana Republic Sloan pants are from last year, and unfortunately per the online reviews, it seems the latest version might run a little differently. **Update 5/15: Just bought a pair of the latest Sloans and the fit seems to be better again! After machine washing & drying my new pair, they now fit like a glove. Please machine dry at your own risk because they are labeled dry clean. If you’re trying to shrink them on high heat, check them and try them on every 10 – 15 minutes to make sure they don’t shrink too much!** A few other navy pants available in petite include:
– J.Crew cotton Martie pants starting in 000 petite. These are the only navy pants I’ve found that will actually fit ladies smaller than me off the rack. I take a size 00 petite in these without alterations needed – see them on me in the wool version instead of cotton.
– Loft Marisa skinny ankle pants starting in 00 petite. These have great online reviews – I haven’t tried them on myself, but LOFT pants typically require waist alterations or shrinking on me.
– Halogen Taylor ankle pants starting in 00 petite. I also haven’t tried this style, but I recently tried on another pair of Halogen petite pants and was surprised that the waist fit better than expected.