Neutrals and Orange


Blazer: Theory sz 00  Skirt: H&M; sz 2, $24.95 (similar in wool jersey)
Blouse: Gap Shirred Shoulder Top sz XSP (petites sold out, check in-store for reg. sizes)
Shoes: Aldo (old, similar in Natural) Earrings: from NYC

Just a quick outfit from yesterday incorporating favorite basics, old and new. Seeing these photos, I note room for improvement. Next time I’ll trade the formal blazer for a slouchy crewneck pullover, and swap the stiff updo for loose waves. As for the shoes – sigh, I love seeing sky high, sculpted heel, or platform heels on fellow bloggers, but I have no idea how they go about daily life in such. I’m always taking public transit or dodging brick sidewalk cracks, so no fab shoes for me.


Crossbody/Clutch: H&M; (similar in leather), Watch: Michael Kors Tortoise Jet Set

Gap has really hit it out of the park with their poly blouses this season. I avoid manly button-up dress shirts like the plague, but feminine, drapey ones in a peachy nude? Yes, please!

This weekend I also had the pleasure of seeing the Raw Edge Henley Shirt in “new bisque.” I thought the olive one was nice (see my fitting-room review), but the “new bisque” blew me away. In person, it looked ten times better than in the stock photo. The shoulder epaulet and raw edge detail made it look much more expensive than a Gap blouse. If you can wear a sz S – XXL, then lucky you, because it’s only $24.99 online, while still full price at my local store when I tried to buy the XS.

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi! Late post response to this but I am obsessed with getting a nude blouse. Any advice on where to look now?


    Posted 5.11.12 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you sweetie!! I will try to find the best weight and measurement for me.

    PS: I think black is the best color for your hair, you look so elegant!

    I am also curious about which kind of job u are doing now?
    Business? Science? fashion?

    I think you look like the white-collar lady from wall street.

    Posted 9.29.11 Reply
  3. @Leona Oo, I knew it before I even clicked on the link! I saw that in person and thought it looked very nice. The navy is a classic and I'm glad you picked it up! Gap really needs to work on their stock photos online. Almost all the blouses look much better in-person than in the pics!

    @Ria Aw! If it doesn't look natural up top, maybe some teasing in the crown may help before you lay the hair down on the velcro? : )

    @Anonymous I'm sorry for the late response!! I see the sale is over now : / But to echo what Petite-ish says, I always just add an extra item and then return it at my local store. Like she mentioned, you can order something from Banana or Old Navy as well if those stores are closer to you to make the return trip.

    @Petite-ish LOL "grand puba" haven't heard that one before! ; )

    @Anonymous For a safe combo, i would do brown tights with brown boots or gray tights with gray or brown boots. I was thinking herringbone patterned tights would also be so cute! For a more colorful combo (but riskier) I'd try olive or navy tights with the orange. Have fun experimenting!

    @ElleHa! The taupe Chanel gets jealous…she is stored away forever, left to envy her caviar counterparts and this cheapy H&M; bag : )

    @Anonymous Hi there, I haven't measured my thigh, but I want to point out that it's important not to set weight goals based on others measurements. We each have a body weight and shape that is natural and healthy for us, and being healthy is the most important. I always suggest just eating healthy, getting in your exercise, and learning to embrace whatever weight/shape your body ends up to be : )

    Posted 9.28.11 Reply
  4. wrote:

    I am so sad all those nice gap shirts are sold out…:-(

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  5. lin wrote:

    nice outfit. great for fall and work. 😀

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  6. perfect fall outfit! and such elegant earrings!

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  7. today is 25% off right?

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  8. Carrie wrote:

    Those earrings remind me of Amrita Singh. 🙂 Nice find!

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    wow you are so beautiful!! I am almost the same height with you but several pounds heavier. May i ask the size of your thigh? :P
    i want to set a goal for myself.

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  10. Elle wrote:

    I actually really like this outfit, the orange is a nice contrast to the more neutral pieces. And you can't have too many "nude" blouses but then again I am guilty of the same inclinations.

    p.s. noticed that you really like your h&m; bag – do the chanel's get jealous? 😀

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  11. Jackie wrote:

    I love this outfit! I love the way you paired the earrings and the skirt!

    *___* Your Michael Kors looks fantasic

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  12. You know, I actually wouldn't change the outfit itself. Downsizing the earrings a bit and wearing a bold necklace with the orange in it would balance things – the only issue I see is that the skirt is very bold and the top and blazer are very light and neutral.

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  13. R.L. wrote:

    Great color scheme! Have you worn the orange mini with your chambray shirt? Bet that would look great as well. I bought the Raw Edge Henley shirt in both olive and new bisque (got this one for only $19.99 during their last sale). Love both colors and especially the details but I felt the XS was still cut wider and a bit more drapier than I prefer. I was planning on returning but your comments on the new bisque have me reconsidering, lol.

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  14. I hear you on the shoes Jean, I really wish I could wear amazing shoes and not just classic pratical ones but I can't even walk in heels on pavement for more than 1/2 an hour, so that's just not going to work!

    I was going to ask if you've done a softer updo – would love to see you with curls! I'm also loving these buttoned shirts this season, I think the fact that they are not so structured and don't have that funny darting that never fits me is what makes them so appealing!

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  15. JJ wrote:

    I'm such a huge fan of this color combo – it's a total classic. And that Gap shirt is gorgeous, I'm going to make it a point to head over to the store and check it out in person today!

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  16. kileen wrote:

    i actually really love this outfit combination on you! the red wool mini is super cute and perfect when paired with neutrals. and i agree that Gap has really done an amazing job with their items this season — I just wish they had petites in store as my store has very limited selection in regular sizes and everything's sold out online!

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi, Thank you for the tip Jean. How would you wear this skirt in the winter? (What colour tights and heels/boots combination would you wear it with?) Thanks!

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  18. Elissa wrote:

    that's so weird that they would not mark down XS but mark down all the others

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  19. wow never thought a big watch could look so good in petite.

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  20. I love this skirt! I'm like you, I avoid button up shirts too – until the ones I purchased at Loft and Ann Taylor and then it was like I couldn't have enough. They are so feminine and flowy and so much more comfortable than a stiff button up that I want as many as I can get my hands on, but have to hold back! 🙂

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  21. The wool skirt looks really nice on you. I tried it on the other day and sadly, it was a tad short on me. I am going to stop by Gap tonight and see if I can find that blouse in store. Thanks for the heads up, Jean!

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  22. Jo wrote:

    Effortlessly chic work outfit you have put together there. Yes! I always don't understand how people could put on great heels, stilettos even for work. I do think you have nice shoes for work too! I've to wear ugly work heels coz I need to walk a long way to take a bus. Fortunately, the hubby isn't in town now and so I use his car to commute to places I'm familiar with.

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  23. newpetite wrote:

    Love the earrings and the blouse on you!

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  24. Michelle wrote:

    Hey Jean!!

    I finally have a night to catch up on some blogs…although, it is 9:50…I should be getting ready for bed. I have been thinking of all you ladies! I just saw your first MANGO challenge post! Love the first dress Nick chose. :p Love the booties and trench you chose to pair it with! 🙂

    That orange is such a great color for fall! It is still blazing here, so wool is not an option right now! :p I would love to see this with the pullover!

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  25. vonnie wrote:

    Love how this ensemble is so easy to look at. Sometimes orange can be too bright and flashy, but this one is so soft, and light. Great outfit!


    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  26. Petite-ish wrote:


    You can always add a filler item to your cart to make it $50 (and the item can be from any of the gap family of stores i.e. Banana, Old Navy, Piperlime) and then return the item you don't want! Jean is the grand puba of good deals so she probably also has something for you…

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  27. Anonymous wrote:

    Do you have any online codes to share with us? I only have GAPSALE for the extra 30% off, but there is still a shipping charge since it's not over $50! Please help a college student out (: Thank you

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  28. Mary Ann wrote:

    The drapey blouse is really pretty on you – I need to stock up on all these blouses I'm seeing everyone in lately!

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  29. i am in love with your skirt!!

    Posted 9.27.11 Reply
  30. Ping wrote:

    i totally know what you mean by wearing non sky high heels when taking public transit. i think that is why i refused to take it. lol. jk!

    i tried to order that blouse you're wearing, but they emailed me after i ordered saying that they were out of stock. bummer!

    Posted 9.26.11 Reply
  31. Ria wrote:

    I think your shoes are fab! Nice outfit! I have the same skirt, i like this little ensemble you put together.

    Oh and i bought a little velcro bump it as well via eBay for $4.99 (for 2 pcs, a big and small) but I don't look as good as you. Sigh.

    Posted 9.26.11 Reply
  32. Jean, I love this skirt on you. Unfortunately I found it to be very itchy despite the lining when trying it on this weekend, so I decided to pass. Now I'm having second thoughts 🙂

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog

    Posted 9.26.11 Reply
  33. mai wrote:

    Lovely. The earrings are a nice touch.

    Posted 9.26.11 Reply
  34. Miss Jess wrote:

    I was at Gap the other day upon your blog entry about the sale… and picked up a few things. Didn't find any nice blouse like yours though! Have to go back and check =)

    I would appreciate it if you could give a few tips on how to style my gap tops – here is my blog


    Jessica C

    Posted 9.26.11 Reply
  35. Iris wrote:

    Just came across your inspiring blog via Jen's From Head to toe 🙂
    I love the way you dress and you made me, an Asian too, more confident in myself somehow! Please keep up the good efforts. <3

    Posted 9.26.11 Reply
  36. Leona wrote:

    Thanks for Friday's flash sale alert! Speaking of blouses, I picked up the box print long-sleeve blouse and it's a great find:;=1&pid;=851800

    Posted 9.26.11 Reply

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