Petite Fashion Challenge # 6 - Dress up Your Basics

This month's Petite Fashion Challenge is hosted by the adorable Jess of Stylepint. Her challenge:

"Dress Up Your Basics: Jeans and a tee is a classic outfit starter...for this challenge, start off with a jeans and tee basic look and dress it up to show off your personal style."

I try to follow a 3-step rule when assembling an outfit. Before, I typically overlooked steps 2 and 3, but have come to realize that the extra bit effort goes a long way in adding dimension to an outfit.

To start off, "tee" doesn't necessarily mean a plain Hanes Her Way 3-pack white tee shirt. I try to buy tees with little interesting details or a unique fit. The shirt below from H&M has small perforated details, cuffed sleeves, a slouchy fit, and is just $12.95.
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Tee: H&M sz XS (current)  Lace Vest: H&M sz XS (similar)
Jeans: Gap Legging Jeans in "faded dark" sz 00P (buy here)
Shoes: Target Tawny Wedges sz 5.5 (buy here)
Necklace: eBay  Purse: LV Speedy 35

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My second outfit is the classic and easy-peasy blazer over jeans look, perfect for "casual Fridays" at work. Instead of a necklace, an oversized silky scarf is an appropriate accessory. I fell in love with this scarf after seeing it on the lovely Cee of To Brighten my Day. Thank you Cee for sharing the seller info!
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Tee: H&M sz 2   Blazer: Theory sz 00
Jeans: Gap Legging Jeans in "faded dark" sz 00P (buy here)
Shoes: Banana Republic sz 5.5 (old)  Purse: Chanel flap sz M/L
Scarf: eBay (buy here)   Belt: Ann Taylor Perfect Skinny Belt sz S
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Accessorizing is my weakness, but I've been sticking to my goal of at least one mandatory accessory a day, be it a belt, necklace, scarf, or brooch. Slowly and surely, I hope it will become second nature.

Please visit Stylepint's post to see all the other ladies' outfits for this Petite Fashion Challenge!


66 comments:

  1. i love how the end result looks after accessorizing (<--apparently blogger doesn't think it's a word) and layering <3
    you did an amazing job and i really love the outfit combinations ^^
    and the basics look great alone as well

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  2. Love both outfit, Jean! I especially love the second one. I think belting the jacket and the scarf is a very fresh and unique look.

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  3. I love your goal of at least one accessory a day. I am really trying to accessorize more, as well. I think a lot can be said for the simplicity of an outfit, but one or two accessories can really make it perfect.

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  4. You over-achiever! :p Both are lovely, but I think I love the first one the best. I have been in love with that vest since your recent photo shoot with Nick! And that tee is so cute!

    You are really making me want to try H&M again!!

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  5. I love both of your outfits! My favorite is definitely the second one. I think it's because your belt nicely pulled things together. Perhaps wearing chunky bracelets/necklaces would make things easier to accessorize? Just a suggestion, but GREAT JOB!

    p.s. I'm not sure if you've ever come across her or if you're ever looking for "accessory-inspiration", but Diya from http://www.diyainherstilettos.com/ is really good at this. At least, I feel that she's at the top of the fashion blogs I follow when it comes to accessorizing her outfits. Hope this helps! =)

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  6. ah, the scarf makes its appearance finally.

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  7. The scarf really pulls together the outfit!

    Just Better Together
    come check out the prom shoe giveaway!

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  8. I love the second outfit! Cool scarf. The first outfit... ehh. I wouldn't wear that shirt/vest combo, but you're still rockin' it.

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  9. I like the first outfit! Tres cute. The lace vest is so feminine <3

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  10. I love that scarf; it makes your second outfit look so put together!

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  11. I love both of your outfits. The second one is my favorite. The scarf is the key to pull the outfit together.

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  12. did you have to hem those jeans?

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  13. Will you please stop being so gorgeous?

    That scarf was def a great investment, Jean!

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  14. Of course, my favorite is your blazer look. My weakness! ;)

    I've never tried the scarf under the belt thing but I've seen a few ladies do it recently...hmmm...gotta give that a try.

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  15. lol. I was waiting for you to comment on that. I only went to dt crossing because you said their H&M was better... which it was, but kinda out of the way just for 1 store.

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  16. Wow! I love both outfits!

    And the scarf with the blazer looks super chic.

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  17. its all about the accessories! i love the scarf -- pretty vibrant colors!

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  18. I love how you showed each step of putting together the outfit. Most days I stop at step 1. The accessories really do make a huge difference! I think you do a lovely job of accessorizing so even if it's not second nature, at least it LOOKS like it is. :)

    I picked up a couple belts today and this woman behind me in line asked me where she could find the items. I instantly felt justified in my accessories purchase!! And now I have inspiration for wearing them too. Thanks!

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  19. i love your looks and that scarf in the second outfit is simply gorgeous! and great tips on how to build up a stylish look from the basics.

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  20. Yay two outfits! My mother owns a scarf with a similar print and I've never thought much of it but now after seeing you accessorize it I'm suddenly feeling the urge to hit the Buy button on the link you so generously provided ;) Can't wait to see what other outfits you pair with the lace vest in the future. It's so versatile and I'm glad I was able to snag one.

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  21. You've gotten so good with accessorizing and styling! Will have to pick up tips... I just wear basics all the time!

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  22. I absolutely adore the second outfit. The scarf is gorgeous nice job! :)

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  23. I love both outfits! The first one's so unique and cute!! :) I always like the look of the lacey vest, but am so scared to pair it up in the wrong way and look like a hot mess... you did an amazing job!!

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  24. I like the first outfit, especially the t...I wonder what the outfit would look like if you combined the scarf in #2 with the t and vest in #1...

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  25. I knew it! Once you debut the scarf, it's sold out on PearlBee's eBay store, haha! I'm telling you, you're the trendsetter here ;) And you're welcome for the rec, I'm glad you like it. In fact, I'm really liking this shade of blue, but I will resist from buying.

    I prefer the lace vest with your ruffle shell from the previous look more. Of the two looks today, I'll have to go with the second as my fav, especially with the scarf tied over the blazer but under the belt. Will have to try that soon!

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  26. I love both of your outfits! Actually, this reminded me about the idea of adding a sleeveless cardigan/vest to my PFC challenge but I forgot until now... oops. Accessorizing is my weakness, too.

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  27. i love the second outfit. they scarf is lovely.

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  28. gorgeous~! May I ask what is the color of the bag? thanks~

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  29. waa, accessories is your weakness? your accessories always pop out beautifully (or maybe I'm just reading your more recent posts, but whatever you are doing with the accessory-improvement, it is working!) I like how you did a play look and a work look. As a petite, I'm scared of the slouchy tee in fear it'll look like an oversized shirt, but you wear it nicely!

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  30. I love how you show 1-2-3 photos from basic to super chic result. That first look is cute and sweet while the second look is polished and sophisticated.

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  31. Is there a particular ebay store you buy your pearls and cameos from?

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  32. Great tips for putting together the outfits! I see your lace vest is going to be getting some awesome face time on your blog. The two looks are quite different but they still completely represent your style. =)

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  33. Wow! I love both outfits but the second one is my favourite. That beautiful scarf really brings the 2nd outfit together. You're inspiring me to stop wearing all my drab black/navy/grey items in my closet. But sometimes I can't help it!! The transition from winter to spring is complicated for me. Jean you always do an amazing job pairing the right accessories with your outfits!! Accessorizing is your weakness? No way!

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  34. You look AMAZING in all the outfits! Especially the last one! The scarf does it for me. I love it!

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  35. I admit, I love the basics on everyone I've seen so far (just the tee and the jeans - simplicity at it's most beautiful), but I love seeing how everyone has dressed them up too. I'm more partial to blazer over tee looks - but I especially like how you wore a white blazer Jean instead of a black one. And how you styled it with the scarf is really unique. The colors all go so great together .... with your Chanel purse ;)

    Since I like simplicity sometimes, I actually prefer step 2 the best :)

    But accessorizing is also my weakness! My accessories tend to just be my earrings :)

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  36. that silk scarf is TDF! love love love. i'm buying it right now.

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  37. I love both looks, but I think I favor the second outfit because I love every element in it. I think the white blazer and the scarf just go beautifully together. And thank you for the 3-step rule, they are very helpful!

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  38. I heart the lace vest, but never would've thought to wear it over a slouchy tee... you look so cute and flirty in (what I like to call) the butt tilt pose :P

    That scarf is gorgeous against the white blazer! I've never been tempted to try the scarf under belt thing, but have to admit that you make it look so good! And of course your new Chanel is the perfect "accessory" to go with that outfit :)

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  39. Another appearance for that lace vest :) Great job Jean, my favorite is the 2nd outfit. Absolutely love that scarf!

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  40. I love the T you wore. I don't do cropped, but the "tail" of the shirt really makes it interesting. The thing about cropped is that you surely have to have a very *FLAT* belly to wear them, and I don't, even if I'm slim. I need to do more Pilates now.

    I'm really, really in love with the blazer look. The way you pulled it all together with the belt OVER the blazer. Great, great, great.

    xx{ish.},
    Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!

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  41. I love your 2nd outfit, I'd never have thought to wear a scarf like that. Instant update to a white blazer!

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  42. I absolutely love your second outfit. The vibrant scarf contrasts so beautifully with the crisp white blazer.

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  43. The second outfit is one I'll have to re-create because it's just so beautiful!

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  44. LOVE the second outfit!!! I'm a big scarf person but only in the winter! Thanks for the inspiration! I just went scarf-crazy after seeing this post and ordered 4 of these in different colors from that Ebay seller...with that price it's so hard to resist!

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  45. Love this post!!! I fell in love with the blue silk scarf from Ebay and had to get myself one. =)

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  46. The scarf looks great against your white blazer :D

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  47. I saw another blogger rock the scarf belted look and I totally dig it! I was always cautious about wearing oversized scarves (I also have a round face so doesn't help me) since it can dominate a frame but you look so chic in it. =0D

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  48. Great job on both outfits...I love that lace vest, and that scarf is so pretty!

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  49. Hi, i found your blog through the petite fashion challenge, and i love your blog. You're so pretty and your hair is gorgeous :)

    Love your fashion sense too :)


    YURI
    http://twothousandthings.blogspot.com

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  50. awesome post!
    Love your style =D
    xx


    follow u now

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  51. Love both of these looks Jean! Especially the white blazer with patterned scarf... I am now convinced I need something similar!

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  52. That scarf is beautiful, it's very Hermes. My sister and I (both very petite) just started a blog. We're a long way off, but your blog is a big inspiration.

    www.shortsisterstyle.blogspot.com

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  53. LOVE the final photo! Great job with the challenge! Hopefully I'll get my butt up and running and be able to participate in these again!

    ps-love the Chanel flap! What season is it?

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  54. Thank you so much everyone for stopping by and leaving a note : )

    @Adrianne I haven't yet...thank you for sharing! And yes I have just started a meager little collection of chunky necklaces. I love them, but it's hard to find cheap ones that don't look too cheap, and are made of decent enough materials so that they don't quickly oxidize or irritate your skin.

    @Katherine Hi Katherine, no these are the Gap jeans loved by many petites...the petite length is perfect for me with just the right amount of scrunch at the bottom! No hemming needed!

    @Petite Mom Lol! I swear, if I'm holding something and another woman shows interest in it and asks to find it...I definitely feel that much more confident making that purchase : )

    @CynthiaC I just tried it hehe...didn't work out.

    @Cee Cee, you are the definite trendsetter here. Aubs and I jumped on that scarf the second you provided the seller info! It's such a good find...ebay is so vast I seriously get tired just searching for thing to buy.

    @Stefanie Hi Stefanie - the tag says "brown" but I'd say it's more of a gray taupe in person!

    @Olyvia Lol! Thank you Olyvia, but if you delve into my earlier posts you will definitely see what I mean : )

    @Anonymous Unfortunately no...once I buy something and I see that it's good quality, the seller either disappears or they have no more of that item. The pearls I've been buying are definitely hit or miss in quality! First purchase was great but the second ones were very blemished. As for the cameo, just search "peri cameo" in ebay.

    @samanthaloves Thank you, Samantha : ) It's complicated for many of us because it's still cold outside, but you want to incorporate Spring colors and details.

    @Tina LOL! 4! Okay I just went and browsed their store and the prices are seriously low...i'm considering a yellow one now. We have to thank Cee for this great seller find!

    @N Thank you, N - it's 08Autumn : )

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  55. Love them both! That vest is adorable and the step 1.2.3. in pictures is so clever!

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  56. Wow! This is sooo helpful! I love how your pictures are straight to the point, no words needed. Thanks for the ideas... I will be trying this for sure.
    All the outfits are super cute by the way!

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  57. You have really great work on fashion, I have also some collection on the spring fashion I hope you like it

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  58. I love the second outfit with the scarf! The scarf is beautiful but its not available anymore. I've never tried wearing my scarves that way and I saw a couple of other bloggers wearing it with a belt too, going to try it sometime!

    -Lor

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  59. I would like the first pair of shoes, please and thank you! I like your belted scarf look!
    Check out my try at the PFC #6!

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  60. Hi! Love your blog.

    When you include links in your blog - make it open in a new tab or new window automatically. Keep us on your blog cuz we love it!

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  61. thanks for the reply!
    Just one more thing, do you own a Chanel Classic Jumbo bag? Would you say that it is too big for us? I am 5', and 95 pounds...
    what size is the bag you are wearing now?
    I want an everyday bag that can carry all my essentials (wallet, phone, agenda ,small cosmetic bag), hand cream,sunglasses with case, lip glosses, womanly products... etc etc...thank you!

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  62. ENCORE encore - we so need to see more....

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  63. Isn't the LV 25? not 35??

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