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Gimme Those Pants!

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]


Doesn’t matter if you’re going to work or struttin’ your stuff down Worth Ave., a pair of wide leg pants work for all occasions. Intimidated to try it? Don’t be. Think you’re too short? Newsflash: I’m 5’2. It’s a trend that works for every body type. But there’s a catch. Hint: It’s all about the shoe, honey.

I stand by the rule that you can pull off any silhouette, if it’s balanced. Wearing a heel with wide leg pants is a must. It elongates the leg, which is key, especially for petite ladies like yours truly. Try these sandals from Ann Taylor.

To show my waistline and minimize excess bulk + fabric, I half-tucked in my off-the-shoulder top. It’s chic and super easy to style. (Cue: Katherine Hepburn and Jackie O) You can wear this top with a blazer (during the day) and take it off (at night) for after-hour drinks. #winwin

A mix of gold bangles, a jewel-encrusted ring and statement earrings add glam!

And a silk scarf to finish the look. (You guys know how much I love scarves.)

Still unsure if you should buy a pair of wide leg pants? Don’t be. Just do it. I promise, they’ll become your new best friend! Shop today’s look from Ann Taylor below (they’re killing it lately!).

Xo, Stephanie

P.S. Dallas, I’m comin’ for ya this week! I’ll be in the area for the RewardStyle Conference. If you’re from Dallas, please comment below with your recommendations on what to do, see, eat and drink! See ya soon!

[Thank you Ann Taylor for sponsoring this post!]

Hey Fancy Pants

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]


Finding pants is always quite the adventure for me. I’ll try on hundreds. Yes, hundreds! Looking for the perfect pair. Searching for answers. Solutions. Anything! To fit my petite frame because I adore wearing pants. Like everyone else. Preferably, no-alternations-needed pants.

Fun fact: (important) Most brands use fit models to base their measurements. Those fit models tend to represent the largest number of consumers. So if you’re like me (or 90% of the population that tends to fall outside the range of “average fit”) you won’t be able to buy something “straight off the rack” in a XS, S, M or L and have it fit perfectly. You’ll need a good tailor. And while I’m a huge proponent for getting things tailored, sometimes it’s nice to buy pants that fit.

I first discovered this when I met a fit model from Vancouver at my best friend’s wedding. She had a beautiful body! 5’7. Healthy. Long legs. Strong yet lean. She represented the “small” category.

Wait what? Sometimes I wear small! And I’m like 5’2 (after a good yoga class).

Insert Ann Taylor.

Here’s what I love about Ann Taylor pants. They have a TON of cuts and sizes to choose from. Meaning, just about anyone shopping for pants – like yours truly – can walk in and more or less, find a pair of pants that fit. Like really well.

Some quick tips (because I hear Ann Taylor’s offering 50% off everything + free shipping!):

Look for pants that create the illusion of a higher (more perky) tush. You’ll also want pants that have a lower knee break because this tends to elongate your legs.

Petite? Wear heels (like this red pair!). Have a long torso? Avoid low rise pants. Love stripes? Great. Vertical stripes will make your legs look longer and slimmer. Not sure? Don’t worry. I recommend ordering two or three styles, trying them on and returning the ones that don’t fit. (Or keep them all!)

Oh, and for those who asked last week! This is indeed the same scarf I mentioned! And the same earrings. And the same bangle + rings! All from Ann Taylor!

Shop tonight’s look below! Before the sale ends!

Xo, Stephanie

Gingham Dress

Blogger wearing Ann Taylor

Blogger wearing Ann Taylor

Blogger wearing Ann Taylor

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

DRESS: Ann Taylor/SANDALS: Steve Madden/TOTE: (c/o) Ann Taylor/SUNNIES: here/WATCH: (c/o) Larsson & Jennings 


Let’s get to it – I adore this dress by Ann Taylor. Absolutely adore it. It’s so fresh! I love the dark blue and white gingham check and the self-tie belt that defines your waist. It’s so sophisticated and timeless! Wear it with gladiator sandals, a mini tote and a sunhat (currently love this one) or with platform sandals.

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Ann Taylor is running their second largest promotion of the year aside from Cyber Monday tonight and tomorrow! So be sure to take advantage of it – everything is 50% with free shipping! Use code: CYBER50 at checkout.

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Blogger wearing Ann Taylor

Blogger wearing Ann Taylor

Keeping it short and sweet.

As always…

Xo, Stephanie