Happy Friday! I’m sharing a feminine look today that easily transitions from desk to date night. It’s not quite bare leg weather yet here, but I wanted to showcase this ruffle dress by itself (you could do black tights + a cropped black jacket for a chic black & white look). The dress looks pretty simple online, but once it’s on, the flattering fit and flare cut highlights all the right places! The ruffled sleeves create a slightly structural, edgier shoulder line, and I love that it’s stretchy and fully lined.
Dress measurements in 00 reg (stretchy fabric): 13.5″ across underarms, 12.75″ across waist, 33″ length.
For a work-appropriate look with a little movement, I like the idea of a draping, open-front layer as an alternative to the traditional blazer. This one I’m wearing is listed as a jacket, but note it’s a lightweight, unlined layer that’s more like a shirt jacket / crepe cardigan instead of a heavy jacket. Fit is true to size (I’m wearing 00 regular), but I had to shorten the sleeves several inches (UPDATE: it now comes in petite sizing!). Because this piece is unlined and made of a thinner crepe, is was a very standard and easy sleeve hemming alteration if you have a sewing machine at home.
The dress fabric (with a crepe-like feel as well) and lining both have stretch, making it very comfortable to wear and sit in even with a growing belly!
Another office-friendly piece that just arrived online are these high-waisted sash tie ankle trousers, available in both petite and regular sizing. High waist pants with a tie belt and wider legs are usually a sure bet in my book! I just adore how they’re styled here with a floral blouse, and they look like a good alternative to my older pair shown in this post (the shorter ankle length means you can commute in flats without the pants dragging on the ground)!
P.S. Express shared a code with me that you can use in-store to get $25 off every $100 purchase. Just let the cashier know ring code 3382 at checkout (in-store only; coupon terms & conditions). As an FYI, their sizes 00, xxs, and all petites are usually online exclusives so I do the majority of my shopping online.
Thank you to Express for partnering on this post.