Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Video: What to wear with red + new style resolution

I’ve been trying to find different ways to wear old items, instead of constantly buying new stuff. Looking through my closet, I spotted this beautiful skirt which has not gotten much wear. I initially struggled to pair items with this bolder color, but after understanding some general color schemes (blog readers, I apologize for the repetitive content), I can now give this skirt the love it deserves.

Find your perfect red skirt:
- Ann Taylor Wool Mini in petite & reg 0-18 (10000003953 for 40% off 1 item. Thanks, Chloe!)
- Express Double Weave Pocketed Pencil Skirt in 00 - 12 reg (use 9372 for $30 off)
- Ann Taylor Wool Crepe Pencil Skirt in petite & reg 00-18 (use GIFT50 for $50 off)
- J.Crew Wool Crepe Pencil Skirt in petite & reg 00-16
- The Limited Stretch Wide Waistband Pencil Skirt in reg 2-16 (use 404 for $15 off $50)

Color schemes shown in video:
1. Black and/or White – Clean and Crisp:
- H&M lace-neck blouse (similar)
- H&M $9.95 white blouse, AA sheer dot tights, Ann Taylor Patent Pumps, eBay pearl studs
- LOFT lace print tee, BR belt, c/o t+j Designs bracelet, Talbots tweed flats (similar)
Also try: a freshly-ironed, white button-down shirt with patterned pumps, or a black & white striped top.

2. Neutrals – Soft and Warm:
- (from this post) Gap blouse, Michael Kors tortoise watch, Calvin Klein leopard pumps
- Makeshift camel shawl (love this camel crewneck pullover)
Also try: pairing neutrals + red with brown, cable, or herringbone tights. 

3. Prints and Patterns – Fun and Modern:
- (from this post) LOFT floral top, Jcrew cardis, CL Simple pumps, Target Versie pumps (review)
- Ann Taylor leopard cardigan (similar in XS-XL) (similar in cashmere), Gap button-up shirt
Also try: layering chambray under prints and patterns for a casual look.
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After reviewing this video, I realized with chagrin that every outfit was a top tucked into the skirt. I spend an inordinate amount of time at work, and my go-to outfit has morphed into the blouse + pencil skirt + pumps. Now that I have plenty of those, it is my style resolution to push myself out of that comfort zone, and build an interesting casual wardrobe that's reflective of my personal style.

When I first started blogging, my goal was merely to find some work clothes that didn't make me look & feel like a kid playing dress-up. After that foundation was achieved, I made some fashion resolutions in 2010, and now one more. Many of us (or myself, at least) are not born stylists, so it's a continuous learning experience to dress ourselves well, in a way that flatters our bodies and helps us feel confident. For that reason, I'm thankful for the opportunity to share my trials and errors through this blog, and I'm thankful for your tips & constructive feedback.

Readers – What are your style resolutions? What would you like to refine, develop, or change about how you dress?

70 comments:

  1. My staple outfit is a dress pants and a cardigan. I have tons of cardigan... in about every color possible...

    But, I totally know what you mean about the kid playing dress up part. Even with the way you dress now, do you still get asked 'how old you are'? Or has the way you dress changed your entire look?

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  2. I'm more ExtraLARGE than ExtraPetite but I love your blog and videos. Even as a plus-size woman I get so many ideas and inspiration. I hope you do more videos with items already in your wardrobe. I think that is more true to life than seeing uber expensive items that the average woman can't afford (and I suspect many fashion bloggers are given to feature on their blogs and in their videos. Yes the occasional splurge of a high end item but not something new and expensive every post). I also love that you show a price range of options (like the Louboutins and the similar shoe from Target). I just wanted to comment and say thank you.

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  3. Thanks! I am guilty of wearing pants only and none of my cute skirts. I have a burgundy skirt that will work well. Do you think the tucked in look will work for us more top heavy, short waisted petites? Yeah, new style resolutions for me!

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  4. Super informative video, Jean! I love your red skirt. One of my style resolutions is to incorporate more color into my daily outfits. I think I've somewhat accomplished that. This year, I'd like to get into sewing more. Hopefully, I'll be able to do my own alterations.

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  5. I love how shiny your hair looks! May I ask what shampoo and conditioner you use? :)

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  6. Very informative post/video, Jean. Loved all your pairings! One of my faves is with the $10 blouse..so classic! In my teen years, I wore a lot of red and now that I look at my closet, I realize that all of my red clothes have disappeared. Sooo weird. I keep going through these phases. :P I look forward to seeing your style evolve in the next year. : )

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  7. This is great - thanks! I love your videos!

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  8. Thank you so much for the video!!! I didn't think a red pencil skirt could work for the office, but now I see that it can. :)

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  9. Jean, love the video and all the pairings. My top faves were with the b&w H&M blouse and with the slouchy LOFT tee :) Just curious, have you ever thought about wearing your leopard sweater with your leopard pumps? or do you think that would be too busy?

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  10. This is random but what is the book you were showing the colour wheel with?

    Also, the video was great! I think I see a red skirt in my future.

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  11. so trendy with the red skirt! I just bought one over black friday and am waiting for a holiday party to wear it!

    I have a random question kind of unrelated to this post. I remember you said you were debating between this pair of louboutins over the new simple pumps. Why did you choose this pair over the new simples? I was just curious since I think I'm ready to invest in a long lasting pair of heels, and am debating between those two styles. Thanks!

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  12. I struggle with re-styling dresses. Sure you can wear it as is, add a blazer, or a cardigan, a vest and so forth. I am not a huge fan of layering things under a dress, like a blouse, nor do I like to turn a dress into a top by tucking it under a skirt...it just sounds incredibly uncomfortable and restricting while sitting in my office all day. Great job on styling the red skirt.

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  13. The tutorial was great! Haha, I tend toward the safe side b/c my fav combos (in terms of what I'd try out) were the skirt + black/white top and the skirt + the neural top. My outfits tend to be jeans-/pants-oriented w/ a gray/navy/white color scheme, so I think my style resolution would be to wear more color and to wear more skirts & dresses.

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  14. great video and very informative. i've been on the lookout for a nice red pencil skirt because of you. ;) i haven't found one yet but this video gives me lots of inspirations. thanks!

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  15. The leopard pairings are so great! Amazing with red!

    Lol!! Do you usually say "woosh, woosh, woosh" when you tuck in your tops? That was too cute! :p

    I am excited to see your more casual looks!

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  16. I know you just got back from a trip to Europe not too long ago. It looked like you had fun! :) Is it cold over there? I'm going on a business trip next week (my first one ever) and I was wondering, will one coat be enough for a week-long trip? Or would it be better to dress with more variety since it's a work setting? Thanks!

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  17. Love them all! I saw the black n white dress shirt at H&M the other day but couldn't find a size 2!

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  18. What an interesting Video! I never imagined I could try red clothes. Your Video will help me a lot!

    I LOVE your H&M black lace-neck blouse. Looks really sexy and sophisticated.

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  19. I love the top and the shoes!!! :D Cute post

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  20. Great video! I love that you wore your camel skirt as a top just to show us how nicely it pairs with the red. That plus almost toppling over so we could see your dotted tights shows your dedication to us readers (and we are thankful for it). I'd like to see the red skirt plus stripes for a Parisian take or with a plaid / gingham for a preppy spin :)

    I recently purchased a red-orange skirt and I think everything you did here can be reapplied - that makes me a happy camper!

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    Would appreciate your feedback:-)
    fashion and change are in sync with each other.Indian fashion is too good with the trends in fashion and with the advent of western influence in the indian designs ladies' smile gets wider with the quest of new arrivals clothes.Be it any online store in India or elsewhere, New-In section on websites get most clicks..I would like to open some clothing website in India.

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  22. i was just thinking about buying a red skirt. love this post! where is your red skirt from?

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  23. i love how classy you look in everything and that red skirt goes well with soooo many things!

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  24. One of my resolutions for 2012 is to incorporate more colour into my work closet. As it is, close to 99% of my bottoms (skirts, pants) are blacks and the 1%? dull browns :'( sob!

    I will definitely be coming back to you for style references. I love your coloured skirts collection and really admire how much thought you put into your ensembles.

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  25. Wonderful video. I recently brought a red skirt during the Black Friday and haven't wore the skirt yet. I'm so glad you do a video on red skirt. Now I have more ideas. Love all your pairing.

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  26. love it!

    http://glamourgirl-bg.blogspot.com/

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  27. thank you Jean for the nice video! I love the colour red and I have many red things in my closet, but I never took really the time to think what to pair it with to make it look more interesting. Thanks for the ideas and greetings from Germany, merry Christmas

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  28. I love that you give stylish ideas that are trendy and high fashion yet very affordable because you use items from stores you can find at almost any mall!

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  29. i love the way recycle your wad rode instead of buying every single piece new but i will really want u to do bags video wich ones u own which one we should spend there is so many designer bags please do it

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  30. This year I tried to stop wearing jeans all the time and try different bottoms. I am so amazed about how my wardrobe has changed! My new resolution would be to try to buy more quality clothing, only buy things on sale (I'm allready pretty good at that -thanks to online shopping), learn about good fitted clothes and maybe try some sewing. Yay, I'm so excited!

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  31. I am pretty petite myself and love tha you take the time to explain what works for that kind of body.

    http://cincity26.blogspot.com/

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  32. Great video! I especially love the leopard-red combo - there's something very Mad Men about it that I adore. I've been eyeing the AT wool mini for some time, but haven't yet bitten the bullet and bought it. Red is (as you've shown) very versatile!

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  33. Hi Jean! I really enjoy the black/white color scheme paired with RED, the lucky color being said!

    May I know which part of China do you come from?

    A reader from Hong Kong =)

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  34. Thanks you for the post, I just bought a new red pencil skirt at The Limited which I absolutely love, but I have been looking for inspirations for how to style it. I wore it to work this week with a cream colored, ruffle placket blouse & caramel pumps & handbag. Thanks to you, I have bunch more ideas now! : )

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  35. Every outfit is perfect on you!! Anyhow the skirt is quite pink instead of red (at least from the video). You look great!

    The Life After

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  36. Great video, Jean! Love it!
    Since you are a pro at tucking tops into skirts, any tips on keeping everything smooth underneath? I will try to tuck things in but then that sometimes makes for unsightly VPL or you can see my blouse tucked in underneath

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  37. Thanks for the video! The timing is perfect! I just bought the Front Pleat Crepe Skirt in flame red from LOFT and haven't figured out how to style it. I can't wait to try your tips.

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  38. great ideas for mixing with red. i think a light blue, chambray type top would work well too!

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  39. This is a comment somewhat unrelated to the content of your post (though I do have a red skirt, and that was great!). I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your blog.

    For one, your content is often extremely helpful in more than just a shallow, cursory way. You talk about quality and what to look for, tips on alterations and fits, and also do a great job of explaining how to find pieces from all over the price spectrum and how to make those into one cohesive closet -- or outfit. These are all things that I, as an admittedly style-challenged person, have found helpful that go beyond the sort of no-duh fashion advice I've seen in other places. Being of a similar size and build as you, I'm certainly part of your target demographic, but I feel like much of the information you've given would be good advice regardless of size.

    Not only that, I also appreciate your attitude in blogging and interacting with your followers. Obviously I don't know you in person, but from my occasional perusal of the comments I've seen that you make an effort to answer your readers' questions and have taken the occasional criticism/advice in a mature way. I cannot tell you how much respect I have for you when you respond to things like, "That might not be the right pant length for you," with a reply closer to, "Maybe you're right; I'll think about it," rather than anger or dismissal.

    tl;dr: In short, I enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for the good advice and the great attitude. You seem like a really nice person.

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  40. Another great post, Jean! I have a certain go-to look for work, too. Mine involves any size 0 skirt from The Limited (yes, they are a little roomy in the waist) paired with a turtleneck sweater (usually black) with a fun scarf, black tights and tall black boots. It's comfy and still dressed up enough for a Chicago Loop office, but I feel like I need to expand my style. You have inspired me to find some fun leopard print shoes or a sweater... =). ~ Laurie

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  41. I love love love the third look with the colorful ruffly blouse- so fun!!
    www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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  42. I'm looking forward to following your blog as your pursue your new resolution :]! As a petite person, everything is helpful and I love watching what you come up with.

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  43. Thank you for sharing! I love the look with the white blouse.

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  44. Hi, Jean. Your continuous learning spirit in fashion is really very inspiring! Browsing your blog back to a couple of years ago, you are really transforming yourself to a more and more professional stylist. I agree with you that a good fit is very important in dressing. Could you recommend a good tailor in the Boston Area? I started to realize I do need a fitter wardrobe to look nice as a petite woman.

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  45. Thank you for all your tips!

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  46. Hi Jean,

    could you please do a video on pairings with gray skirts? i have 3 in my wardrobe, and no idea what to pair them with, besides black or white.

    thanks you in advance

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  47. Great pairing video! Where did you get your polka dots tights? They're so cute.

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  48. I love your child-style-to-chic-adult segment. I'm 4'10, 97lbs and am looking for some suggestions regarding casual style. I'm currently studying for my masters, and I work for a university that has an extremely casual dress code. I largely work with undergraduates, so any suggestions on how to look my age--23--rather than 17 would be much appreciated! Thanks for your wonderful blog!

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  49. Hi Jean, I enjoyed your video, thanks for taking my camel suggestion to a whole other direction! ;-). Note that while a camel coat or blazer are aspirational (btw, Forever21 had an amazing camel blazer, be sure to check out their wares) the look works with a simple cardigan button down or crew neck sweater in a rich camel color (I pair mine with Chanel two tone heels which I highly recommend for perhaps your next splurge). Regarding trying something new, here are a few ideas, you can probably get away with some more dramatic tops, perhaps your recent trip to Spain will inspire you to try something bolder with a black cinch-waist belt (as opposed to your usual skinny or 1-inch belts)--with your black hair, white skin the look would be great, just be sure not to go too overboard (i.e., edge it up a bit, no bun or flamenco dots). I highly recommend Anne Fontaine blouses, they are sadly not cheap, but worth the splurge on an end of season sale. I also think you can take the lessons of your red skirt and apply it to other bold color pencil skirts (teal, mustard yellow). That's all I got. Happy "extra" holidays! --April *ps, for your reader who asked about grey skirts, I like magenta, cobalt blue or bright yellow (NOT banana yellow). More classic is blush pink.

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  50. Love your ideas and outfit resolutions! I need a lot of guidance after having two kids and now my body has totally changed. I was inching towards a matronly "mom" style and it was scaring me. My style resolution is to look professional, feminine but with a bit of an edge.

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  51. Hi Jean,
    I really enjoyed your review on Chanel handbags and so I was wondering if you had any recommendations for a chic woman's brief case? I am looking for something classic, chic, and not too flashy, that will last through the years. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!

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  52. Maybe, tucked-in dress shirt and skirt is your "style." No reason to depart from a look that works GREAT on you and that you're comfortable with!

    As for me, my style resolution is similar to yours! Rediscover pieces in my own closet, also to pare down my closet to pieces that fit my sense of style. I absolutely can't shop for new clothing until I do this!

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  53. Hi Jean! I was wondering if you have ever had your tailor let out coat sleeves, and if so, how much did it cost (in other words, was it an expensive operation, more so than the opposite procedure, i.e., shortening sleeves)? I've let a ton of gorgeous coats pass me by simply because the sleeves were too short, and now I'm at the point where I'm wondering if I should call in the services of a tailor just so I can finally score my dream coat (minus the sleeve length). Thanks Jean - your blog was actually the one that introduced me to the wonders of tailoring! :)

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  54. @CoffeeBreakCrn I can't remember the last time I was asked that. It must be years ago...and thankfully so : )

    @Andrea Thanks so much, Andrea. I always appreciate it as well when bloggers showcase different ways to style existing pieces versus only posting new purchases. It's easy to get caught up in the flood of sales and deals this season, and end up with a pile of unnecessary new things.

    @Anonymous I'm not an expert on dressing for other body types, but in my mind the tucking in look will work for top heavy, short waisted ladies if the waistline of the skirt doesn't come up too high (and thus making the waist look even shorter). For top heavy ladies I also think slightly flared silhouettes work on the bottom (for skirts, maybe a slight A-lined skirt or mini) and I also like bolder colors on the bottom with neutral on top, to draw the eye downwards and balance out the top & bottom. I could be speaking nonsense, so anyone who is more knowledgeable on dressing for this body type, please feel free to pipe in.

    @Anonymous I ran out of hair products a few months ago and have been using the bf's Head & Shoulders 2 in 1 ... not recommended since it's a bit drying : )

    @R.L. I think to mix prints there has to be a difference in the prints - either in the size of the spots or the color or actual print design itself. My sweater and shoes are too similar : )

    @M Haha - it's "Fashion for Dummies," a gift from my boyfriend's mom.

    @Alice Gu Hi Alice, I went with the simples because I would get more wear out of them. I don't wear platform shoes often because I don't have occasions to. Also there was a sizing difference even though both were a sz 5. The new simples that I received ran bigger and the heels slipped slightly. Good luck deciding!

    @Ella Hi Ella - One coat should be fine : ) I think most normal folk wear the same coat every day. Be sure to look up the temperatures on Weather.com before you go. Have fun!

    @Anonymous Thanks! It's from a Savers thrift store and is Petite Sophisticate brand. I posted the original fit here: http://www.extrapetite.com/2011/04/quest-for-classic-red-pencil-skirt.html

    @Anonymous I'm from Guangzhou - very close to HK!

    @Danielle I deal with VPL and visible tuck lines as well. In my last post with the bow top and red skirt, a number of readers shared their tips for fixing this. From the sounds of it, I think a pair of shapewear or spanx shorts are key for tucking tops into, underneath skirts!

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  55. @Allison Hi Allison - Thanks so much for saying hello and for your comment. The basis of my blog has always been to document my experiences, lessons learned, and also to share great tips that I've learned from others. I'm not a fashion expert, and thus always welcome constructive opinions. I'm so glad to hear that you've found my blog to be helpful and even enjoyable. Thank you for being a reader, and here's to sharing more tips with each other in the future!

    @Anonymous That sounds like a sleek and classy go-to look! I'd love to find some work-appropriate black boots, eventually.

    @Anonymous Hi there - for gray, I like April / anonymous's tips below. Personally I've worn my gray skirt with olive and beige ( http://www.extrapetite.com/2011/02/petite-lookbook-prim-and-proper.html ), burgandy ( http://www.extrapetite.com/2010/12/how-to-style-basic-cardigan-pencil.html ), and I also like it with purples and print ( http://www.extrapetite.com/2011/11/easy-outfit-pairing-monochromatic-plus.html - I know the skirt in this post is actually light purple).

    @Anonymous Thanks! They are American Apparel and a gift from a fellow blogger. I've seen similar at Nordstrom Rack and other discount stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Filene's Basement.

    @JCatcher I'm guessing you already read this (http://www.extrapetite.com/2010/05/reader-request-how-to-look-older-in.html ) but key areas to focus on include: wearing makeup, appropriately, wearing cute flats or boots instead of sneakers, and also try to do blouses and sweaters or casual blazers (love H&M for this) instead of tees.

    @Anonymous Thanks for all the suggestions, April. Chanel two-toned pumps are certainly on my list. The more I read your suggestions, the more I wish you had a blog (or perhaps photos to share on the ALterations Needed forum for petite women).

    @Jessica Hi Jessica - Unfortunately, I have no recommendations for a chic briefcase : / It's something that I've never shopped for. I wonder if Kate Spade makes something of the like? She has elegant yet feminine work totes.

    @V I've never had that done - but I imagine it should cost the same as shortening sleeves ($25-$40) and it may or may not be possible depending on how much fabric there is to be let out to begin with. Is this a J.Crew coat? I'm only guessing as their sleeves are notoriously short.

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  56. I loved this video Jean! You are so cute and it was funny when you used the camel skirt as a stand-in cardi/blazer. haha One of my style resolutions is to be able to dress more grown-up for work and actually buy clothes that fit right or that I love instead of a lot of things I won't wear. Thank you for your inspiration and I will definitely continue to follow your blog! =)

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  57. Wow this was such a helpful post!! I bought a red skirt last year at H&M that I totally love, but never actually wore out because I don't know how to!!!

    Thank you so much!!!

    xox Rose

    teacupsanddresses.blogspot.com

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  58. thanks for this post! I have a red skirt that I've been trying to think of other ways to wear it, other than the classic black+white.

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  59. As a petite girl myself, I totally agree that the best go-to outfit is the high-waisted skirt with a tucked-in shirt. What makes me repeat the outfit even more is that I usually don't want to spend a lot of time contemplating the outfit when I'm trying to get out of the house by 8am.

    As far as style resolutions go, I want to trust myself more. I think pushing the envelope is good for branching out but sometimes I stress out about what I'm wearing to the point where fashion become unenjoyable! If I trust myself more with my decisions or resort back to my trusty classics, I'll find a lot more happiness in fashion!

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  60. I loved all the looks with the red skirt, but my favorite was the leopard-print cardigan. Kisses!

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  61. love love love this post!!!
    I recently got an awesome ann taylor wool skirt from a thrift shop. I paid $9 for the skirt and $35 to get the skirt taken in and hemmed. I'm a size 0 and the skirt was an 8. I love the skirt but I've been having difficulty finding something different to wear with it other than a white or black top. I love your different options

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  63. Your last look was the best. You're a certainly right... i mention it on my blog often... animal print will make you look like a jersey housewife is not done correctly.

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  64. Hi Jean

    After seeing you in the H&M white blouse I searched high and low for it to no avail. Today I found the top in a size 8 (normally a 2 or 4) I bought it anyway. When I tried it on at home it fit! But there was a small lipstick mark on it so I decided to wash just that section which was a bad idea because the black 'ink' spread to the white part of the blouse! I am so sad I even bragged to all my friends. Is there anyway to remove this black 'inky' mark?

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  65. Hi Jean, I am a new follower of your blog and even though i am not living in the Us nor petite I love how professional your videos and articles are and I am a big fan of your style. I was wondering what is the title of the book your are showing in this video. I would be quite interested to read it if it tells about how to combine colors/fabrics or accessories. Let me know if you would recommend it too ?
    Thanks a lot and keep up with the good job !

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  66. AHAHAHAHHA i don't think you were even trying to be funny, but i died laughing during some parts!!!!
    "the leopard +red is bordering trashy" and when you pulled the camel skirt over you. LOL.

    1 question: if i was going to choose JUST one red pairs of bottoms, would you recommend red pants or red skirt? i am totally sold on getting some red bottoms after seeing your latest cheery reds+printed red scarf look :)

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