I’ve pulled together 4 essential types of jackets for a transitional fall wardrobe, perfect for layering over lighter pieces as well as under heavier coats later on. This is my first time seeing the down-filled vest in petite sizing, and look forward to all the pairings with my tees, turtlenecks, button-ups and sweaters. If you can wear regular sizing, their Factory store has similar vests on sale for under $50!
J.Crew petites Regent coat, Treasure & Bond jeans, Vince Camuto booties, ASOS scarf
9/9 update: Please pardon the bad lighting and coat pics in the heat of summer, but I received the first part of my order and wanted to post an update before the 30% off sale is over (since several coat sizes are already starting to sell out!). The promo is get 30% off $125+ on select Fall items with code GETSHOPPING and it ends 9/9 midnight EST. I had ordered the Regent coat (3 colors) in both my usual size 00p as well as J.Crew’s new size 000p because so many of you guys have asked about it. I was also curious whether it was vanity sizing or if it truly was a smaller-fitting size. Turns out, the latter seems true as the new size was very snug on me throughout (for reference, I am 5 feet tall, 32-24-32) and I wouldn’t be able to do layers. This is great news for those who are smaller-framed, and it might mean I’d no longer need the usual costly alterations on J.Crew’s petite pants and skirts. I am wearing my usual 00p above – the overall fit is great and it’s made of 100% wool (medium weight) so I would definitely recommend as a classic coat. I’m surprised it’s included in this pre-Fall sale since all the other coats are not!
The second piece from my order that arrived is the petite denim jacket. This was very shrunken fit and slim in the sleeves – my usual size xxs petite was fitted in the shoulders, torso, and sleeves without much room to spare (see on me). I’ll be trying it on with more items to decide if I need to size up, but the wash is exactly what I expected and a nice, vintagey-looking lighter wash. Contrary to the lone one-star review, I didn’t think it was holey or too distressed at all! Lastely, the ASOS scarf I ordered arrived and the quality of the acrylic knit feels soft and cozy just like last year’s. This one is a keeper and will surely be getting a lot of wear during our brutal winters.
I also picked up the lighter denim jacket since I wear my medium wash one at least weekly. I already own versions of the swing trench (a must-have for work & weekends) and army field jacket, but wanted to point out these very classic-styled options with good reviews & on sale. Plus, for the ladies who used to be sized out of J.Crew, everything is now available in their new size 000 and xxxs petite (I have not yet tried these). And here are a few winter-weight jackets included in the 30% off sale, also available in extended petite sizing and multiple colors. I’ve been wanting a cream winter coat and ordered the Regent to try.
ASOS – Fall/winter items are trickling in on their site, including some very popular scarves restocked from last year (ordered the one in the middle). Acrylic scarves are not created equal, and ASOS made some of the better quality ones I own. These may look overwhelming in size, but come the brutal winter they are lifesavers for commuting. If you’re unsure how to tie these, refer to my video on how to style oversized scarves.