MNG by MANGO Challenge #1 – London Style

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Dress: MNG by MANGO sz 4/XS c/o jcpenney Trench: Burberry sz 2 (similar) (for less)
Faux-Fur Collar: H&M;  Shoes: Aldo heels & Adrienne Vittadini suede booties (similar)

For the first MNG by MANGO challenge, we were asked to create a look inspired by our fave British style icon. I raced to my closet and whipped out this trench that has been begging to be worn. I suppose my style inspiration can be Emma Watson from her glamorous 2010 Burberry ads. 

I stopped by jcpenney last week to pick out my MNG by MANGO items. Flipping though the racks, I started to panic as every item I pulled out was cut generously. In the midst of my flipping fury (and still empty handed), Nick surfaced out of nowhere with carefully selected, potentially petite-friendly items. I thought for sure he was off wandering the mall for pretzels or checking fantasy football stats. Instead, my photog-turned-personal shopper pulled through for me in a time of need. Almost every item I ended up bringing home was hand-picked by Nick!

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This dress in an XS/ 4 worked for me because it has an elastic waistband. By wearing the band up higher, the hem came up a few inches as well. I love the elegant twist back that’s open, yet bra-friendly (wore a normal black bra).


Going hand in hand with our London theme, I had a lovely time at the Burberry cocktail party last night with Carolyn and Khatu. I wore my thrifted skirt, booties, and a cozy cashmere pullover.

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Side story: The last time I popped into Burb get my trench tailored, I ran into my beloved SA, John, from whom I’ve been learning about coats since I was a fresh-eyed college gal. After chatting briefly about sleeve hemming, he suddenly threw his hands up in the air and exclaimed, “Oh my goodness! Are you…petite asian girl?! I’ve had so many ladies come in looking for coats and they told me about your blog! I just never put two and two together!” Flabbergasted, my mouth must’ve hung open for several minutes straight. I’m humbled that so many stylish ladies read this blog, actually value my suggestions, and even share it with others. It’s an unbelievable feeling – so thank you, each and every one of you.

Disclosure: This campaign is produced by Style Coalition and sponsored by jcpenney.

65 thoughts on “MNG by MANGO Challenge #1 – London Style

  • DSK Steph September 21, 2011 at 12:04 am

    GO PetiteAsianGirl!! 🙂

  • Ria September 21, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Cute outfit! Very well put together!

  • Gabi September 21, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Yay its beautiful! u look amazing!!

  • Beautygirl24 September 21, 2011 at 12:24 am

    You look stunning! I love MNG by Mango and must go to take a look at the dress you're wearing!

  • elleandish September 21, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Yay Jean!! 😀 congrats on the collabo and that dress looks great! I love the back! bra-friendly pieces that still show some skin are hard to find.

  • Jennifer September 21, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I have to admit, I'm one of "those girls" that tells the SA about your blog 🙂

  • Ella Pretty Blog September 21, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Love the black & white pics, especially the first one – they look like they belong in a magazine! So sweet of Nick to help you find petite-friendly clothes – my hubby is always immersed in his blackberry when we go shopping LOL! Love how famous your blog is getting – content and picture-wise, it's the best!!!

  • mai September 21, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Lovely. I was looking forward to this post after seeing Jessica from WIW's MNG by Mango post!

  • Mary Ann September 21, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Your puffy bun looks gorgeous in the third B&W; photo. Are you wearing the velcro bump? Hehe, I totally ordered one on eBay after watching your video! 😉

  • Karolina September 21, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Hi Jean, it's not only coat suggestions people get off your blog. I got married a few months ago near Boston. I got my dress on clearance and it needed to be taken in in several places. I don't have a regular tailor, so I asked around but all the suggestions were for very expensive-looking salons. I remembered your blog, Googled "Hemmingway Tailors", and took the dress there. They did a great job – the hips could have been a bit snugger, but other than that it worked out really well! So, thanks for the recommendation – and keep writing! I'm not petite by any means, but your blog is my favorite fashion blog nonetheless.

  • Ping September 21, 2011 at 12:45 am

    jean– you look gorgeous. i love that back of that dress. it's so sexy! i bought me a faux fur from h&m; too after seeing it on you.

  • Michelle September 21, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Yay!! We all love you blog. So inspirational and chic. ^_* I gotta get those bootie shoes….I love this look… all your other ones…haha

  • kileen September 21, 2011 at 12:53 am

    i love the back of this dress and how awesome Nick was able to help you pick it out! the Burberry trench is lovely on you and i'm not surprised at all that so many shoppers come in referring to your blog. 🙂

  • Wendy's Lookbook September 21, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Congrats Jean!!! You look amazing!!!

  • petiterealized September 21, 2011 at 12:56 am


    Gosh, you look amazing! London-look, well done.

    Do you know where can i track the burberry harbourne in a sz 2 aside from ebay?? shortly after you purchased yours, i looked high and low and came up with nothing. I was told the style has been discontinued. The one they replaced it with (I forgot the name) is not as petite-friendly. Please help! Thank you 🙂

  • Julie Khuu September 21, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Super cute babe! Love the inspiration…keep the good vibes flowing and the flock will follow!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  • ceeceeronee September 21, 2011 at 1:06 am

    You go girl! Rocking every piece of clothing known to men =)

  • Jo September 21, 2011 at 1:13 am

    lol you have a "personal assistant"! So cool.

    I've always loved the burberry trench look, who doesn't? You're always so well put together.

  • shweta September 21, 2011 at 1:19 am


    I am 5 ft 8 inches and even though am a size 0, no chance of labeling me as a petite. I wanted you to know that this NY girl loves your style and really enjoys your posts (I might have purchased ten or more belts from Ann Taylor since you've been on my reader :D)


  • Anonymous September 21, 2011 at 1:38 am

    I tell everyone about you lol

  • Vilay September 21, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Great Team!! LOL
    You look fabulous. I love the dress and pairing with the trench is perfect.

  • Gertrude September 21, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Wow the dress is gorgeous!! x

  • Anne September 21, 2011 at 3:31 am

    your blog is TRULY my favorite!! your sizing suggestions are always spot on, you have such great style, and you're a smart shopper (also, random side note: your hair is PHENOMENAL. seriously, major hair envy, hahahaha).
    btw, i ABSOLUTELY LOVEEEEEE your shoes (especially with the skirt!! ADORBS!!) I've been looking for similar ones but haven't found a pair I'm crazy about yet. Where'd you get yours?!
    love reading your stories and suggestions! you're the best! 🙂

  • Anne September 21, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Love your look so much!

  • Carla Krae September 21, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Gorgeous pics. You're famous!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies September 21, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I loved the story you told about your Burberry SA, John. What a sweet gesture to recommend him on your blog. I've worked in customer service in my 20s and it's always such a pleasure when I get referrals from happy customers.

  • Meg September 21, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Beautiful outfit,Jean!

    I am a recent reader and have gone back and read all of your posts. Although I am not the typical reader of your blog (I'm more like Tall Caucasian Woman!), I have learned so much from your blog, such as styling and accessoring an outfit, quality and fit (now when I shop I look at HOW an item fits, not just WHETHER it fits).

    I changed jobs about 2 years ago to a more conservative office and am looking to advance to the next step. I love the way you put together conservative, yet stylish, outfits for work and have been picking up so many tips to try on my own.

    I also appreciate that you take the time to provide how-to's and details in order to for your readers to learn – rather than just "here is what I wore" that are on some other fashion blogs.


  • Erin September 21, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Emma Watson is the perfect London inspiration! And OMG I love that he picked out your dress for you – he has excellent taste! What an awesome boyfriend. I think mine needs some tips 🙂

    Great post!

  • SippingGreenTea September 21, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Absolutely gorgeous look :)! London rocks ;). Keep up the great posts :D!

  • Samantha September 21, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Jean! You're beautiful in your Emma Watson inspired look! That dress really works! Five gold stars for Nick since he became a fabulous personal shopper.

    Part of the reason why I love your blog so much is because of how much I learn from you. You have great style advice and tips (on everything). I'm Asian but not petite (I would say I'm on the Amazon side of Asian) and your advice is still so useful. Thanks for all your hard work! I'm glad it's being recognized because you deserve it!

    xo, sam

  • Elle September 21, 2011 at 8:44 am

    You look amazing, even better than Emma Watson. 🙂

    And I've been meaning to say this, but that thrifted skirt looks amazing post alterations! I thought about hemming a similar length skirt to a mini but decided against it at the last minute but you are making me doubt my decision. 🙂

  • Cee September 21, 2011 at 9:08 am

    This is by far my favorite MNG by MANGO London Challenge look. You look amazingggg Jean! Emma Watson who?! 😉

    PS – I don't think I've ever mentioned before, but I love all the creative height difference poses with Carolyn.

  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) September 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Jean, you're famous!!!!!! And yay Nick for finding that gorgeous dress, my husband is pretty good at picking stuff out for me too 😉

    What beautiful pictures, you did an excellent job with this challenge!

  • My Dressy Ways September 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Love this look Jean! The dress is amazing – love the back and I love that you can wear it with a regular bra!

  • Sunny September 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

    This post made me smile. First, that Nick was going through racks of clothes looking for petite-friendly items. Second, when John realized that you're petite asian girl. Keep up the blogging, girl! 🙂

  • PetiteLittleGirl September 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

    When I first heard about your challenges with Mango, I immediately feared that you won’t be able to fit in their items. I’ve tried on several items in store in the past and couldn’t find anything that fits. It was great that Nick helped you to pick out this dress. Men do surprise me sometimes in terms of how much they potentially see in an item =) The dress looks lovely on you. I really love your transformation. Those pictures look like they were taken from the streets of London. Great job with the challenge, Jean! I can’t wait to see more of them.

  • hugstiem September 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

    "Are you Petite Asian Girl?" Oh my God, that totally made my day. What a line!

  • Nelah September 21, 2011 at 11:27 am

    This is a very glamorous and sophisticated look. Your bf sure has great eyes in fashion. My husband has a fantastic taste in fashion as well, everything he picks for me is classy, elegant and high quality unlike me who go for cheap stuff haha. He knows nothing about the brands but it is quite amazing how he points out to the most classic pieces in stores like a Chanel classic flap in black caviar or certain Hermes bags.

    How special you have become a style icon and an inspiration tor other ladies. Jean, you have the best styling tips out there that no one can copy.

  • newpetite September 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

    you look stunning splly. in the pic with Khatu!

  • Vanessa September 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I like the outfit but I'm always disappointed when I visit the MNG section–I can never find anything petite friendly. Maybe MNG will take note and start coming out with smaller sizes–one can only hope!

    I also find your blog very helpful and have told others about it. Thank you!

  • FashionFreak/Mihaela September 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm
  • The Little Dust Princess September 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Again – I love it! Gonna wear my fur collar with the kids trench I mentioned a while ago. Are you wearing a size 2 regular? Fits perfectly!

  • Anonymous September 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I would love to see what MNG items you purchased.

  • Petite and Hungry September 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    stunning! so sophisticated and chic!

  • Ly September 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    My favorite is the back of the dress!

  • alittlepetite September 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    wow this dress looks beautifull on you!! you are an inspiration to all petite girls! hehe

  • Anonymous September 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    STUNNING photo of the back of the dress and you look simply amazing in the bottom left.
    also can you consider doing a hair tutorial one day on your , I think, everyday hair? it is kind of finished and curled at the ends and voluminous but straight throughout, I am obsessed with it.
    much love,

  • Yuni September 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    that dress is to die for! your blog is amazing, don't be surprised by your celeb status!

  • Jackie September 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! *____*

    This dress is amazing!

  • lin September 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    i love the dress that you picked out, the ruffled details in the front and the partial open back… about sophisticated and elegant. i can totally see your pics in a london ad. 😉

  • Jade H September 22, 2011 at 2:29 am

    please post more picture of your outfits. I am a petite girl myself and i am constantly checking out your blog just to get an idea of where to shop and whats on trend. thank you for doing this and keep up the awesome work!

  • Anonymous September 22, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Hey Jean,

    I loved your occasional blogs about minimalistic make up. Unfortunately, I am unable to master the proper make up removal techniques without getting raccoon eyes the following day. Could you please do a tutorial on this? Much appreciated!

  • miah100 September 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

    You look amazing! your such a doll, effortlessly chic! 🙂

  • Emily September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    That dress looks classy and sexy on you, so stunning! I usually don't go into JcP but I definitely have to go check it out now. That story about Nick is adorable! 🙂

    I just want to say that I stumbled onto your blog a while ago, and added you despite the fact that I never considered myself "petite" (mostly because I'm the tallest in my family at a little bit shy of 5'5"). Since then I've enjoyed all of your posts, and have realized through your journey to find clothes that fit well, that none of my clothes really fit me. I do have shorter arms and torso, and started to look into petite clothing for some things because the higher arm holes, etc. really help make things more flattering. Slowly revamping the wardrobe! I'm still in college, but some day when I join the professional world, your blog will no doubt be a huge source of inspiration. Anyways, long story short, I love your blog and I think it's a valuable resource for anyone interested in fashion! I'm glad you've achieved such success and I hope more greatness for you in the future!

  • J September 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    love the looks! you've got great style!

  • Lisa P. September 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog this weekend because of your part in the MNG challenge (off of What I Wore) and I love it! I am petite too, and there is so much wonderful information on your site. I have a question — your look is professional and polished, what do you do for a living? I am a professional and my work wardrobe consists of suits and conservative work wear, so I am always looking for ideas to make such conservative-wear fun, modern and not stuffy — and of course, to fit properly for a petite! What is your job? Thanks for such a great blog; I'll be following.

  • Pablo September 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    The pictures are sooo beautiful! =D As well as your look…! =)

  • PetiteAsianGirl September 22, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I'm blown away by all of your support and kind words. Hugs all around : )

    @petiterealized The Burberry stores themselves still have the Harbourne and also even more petite-friendly cuts. THe Harbourne is actually not the slimmest cut short trench by far, as I learned during my recent visit. Unfortunately I don't know where any can be found on sale anymore. Good luck in your search!

    @Meg @shweta Ladies outside of the typical "demographic" of EP : ) – thanks so much everyone for saying hello!

    @Anne Thank you! The shoes are Adrienne Vittadini brand and I've ONLY seen this brand on sample sale sites like Hautelook/ideeli/ etc, at TJ Maxx/Marshalls, and on Piperlime. I don't even know where else to find this brand, which is unfortunate because I really like the quality, and they make size 5's and 5.5.

    @Anonymous @Vanessa Aside from this item, the better fitting pieces were knit and stretchy. I got one other navy blue sheath-style dress with tie waist in XS and a cowl-neck tank in XS.

    @Lisa P. Thank you! I work in risk & compliance, and we dress however the dress code is at our clients. Could be casual, business casual, or formal, varying from week to week!

    @Anonymous Thank you! It's quick and easy. I showed it in the beginning of this video, around 1min 30 seconds:;=player_embedded

    @Anonymous Really make sure to get a good but gentle (if you have sensitive eyes/skin) eye makeup remover. I love Lancome bi-facil, but other ladies also swear by the sonia kashuk eye makeup remover available at Target, which is more affordable. Just make sure to remove everything at the end of the day, wash your face (I use cetaphil and also a clairsonic brush to wash away dead skin cells), and then moisturize.

  • Anonymous September 23, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I love your pictures, they're so gorgeous! And I also love how you belted your coat. Will you please do a step-by-step tutorial on how you did your knot? I have several Banana Republic trenches, but have been having trouble figuring out how to tie or loop the belt. So seeing how you did yours would be so helpful!

  • grace September 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Catching up to your blog since I've been away on vacation – Congrats Jean! Your blog is the first blog I read and when I'm on the run, the only blog I read! Thank you for providing such a valuable blog for petites! I never realized that most of my clothes just didn't really fit right until I found your blog =)

  • Anonymous September 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Similar Trench Coat @ AT now! Not as gorgeous as the Burberry but it's still a classic! 🙂 I am keeping my eye open for sale! Hopefully the XS Petite is still available by that time!;=265550&defaultColor;=7495

  • Sunshine September 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    omg i'm so late but CONGRATS Jean! you are SO deserving of this. best of luck and i can't wait to see all of your challenges *hugs*

  • Anonymous October 5, 2011 at 1:49 am

    omg I loveee this outfit! In the first pic it looks like you almost have a head band on and i think if it were really there it would also make a cute look!

  • Anonymous January 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I just think you are a wonderful blogger! I am so inspired by your outfits, insights and writing. I am not as petite as you, but I'm short enough that I struggle with ill fitting clothing and my need (not want) to alter most of my clothes. I'm glad there's someone out there who can make being tiny, both acceptable and fashionable. I'm a new blogger and you are definitely one of my regularly visited blogs. Thank you from sunny LA – Lia.

    A lot of go-to's in Los Angeles:

  • vanillachai April 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    The black dress is so sexy! Love it! I thought the part about "furiously flipping" and the pretzels had great imagery and was so funny.

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