Winter White

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Ann Taylor sweater, faux pearl necklace, tote bag; Kate Spade heels (30% off),ย Ann Taylor patina lace skirt (waist taken in) + jacket (petites sold out) c/o

I look forward to the first major snowfall every year – it’s one of the few times when winter feels absolutely magical, before the snow gets covered with salt and becomes a muddy slush. Yes I was cold snapping these photos but I couldn’t resist. You can see how I would typically dress for the winter commute with waterproof boots, sweater legwarmers, and a cozy jacket over this outfit:

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Hunter Tour packable boots (review), Sheinside jacket (review), DIY legwarmers

The winter white in this outfit would also look good paired simply with black tights and pumps. The heat has been blasting at my office so I’ve been taking off my tights or legwarmers once there. For those who have asked, I definitely don’t wear my weather boots at work during the day – like the majority of fellow commuters here, I take them off at my desk and keep them there until going home. I’m especially excited to have “packable” boots now in case it’s only raining during one way of the commute. If a shoe change might be needed, I plan on bringing lightweight flats and rolling up the boots then carrying them in the pouch they came in.

Tuck away a colorful clutch in your work tote for evenings activities or holiday parties:

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I picked out this skirt thanks to Ann Taylor – the lace is described as “metallic gold” online and I think the stock photo color is accurate. It is a very subtle gold with hints of light sage-grey colors and some sparkle in the knit.

Skirt is fully lined with a side zipper, and the grosgrain ribbon waist and scalloped bottom are pretty touches that lets it transition easily from work to special occasions. The sizing feels true to AT brands – a 00 petite waist measures about 26″ around for reference. I took the waist in myself (easier than usual due to the elasticized waistband) and can post the step-by-step if anyone is interested. For a skirt that fits perfectly right off the rack, I recommend this dot sweater skirt (reviewed here) which is very good quality and a fair value with the 50% off!

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Tory Burch tote (up to 30% off w/ code LUCKY, full price here but more colors)

You can style a full cream outfit like this with a different neutral colored bag (as shown in the first pic), or with a pop of rich color like the red clutch for events or this burgundy satchel. And oh, as a reminder the sweater I’m wearing is a “cropped” style – don’t want anyone to be surprised by the shorter length and sleeves! I personally love this style, but was thinking that those who want more length and longer sleeves could probably fare well with the regular sizing.

**Cyber Monday sale** – through 12/1, use code CYBER50 for 50% off the entire Ann Taylor site. My whole outfit here is at least half off or more! Happy shopping!


63 thoughts on “Winter White

  • Anonymous November 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    You look gorgeous Jean!! Thanks for the informative line up with reviews!! Love your blog! I'm a fan!! I saw your photo on facebook featuring a patterned black and white jacket with your red Hunter boots. Do you mind sharing that jacket with me? I love it!! And I'm in need of a patterned coat. Everything coat I own is solid color now~~

  • Dressed with soul November 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I love it so much that you styled your Hunters even with this beautiful winter white outfit! Congratulations and thank you that you beared the cold – this outfit is again perfect and you inspired me once more my Hunters not only to wear for walks in the rain ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

  • Aleksandra Ivanko-Deel November 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I love this outfit. It looks beautiful on you. Everything from the skirt to the Jacket looks so well put together.

  • Sasa Zoe November 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Looking beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Shall We Sasa

  • Jean December 1, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Thank you so much! Which coat are you talking about? I went and looked and don't see a patterned jacket with red boots. There is one I posted with black boots and that is an Anthropologie scroll coat that's unfortunately from last year : /

  • Anonymous December 1, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Beautiful lace skirt!

  • prudence yeo December 1, 2014 at 12:36 am

    The red hunter boots look really cute with the classy outfit! Love the layered necklaces which really glam up the whole look and the fur collar jacket is such a pretty piece too!


  • little random happiness December 1, 2014 at 12:52 am

    The snowy setting is definitely magical! You look beautiful. I don't own many white items in my closet but you've inspired me to start looking hehe. Thank you!

  • Elaine December 1, 2014 at 1:21 am

    If it's the coat in the pictures above, isn't that one from Sheinside?

  • Anonymous December 1, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Hi Jean,

    I'm traveling to Manila in a couple weeks and will be spending Christmas and New Years there, I was wondering if you had any suggestions for holidays dresses? I was planning on getting a dress before I flew out of San Francisco. The red lace Banana Republic you featured on a blog post around this time last year was a definite winner for me so something like that dress would be really perfect for me. If only I didn't wear it this most recent Christmas and had too many pictures taken wearing it, I would wear it again! Haha.

    Looking forward to hearing from you. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • TaraMixandMatch December 1, 2014 at 5:51 am

    I love how pretty this outfit looks in the snow!

  • Sweets & Style December 1, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Beautiful outfit! Love the skirt, the pearls and the coat!

  • Rachel Dinh December 1, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Great Winter White Jean! Happy December.

  • Jean December 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Maybe, but I didn't post the picture above on FB so was confused!

  • Julie December 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

    This outfit is just gorgeous! I love the detail on that skirt. I'm right there with you on the first snowfall of the year–we got about an inch in Michigan and I loved it. Then it turned to slush! Oh well, I'm looking forward to more winter outfits from you!

    Style by Joules

  • Anonymous December 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    My apology! I was referring to the one Jean wore with the SW boots and red bag. I wasn't looking at the picture when commenting hence I thought the red was from the Hunters ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks Jean for answering

  • Anonymous December 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks Elaine too! Was thinking about getting the Sheinside coat but seems not warm enough for me

  • Emily December 1, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Winter white is so chic with snow in the background! I wish I could pull off this type of look in California, but it doesn't look like we're getting snow anytime soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jemily Life

  • Champagne Star December 1, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    great outfit, but I know you must have been freezing! It can be difficult to be cute during the winter when, after a point, you are more concerned with staying warm than looking good.

  • Anonymous December 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Hi, Jean! I've seen you post a lot about these Hunter packable boots, but I've wondered what they look like when they're "packed." Would you mind taking pictures of them when packed so I can see how they look rolled up?

  • Jean December 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Danielle! What size do you wear? That'll help me narrow down some options. I haven't seen anything yet this year that jumped out like the BR lace (forever one of my favorites) but will give it some thought!

  • Jean December 1, 2014 at 9:41 pm
  • annie lee December 1, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    wow snow!!!!! we don't get snow here in where i live so this is so exciting haha ๐Ÿ™‚ you look so elegant jean x

  • Anonymous December 2, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Another beautiful outfit ๐Ÿ™‚ I'll have to check out those boots. I currently own the Hunter regent savoy and they are super slim fitting as well for slim shorter calfs. just a touch shorter than the tour but in a riding boot cut minus the buckles

    Its a good slightly dressier alternative; but I've been wanting a fun color for a while.. thinking about the bright peacock in the tours now ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!


  • Anonymous December 2, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Hi Jean, Love your blog and outfit! What kind of legwarms do you use? Anything besides the Hunter boot socks? It seems even with boots and tights and a long coat my legs could still get cold in the winter? Thanks!

  • Anonymous December 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Jean, love your style. Your blog is the only one I can find pays attention to regular and affordable brands. I've bought many great items since I followed your blog, and will definitely follow you in the future. I also appreciate any review you've given, which are candid and righteous, no matter the brands and styles. I am wonder whether you've tried any Balenciaga bag? I really admire Balenciaga bag, but just worry the city is too big for my 5'2'' figure. The Balenciaga town and fist bags seem smaller, but I never tried them. I would like to hear your opinion about those bags. Thank you so much. Happy holiday!!

  • Suzie Q December 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    This winter white shoot is just so dreamy! I absolutely am in love with the skirt, and I love how you made it chic paired with a cable sweater and necklace!

    Suzie Q

  • Anonymous December 2, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Jean, I've been following you for years and love your style and really appreciate your shopping tips as a fellow petite gal. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for smaller guys – my fiancรฉ is 5'6" and weighs less than 120lbs – I thought shopping for me is hard, but it's impossible for him! Even designer stuff is too big. Thanks in advance for any advice at all.

  • Anonymous December 3, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Hi Jean! How are you liking the red Kate Spade wallet featured in the Laura Mercier make up post? Thank you!

  • Anonymous December 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Omg jean- these photos are magical! -Bettina

  • Hayley December 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Jean — I wanted to share with you this dress I ordered from Piperlime firstly because it was green (I need a green dress), and secondly because the reviews indicate that it runs small which I always get excited about! Anyhow, I got it in the mail and the fit is absolutely amazing although it will need to be hemmed an inch or two. Aside from the amazing fit, it is only $35 (sale price) and can be dressed up or dressed down for casual wear. I just went ahead and also ordered it in the orange color even though I have a million orange dresses because I love the green one so much. I'm barely 5'1" and 100 lbs.;=1&pid;=232216002

  • Anonymous December 3, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Jean! Thanks so much for your reply! I usually wear a size 4 in BR dresses. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Elifnaz December 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Lovely look, beautiful pics!

  • Anonymous December 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Hey Jean, did you know your photo was featured here?

    That's awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous December 3, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I love how you rock patterned coats and striped sweater/tees and still look girly and elegant!! Can you recommend me some good crop stripe sweater/tee and patterned coats this year?

  • Anonymous December 3, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Can you please post on how you tucked the AT skirt in? It looks amazing btw on you

  • Anonymous December 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I miss your old posts where there were less "c/o" clothing and you broaden your creative outlet with pieces you already have. Maybe I am saying this because I am jealous.

  • Paola December 4, 2014 at 5:53 am

    So chic!

  • Anonymous December 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Jean, I really like the DVF Zarita lace dress you posted a while back but unfortunately it's out of my price range. Recently I came across a cheaper version by Adrianna Papell and was wondering if you've looked at this brand before or any other less expensive alternatives. Thanks!

    Below is a link to the dress:;=0&fashionColor;=&resultback;=414&cm;_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_1_B

  • Anonymous December 4, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Beautiful!!. Like your lipstick too! if you don't mind, can you tell me what color and brand?

  • Anonymous December 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Hi Jean! I love your blog!! Just wondering, do you have any recommendations for warm snow boots (especially for petites)? I just moved from California to Boston and probably should prepare for the winter… thanks!

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Hi Danielle – I didn't see anything quite like the BR lace but have really been loving the look of some dresses from Anthropologie this year. Is this red fit + flare dress a little too low-cut?

    I also posted about this in a past entry which has a similar silhouette to the red, but is a floral sheen instead of lace.

    And I thought this was pretty with an elegant high neckline, but the reviews seem iffy about the material. I also like the Ann taylor crochet lace dress previously reviewed, but it only came in black this year and I know that's not as festive : /

    Good luck dress searching and I hope you have a wonderful trip to Manila!

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Thank you for your tips per usual, KC! I have loved the riding bot look of the Regent boots on fellow blogger Hello Framboise – glad to hear they've worked out for you as well!

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Hi there – I've just been using old sweater knit stockings that I've cut into "tube" shapes as legwarmers. I have scrunched them up to fill in the gap between boot calves and my legs. Do you have fleece-lined tights? Several ladies have recommended those to me for extra warmth!

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Hello – thank you for your kind words and feedback. I wish I could help about the Balenciaga but I have actually never tried it on. It's a little edgier than my personal style however I admire it on friends like Wendy of Wendy's lookbook. You can search her blog for the brand as I believe she has several of their bags. And she is the same height as me (5 feet) which can serve as a good frame of reference. Happy holidays to you as well!

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Hello there – I totally feel you on shopping for smaller-framed men. My brother is the same size as your fiance and I usually buy all his outfits and find it to be much more challenging than shopping for myself. Unfortunately more often than not tailoring is necessary. I buy him JCrew size XS or size 34 short in suiting, and they have a "slim shop" which is supposedly more narrowly cut. Also he can wear H&M;'s smallest sizes. Good luck to the both of you shopping…and by the way, congratulations on your engagement!

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Hello! It's a very basic wallet which I got mostly for the vibrant color…no complaints!

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Thank you Haley for your continued recommendations! (and the Kate Spade boot measurements + pics! Would've never considered this due to the ratings. It takes skill to dig for negatively-reviewed pieces that for the same reason turn out to be perfect for harder-to-fit body types : )

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I did not! Thank you for posting the link! Guess LC shares similar tastes in leopard shoes : )

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Thank you! Do you mean tuck in the sweater, or the skirt? If you meant sweater…since the sweater is a cropped length, I simply tucked it into the stretchy elastic waistband and it didn't add too much bulk because the length ends just beneath the waistband.

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Too funny…my mom has this! Just did a post on this, hope it helps in your search.

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Thank you so much – it's Laura Mercier "red amour." I actually got it as part of a gift with purchase when buying some caviar eye sticks…so win win!

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Welcome to Boston! To be honest I haven't tried on any snowboots because I haven't had the need. I have a short commute and don't really do outdoor activities. Several of my friends and colleagues have Sorel boots, which are supposed to be insulated and designed for the cold.

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Thank you! I haven't come across any cropped striped sweater/tees in-person recently except at H&M.; I don't see them online but they were in-store by the basics and Divided juniors section. For patterned coats, what size do you typically take and what weight (mild winter, fall, cold winter) are you looking to shop for?

  • Jean December 5, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Hi there – I try to mix old and new whenever possible and a lot of my outfit here was acquired over time…bought the necklace last summer, tote earlier this summer, and shoes are very old. I turn down the majority of c/o items offered but I think like most ppl in a similar position, do appreciate ones that cater to extended sizing needs or are designs that are true to my style.

  • Cat December 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Jean!

    Really like your blog and your style! I live in Boston and am wondering if you can tell me which tailor you use? My mom bought me two lovely but oversized trench coats (she thinks I'm bigger than I really am ๐Ÿ™ …) I hate to see the two trench coats sitting in my closet ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous December 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Jean,

    Wow thank you so much for these options! I'm really loving the green floral sheen and overture tulle sheath dress, I can't wait to drop by Anthropologie and try these on. On the downside they are a tad bit over my budget for a holiday dress but can probably justify the purchase if the dresses fit well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you and have a great holiday season!


  • Anonymous December 6, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks so much, Jean, and best wishes to you too! Happy holidays to both of you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous December 7, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks Jean!! If you come across some good quality cropped striped top would you please share? I think many ladies will like it too as they are so versatile ๐Ÿ™‚ For patterned coats, I'm looking for both light and winter. Fall is very short in where I live. And I'm 5'4" and 115lbs. I wear SP for Ann Taylor and am usually a size 2 in other clothing brands

  • Karin Morataya December 7, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Hi Jean! HUGE fan here and I LOVE your style. I am traveling to NY & DC in early January and I was wondering if you could recommend any must haves for east coast weather, since I am a Cali girl I am not well equipped and need some shopping to do. I am also petite (5"1) and have a hard time finding winter clothes that are not overwhelming. Please Help! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Angela from NYC December 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Jean! I'm from NYC and it's freeeezing! I'm a new mom and was running late to work today – due to lack of sleep. So, I grabbed my trusty skinny black slacks – and at the door I realized I was going to have to wear my pointy flats or else I'd look frumpy wearing my pants + boots! I chose fashion over comfort and wore those flats into the cold morning.

    During the winter months, what do you wear with work slacks while keeping your feet warm? I know sock-less looks good but I'm cold! Or do I have to stick with skirts/tights/boots the whole winter? And they have to be flats or a very sturdy heel – I have to endure a commute via subway / bus.

    I would love to see your response or a post on extreme winter work outfit ideas.

    – Angela

  • Anonymous December 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Jean,
    I was referring to readjusting the skirt waist size that you mentioned in your post

  • Carrie Brown January 7, 2015 at 7:13 am

    The perfect white outfit. Well done, girl

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