Holiday work style // wrap jacket, jewelled collar + tweed

Today is Veterans Day, and as with each holiday weekend, you can count on me for some good sales. But first, I wanted to express thanks to those who served or continue to serve to keep this country safe, and allow each of us our freedoms and the opportunity to fight for what we believe is right. 

I haven’t updated on here in a while as it’s hard not to be affected by this week’s events, regardless of what your political positions are. Despite the rifts this election has caused, I truly have hope for unity and the future if we each work for it. And one thing I think everyone can agree on is that we are thankful for our veterans. 
what to wear to a holiday work office party

Belted wrap coat xxsp, blouse xxsp, tweed skirt 00p (waist altered) – c/o Ann Taylor

Today’s post touches on two popular requests that I’ve been receiving already for holiday (yes, the best time of the year is here, and I’m not complaining!): 1. holiday outfits that are office-appropriate, and 2. outfits involving tights for our rapidly-dropping temps. I’m partnering with Ann Taylor to share a look that is festive yet professional, and works well both with or without hosiery. Navy tights and similar-colored shoes together are the foundation of many of my cold-weather outfits. Compared to basic black, I feel navy tights pair more easily with softer hues and vibrant color palettes, without looking too stark!
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I’m putting together a list of my favorite sales this weekend (so please check back!), but to start, Ann Taylor is having 40% off w/ code FRIENDS40 for their Friends & Family event, including new arrivals that just hit yesterday. I know many of you have been waiting for a belted wrap coat that is of good quality, warm, and petite-friendly – well, patience has paid off! The wool-blend material of this jacket is soft and cozy, and the wrap style will adjust to fit a little or a lot of layering underneath (or to conceal indulgent holiday meals : ) Petite sizing is an online exclusive, and I have a feeling it’ll go quickly.
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The embellished collar on my blouse and metallic & sequin flecks throughout this skirt are small ways to add holiday touches to a look, without going over the top or baring much skin. I love putting together separates that end up looking almost like a dress! Please note that as with most Ann Taylor bottoms, I took this skirt in about 2 inches for it to fit higher up on my waist. I continuously give AT feedback to please consider making skirts that fit a little narrower across the waist, as I’m sure I’m not alone in this request!
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Trying out the silk scarf wrapped around the handles, to give one of my favorite older bags a new look! And here’s how the jacket looks when open:
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I got to try on a few more new arrivals and wanted to share my recommendations, while sizes are all in stock! The fit on each of these are true to size with no alterations needed:

– This boucle draped jacket is in a tightly knit material (so not as prone to snags compared to looser knits) and is medium in weight. The drape just falls in a way that looks right without you having to fuss around with it, and there are functional pockets to boot. It’s a beautiful alternative to a regular blazer for both work and weekend wear.

– This quilted houndstooth peplum top is in a stretchy material (unlined) that fits comfortably and flatters the figure. It’s not too quilted so you won’t overheat, but has a nice bit of texture to it. Pair with ankle pants for work or skinny jeans for casual wear! Layer a sleeveless collared blouse underneath for a different look.

– Restock alert on my exact Charlie patent bow pumps (not the later variation with a gap below the bow)! Unfortunately it looks like 5 and 5.5 sold quickly again, but I’d check for pop-backs just in case. These heels go with SO much – I wear them to death and still get compliments and questions on them every time. The patent leather felt a little stiff to me in the beginning but became comfortable after a few wears. jeweled sequin collar blouse elegant holiday outfit
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Thank you Ann Taylor for partnering on this post.


41 thoughts on “Holiday work style // wrap jacket, jewelled collar + tweed

  • DressedToCode November 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I love the touch of sparkle at the neck and how you've made a cold weather outfit look bright and cheery.

  • Rachel November 11, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Such a lovely look! Great styling!

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia November 11, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Simply festive and classy look. Very elegantly beautiful! 😉

    LA BIJOUX BELLA | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Carla Krae November 11, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Target has some cute embellished cardigans this season, mostly with the neckline bling. 🙂

  • iAmber Reneé November 11, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Cute! Love the embellishment of the collar and how it ties so seamlessly with the skirt 🙂

    Amber Reneè of,

  • Cindy G November 11, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I've been looking for a coat for the longest time ! I just purchased the same coat and top ! Thank you !!

  • Cindy G November 11, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I've been looking for a coat this season. I just purchased the Coat and top ! Excited to get it in the mail!

  • Mei November 11, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I really like the color of this coat and would be a great addition to my wardrobe since I have mostly light colored coats. And yes! Let's stay hopeful and kind especially in times right now. Great post!

    Pieces of Mei

  • kariiv November 11, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Jean, how's the fit on the coat?

  • April November 11, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    You hav such great style. I can see myself wearing just about everything you post. I know how you feel about this week. I couldn't post anything on Wednesday either 🙁

  • Margaret Hong November 11, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I love how your coat and your outfit are of the same length! Like they are meant to be each other! Thanks for the recommendation!

    xx Margaret

  • affecionada November 11, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    That skirt is stunning!

    Jen | affecionada

  • Keri H November 11, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Yes, holidays are on my mind too! Cannot believe it crept up on us like that.
    Love that pink top though! Would definitely be holiday appropriate

    Enclothed Cognition

  • kariiv November 11, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    The wrap coat just sold out in XXSP! 😢

  • Jessica November 11, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Nice pieces – I have yet to find navy tights flattering on me, doesn't match with much and not a true neutral. Think it might be good for a holiday party though.

  • Me Zornichka November 12, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Wow. Absolutely gorgeous! 🙂 Interesting blog!

  • Wildfire Charm November 12, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Your blouse and skirt go perfectly together! SO pretty! x

  • Neelam Jayna November 12, 2016 at 3:01 am

    I think your outfit is beautiful!! The coat is gorgeous!! :')

    Neelam | x

  • thatprettydress November 12, 2016 at 4:48 am

    hi Jean, lovely styling as always. Will you please do a post on how to tie coat belt like a bow please..

  • Viola Yee November 12, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Great outfit to wear to work and the office party afterward!

  • Ev November 12, 2016 at 11:48 am
  • Anonymous November 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    hello Jean,
    I find that wearing tight with pump without ankle strap is hard to walk without the soles slipping out of the shoes. Do you have any suggestion ? thanks

  • Shelly November 12, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    It has been a difficult week. Thank you for your blog and this post – it's always a welcome escape!

    And what a lovely coat. It manages to look cozy and sleek all at the same time.

  • Andjela Vucinic November 12, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    The outfit is so classy, I like the colors and material. . . .

  • Diana November 12, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    You have the cutest work outfits 🙂

    Diana |

  • Michelle Lynn November 12, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I love your blog. I bought the white distressed jeans from your last post. Thank you for saying something about the difficulties of this week for so many. Social media has been a particularly nasty place…you are brave to say anything. I have always believed in kindness and equality for all…but now more than ever. xoxo

  • Anonymous November 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    wow what a chic look, I love your coat!
    Fash 'n' fudge
    Fash 'n' fudge

  • Anonymous November 12, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Jean,
    I want to wear more skirts in the winter but I find it uncomfortable to wear tights underneath skirts because of that wedgie feeling. I also feel that wearing tights underneath skirts is a whole process when going to the washroom, especially if I am trying to keep my blouse still tucked into my skirt. Do you have any advice or tricks on how to avoid that wedgie feeling and how to keep your blouse intact without having to fully remove everything while in the washroom (to avoid having to dress yourself all over again)?
    P.S. I've tried over the knee tights but I don't like how they cut into your thighs or keep rolling down.

  • Doreen's Style Diary November 12, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    This look is so pretty and classy. Can you please do a tutorial on how you tie your belt?

  • Caroline November 12, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    your outfit looks very elegant and festive!

  • Eva November 13, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Gorgeous styling!

    xxx, Eva

  • Rachelle Pinksole November 13, 2016 at 10:49 am

    You look so chic, that skirt is amazing.


  • Anonymous November 13, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Can you speak to the arms of the coat? Would you be able to put a sweater over a shirt before putting on the coat, or would that be too tight?

  • Abigail Alice x November 14, 2016 at 6:24 am

    These photos are gorgeous, love the blouse.

    Abigail Alice x

  • Sharan Kaur November 14, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Such a pretty outfit! Loving that crystal collar blouse!


  • Julie Hiller November 14, 2016 at 10:26 am

    That skirt is lovely! It's very classy and looks like it would be nice and thick for winter.

    Style by Joules

  • Blogosfera Mody Blog o modzie November 14, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    You look beautiful in this styling.
    High heels perfectly matched.
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    Greetings and welcome to me.

  • Jessica H November 14, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I am absolutely LOVING that blouse! I wish it was more beige the way it looks on the Ann Taylor site! But either way – just beautiful!!

    xo, jess

  • Anonymous November 14, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Pretty please do a tutorial on how you wrapped the scarf around that bag handle!!

  • Vera Sawicki November 15, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Beautiful look!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

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