Sweater skirt styled for work + weekend

A line skirt outfit styled two waysDot Sweater skirt c/o Ann Taylor (50% off most items today with FLASH50)
Left: ASOS coat (review), Tory Burch bag, BP booties, Forever 21 hat, DIY mittens
Right: Ferragamo Varina flats, AT necklace, BR blouse, old no-brand sweater

I posted a fitting-room review of this skirt a while back – petites is now sold out online, but might still be in stores. The skirt runs a bit smaller in the waist than Ann Taylor’s usual sizing (with a wide, stretchy concealed elastic waistband) so regular sizing might work for women who don’t mind a longer length. I was pleasantly surprised by the thick & sturdy knit on this skirt, and of course, the fit with no alterations needed!
ann taylor dot sweater skirt2I had packed this for my last west-coast trip as elastic waistbands are a must when continuous eating is expected. I don’t often show work outfits with flats, but the cut of this skirt is a good candidate for pairing with low shoes. The waistband can sit high at the natural waistline which creates the illusion of longer legs, and the gentle flaring adds shape without too much width and volume that may weigh down a short frame.
asos petite wool coat winter layering
Coming back to Boston and getting hit by a cold dose of reality, I defaulted to navy opaque tights which work with most of my outfits. Unfortunately too much navy led the skirt + legs to blend together creating a dark blob-like effect. Marled grey knit tights turned out to be the perfect solution – just enough contrast to not blend in, but still in a similar dark & broody color scheme. When wearing tights with an unlined knit, I sandwiched a slinky slip skirt in between to keep the materials from clinging or generating static. Now if anyone has suggestions on how to not get static lion hair after wearing a knit hat, please share! I love the effects of the dryer sheet tip but alas it leaves dandruff-like white speckles all over my head, which probably frightens my friends more than a static mane.
ann taylor dot sweater skirt

This coat is light in weight but I haven’t had the heart to put it away until spring…the cut is sleek and classic which I can’t get enough of, so I’ve just been piling on knit layers both under and over it to squeeze in a few more wears. Would love to find a cream or camel one in the same cut and fit but thicker!
asos petite wool coat winter layering1


51 thoughts on “Sweater skirt styled for work + weekend

  • Anonymous January 13, 2015 at 12:11 am

    so gorgeous, jean! the skirt is very flattering. love both the outfits. 🙂

  • Dressed with soul January 13, 2015 at 12:53 am

    I love both of your styles a lot and I have to admit that the cut of this skirt is simply perfect for you! Now I must check how such a skirt looks on me 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  • Ella Pretty Blog January 13, 2015 at 1:14 am

    You look gorgeous in both sets of photos – but you definitely look happier in the warm weather ones ! I'd definitely love to hear a solution for hat hair too – the dandruff-like residue of dryer sheets does NOT sound good LOL! I often end up wearing my big faux fur ear muffs – they keep me warm without messing up my hair TOO much 🙂

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  • Colleen January 13, 2015 at 1:33 am

    adorbs as usual!


  • prudence yeo January 13, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Such a lovely knit skirt, very flattering piece and looks great in both the cold and warm weather looks! Beautiful grey coat too, indeed a very sleek design!


  • Taramixandmatch January 13, 2015 at 6:03 am

    The skirt is so pretty, loving the dots!

  • Sasa Zoe January 13, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Love both style especially the one for work:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • jessydust January 13, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Try a tiny bit of lotion! Rub it lightly between your palms and then onto your hair. : )

  • Melissa January 13, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Completely agree – I am looking for a thick camel wool coat too! I am a petite (5'0") living in Montreal, so the cold is around for what feels like forever.

    Please do let me know if you find one that would be petite friendly!!! I have been searching since last year!

  • Linatron January 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Love the styles, the dots are super cute and I never would have thought to style a low-neck sweater that way!

    With naturally curly hair, the lion-static is especially bad on me. I have found that putting a little bit of conditioner or lotion on my hands and smoothing it over my hair calms it down pretty well (though you definitely want to use a very small amount so it doesn't start looking greasy).

  • Gigi Katz January 13, 2015 at 10:20 am

    love that skirt! and I really like how you've shown it in two different outfits. thanks! xx. gigi. http://www.gigikkitchen.com

  • tellmeyblog.com January 13, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I always wear thicker sweater skirts with elastic waistband to work too! They are just so comfy, particularly good for lazy days. 😛


  • Le monde des petites January 13, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Awesome outfit!
    Love your necklace! So classy outfit!!!! Great for work!

    Le monde des petites

  • Col January 13, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Try Static Guard spray in your hat (on your comb, too!). It works pretty well.

  • greentOkki January 13, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Both outfits are adorable!

  • Aisha S January 13, 2015 at 11:54 am

    hahaha I love how you described the grey coat as broody. Love that skirt! xo

  • Van January 13, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Great pairings 🙂

  • Eden Mint January 13, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Beautiful outfits. Love the Tory Burch bag!


  • Joy Shiness January 13, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Nice outfit !


  • Anonymous January 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Use a nice moisturizing conditioner.

    Static spray your hat. But the moisturizer along should do the trick

  • Suzie Q January 13, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I love how you styled the skirt in two different weather settings! I love the winter look with the gray and maroon color combo!

    xo, Suzie Q

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  • Diana January 13, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Love the way you styled the skirt!


  • Petite-ish January 13, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Love both and the contrast between the bright and sunny and the darker hues/mood. That sweater skirt is adorable! As are those mittens – did you knit them yourself? If so, awesome job!

  • Elizabeth Lee January 14, 2015 at 1:13 am

    both looks are extremely polished! i love the versatile styling options. <3
    love, liz

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  • Christine D January 14, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Hi Jean,

    Like you, I am petite, but have a few pencil skirts I would like to get tailored to fit me. Do you have any recommendations for a good tailor in the Boston area? Thanks 🙂

  • Araba K. January 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

    The skirt looks great in both outfits! Very cute and versatile.


  • Anonymous January 14, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Love the color combo! I must admit though I'm shivering just by looking at your tights…can't do January in the East Coast without pants.

    I've been experimenting with argan oil (Acure Organics) for my pesky hair static. It's worked well for the top of my head, but some static still lingers at the hair ends. A little oil goes a very long way and I figured if it doesn't work out, at least my hair is getting extra moisturized, which can't be bad!

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  • pumpkinmommy January 15, 2015 at 7:44 am

    DIY mittens? Do you knit?

  • Anonymous January 15, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Kerastase makes hair sheets – it's like dryer sheets, but made by a hair care company for use on hair. I also like Ouidad Botanical Boost – the little 2 oz bottle is good to carry in your purse.

  • Oliver Smith January 16, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Great look with the both outfits 🙂

  • Anonymous January 16, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    for fly away hair I suggest lotion. When you put some on your hands, just before it is all absorbed, run your hands over your hair. not too much but just enough to calm the crazy hair.

  • Rodelma Lopez January 16, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Nice and warm outfit indeed…love it

  • Anonymous January 17, 2015 at 12:28 am

    What size skirt is shown in the photos?

  • NaomiJane January 17, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Both outfits are quite orderly, I will say. This dotted skirt looks graceful in both styles, and a great wear to work. I am swooned to see your necklace and hairdo. Multi-strand necklaces indeed present a pretty and classy appearance, and when they are pearls, it’s just toooooo tasteful. Your hair looks gorgeous in the hat.

  • Carolyn Voong January 17, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I really like both outfits and the skirt is so flattering!


  • Jaslynn Joan January 19, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Both dresses really looks so beautiful!!!!! That skirt and top are awesome…

    Jaslynn, Bizbilla

  • IYL January 19, 2015 at 9:04 am
  • andrea January 20, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I love how you've styled both looks Jean! Versatile pieces that can be worn through multiple seasons are the best!



  • Jean January 20, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Haha no…need to learn how to knit! I made them out of an old sweater based on tutorials I've seen across the internet : )

  • Jean January 20, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I go to a tailor in Chinatown on Knapp St. He doesn't have a store name that I know of and only speaks Cantonese, but I have many non-Chinese friends that go to him for straightforward jobs and just communicate through gestures. He is located across from the grocery store on that alley/street, and you can see his sewing machine through the big window. His hours are supposed to be 10AM-5PM, but he tends to work on his own hours and sometimes closes up earlier FYI. He is out of the country for Chinese New Year but should be back mid-march!

  • Jean January 20, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    XXS petite

  • Jean January 20, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you all for the nifty suggestions on how to fight hat static! Looking forward to testing them out!

  • Anonymous January 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Jean, I would love to find a white jersey top like the one you have in the photo. Do you know where I can find one this time of the year?

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