High + Tied // Neutral pink work pants

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Express tie waist pants 00 petite (also avail. in “short”) c/o, floral stripe shirt xxsp (regular sizing) c/o, M.Gemi pumps 35.5, Prada bag (my review)

Some of you may remember these super comfy jersey high-waist pants from Express last year – I’ve worn those more times than I can count, so was excited to see a similarly-cut new arrival! Last year’s style is more casual due to the elastic waistband and knit jersey fabric, whereas the style I’m wearing here has a work-appropriate, crepe-like material (machine washable) with a zipper closure. Last year’s pants came in more general letter sizing (xxs – xl) whereas the newer ones are in numerical sizing. The waist does not stretch and is a little loose on me, so I used the sash belt to tighten things up. The ankle length means I can still wear flats for commuting back and forth (I switched into neutral loafers for walking outside)!

Measurements of pants in 00 petite: 13″ across the waist, 25.5″ inseam, 11″ rise. Fabric is unlined.

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I paired these pants with a silky-feeling blouse that features a little print mixing action but in the same neutral color scheme. This blouse comes in a few colors (including gray stripes) and is very airy and lightweight, so I’d wear skin-toned undergarments or a camisole underneath. The slinky fabric is good for tucking into skirts without excess bulk showing through, and I like the button sleeve tabs for keeping rolled-up sleeves in place.

For a professional workplace, I’d top this outfit with a cream or gray blazer for a more polished look. This dolman sleeve cardigan has a more slouchy cocoon fit, ideal for lounging or wearing casually. It’s shorter in the front and a little longer in the back, which I like for covering the bum. Check my Instagram stories video today to see how it looks on me with skinny jeans and a cami!

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  1. Viv wrote:

    Hi! I love high waisted work pants and typically wear them with sharp flats in warmer weather. What type of booties or footwear would work with this in cooler weather? I don’t typically wear pumps or too much of a heel.

    Posted 2.21.18 Reply
  2. Sharon wrote:

    Hi Jean!

    Do these pants wash well? do they wrinkle easily?


    Posted 2.12.18 Reply
  3. Em wrote:

    I love how the color of the pants matches the stripes on your shirt — the whole color palette is lovely!

    Posted 2.4.18 Reply
  4. Elizabeth wrote:

    These trousers are gorgeous, Jean! 🙂 <3 I love the color so much! And once again, congratulations! I'm sooooo happy for you!

    XO, Elizabeth

    Posted 2.3.18 Reply
  5. Jane wrote:

    This look will be amazing for spring time!! I heard that purple will be THE colour next season:)

    Posted 2.3.18 Reply
  6. Jae wrote:

    Love the light hues! Always looking gorgeous, Jean!

    Posted 2.3.18 Reply
  7. Jamie wrote:

    I can’t wait to see your pregnancy style. I searched and searched for a style blog while I was pregnant and couldn’t find one. We’re trying to conceive #2 and I would love to be more stylish this go around!

    Posted 2.2.18 Reply
  8. Great outfit. I love the pants (the color and the bow are calling me) and the top is lovely too. I couldn’t handle the heels though. Nice color, but i’m probably shorter than you are but my feet hurt just looking at them.

    Posted 2.2.18 Reply
  9. You always look so put together! I adore these pants. The tie waist is getting really popular.


    Posted 2.2.18 Reply
  10. tralyz wrote:

    Hi Jean! I was wondering – do you have any tips on how to preserve the shape of leather bags (Prada for example)?

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  11. Helen wrote:

    I love the soft colors of this outfit! And those pants are so gorgeous! The color and high waist fit are both perfect!


    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  12. Jandrew wrote:

    Lovely color, you look great ! Lilac is going to be hot this S/S 2018 .
    Dress The Part

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  13. Jeany wrote:

    Such a cute and elegant look girl! So chic!
    xx, Jeany from http://vogueetvoyage.com

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  14. Liz - Shopping My Closet wrote:

    Love those pants and the color!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  15. Keri wrote:

    Those pants are fabulous! What an amazing color and cut. They look great on you!

    Enclothed Cognition

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  16. These pants are so pretty! I love the color of them. X

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  17. Jennifer wrote:

    I love your outfit! The color scheme is nice too. 🙂 Thanks for your honest reviews and thoughts.

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  18. Very feminine look and comfortable too I can imagine. High waisted trousers really do wonders for petites, right?! I love the big bow a lot as well, gives it an extra thoughtful touch. Love, Lieske

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  19. I just adore those high waisted pants! They would be perfect for work. I generally don’t go for lighter pinks but recently I’ve been drawn to the color more and more.

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  20. Marta wrote:

    Those pants are beautiful! And the blouse is super pretty as well.

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  21. Mimi wrote:

    I love everything about this outfit. So effortlessly chic and feminine. Jean, just a friendly reminder to be careful not to get sick while you’re pregnant. This year’s flu is very contagious and virulent. Pregnant women have weakened immune system. During my third trimester, I was severely sick with a cold for 3 weeks in the middle of August. Take care of your body and your little one 🙂

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  22. Jessica wrote:

    These are so cute! Love the tie detail!


    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  23. Shloak wrote:

    I LOVE high waisted pants, especially for petite girls like me! They elongate you so much and they look so chic! Love the colour you’ve picked!


    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  24. Maureen wrote:

    Love the color of these pants and the high waist detail. The tie waist is also a perk as it can cinch in the waist for a better fit and silhouette. Looks good!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  25. I love the neutral outfit! The muted pink pants are so cute!

    I hope you have a great Thursday,

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  26. b.a. wrote:

    i have been following you for years and feel kind of lucky that we are both pregnant at the same time, so i can get some fashion advice while pregnant!! congrats to us!!

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  27. Mireia wrote:

    Absolutely love it!

    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  28. Such a girly, professional look.❤️ I love it, Jean, will definitely check out those Jersey pants


    Posted 2.1.18 Reply
  29. La Bijoux Bella | by mia wrote:

    Lovely casual everyday outfit look! 💗👍🏼💗

    Posted 1.31.18 Reply

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