Petite Lookbook: Remixing the Petite Favorites

As a blogger and avid blog reader, I enjoy taking inspiration and recommendations from others. It’s fun to see the same items or outfit tips on different people, but it’s also easy to lose one’s style identity within this smaller blogging niche. One way I try to incorporate “identity” into outfits composed of ubiquitous petite favorites is through jewelry and layering. I love shopping on eBay and thrift stores for (hopefully) unique pieces, and layering textures to create a different look.

In this outfit are three petite faves: LOFT cuffed pants (Kelly’s signature pants : P), AT Factory shell, and AT skinny belt. I added a little lace vest and a basketweave swing jacket for texture, plus thrifted pearls and my coral ring for a pop of color.

See this outfit in LOFT’s facebook pants feature : )

Vest: H&M; Crochet Lace Vest sz XS (very similar here)
Top: Ann Taylor Factory Chiffon Ruffle Shell sz XXSP (info in this post)
Swing Jacket: Banana Republic sz 0 (altered)
Purse: LV Speedy 25  Belt: Ann Taylor Skinny Belt

These pants were from last season, but LOFT has brought back a similar version in the same Marisa cut, cropped length w/ cuffs, in a dark gray melange material and lightweight wool material. Both are currently available online in 00P. 
Slingbacks: Banana Republic sz 5.5 (old)
With flats (Cole Haan sz 5) for commuting:

Ring: YSL Coral Arty in sz 5 (get 6% cashback w/ ebates)
Pearls: thrifted   Earrings: Chanel turnlock studs

Readers – what defines your personal style? How do you keep it unique?

68 thoughts on “Petite Lookbook: Remixing the Petite Favorites

  • Couture and Crayons March 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Loving how you styled this. The pant looks so chic rolled up. The feminine tops play off the heavy wool very well. Gorgeous. Great Spring transition outfit!

    (Couture and Crayons)

  • Anonymous March 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I did notice on all the petite blogs that everyone pretty much had same items for review. It's interesting to see how it fits on different people and how everyone styles it. (but I see that some are better than others… I love your style!) I also bought the ruffle shell and I've been wearing it with cardigan, black pants, and boots, or with skirt and blazer… it pretty much goes with everything! I've been dressing very preppy + plain in the past and I'm excited to add some feminine items to my closet. Thanks for the inspiration! πŸ™‚

  • Really Petite March 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Love ur outdoor pics! And u look great w/the lace vest! I have yet to go back outside for pics- way too

  • Rinni March 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Love this outfit it's smart and nicely co-ordinated! πŸ™‚

  • DSK Steph March 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    You look fabulous!

  • grace March 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    You always put pieces together with such classic taste and elegance. And you know how to show them off well in the pictures (you are utterly photogenic – pass some of those talents along :P). That AT ruffle shell seriously looks good with everything. I like the first photo and the one where the sun is shining on your face the best — good job pro bf πŸ™‚

    I don't think I can pull off cropped pants well, but you do πŸ™‚

    How cute! Chanel earrings πŸ™‚

  • Taramixandmatch March 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Amazing …you should totally be a model you are gorgeous!

  • Janelle March 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Jean! Jeez your photos are constantly getting better! I assume it's the bf? If so, props to him πŸ™‚ this outfit is so gorgeous!

  • kimmi's fashion March 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    hello there I'm new to this fashion blog. but i have to say i love your blog!! and your style is so classy and elegant. i also love your review on petite cloth, I'm small too so its helped me a lot. i was thinking about writing a fashion blog too but i see so many good blogger i dont know if I'll be good as you guys. lol

  • Larie March 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Gorgeous! Love that vest especially, but all of the accessories are beautiful.

  • alison*elle March 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I really love this outfit (all of your outfits, actually!) I'm not "petite" but I do find lots of inspiration for potential work outfits on your blog πŸ™‚

    As for my own personal style – casual, lots of layers, monochromatic colours (black, grey, white, blush), and an array of boots.

  • Leena March 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    jean, you look gorgeous! love the chanel earrings πŸ™‚

  • PetiteΓ©lΓ©gant March 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Some great photos. You're a gorgeous petite.

  • Elle March 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    You are incredibly pretty (haha sorry to constantly hit on you…) and props to Nick, he's SUCH a great photographer. You two make a great team. I too agree that it's important to develop your own style instead of being tempted to just replicate what you read on blogs. I think with work clothes it's a little hard to break the mold but on weekends I sure try to take advantage of my kid-ish clothes (like my tulle skirts, which are well received by the 2-5 year-old crowd…little kids keep coming up to me because they like my skirt).

    But I love what you did here with the ruffle tank and the wool pants, way to work them into casual pieces!

  • Alex March 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Your styling here is amazing. Just like the equestrian pants are Kelly's signature look, I think lace is your trademark. You have such good ways of incorporating it into outfits.

  • Anonymous March 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    You are so photogenic! I really like the way you stay so true to your classic style and elegant taste. The lace vest looks really nice. I am so jealous that you have access to H&M.; I imagine that it'll look great over a tube dress with skinny belt around the waist for the Spring. Can't wait to see the different ways you style the vest. Always enjoy reading your blog.- TA

  • Banhannas March 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    That first picture is GOLD. It belongs in a magazine spread! Love it! I like how you kept very basic colors with that bright pop of coral on your finger.
    Just to let you know, the ruffle shell has a baby promotion going on right now. I really like how it is tucked with a lower waisted bottom since it doesn't interfere with the length of the ruffles.

  • tiny dancer March 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Wowza! These photos are completely amazing πŸ™‚ They look like they are meant for full magazine distribution!

  • curls-and-pearls March 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    LOVE these photos! Respect to Nick but of course he has an amazing model πŸ˜‰

    This is an interesting point and I've just started thinking about this myself. I generally wear the same "uniform" all the time, jeans, shirt (could be interesting or plain) and either blazer or cardigan. I've been trying to bring interest to my outfits through jewellery and scarves and actually makeup! I've been experimenting with bolder lipsticks and I think this can definitely change the look and feel of a neutral outfit.

    Great job Jean, challenging us as always πŸ™‚

  • Callandra March 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    What beautiful pictures Jean! The pants you have on are on sale at the Loft for 14.99! I tried on a pair of course (who could pass up that price) but they just weren't the right style for my shape πŸ™ On the bright side, that coral sleeveless dress you reviewed recently was made just for my body type! I think I am putting outfits together more often and more cohesively since blogging….it definitely challenges my styling imaginations for sure;)

  • Rinny March 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Your photos look amazing Jean! I the color palette in this outfit and how you paired the AT shell with the lace vest πŸ™‚

  • Aubrey March 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    The first photo belongs in Vogue. I think you're gorgeous, and Nick is amazing. Power couple! πŸ˜€

    I'd have NEVER thought to wear a lace vest, ever. But it looks so feminine and chic! Loove.

  • Claud March 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    As others had mentioned…AMAZING photos. I love your outfit from head to toe. I saw the H&M; lace vest (so pretty) but I ended getting the lace/crochet dress, did you saw this one? It's very pretty too. I just found this pic online:

    I bought the white one, it comes in black as well.

  • Ping March 19, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    beautiful pictures jean and you look beautiful as well. tell nick his is great photog! i'm glad to see that you are able to take outside photos. is it getting warmer in boston?
    i love how you styled this vest. i agree sometimes we all end up buying the same things….only so many places that sell stuff that fits. i wished there were more h&m; size 2s out there.

  • Cee March 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Jean, you are the trendsetter. I can't being to count the number of times you wear something and that item soon sells out! To be unique, you'd have to not feature it on your blog, but that kind of defeats the purpose, so there's no fun in that!

    I consider Tara @ Little Girl Big Closet's photos to be the best there is at showcasing outfits, modeling, and photography in the blogging community. But I have to say you and Nick are fast closing the gap. These are truly stunning photos!

  • metta March 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    the 1st pic of this post popped up from the page! it's amazzzing! can you compare the fit of the pants to the gap premium cropped pants in 00p? the lacy crochet vest is adorable on you, although it isn't quite my style. it added a feminine and boho-chic vibe to the other pieces.

  • Tammy March 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I love this outfit! So pretty!

  • Abhitoabby March 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    What a sophisticated look! And please pass my compliments to the photographer for an excellent job! You guys make a great team πŸ™‚

  • R.L. March 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    To add to the chorus: Great outfit and stunning photography!! These pictures seriously belong in a high fashion mag. And Cee is right. You are unique but most things just tend to sell out as soon as you feature them on your blog. Thanks for always sharing by the way. I was able to snag the last XS of this vest at my local H&M; this morning. I love layering but mostly I just do it with tees. Lace adds a unique and feminine touch to it. I'm now loving this vest and the Target lace cardi too.

  • Angie March 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    these are gorgeous photos with a nice vintage wash, jean. i like how you remixed your faves. amazing that you're wearing tanks! isn't boston still freezing?

  • Stylepint March 20, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Lovely photos and I think you're doing a great job keeping your "identity" in your outfits. We are all inspired by the people around us and sometimes our imitations make us into clones instead of expressing our individuality. But that's what it's like with mainstream styles and clothes.

    I find it difficult to put my personal style into words, but I believe that whatever I do wear shows my personality and who I am. When people see the photos, I hope they see ME and not just the clothes I'm wearing. LOL.

    When it comes to staying true and expressing your individuality, it can show in a variety of ways, not only with accessories. So just wear whatever you like with confidence and it'll be YOU that people see. =)

  • One Chic Pea March 20, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Your sense of style and fashion recommendations are down-to-earth and positively contagious! Your clothing reviews so are well-received by your readers; I would not be surprised if they are an instant sell-out. With so many of us owning the same items, it is always refreshing to see one's own take at styling that highlights one's personality, creativity, and glamour. Layering is a great way to showcase all of these characteristics and to increase the versatility of each key piece. I'm loving square silk scarves and classic leather belts with my outfits!

  • Nettie March 20, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I love how you styled this outfit! Very pretty πŸ™‚

  • The Girlie Blog March 20, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Stunning pics! I love your attention to detail. The girlie ruffles and the pants match so well together.

  • Twigart March 20, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Accessories are a big part of my style, the bigger the better usually (i love your coral ring). I also like to take risks to push my own comfort zones so i don't get stuck in a rutt – that and avoiding perms!

  • SewPetiteGal March 20, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I am in awe. I love the style of your pics – so magazine-esque with a slight vintage slant. Especially love that lace vest with the ensemble – Gorgeous!!

  • Lavender March 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I love your outfit and your hair is so nice.

  • Kia March 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Gorgeous! Your blog is the first blog I check everday! Your pictures are always beautiful, your style is so posh, and your fashion insight is always spot-on! You've inspired me to be a much better dresser and it has definitely increased my confidence! Keep up the great work!

  • Erica March 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I LOVE artistic photos! These are amazing. I try to stay unique by mixing it up. I'm lucky enough to work in an office that doesn't care what I wear. So sometimes I dress very business professional, other times I'll mix a youthful or casual top with a pencil skirt or trousers… or a professional top with jeans or a youthful mini skirt/tights/boots combo. Or I just do whatever. Friday, I looked kind of emo in all black. πŸ™‚ I like to think that I can pull off lots of different styles!

  • Jenn March 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I love this! So I just finally made the grad-school-to-laywer transition, and (as a 94lb 5' 1" woman) I was so forlorn because NOTHING seems to fit, unless I want to look like a stumpy man! I have to say, I was close to giving up altogether–but your blog has really inspired me to keep searching! I love your tips (e.g., looping a belt that's too long), and I'm a dedicated follower of your blog–I love your style (and photographer!), your detail about fit and tailoring, and your heads-ups on sales! Thank you for saving me from the brink of fashion demise.

  • Canadianpetite March 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    The first pic is awesome – so vintage Vogue! Kudos, Nick. In the second to the last pic you are wearing diff shoes. What brand are they?

  • Petite-ish March 20, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Haha, since the ann taylor tops came into the scene, I've been noticing that you've created dozens of jean clones πŸ™‚

  • April March 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I love your style! You look SOOO classy and beautiful all the time! πŸ™‚

    To answer your question my personal style I think is very feminine and a little bit of florals, ruffles and some bohemian looking outfits. I am in love with Free People and espadrille wedges. πŸ™‚

  • MizzJ March 21, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Jean you always look the epitome of class and elegance so don't worry about being lost in the crowd – you are totally unique!

    I would say my style is nowhere near as classic as yours. I like a more edgy, relaxed and downtown style, though I utterly love classic looks as well.

  • PetiteXXS March 21, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for bringing up something I'm sure we've all been thinking… it's hard to come up with fresh new looks when our closets are all filled with the same things! It's nice to see how each blogger style the same top, but it's a different story when we all own the same pants, cardigan, belt, and shoes! But I think you do have your own style, as well as a secret weapon that is Nick! Gorgeous photos, like everyone else has already said πŸ™‚

  • Jason Lieder March 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

    These pictures are gorgeous, I love the depth of field and colors. They go together perfectly with you look. The first shot of this post it sooo nice. Nice work, thanks for posting.

  • AubreyOhDang! March 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I can't even concentrate on the article of clothing being presented in this post b/c I'm so distracted by the beauty of the photography. I really can't believe you guys just picked up a camera @ a store one day and Nick just started taking pics and this is the progress he's gotten (so far). Quite amazing.

  • Choiii March 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I love love love your outfit and style. The picrures are amazinggg, feels like something out of an editorial. You are beautiful aswell πŸ™‚

  • Kate March 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I must say this entire outfit is GORGEOUS. I'm really liking everything about it, but especially the cuff on those pants. πŸ™‚


  • Vicky March 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    *whistle* lol. Sensual! The lace, the ruffle, the heels. You look unbelievably beautiful. Fantastic job on the photos, Nick!

  • Lucy March 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Wow everything in these pictures look gorgeous–especially YOU! The photography is amazing and I realize you've been asked this a million times but seriously. Are you a model???

  • Anonymous March 22, 2011 at 12:20 am

    New reader to your blog and love it! I am about your height but a size or two bigger so I also struggle mightily to find clothes. I just about died of joy when you talked about the handbag drop lengths…no one else knows what I'm talking about! Lol. I've learned to dress myself presentably for work but lately have been playing more with different lengths and styles of items. Great ideas and great color…it's inspired me to mix some of my own items!

  • Sophisticated Glam March 22, 2011 at 1:19 am

    very nice! love the whole look and it's very sophisticated. πŸ™‚

  • Adrianne March 22, 2011 at 3:23 am

    I love that you remixed here. Can you do more of these??? I think seeing how everyone styles their outfits is THE BEST. Especially when they take one piece and where it multiple ways!

    Great job!

  • suki pooki March 22, 2011 at 5:30 am

    This outfit is gorgeous!!!! Keep up the great work!!! <3

  • SILVIA March 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Hello honey!! I absolutely LOVE your blog!!

  • Amy Stewart March 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I love it! And btw… these are really great photos of you! πŸ™‚

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  • Jackie March 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    This is beautiful! You look great in these photos, OMG! *__*

    I love your personal style and everything. I always love looking at your pics (review ones as well).

  • Abhitoabby March 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    PS. A question for Nick…is the Sepia tint given within the camera or post processing? If so what software is used?

  • Michelle March 23, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Aww! I agree with the ladies…both you and Nick are so talented! I am especially loving that first picture! "Luscious" comes to mind!

    I also have to say, that vest is so pretty!

    I am trying to add more uniqueness through statement accessories (inspired by bloggers). I usually do not like bright colors or super bold patterns on me, so I am compensating by making my accessories more fun. πŸ™‚

  • kimmie March 23, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Your bf is so talented, and you are so photogenic. Love these photos, and your style is seriously amazing. I learn so much from your blog!

  • Anonymous March 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I love these photos and agree with the last comments…you are very photogenic and lovely in ALL the outfits you wear! Great blog too! : )

  • Beautygirl24 March 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    You look stunning in these pics! Really, very professional looking. I love that little vest from H&M.; is that a recent find? I would love to get one for myself!

  • Sunshine March 24, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Jean, you look like a movie star! I love the way you pose; you look so effortless. Thumbs way up!

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  • Amy April 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Your blog is so inspiring! I've spent all weekend reading it when I should have been studying for the darn CFA…

    Thanks for all the amazing tips and inspirations!

  • DSK Steph January 18, 2012 at 1:56 am

    I googled your post to find a pic of the turnlock CC earrings to show my friend. lol πŸ™‚

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