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Hey Fancy Pants

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

WEARINGTOP, PANTS, SANDALS, SUNNIES, SCARF, BANGLE, EARRINGS, RINGS: (c/o) Ann Taylor

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

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[Rainy Sun Design]

Blouse: French Connection via TJ Maxx $39.99/Pants: Banana Republic $26 (after sale)/Clutch: Francesca’s Collection $38/Sandals: Steve Madden (old) – find a similar pair here/Necklace: (c/o) Bar III via Macy’s $38/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $4.95/Nail Polish: Essie ‘Waltz’ (my go to for a mani) and ‘Capri’ (so classic for a pedi)

Whether an iPhone case, a bag, hosiery, an itsy-bitsy teeny tiny bikini or a piece of clothing, we have all polka dots somewhere in our closets. The pattern, equal parts classic and girly, can be so much fun to wear – and if you’re a style-extrovert like me, too tempting to ignore.

To achieve this look, start with pants – this playful pair is great to wear when transitioning from work-to-dinner style. The polka dot design is cut to fit straight through the waist and thigh, and then narrows a bit towards the calf. Wear yours with a simple white tee and sandals, or team them with a bold printed top, like this one from French Connection purchased from TJ Maxx for less than $40. Scoooore!

Even though it’s a print, the pressed crease helps elongate your profile (hard to see in the photos), while the polka dot finish distracts from problem areas like your thighs and hips. If you feel uneasy about wearing pants like this pair, then my suggestion is to opt for wearing just a polka dot top or opt for pants that have smaller dots on them. The same applies for your top – be sure to choose a print that you’re comfortable with. Just remember… the bigger the print, the bolder the look.

Love it? Give it a try and shop the polka dot inspired look below (I’m obsessed with the necklace and clutch)! In a couple days, I’ll have a new tab on my website for my all wish list items (think tons of accessories, brights, shoes, etc.) – all of which will be shopable! Ah, I can’t wait! Stay tuned… and have a fab day today!

Xo, Stephanie