Do you plan out your outfits the night before or morning of? I’m guilty of the daily morning scramble so owning neutral, pairs-with-everything pieces like these tie-waist pants can be a major time & style saver. These are a mix of polished and relaxed and the length can be styled with heels, flats and even leather sneakers if that’s your look! They come in multiple inseams and have functional pockets. The fabric on this color (fabrics might differ by color) is unlined, fluid feeling and lightweight (tip: since these pants are looser in the leg, you can layer thin leggings or footless tights underneath for more warmth come winter). I’m a sucker for camel but if you’re new to this cut of pants, black might be the easiest to style and the lowest maintenance!
I juxtaposed the waist cinching style here against a chunky, textural knit for some contrast, however for a professional setting I’d of course recommend wearing this fully covering the shoulders. This sweater is great quality in a thick, durable weave that doesn’t feel snag prone, and the length isn’t too long on a petite frame. For business wear, I’d pair these pants with a cream turtleneck sweater, black puff shoulder top, or a drapey blouse in a more saturated fall hue like burnt sienna (which actually looks so good with light tan!). These also work well with an animal print top or lace cami in any color for going out. Size 00 short measures: 12.5″ across the waist (the tie can help cinch it in more to fit), 11.25″ rise, 24.5″ inseam.
Here’s a few other petite-friendly recommendations from Express that I’ve tried on!
Workwear pick: High waisted textured pencil skirt – knit and stretchy skirt fits with no alterations needed on me in xxs petite. Fabric also conceals panty or blouse lines from tucking in your top. Hits right below my knees.
Fun pick: Faux leather skirts! Express has 3 styles right now worth checking out. The ruffles on this ruffle leather mini need just a little smoothing out of the package (you can lightly iron or steam the reverse side, just not the leather-like side) and the skirt was a perfect high waisted fit on me. For a longer pencil length, I also tried on this leather pencil skirt which is cut so chic for more creative / fashion forward work settings or a night out on the town. The 00 petite measures 12″ across the waist, 16″ across the hips, and 22″ in length. It is a true pencil silhouette that tapers down and I love the high waist with slightly longer length that hits right below my knees. The leather has a nice matte, very lightly pebbled finish to it with stretch.
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