Insomniac Sale Picks: Mid-rise Slim Pants

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Sue requested a few picks for slim or skinny office appropriate pants with a mid-rise, so here we go:

jcrew wool pants

J.Crew Maddie Pant in Bi-stretch Wool – was $120, now $84
with code JINGLE

J.Crew tends to do low rise almost exclusively, but this style hits above the hip for a mid-rise fit. The leg is slim and tapered but not skinny. Not a fan of this bright red? This style is also available in purple, navy, black, brown, or heather gray. In sizes 00 -16, including petite and tall sizes.Size availability varies by color. These navy wool pants are a slimmer fit, but also ankle length and available in 14W – 22W. Want a full-length option instead? Banana Republic’s Martin straight-leg is available in black wool.

kut from the kloth diana

Kut from the Kloth Diana – was $69.50, now $45.90

Cords won’t work for all office environments, but dressed up with heels and a cashmere sweater they’ll definitely pass muster in creative and business casual workplaces. Kut from the Kloth does mid-rise almost exclusively, and although this style is listed as a skinny reviewers have pointed out that the leg isn’t skin-tight. Also this style will stretch with wear, so consider ordering down. Available in this olive as well as charcoal, brown, khaki, black, navy, pink, teal, or magenta in sizes 0 – 14 including petite sizes. Size availability varies by color. Also love this style in crosshatch print. This mid-rise cord is available in five fun colors in sizes 14W – 26W.

anne klein slim pant

Anne Klein Slim Pant – was $89, now $54.22

These poly-blend pants will be a great year-round option if wool and corduroy feel too seasonal to you, and relatively wrinkle-free. If you prefer to tuck your shirts and that little gold logo will drive you bananas (as it would me), I’m betting it can be clipped off with wire cutters. Just sayin’. Available in sizes 6 – 16 in black and 2 – 16 in brown. Available in black in sizes 16W – 24W, and petite 4P – 14P. Use code 30CLOTHING to get an additional 30% off the brown versions.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for slim or skinny office appropriate trousers with a mid-rise:

  1. Jones New York – Classic office-friendly brand does mainly mid-rise and high-rise styles. Petite and plus sizes available, too.
  2. Macy’s – Unfortunately, the site’s search function is useless, but mainline brands like Style & Co, Alfani, and INC do mid-rise almost exclusively. Petite and plus sizes available, too.
  3. Banana Republic – Mentioned this above, but the Martin fit is a mid-rise and generally available in slim and trouser styles.

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You Will Only Ever Be You


FOMO perplexes me. Maybe it’s because I’m a pretty crappy Facebook user and frequently have no idea what my friends are up to until I see them in person. Maybe it’s because I’m so absorbed in my own work and life that I don’t give much thought to the things I’m not-doing. Maybe it’s because I’m extremely lucky and privileged and blessed. And I can say for certain that my total lack of FOMO is due in part to my introversion. I have absolutely no desire to do the things that many people want to do. I’d much rather watch Gilmore Girls for five hours and then take a walk.

However, I am just as susceptible to other forms of comparison as everyone else. I get jealous when others reach goals that I can’t seem to tackle myself. I feel like a homemaking slacker when I visit friends’ perfectly decorated homes. And I get insecure about how my body measures up. Fairly frequently.

And that’s natural. We are hard-wired to compare ourselves, our achievements, our belongings. We compare ourselves to others because we believe it will help us understand the world and where we fit into it. We compare ourselves to others because we watched our parents doing it when we were young, and mimicked the behavior until it was ingrained. We compare ourselves to others because we don’t know how NOT to.

But the fact is that no two non-cloned organisms are alike, and no two people are capable of exactly the same things. No two bodies are alike, and some bodies will never be tall or toned or curvy or balanced no matter what extremes are taken. When you compare yourself to another person, it’s not an apples to apples situation. It’s apples to unicorns. You cannot be someone else, you can only be you. You cannot look like someone else, you can only look like you. Everything about you is singular and unique and deserves to be accepted wholly and celebrated when possible. Settling into the home of your essential self can be a huge relief because it allows you to let go of some comparative tendencies. When you know that you will only ever be you, you stop trying so hard to be other people.

Just because she’s successful doesn’t mean that there’s less success available to you. Similarly, just because she’s beautiful, it doesn’t mean you aren’t, too. Other people will have different experiences, different relationships, different life paths. And some of what they have and get and are may tweak your jealousy. Everyone you meet will have a body that’s different from your own. Your body may be different, but that doesn’t make it wrong. It is yours. It is you. And it is marvelous.

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Already Pretty outfit featuring Curator hoodie, striped tank, slouchy pants, black ankle boots

Sweatshirt – Curator courtesy Shop Adorn
Tank – thrifted – similar
Pants – Gap (no longer available) – similar
Booties – Kork Ease (no longer available) – similar
Earrings – discomedusa

It was 50 degrees on Sunday. AMAZING. All of the snow melted, and everyone in the Twin Cities did a dance of joy. Now it is 20 degrees and we’ve got snow again. Joy-dancing has mostly ceased. This outfit got worn for a day of weekend errands that included visiting George’s to pick up some leather dyeing supplies. Project post to come as soon as I can get it together!

I’d been ogling a few Curator pieces, and was lucky enough to receive this Georgie Hoody from the amazing team at Shop Adorn. Organic cotton, thick and cozy, supercool design … Georgie’s got it all. I love the super long ribbed cuffs and asymmetric zipper. Check out the other Curator pieces over at Adorn. And! If you’re shopping today or tomorrow you can get 25% off Nicole’s picks, which includes the Georgie hoody!


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