MNG by MANGO Challenge # 4 – Boston Public Library


Cowl-neck tank: c/o MNG by MANGO sz XS   Blazer: H&M; sz 2 (from this post)
Wool Mini Skirt: H&M; sz 2 (worn here and here 
Accessories: H&M; scarf, Prada suede heels & Peri cameo, both from ebay


This week’s MNG by MANGO challenge was to take photos in front of a local landmark, in an outfit inspired by that landmark. My city is chock-full of landmarks, but I chose a functional one that I pass by almost every day, in honor of Nick’s mom who is a librarian. I wore a houndstooth jacket with “scholarly” elbow pads, plus a print scarf to accentuate my deep teal blouse.

Old postcard



Both the jacket and skirt from this set are so easy to pair, and thus have become quick favorites for me. The jacket fits slim but not perfectly. See it again on Kelly. Although the elbow patches hit my short arms at the perfect place, the sleeves are slightly roomy and too long. As much as I hate too-long sleeves, I can’t bring myself to pay $25 to alter an H&M; non-classic blazer, so I have them safety pinned up for now (tsk tsk, I know). 
Here’s another variation I’d wear with this Fall outfit, replacing the orange wool skirt with my cheapy H&M; mustard pants. Which color combination do you like better?

Disclosure: This campaign is produced by Style Coalition and sponsored by jcpenney.

46 thoughts on “MNG by MANGO Challenge # 4 – Boston Public Library

  • Reply Michelle October 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I know what you mean when it comes to alterations. I just went in yesterday to get a quote for my work jackets….$15! The pants are $12, blazers are $15! Man, talk about a high price…(especially considering my pants and jackets are only $20-$25 when purchased brand new.) *SIGH* Oh well, the cost of being small and looking good…..

  • Reply Michelle October 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I love how personal this challenge was for you! Loving the flags in the background!

    Both colors combos are pretty, but I am loving the orange! I would have never thought of that because I tend to think orange + black = Halloween, but you pulled this off nicely without looking overly festive!

    I am so excited for your trip to Barcelona! Have you already started planning out your outfits?

  • Reply Justine October 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I really like the back of the H&M; jacket ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply shimmering2light October 12, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I like the second variation much better and absolutely adore how you pinned the cameo to the jacket! Your posts actually inspired me to get a vintage cameo and I can't wait to use it!

  • Reply R.L. October 12, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I can't choose which one I like better! You really managed to use this blazer in two gorgeous but very distinct looks. I love how vibrant the orange skirt looks against the library bricks! And even though the H&M; pants were probably meant to fit like a glove, your styling makes it look like it was meant to fit casually.

    On altering the blazer, I never imagined it could be so versatile from your inital fitting room pics. If you're going to wear it so often and in so many diff ways, I think it could be worth the $25 hem job ๐Ÿ™‚ From the pics it looks high quality.

  • Reply lin October 12, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    hmmmmm…..looks like something's going on at the library?? it's so sweet of you to use this landmark in honor of your bf's mom. ๐Ÿ™‚

    i like both variations of your outfits, especially the one with the orange wool skirt. you're looking fab as always! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Lucy Myers October 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I love your first outfit, it's so retro! I have a similar jacket from H&M; and it is wonderful. I agree, it is easy to pair with other pieces to build an outfit.

    I love your posts. I am glad I found you because I am petite as well and have struggled buying clothes that fit in the US. I love your style.

    Good luck with your preparations for your trip. I am sure you'll do great.


  • Reply Kristen October 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I love your second outfit:) I love the mustard color! The Boston Public Library seems beautiful! I work in a library that is brand new, only two years old, yet I appreciate historical libraries like this one and the New York Public Library much more!

  • Reply Ria October 13, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your outfit….I actually wore that exact outfit in the dressing room at H&M; but only took home the skirt. I do love that Jacket though and I love how you paired it with the teal blouse and printed scarf! Hmmm…thanks for this style!

  • Reply maggie October 13, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I've got to say… although I love both variations, the mustard color of the pants are just a nicer touch than the skirt, and they bring out the color of your shoes nicely. Love your outfit!
    xx maggie

  • Reply Mary Ann October 13, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I love the picture set today – I passed by the library many a time when I lived in Boston. I love how it's right across from Copley Sq.

  • Reply Megan October 13, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Definitely love it better with the mustard pants… but both outfits are great. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Vivian October 13, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Both outfits are great! As always. But I'm leaning more towards the second one with the mustard pants. I love the setting as well, really set the mood for the look.

  • Reply Petite and Hungry October 13, 2011 at 2:13 am

    love the blazer. it is so pretty!

  • Reply Kristie October 13, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I love your outfits! They're always so well put together and chic.

  • Reply Emma October 13, 2011 at 4:44 am

    You look gorgeous in both, of course, but I prefer the skirt. I'm in awe that you can pull off the pants, though! But the skirt is such an awesomely bright colour that I have to choose it. I really do like bright colours and you look fantastic when you wear them.

  • Reply lpng24 October 13, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I'm loving these outfits paired with a pop of color, whether red or mustard yellow, I think you've paired them beautifully.

  • Reply Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 5:37 am

    The wool mini skirt looks more classic than the mustard pants, but both look good. It's a nice touch to have photos of the library in the background and to see what Boston is like.

  • Reply thenauticalwheeler October 13, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I think I like it with the pants the best. Love the scarf! ~jen

  • Reply Emily October 13, 2011 at 7:38 am

    love both the outfits, but the teal and mustard is a great combo.

  • Reply My Dressy Ways October 13, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Absolutely LOVE that blazer!

  • Reply Elle October 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I like the first look!

    These photos are stunning…when I saw the post pop up on my blogger feed my heart skipped a beat. The Boston Public Library is the perfect backdrop for the outfit. I think this is my favorite outfit out of this entire challenge.

  • Reply Noora Katariina October 13, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I like your pants ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Yulia October 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Liking both color combinations but for me it is more of a skirt vs. pants matter. I prefer the skirt outfit. Would be interested to see the same blazer/top/scarf paired with a mustard-colored skirt.

    BTW I love the Boston Public Library…good choice!

  • Reply Ping October 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    pretty pics! i need to start going outdoors to taking photos. i been so lazy and so much quicker and easier taking pics in my room. i also like the first look a lot. i been really into wearing skirts and stockings.

  • Reply Angie October 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I was in your beautiful city over the weekend saw this wonderful landmark. There are so many! Thanks for the eating guide as well!

  • Reply AubreyOhDang! October 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I like it w/the mustard pants, esp when you roll it up.

  • Reply Loi October 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I like the 2nd look with the mustard pants.

  • Reply Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I love your first outfit!

  • Reply Mae Lu October 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    BOTH of these outfits are gorgeous, and I would wear them both, but I think despite the amazing hue of the orange skirt, I think my heart is with the pants ensemble. There's just something almost too perfect about teal and mustard with a herringbone blazer. It's perfectly fall, but remove the coat… and you have spring/summer! LOVE.

    Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!

  • Reply Catherine October 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I love both outfits! I wore the mustard pants with a teal sweater last week and one of my students told me that my color combo was "whack." High schoolers have so much to learn about fashion ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply newpetite October 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I agree about the alteration costs! Just hem the sleeves from inside. Pluck the buttons and sew them on the new sleeve length and then iron it out properly. Thats what Ive done with a few of mine ๐Ÿ™‚

    I like it better with the skirt. Not a big fan of those pants.

  • Reply Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I was wondering how you hang your petite-sized blazers? I just scored this H&M; sz 2 blazer but my hangers are far too wide, I think they would stretch out the blazer along the arms.

  • Reply Jenn October 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I love the back of that blazer and the flower-like slit. So pretty! And I've been trying to accomplish that color combination forever. I just don't have a top that color!

  • Reply Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    A scarf-challenged reader is wondering: how did you wrap your scarf? What is the trick??!!

  • Reply Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Love your hair! Do you curl it at all? Thanks

    Xoxo from Toronto,

  • Reply Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    hahaha – love the safety pin on the sleeves. These photos are beautiful, BPL adds such a nice background to the pics. I love the orange skirt but I love the mustard pants more. I am on a mustard high these days. You always look so chic, thanks for sharing!

    Thu from Just Tututiny

  • Reply Canadianpetite October 14, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I like the skirt combo better altho it was a difficult choice for me as they both looked color-delish. I think the skirt one is more your usual lovely style.

  • Reply zimt-peppermint October 14, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Could you do a pairing episode on that skirt? I just bought it, but I'm not really sure what to wear with it, because I usually don't go for colourful bottoms. Please help! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Ly October 14, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I love the blazer. My dad use to have a tweed blazer when I was super young and I just remember always loving it.


  • Reply Jackie October 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I like this outfit with the red skirt…of course! I love red. Both look good though.

    These pics are beautiful! I love living near a city full of landmarks! =D

  • Reply MsbeautyMagic October 14, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    you inspire me so much!!

  • Reply Anonymous October 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Hello, Jean. I am a fan of your blog. Thanks for boosting the library/librarian image by picking BPL as your landmark and sporting a stylish look. Also, honoring Nick's mom. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Reply Ivy October 15, 2011 at 12:52 am

    love the mustard/yellow colored pants. I was in Boston not too long ago for travel. Such a pleasant place to be at.


  • Reply Rena October 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I like the mustard better. It's more muted and a really beautiful fall look.

  • Reply Rinny October 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I love the skirt and blazer combo! The orange/red skirt looks great with all the other colors in the outfit. You look great Jean! ๐Ÿ™‚

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