Style it 6 Ways: High Waisted Trousers

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Express pants 00 Short (current version), pleated top xxs, Ann Taylor heels

It feels silly to be sharing regular fashion now, but I hope these posts can be a lighthearted read for some of you outside of the news, work, and other stressors in your life. I’m continuously grateful for everyone working hard out there to keep our communities going, and grateful for the ability to work from home. I’m trying my best to share content readers are requesting more of (like meal ideas & activities) while fulfilling previous partnership obligations, so I truly appreciate your understanding with posts like these!

Cream pants are not exactly my stay-at-home lounge piece of choice, but I picked these out a few weeks ago and know they will get lots of love down the road as part of a classic wardrobe. Hopefully this can be a bookmark / Pin for later post of styling ideas!

A good pair of cream pants is actually quite hard to find, so I was particularly excited to find these trousers  (current version) from Express which are currently fully stocked in Short, Regular, Long AND Petite inseams. If you’re debating between Short and Petite, I have tried both before and the Petite inseam is usually just slightly (maybe 1″ longer) than the Short. These pants are made of a lightweight, slightly textured fabric and fully lined, with an included belt and pockets. The cut is gently tapering in the leg. The waist runs a little big in my opinion, but the belt helps cinch it in. Size 00 Short measures: 13.5″ across the waist, 10″ rise, 24.5″ inseam.

1. Business Casual

See pic above! For everyday work wear, these pants are very easy to pair with blouses or bodysuits that can be tucked in. Because the pants aren’t too fitted around the hips area, it doesn’t show a lot of lines or bulges from tucked-in tops. If you want to tuck in a darker colored or bulkier top with a more seamless look, try my older tip by tucking your top into a pair of skin-toned shaping shorts / spanx first , and then put your pants on over that.

2. Dinner or Girls Night

Tuck in a satiny or lace-trimmed cami, and layer with a soft draped trench or moto jacket. This textured satin cami is a beautiful, versatile blush-taupe color and actually has substantial weight to it (and is double layered!) so it isn’t thin or clingy. The top layer fabric has a subtle hammered texture to it. XS is a tad roomy on me, but the spaghetti straps are adjustable which helps a lot with fit.

petite-friendly affordable date night outfit

3. Meetings

Top the previous outfit with a blazer and swap in closed toe pumps and a large tote. I mentioned this style blazer in a previous post – it’s a great slimmer cut option that fits nicely without alterations. It’s made of a durable medium weight material with a full lining. Size 00 petite measures 14.5″ across the shoulders, 15″ armpit to armpit, 13″ across the waist, 21.75″ shoulder to sleeve hem, and 22″ total length. Currently there is a coordinating pencil skirt available in the same “powder pink” color as this blazer (actual color has mauve tones to me rather than a true powdery pink).

how to style white pants for the office

Express blazer 00P, satiny cami xs, ankle pants 00 short, M.Gemi pumps 35.5 (similar, code JEAN60 for $60 off) Sole Society tote

4. Comfy Casual

Slip on flat or low walking shoes and a chunky knit. I’ve had this sweater since last year and personally thinks the wool runs a little itchy if you wear it against bare skin (not if you layer something underneath). However I keep on reaching for it week after week because I love the light-weightedness and slouchy cut, and how it’s not too thick nor thin for this weather. With wearing and washing, the itch factor has definitely done down over time.

sustainable fashion Everlane sweater and Ro
petite review of white high-waisted trousers

5. Everyday Chic

Since all of the above looks are lighter on the color palette, I also wanted to show white paired with black for a sharp yet still neutral everyday look! Black, white, camel are go-to hues in my closet, with the reason being that they always pair together effortlessly. This would also be a great way to wear cream trousers into colder seasons like Fall.

petite trench coat and white pants outfit

Trench coat (my review), similar mock neck top, ankle pants 00 short (shoes & outfit linked here)

6. sweet & summery

So this one feels so far down the road (one can dream, right?), but for a darling, summer vacation or cocktails look try a cropped length top and add a pair of espadrilles. Both of my tops below are old, but Express has an adorable tie shoulder denim top out right now along with a few other eyelet alternatives.

white ankle cropped pants outfits

Express top (old; similar in eyelet), ankle pants 00 short (current version), Castaner wedges 5, Janessa Leone hat, Zara bag

casual chic petite summer outfit

Old top, vintage bag, ankle pants 00 short (current version), Lele Sadoughi headband (older print), Castaner wedges 5

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