Wardrobe Staple: the no-tuck top

black pants outfit business attire for women

Express top xxs (3 colors – extra discount in cart!), wide leg trousers 00P, EP belt xxs, Polene bag

I’ve shared about this top several times already (see on me here with a skirt & here with linen pants) and had to add another neutral color to my collection. It’s one of my favorite “better than basic” tops for giving the illusion of a tucked-in, waist-cinching look, without actually having the hassle of tucking and re-tucking your shirt throughout the day. I’m partnering with Express to share two monochromatic outfits featuring this top that are easy and chic for work.

Sleeveless No-Tuck Top (more colors here)

In black, camel, gray, and a few colorful options

I’ve shown this top for workwear in this post but it’s the easiest piece for throwing on casually over jeans or shorts. The bottom band is elastic and the top has light shoulder padding to add some shape and structure. I love that it has a looser drape to it and doesn’t cling to the body. Note, the black color is more of a washed black and not a saturated black.

Fit: True to size, but FYI this is a shorter top which I personally like since I wear only higher-waisted bottoms. I’m 5 feet tall and it would likely be slightly cropped on someone taller.

express black trousers petite work pants

High Waisted  Wide Leg Trouser

In short, petite, regular & long sizes

My most-worn Express pant is still their pleated ankle pant pictured below in cream, but this new black trouser is very flattering and made me feel so long and lean! I have to disagree with the 1 reviewer as I thought these black pants were actually better quality than most of my Express pieces, made of a medium weight woven fabric with nice drape.

Fit: This style fit me snugly at the waist (runs smaller at the waist than their other pants), but heads up, the length is pretty LONG even on the petite / short sizing. I’m 5′ tall for reference, and these pants hit floor length on me with 3.5 inch heels on. The 00P I have on measures 12″ across the waist, 11″ rise, with a 29″ inseam.

cream trousers petite work outfit

chic workwear for petite women

Thank you to Express for partnering on this post.

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  1. Maria Cruz wrote:

    Your outfits are great! Thanks for the ideas! I wish you had some Canadian stores on your list though. 🙁

    Posted 12.24.22 Reply
  2. Erica wrote:

    I had never bought a whole outfit from a post before this, but I was so taken with the silhouette (and the $17 sale price on the top didn’t hurt!).

    I’m 5’6″ and take a size 12 in Express pants, and love how this pairing looks on me. Great summer work outfit. I wanted to share my experience for other folks who aren’t necessarily petite but enjoy your style and trust your recommendations!

    Posted 8.9.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Erica, this makes me so happy to hear! I’m so glad that you’re loving the pairing and really appreciate that you took the time to share this feedback! Did you get the ankle pants or the black ones?

      Posted 8.9.22 Reply
      • Erica wrote:

        Oh, good question! I should have specified, I got the super-high-waist black pants (love the hourglass shape, and also felt I needed the max rise to hit at my natural waist and meet the hem of the cropped top) — but I have my eye on the ankle pants now too! I’m back in the office one week a month, and rebuilding a work wardrobe… slowly!

        I wore this very outfit today, with commute-friendly platform sandals. So comfy, and loved not fussing with a tuck!

        Posted 8.9.22 Reply
  3. Andrea wrote:

    Your blog is fabulous! We are the same size, and I can buy the awesome pieces that you post knowing they will fit! I just tried to add the express petite cream pants and the xxs muscle tanks to my cart – all are sold out! Guess I didn’t snatch them fast enough…

    Posted 7.30.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you for your encouraging words, Andrea! Such a bummer that those pieces are sold out. I know that the petite ankle pants are often restocked, so I recommend keeping an eye on those!

      Posted 8.1.22 Reply
  4. I’m curious if the elastic creeps upward throughout the day? Any time I’ve tried any sort of “bubble” top, it always wants to snap up toward my natural waist.

    Posted 7.29.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Alyssa, I do wear the elastic right at my natural waist so that it doesn’t creep further up!

      Posted 8.1.22 Reply
  5. Charmaine wrote:

    You are one the best bloggers out there. Been following you for years!! I appreciate your detailed and genuine writeups on outfits, etc. It’s been SO SO helpful for a very petite lady like myself. Keep doing what you’re doing! Thank you.

    Posted 7.29.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      You’ve made my day! Thank you so much for following along over the years xx

      Posted 8.1.22 Reply
  6. Kim Tran Marchand wrote:

    I truly enjoy your in-depth reviews on the items. As a follower, I appreciate the honest reviews so that I can decide if I like the item, sizing etc. It’s like a short story; what a nice perk for us followers!!

    Posted 7.29.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you for your kind words! I’m so glad they’re helpful as I know shopping online can be a hit or miss experience

      Posted 8.1.22 Reply
  7. Misa wrote:

    Absolutely love this!! So obsessed with your style. and being a fellow mom it’s been so nice just to shop through your recommendations, thank you always for your posts!

    Posted 7.29.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      That is so kind, thank you so much for following along! xx

      Posted 8.1.22 Reply
  8. Kenkeylove wrote:

    Hi Love! Hope you and the family are well? Love the outfit. Looks good on you. I so love this top. I paired it with my EP skirt and recieved so many compliments. Please keep sharing. Please do you own the jogger pants that matches with the top or would you recommend it please? Thanks and God bless you and your family!

    Posted 7.29.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I’m so glad to hear that you’re loving this top too! As for the joggers shown on the Express model, I haven’t tried those yet

      Posted 8.1.22 Reply
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