Holiday Work Style // Christmas plaid print mixing

preppy office work holiday christmas party outfit

As temps continue to dip, I wanted to share another holiday outfit idea that is both office-appropriate and warm! This is a New England-inspired look with preppy, buildable layers and mix-and-match details. It could also be a festive but classic option for for holiday photos! If a blazer is too formal for you, simply swap in a cardigan or skip the top layer altogether.
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I’m partnering with J.Crew Factory today to share holiday-ready pieces that are good quality and don’t require breaking the bank. They are having a flash sale right now with 50% off site-wide, making each piece in my outfit here pretty affordable. I’m wearing a mix of items from both their petites and regular-sizing line, and didn’t alter anything. The sleeves are a little long for me on a regular sized button-up, but I usually wear my shirt sleeves cuffed up.
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This wool-blend schoolboy blazer is an item that I get lots of questions on, now that this style is only offered at J.Crew Factory. It’s a good piece for the price with a full lining, functional pockets, and a fit that is true to size and petite-friendly. Vibrant red would be gorgeous for holiday pairings, and black and navy are easily year-round closet staples.
jcrew factory petites holiday party outfit
My sidewalk skirt comes back year after year and is a flattering and forgiving piece, due to the wider gathered waistband that stretches comfortably. The skirt is lined and also has two convenient side pockets. This particular one is a thicker textured herringbone which I love for pattern-mixing! The general rule of thumb for doing so is to combine patterns of differing sizes and scales, like the large tartan plaid here paired with mini herringbone.
preppy jcrew petite christmas holiday party outfit
If you’re getting a head start on gift shopping, this cozy gift guide has me giddy for the holidays! I see one of my favorite knit pom pom hats is back this year (see it on me), along with plaid earmuffs which are both practical and adorable.
what to wear to a professional office holiday christmas party

Thank you to J.Crew Factory for partnering on this post.
 

46 thoughts on “Holiday Work Style // Christmas plaid print mixing

  • Peppermint Dolly November 17, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Love this ensemble, you look great! Bit random of me -> but I am really liking how you've knotted that belt!

    Rebecca
    xx
    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  • Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) November 17, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I love this plaid, got the J.Crew one last year. Great styling!

    xo
    Pinksole

  • Lindsay Bodkin November 17, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Jean, how does the regular XXS fit compared to the petite XXS? Longer or wider? There are a few styles that I like in the button downs but they didn't come in petite sizing. Maybe I'll try the regular XXS.

  • Neeltje | Thoughts in Style November 17, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I love how you styled this! X
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  • Sharan Kaur November 17, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I love how you mix and match different pieces together and I would totally wear this in this office!

    xoxo
    Sharan
    http://www.MyGoldenBeauty.com

  • Julie Hiller November 17, 2016 at 10:36 am

    This outfit is so perfect! I love the bold belt–it really offsets how ladylike the outfit is and gives it just the right amount of edge. Great look!

    Style by Joules

  • Diana November 17, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Such a cute and cozy holiday look! Always love how you style your belts too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Diana | http://thechicdiary.com/blog/11/16/2016-le-tote-review-lookbook-my-first-ever-youtube-video

  • Jean November 17, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Yes about an inch or two longer and wider. As long as you don't mind cuffing up the sleeves, I didn't think the regular sizing was too big for a button-up.

  • Cindy Wong November 17, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Hi Jean, just curious, do you host your images on another website? I love following your blog but your images seem to be always blocked when I access your site at work. ๐Ÿ™

  • bloggity November 17, 2016 at 11:42 am

    ah, this reminded me I need some winter flannel! do you have any experience with the J Crew Factory Boy Fit flannel?

  • Vanessa Kishur November 17, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Where is this belt from?!

  • Renee November 17, 2016 at 11:58 am

    The reviews on this plaid top say it's very thin fabric and poor quality overall. Would you agree? It certainly looks beautiful regardless!

  • Janet Winton November 17, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Jean, what color tights and shoes are you wearing? Does the shirt have navy or black in it? It's hard to tell. Thank you.

  • Brenda Liang November 17, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Jean, how do you deal with the belt sliding around due to no belt loops?

  • Unknown November 17, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Where is the belt from?

  • Sasa Zoe November 17, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Beautiful as always:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Karrie November 17, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I love how you tie your belt. I am going to try that with mine.
    I also just voted for you on Shopstyle for the Best Timeless Style award. Did you know you were up for one? No need to log in or sign up to vote.

  • Anonymous November 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Jean… you are lovely as always. I always find something in your posts to translate to my wardrobe! Admittedly, I was with you until the skirt and belt. The large belt and busy black-based skirt just look jarring in the total outfit with the large necklace. Maybe it's the photos… or me needing to take more fashion risks! I do look forward to practicing that belt wrapping technique though. Any chance you'll be partnering with Talbots again this year?

  • DressedToCode November 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I'm glad to hear that this outfit has multiple sets of pockets! That's music to my ears.

  • Ev November 17, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Beautiful shirt ๐Ÿ˜‰

    http://www.evdaily.blogspot.com

  • Kelsey Quackenbush November 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    This outfit is gorgeous!
    Kelsey | petiteinherpearls.blogspot.com

  • affecionada November 17, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Very New England prep!

    Jen | affecionada

  • Anne November 17, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I was wondering the same thing !

  • Jean November 17, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Cindy – yes I host them on Flickr, a photo gallery website. I'm sorry to hear they get blocked! I can't imagine why that would be.

  • Jean November 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Hi! I haven't tried it yet! (this one is a thinner cotton one btw, not thicker like flannel)

  • Jean November 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Vanessa – it's a super old belt that I took from my husband and punched more holes into!

  • THE NEON FACTOR | Diana November 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Love the shirt and skirt combo!!
    || D I A N A ||
    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

  • Jean November 17, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Renee – the reviews were pretty mixed and mine would fall in the middle. It's definitely a thinner cotton shirt, but you don't see your undergarments through it like some ppl made it seem. For $30 it's comparable to some other button-ups I have in my closet at that price point.

  • Jean November 17, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Janet & Anne! I'm wearing dark navy tights and pumps. The shirt is listed as black, but it has blue and green stripes in it which I think makes it easy to pair with either black or dark, colored tights. I'm always a mixer of black and navy, anyways!

  • Jean November 17, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Both this skirt and the backside of my belt have some texture to it so it doesn't slide much. You could try fashion tape, though!

  • Jean November 17, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Hi – it's just an old belt I took from my husband and punched more holes into.

  • Jean November 17, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks so much for voting, Karrie!

  • Jean November 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Hi there – I tend to experiment a lot with mixing and matching, and I know it's not everyone's cup of tea! As for Talbots, I don't know if I'll be partnering with them but I did share some favorite suggestions from their current collection, like their sweater-sleeve coat with removable faux fur hood, and their petite capes!

  • Renee November 17, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks, Jean! That's really helpful.

  • Designer Era November 18, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Looking gorgeous, love the combination of all. Personally i don't like check shirts but after viewing yours, would like to try it on me.

  • Janinafran November 18, 2016 at 2:34 am

    You look stunning! The plaid shirt is so unexpected but looks amazing ๐Ÿ™‚
    XO Janina
    http://janinafran.blogspot.ca

  • Jeany Roge November 18, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Such a beautiful outfit! Looks so much like holidays!
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  • Fred Lohmann November 18, 2016 at 10:02 am

    VERY NICE JEAN!

  • jing116 November 18, 2016 at 10:30 am

    This is so cute! I can actually wear this to work ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you!

  • me November 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Jean, I started following you this year and I'm do glad I found your blog. I'm a petite Asian about your size and the clothes I wore tend to make me look frumpy. I was just sick and tired of my look so I began googling 'petite fashion' and your blog is definitely the best that fits the style I would like to have. I always look forward to your posts! ๐Ÿ˜€

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