Spring petites work wear: blush + stripes from day to night

linen sweater stripe skirt flats

J.Crew Factory skirt (altered, extra 20% off with code EXTRA20), Kate Spade watch

I knew this linen sweater was a winner the moment I tried it on, and hope those of you who got it like it just as much! I reached for it every other day on my last trip and will be sharing more styling photos soon. As mentioned previously the sweater is sheer, so I wore a nude bra (do a camisole to be extra safe at work) underneath for an office-friendly pairing. A pair of pointy patent flats finished off this comfortable look – I absolutely love the sleek design of these flats (comes in 6 colors and starts in sz 4!), but remember they have minimal insole cushioning, so order half size up if you want to use inserts.
linen sweater stripe skirt denim

Steve Madden heels (9 colors!), H&M; denim jacket (old, similar in petites

To shift this look for drinks or dinner after work, I’d simply add some strappy heels and an extra layer in case it gets chilly. Most people don’t reach for pencil skirts outside of work, but I think it can look rather sultry and chic paired with more casual denim + going out shoes!

Here is the J.Crew Factory pencil skirt pre-alterations…
I thought the fit was very typical of petites skirts from their non-factory line. It felt similar to LOFT/AT petites sizing, and a little bigger than standard Banana Republic petites, for reference. The skirt sat low on my hips, and I personally prefer my pencil skirts to sit at my natural waistline.

jcrew chambray shirt and stripe skirt outfit1Halogen chambray shirt in “light denim,” J.Crew Factory skirt in 00P,  BP flats

I thought the cotton, fully-lined quality was very nice thus got professional alterations on this one. I had my tailor take in the waist and slim down the skirt through the hips, and then taper in the bottom leg opening a little more. Here’s a few other adorable skirts from J.Crew factory currently on sale, starting in either 00 petite or 00 regular – remember to use EXTRA20 for another 20% off:

linen sweater stripe skirt
And oh, how charming is this mint home? We came across it during our walk in the Bahamas, and I couldn’t resist snapping some quick pics in the driveway ; )
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34 thoughts on “Spring petites work wear: blush + stripes from day to night

  • glam darling May 7, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    love your outfit & the location is stunning!


  • Rebecca Chung May 7, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    That skirt is gorgeous!! ❤

  • LIVforstyle May 7, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Love how professional, yet stylish this outfit is.



  • Happiness at Mid Life May 7, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Beautiful location! I have this skirt and love it with the blush, thanks for the outfit inspiration!


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

  • Diana May 8, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Love the skirt with the sweater!! You look fabulous.

    || D I A N A ||

  • Sasa Zoe May 8, 2015 at 1:44 am

    So pretty! Love your skirt! <3

    Shall We Sasa

  • Kim May 8, 2015 at 1:55 am

    So gorgeous!

  • Diane Hoang May 8, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Love your skirt! So nice how you paired it with the sweater to make it more casual!

    xx, Diane || http://www.modernisticphoenix.blogspot.com

  • Laura Mitbrodt May 8, 2015 at 2:23 am

    your skirt is so cute

  • Paola May 8, 2015 at 5:49 am

    What a beautiful pencil skirt! And great shoes for night!

  • Neoteric Essentials May 8, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Absolutely in love with that linen sweater from Ann Taylor– may have to pick one up. Love the pairing of the skirt with the flats [I'm a flats lover]! So glad it's warm enough to wear this in Boston now! Thanks for some great outfit inspiration!

  • Bethany Gibbs May 8, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Thanks for the outfit inspiration Jean!
    For any readers in the UK who love this necklace (but not the shipping costs) I stumbled across a really similar necklace in M&S; (called 'Pearl Effect Cluster Necklace' and available online for £18) which I'm really happy with. I'm now going to trying pairing it with sweaters… 🙂
    Bethany x

  • Eden Mint May 8, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Love your stripe skirt, great outfit!


  • Easy, Frugal Style May 8, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I love how simple and stylish this outfit is! 🙂

    Easy, Frugal style

  • tailoredandtrue May 8, 2015 at 11:37 am

    This is such a cute look! I love the pencil skirt and sweater combo! You look great!


  • Talia May 8, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Love the striped skirt and sweater combo. I am most certainly re-creating this look!

  • Keri H May 8, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Love this look! The skirt fits you like a glove <3

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Angela May 8, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    The mint home is darling, and you fit right in! Gorgeous all-around.

    Girl On Balcony

  • Makeda Farrell May 8, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Love your outfits! This is a great look and I am loving the skirt


  • Mel Hwang May 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Adoring the stripes with the knit and denim jacket combo! So weekend chic 🙂

    xx, Mel

  • Carolyn May 8, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the skirt especially as it can be dressed up or down but still look chic.


  • Anonymous May 9, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Very nice.

    Best wishes from Germany.

    S. E.

  • Marta May 9, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I am absolutely loving this outfit! Lovely skirt1

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  • Deasy Noel May 9, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Loving the color palette <3 and great choice on the photo location. That house is too cute not to take a few shots, hehe.


  • mybeautrip May 10, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Love this combo and the striped skirt is amazing!


  • Natacha May 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    This outfit is perfect! I never imagined that a pencil skirt could be worn with flats but now I want to rush to to shops and buy one. Also, I love the jeans shirt/printed pencil skirt combo, it's very chic *.*


  • Bethany Rose May 10, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Gorgeous outfits!

  • Snowinluxury May 11, 2015 at 6:59 am

    very bello!!! mi piace! i like it. Ciao Ciao

  • Trou Vang May 11, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I love pairing blush and striped together as well! 🙂

    The Peculiar Trouth

  • Suzie Q May 11, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I ended up buying the AT sweater, thanks to your recommendation! I love how you styled this look with the striped pencil skirt. Gorgeous look!

    xo, Suzie Q

  • Kate Cope May 13, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Love this look- your skirt is fab!
    This Side of Paradise

  • Kara May 18, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Jean, I live outside of Boston in Wellesley and could really use a few items properly tailored, do you mind sharing where you go for alterations. Thanks!!!

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  • facesofonypr April 27, 2016 at 4:55 am

    LOVE this look! That pencil skirt is gorgeous on you, and looks great with the linen sweater and flats:)

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