Petite-friendly summer outfit staples + leopard flats reviews

casual wardrobe outfit staples
Articles of Society jeans (23, hemmed), Caslon tee, Ivanka Trump flats (starts in sz 4!)
RayBan 58mm aviators, Sole Society bag c/o (review), pearl necklace c/o (review), H&M hat

I've been all about comfort dressing this season and this outfit is no exception. Each piece individually is a versatile basic, great for mixing/matching and for travel. If you're just starting to build a wardrobe and want mostly staple pieces, I'd definitely suggest starting with a few of these!

I brought everything but the hat to France and was tempted to repeat the same outfit each day. While there, I was interested in adding a classic Saint James nautical tee to my collection, but couldn't find one that wasn't boxy on me (browsing limited inventory boutiques reminded me of why I love online shopping!). This Caslon tee serves well in its place and is so very soft against the skin. I'm wearing xxs petite which is a slouchy but not baggy fit. Here I have the side zippers unzipped for a more casual tunic look.
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I love my leopard smoking slippers and wanted to find a lower cut version in a similar pointed silhouette. I'm partnering with Nordstrom in this post to share some of my recommended flats, and figured I'd review all three leopard options that I had tried on before getting these...


1. BP Moveover flats (solid colors here) (sizes 4 - 12)

I own two pairs of the BP Moveover flats and really love the low-profile cut, the light weighted-ness, and how they mold to my feet. However I must reiterate the soles are very thin with no support or cushioning. As mentioned in my past reviews on these, I suggest sizing up and inserting a full insole pad for comfort. Before getting my cognac brown and blush patent pairs, I had tried on other high quality options that were genuine leather with lots of cushioning, but made my foot looks like wide boats. The BPs get poor reviews for the thin soles, but if you really like the cut, the sole is an easy fix using inserts.

Anyways, on to the leopard print...unfortunately the shoe is what you pay for and just animal print on faux leather. I was not impressed like I was with the solid options. This may be a good alternative if you want faux-material shoes, which in that world this is not a bad leopard. Personally, I didn't love it and much prefer the leopard look on calfhair.

2. Sam Edelman flats (sizes 5 - 12)

My favorite aspect of this shoe is the large scale leopard spot pattern. The quality felt nice and the material was exactly the same as their d'orsay leopard pump that I reviewed previously. I'm usually between a size 5 and 5.5, and a 5 was the better fit on these. There is a black triangle on the back of the shoe which I didn't care for personally (also on the d'orsay pump version), but I didn't think it was distracting nor a dealbreaker.

*Please note, my phone photos show the leopard coloring to be more blown out & yellow than how it looks in-person. Refer to the outfit photos here for a closer representation!*
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Top: Sam Edelman, Bottom: Ivanka Trump

3. Ivanka Trump chic3 flats (sizes 4 - 12)

This third option features a medium scale animal print with a thin black stripe down the back. These were a touch more comfortable for me than the Sam Edelmans and the pointed toe area looked a little shorter. There is also a difference in the tiny heel, where the SE's have a thin black flat heel and the Ivanka's have a self material-covered heel. Both pairs show the same amount of toe cleavage - just a peek.
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Left: Sam Edelman,  Right: Ivanka Trump

It was real a toss up for me between these options as there were features on each style that I liked marginally better than the other. Nick's eyes were glazed over when I kept asking him for his opinion because he kept thinking they were the same shoe : ) For the slightly improved comfort and fit on my feet, I bought the Ivanka Trump version in a 5.5. Another bonus is they start in a hard-to-find size 4 for any of you ladies who need that. I wore mine for a few hours the first day and did not feel irritation like one of the reviewers mentioned. Please note both the Ivanka Trump and Sam Edelman options feel stiff out of the box, similar to how Ferragamo flats feel. I hope they become more pliable with continuous wear!summer casual outfit staples2
My friend ended up giving me her pair of these jeans, so now I'm a happy owner of two and can wear white jeans to my heart's content. I ended up getting one pair hemmed and left the other pair long for wearing cuffed. Since most white jeans do not require the original hem to be left on, it was a very affordable alteration (usually $10 or less). If these stretch out at all with wear, machine washing them and drying on medium/high heat shrinks them back down for me every time.
summer casual outfit staplesThank you to Nordstrom flats for sponsoring this post!
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68 comments:

  1. Cute outfit, love the weekend bag!

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  2. Oh man, at first glance I thought those were the same flats too! I like the IT ones better too; the smaller print just seems classier somehow.

    Another Beautiful Thing

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  3. Love this effortless but very stylish outfit and I'm happy I have similar pieces in my closet ... expect the flats! Therefore I thank you for your helpful tips!
    xx Rena
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  4. i love sam edelman shoes!! love this outfit!! i also love your new ysl woc!! i'm about to get one too in powder colour, but i'm scared it'll get dirty easily! so i'm just wondering what you clean your purse with or spray to protect it if it gets dirty since you said things wiped right off when it got dirty!!

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    1. Hi there! I's caviar leather which is already treated I believe, and more resistant right off the shelves than regular leather. I didn't do anything to treat it and am able to wipe things off.

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    2. thanks for your reply!! i'm even more excited to get it now!!

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  5. I love every part of this outfit!!! I would have never thought to mix leopard with stripes!!
    xoxo Renee

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  6. Beautiful Outfit! The combination of all is looking stylish!

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  7. I got the BP flats on your recommendation and holy cow! I've always hated flats because they never fitted my narrow feet properly, but these BP flats are so comfortable and look so good! Love! But you are right when you say they don't have any cushioning.

    Do you have any recommendations for a good insole pad for the BP flats? :)

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    1. I'm so glad you like them too! I've been using Stiletto Hardware insoles that their founder gifted me years ago...the are made with memory foam material. I've also used Foot Petal insoles which work fine.

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    2. Hi Jean! I bought two pairs of BP flats on your recommendation and love them, so that you for the review! I was interested in adding inserts now but they didn't fit in the two pairs that I currently have, and you mentioned sizing up for inserts in this post - could you tell me how much you sized up from your usual shoe size? Thanks!

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  8. Very good looking, Nice flats!!
    Hugs,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  9. Love this classic casual chic outfit suitable for petites! Cute leopard print flats too!

    Prudence
    www.prudencepetitestyle.com

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  10. Disappointed now that you don't work in the financial service industry, used to follow you closely on how to pair clothes, with a new career in marketing, your outfits became more relaxed and doesn't fit the traditional work outfit.

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  11. Beautiful outfit and great shoes!

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  12. That is the cutest hat! I actually just bought it this weekend! Haha!

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  13. So classy! This outfit looks similar to the one Kate Middleton was wearing over the weekend. https://celebrity.yahoo.com/news/kate-middleton-plays-prince-george-polo-match-adorable-183000055-us-weekly.html

    Becca
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  14. I'm so iffy on leopard flats, I feel like they've really been overdone in terms of a must have print. I think I would love a tiny leopard print scarf though, tied around the wrist or a bag handle to add oomph. I love the white jeans and striped shirt combo though, definitely a classic.

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  15. Of the three flats, I really like the Ivanka Trump Chic3 flats the best (probably because of its bold colors). Sam Edelman flats is my second favorite, followed by BP Moveover flats.

    Do the other flats also require support or cushioning like the BP Moveover flats?

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    1. Hi Sarah - the Sam Edelmans and Ivanka Trumps have normal cushioning and reasonable support in my opinion!

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  16. Please do a hair styling tutorial!

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  17. I'm not close to ever being petite, but was still inspired by this outfit! I'll be traveling soon and this is very helpful!
    xx Daniela / Fashion Shower Blog

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  18. I love the cute outfits! I was debating one getting the one of the two pairs before and finally made my choice. I had a white pair of jeans before but it ripped in a place that would have been hard to fix and go stained pretty bad so it went in the trash. Now on the lookout for another white pair.

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  19. I really like this outfit. It looks like something I would wear. So much so that I'm going to order the pieces you recommended. I regret that I never ordered that necklace when they were giving your readers a discount. I just started following your blog at at that time and didn't realize how many pieces of clothing it would go with. Have you thought about partnering with the distributor to give your readers another discount?

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    1. Hello - I don't have anything coming up with them but will post about it if there's ever another code!

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  20. I love wearing flats. They are comfy, cute, and if you needed to run in style, you can! Haha. And striped shirts.. always a good go-to top :B

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  21. Totally appreciate these affordable style ideas. Your hair looks super gorgeous in first picture. Those waves!

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  22. I love your hair.. Do you tease the top portion of your hair to add volume? Mine is always so flat and boring haha. I love your Ray-ban shades so much that bought a pair when they were on sale at Nordstrom. Love your outfit in this post, so casual and chic <3

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    1. Hi there - I don't tease for this look, however, each time I get out of the shower and after towel-drying my hair, I always clip up the top crown area with a butterfly clip and let it dry poofed up like that. I have a flat head, so if I let it dry naturally without clipping it up the end look is much flatter...

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    2. I will definitely do that with my hair from now on, a much healthier way to add volume than teasing. Thanks for the tip =)

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  23. Caslon, not Calson.

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    1. Oops! Thanks for pointing this out.

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  24. Love everything you’re wearing – and I love those extra photos!
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  25. Absolutely classic and gorgeous, Jean! I love the top.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

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  26. these are great wardrobe staples! I can't live without striped shirts!

    styleandchocolates

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  27. Those shoes add a special touch to your outfit!

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  28. Omg really cute outfit ! Check out my instagram ffsnyc ! and blog - www.fashionfourseasons.com

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  29. Thanks for the informative post! We love your practical fashion tips.
    Check us out sometime!
    xoxo, Amy & Ellen
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  30. Love all of these classic pieces styled together into one outfit! Can't get enough of leopard print, and leopard flats are definitely a must for comfy and chic look. I love your hair with the soft waves!

    xo, Suzie Q
    StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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  31. I am continually surprised that you are able to wear the RayBans in 58mm, as I am not nearly as petite as you are but have to order the 55mm. Have you ever tried the smaller size? (Note - they are not a kid size but a smaller standard size available on the RayBan or Sunglass Hut website.) You are always concerned with the proper fit so I thought you might like to know about the sunglasses. Apologies for posting as Anonymous as Google posts all my info and I cant figure out how to change it! Nina R.

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    1. Doesn't it all depend on the size and measurements of your face and features?

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    2. Everyone's face is differently proportioned but Jean is so "extra petite" that I thought she might like to know about the sunglasses. The blue-lens Ray Bans she has worn in other posts appear to fit her better than the ones here. It isn't just about fashion but how a sunglass lens should properly cover your eye for optimal protection. I'm just trying to share some info for all the petites out there - not just Jean.

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    3. Thank you. I'm glad you mentioned there are smaller Ray Ban aviators available. I always have trouble finding sunglasses small enough that aren't kids sizes.

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    4. Hi Nina! Yes I tried three lens sizes in the RayBan aviators and liked the 58mm best. Both my blue and brown ones are the same size. I like larger lenses to keep my eyes and the surrounding area fully shaded, but it's just personal preference!

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  32. Hi Jean

    Have you thought of posting and reviewing active wear for petites? Thanks

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    1. Hi there - thanks for the suggestion! yes it's definitely on my list to find good petite-friendly activewear to share about. Currently I've just been wearing old items to work out in so just haven't gotten to it.

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  33. Hi Jean

    Do you know of a good insole brand to make a pair of flats that are too big fit smaller?

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    1. Hello - I think any brand that makes full-length cushioned insole will be effective for bringing a pair of flats down a half size. I've tried on a couple and they generally seem to fill up the same amount of space. For general insoles, Target has some in their shoes department, drug stores carry them, or many shoe stores sell them too.

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  34. Love the staples! :) And the Sam Edelman flats are adorable!! :)

    Easy, Frugal Style

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  35. I have similar flats from Madewell! Love the touch of leopard print to contrast the rest of the outfit. If there's any way of injecting leopard print in chic way, it's in your footwear! Love that Ivanka Trump makes sizes 4 and on too!


    Cynthia
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  36. where is your weekend bag from/what is the brand?

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    1. says sole society at the top :)

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  37. Outfit on point :)
    Mischelle
    http://www.nowthatschic.com

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  38. Hi Jean,

    I know that you mentioned the whites jeans you are wearing were given to you by a friend but would you mind telling me what brand and fit style they are? They look great and I am interested in trying them as well.

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    1. Hi there - they are the brand linked above! Articles of Society "Sarah" jeans. It's the same brand that I bought because I liked them so much after borrowing from my friend.

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  39. Perfect outfit!
    xx

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  40. that bag is so impractical. who walks around town, swinging around an empty brown duffle? =/

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    1. ...it's a weekender bag as mentioned above, for travel.

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  41. Ciao! Bello! Bello! I like so much your blog! Outfit very nice!

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  42. Elegant,Enchanting.................
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  43. Love all of these!

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  44. I absolutely love this paring, it's the perfect weekend getaway outfit... 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽
    Heavona.blogspot.com

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  45. Highly attractive outfit. And yeah the perfect one too.

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  46. Hi Jean, I'm from Asia. I love your blog and style, and love the BP flats in nude that you've been wearing. However I see that they only carry size 5 onwards for the solid colours. Not sure if a size 5 would fit me. I've tried searching for the size chart on Nordstrom but to no avail :( Hoping that you can help me with the size. I wear EU35 or smaller depending on cutting of shoes. Will be really happy if you can help as return outside US can cost quite a bit. Thanks in advance, Jean. And congrats on your marriage with Nick :)

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  47. perfect matching
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  48. Hey Jean! Will you be doing a Fall Outfit Staples? It'd be great to see your go-to's for this season.

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