Cropped Chino’s And Girlfriend Cardigan

Happy Friday ladies. We’re on the home stretch for the weekend I’m thrilled that we’re getting a balmy one here. Shorts or crops may not be in your immediate future but when the weather heats up, they’re the go-to option for many women. Today’s OOTD is a pair of cropped chino’s with a bright cardigan. I’m dressing this up a bit because that’s just how I roll…but it could easily be dressed down with tennies and denim jacket.



These wider leg chinos are super comfy because they’re a cotton spandex blend that gives when you move. The leg is full but I wouldn’t describe it as  w i d e. The pant rise is above the natural waist which drastically reduces the chance of muffin top action.



*On the subject of muffin tops…you can have one at any weight because it’s based on the firmness of your flesh and your silhouette. Women with short torsos struggle with the muffin top because they have so little space between their bust and waist.  I have a long torso but I still struggle with it because I have a straight figure. Most pants are made for women with a defined waist that narrows. I don’t narrow where the pants do so I struggle with a muffin top no matter my weight.

These crops are in sizes misses or petite, 2-18. I’m wearing a 4 petite so they run TTS.


over 50 blogger jennifer connolly wearing cropped chinos and pink sweater


This girlfriend cardigan was flying off the shelves at Talbots last week. It’s bright, cheery, and the perfect third piece to layer on during fluctuating spring temperatures. It’s available in tons of great colors but this True Pink was calling my name:) It’s sized XS-XL in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite. I’m wearing a small in petite. I l love a V-neck anything but most especially a cardigan.

The pink is so bright, I dotted smaller touches of it throughout the rest of my outfit to provide some visual balance.


woman wearing scarf as belt with pink sweater and white pants


I dug out a bright pink lipstick so the cardigan wouldn’t wash me out and swapped my leather bag for this vintage Kate Spade wicker one with pink leather handles. I’m a huge fan of straw, raffia, and wicker bags in the spring and summer, aren’t you?  They remind me of holidays, beaches, and happy times.

I can’t find anything close enough to call it “similar” to my bag so rather than disappoint you, I’m just going to share some fun shapes that are available.






To keep this outfit from being too sweet I popped on a black tank to tone things down and tie in with the scarf. I love scarves but the warmer it gets, the less likely we want to wear one around our neck. They’re fun to wrap around your hair, tie on the handle of a handbag and this large rectangle is perfect to thread through your belt loops. It was too long to just go around once so I passed it back and forth through the front loops twice and simply draped one end over the other.


woman standing in sun carrying wicker handbag and wearing pink sweater




Because I’m short, I went with nude-colored wedges to help elongate the look of my leg. These cork wedges are a few years old and a bestseller for Clarks. They bring them back every season in multiple colors. A dark or white shoe would have drawn attention to my feet more than these flesh-toned ones.

See also: How to Look Taller and Slimmer

My white frame sunglasses are several years old. I did try to find some similar but didn’t have much luck.


blond woman sitting on bench wearing pin sweater, black tank and white pants


A simple silver necklace, thin hoops and I’m good to go. It’s pretty hard to compete with this bright pink but you could add some fun pink earrings or tone everything down with classic pearl studs. I have my eye on these, but these studs do the trick just as beautifully.

Do you wear cropped pants or do you just go straight to shorts?


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  1. Pat
    April 18, 2021 / 9:01 pm

    This is a great outfit for you! One of favorites!

  2. Ann
    April 14, 2021 / 7:33 am

    I love this boyfriend cardigan, it runs big, I usually wear a medium and purchased/ordered a small in 3 different colors. It is a light weight, does not cling and there is attention to details (the button compliment the the color).
    Thanks for styling it!

  3. Teri
    April 13, 2021 / 12:55 pm

    I do love that Talbots appreciates petites and understands that pant length makes all the difference for us petites, especially when considering new trends. Thanks for a great post.

  4. Deborah H
    April 10, 2021 / 9:39 am

    I love how you used the belt to tie in the top. I would never have thought to do that, it works beautifully with your outfit. I’m going to duplicate your outfit once it gets a little warmer here (Vancouver BC). Sunny out, but windy and still a bit chilly for crop pants and only a cardigan – need to wear a coat outside so unfortunately no one sees my outfit.
    Not sure if you’ve have had a recent hair cut, but your hair looks great if you’re going a little shorter.

  5. Linda R Gaertner
    April 10, 2021 / 8:08 am

    Love the outfit. It looks totally put together. Your weight loss shows…You look great!

  6. Deborah
    April 9, 2021 / 7:35 pm

    Thanks for being aware of those of us long torso gals. At 5.5 long torso short legs and arms pants and jeans are a challenge. And I hope they are not bringing back short tops! No can do!

  7. Linda Simpson
    April 9, 2021 / 6:10 pm

    You look fabulous!

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2021 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you

  8. Nancy
    April 9, 2021 / 1:22 pm

    So cute on the outfit and your hair looks so pretty too! At first glance, the pants looked lavender!
    I wear crops most everyday in the summer. I have them in just about every color possible. I have shorts too, but I find I don’t reach for them too often anymore.
    Love the scarf as a belt! Happy Weekend!

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