Lookbook: Pine & Patterns (and Old Navy jeans in petite vs reg)


J.Crew Lady Day Coat & cable sweater (similar) sz xxs, Gap shirt (similar)
Old Navy Jeggings sz 0P, Louboutin Decollete pumps, Goyard Marquises Tote

This winter outfit easily converts for a business casual work environment. I plan on replacing the black legging jeans with some trousers or ankle pants, and tucking in the button-up shirt. You can also try the sweater with a rich camel or black pencil skirt.

I only got one of these sweaters for myself and am regretting leaving the fuchsia behind. A reader recently asked why I am against buying duplicates. I used to get over-excited at finding things that “fit” and freely hoarded multiples of different colors. Looking back, many of these things were quite mediocre and didn’t even fit right. Now that I’m more experienced, I know that there will be other, new options in the future (unless it’s a true challenge item, like petite-friendly suiting) and that fashion tastes will change over time. Unless I am certain that a piece will be a wardrobe favorite, I’m hesitant to buy more than one…but will probably regret not doing so for this sweater!


Some of you asked if this Goyard tote can be worn over the shoulder. I do carry it on my shoulder, but the straps get snug over a thick coat. My regular-sized friend tried it on and could not comfortably toss it over her shoulder. The strap drop height is only 7″ compared to about 9″ on my favorite travel bag, the Longchamp large tote.
These are the same Old Navy jeggings from this post, except in the petite sizing. Petite sizing is supposed to be not just shorter in length, but should also have a lower rise, narrower hips and waist, higher knee position, etc (according to ON themselves). That to me is the difference between buying “petite” versus just a regular size with short inseam.
ON jeggings1

Old Navy Jeggings sz 0 Petite/X Short (black, 27″ inseam) vs. 0 Regular (Russet Brown, 29″ inseam)

When I got the 0P jeans, however, I immediately noticed that the waist, hips, and inseam fit exactly like my 0R, with the only difference being a 2″ shorter inseam and slightly, ever so slightly narrower thighs. I had hoped that the petite version would have smaller proportions and smaller back pockets (wishful thinking!). I looked at the tag and it doesn’t even say 0P – just “0 X Short.” I like the inseam a lot on me, but have to complain about the big stiff back pockets, stiffer denim material, and the lint-magnet material. **UPDATE** – According to several readers, it looks like Old Navy may have mistakenly sent me the 0 Short instead of the 0 Petite, which would explain no differences in the waist/hip area.

Readers – Did any of you pick up the honeycomb sweater or the ON jeggings? What are your thoughts?

86 thoughts on “Lookbook: Pine & Patterns (and Old Navy jeans in petite vs reg)

  • Reply The life after January 9, 2012 at 4:02 am

    You look great!!

    The Life After

  • Reply SewPetiteGal January 9, 2012 at 4:55 am

    I don't think I've ever used this phrase before but this outfit really embodies casual elegance. I am crazy in love with how you added a pin to your collar and will be immediately trying this out!

    If you are interested, they had some fun boys' gingham shirts at J Crew / Crewcuts factory store with gray/white and pale blue/white combinations. The blue/white was $24.97 with an additional 60% off so I got one for my son at $10. In the women's section, they had the large check gingham shirts (will have a review on Wednesday) which were oh so pretty but the sleeves were very long and XS fit well on me so might be too large for you unless you are ok with a blouse-y torso. Hmm, sorry for the mega-long comment but hope it was helpful!

  • Reply ruthie January 9, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Greetings from London! I did originally post on your one of your blogs earlier this year but got caught up with some debate and was taken off!

    Anyways, I just want to tell you what a pleasure it was to have found your blog! I have been following religiously for the last 2 weeks!

    Here in London, I have great difficulties in finding skinny jeans that fits, coats… boots… shoes… you name it …!

    I was beginning to become stuck in a rut with my clothes … and along came your blog! You make me want to go shopping EVERYTIME I read your pages!

    I wish I have access to J Crew and Old Navy… but at least I have H&M; and Forever 21 to satisfy my cravings!

    I did shop in the children's section when I was university some years ago but abandoned when i started working! But now – I have now rediscovered them and I have now the cooliest fitting jeans in the colours that I have been looking for! Many thanks Jean! You have changed my wardrobe!

  • Reply harrietbambridge January 9, 2012 at 7:58 am

    lovelovelove your jumper, suits you perfectly xx

  • Reply My Dressy Ways January 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I love this outfit Jean! The black and white gingham look great with the pine green color. I saw the sweaters in store but mine had a very limited color selection. I also noticed that the sweater was already pilling so I didn't buy one. I'm really lazy when it comes to maintenance of my clothes and I felt like it would be too much work! If the sweater was already pilling from just being in the store, I didn't want to think about what it'd look after wearing it!

  • Reply Panina(nana) January 9, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I love that hunter green, esp in the winter time. I went to J Crew over the weekend but did not see any of these sweaters… maybe I wasn't looking hard enough or they didn't stand out as much. I need a pair of dark skinnies as well, so hopefully they'll have some petite sizes left at my local Old Navy.

    btw, I'll have to take a pic of the AT ruffled top I bought from you last year. You've def changed the way I look at work. Always in my AT pumps and tucking my cardigans into pencil skirts =D You would be proud.

  • Reply Bravoe Runway January 9, 2012 at 10:49 am

    The J.Crew in Chicago never has anything good left on sale! I think you brought home a lot of great pieces, as I scrolled down to see your last post! I used to buy things in multiples as well, black and brown or black and white but too many of the same items = "I have nothing to wear." Mainly due to boredom….

  • Reply jo January 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Jean, the green sweater looks absolutely stunning on you! Also, your bag is breathless, wish you wrote more on it.

  • Reply Vanessa January 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    That outfit looks great on you! I tried on the Honeycomb sweater in blue and the pine green after you recommended it but it just didn't look that great on me. I'm envious…the JCrew I went to didn't have even half of those items!

  • Reply DiamondsandTulle January 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I love love love this look Jean! Consider yourself "pinned"! The accessories are just the right touch and love the Goyard bag!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

  • Reply Callandra January 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I tried on the ON jeggings yesterday Jean…..finally remembered from the first time you posted about them! Lol The inseam on the regular was perfect for me but the rise was soooo low (not good for a curvy figure like mine)…..they look so great on you though!

  • Reply Anonymous January 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Jean, I LOVE that you paired this sweater with your bag–the designs match and I think you did a phenomenal job pairing them!

  • Reply Hannah Petty January 10, 2012 at 12:23 am

    So pretty and stylish! I like how the Gap Boys Gingham Shirt compliments with the Honeycomb sweater, plus the J.Crew Lady Day Coat. Your bag is so adorable as well!

  • Reply Anonymous January 10, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I had really good luck with on's plain old skinny jeans (not jeggings) in black in short lengths. The material is pretty solid and has held up well. They fit well and are super comfy – very versatile particularly for dressy casual (a staple in my jeans-wearing office).

  • Reply Anonymous January 10, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Hey Jean, I really enjoy reading your blog. Although your outfits are too formal for a college student, I hope to dress like this one day! But the real reason I'm leaving a comment is–you seem really confident. I'm 22 and had hoped that I would ditch my insecurities about being petite by now, but it seems to get worse as I get older! I never dress to stand out. Did you have confidence issues growing up and if so how did you overcome them.

  • Reply Anonymous January 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I know you love this sweater, but it just isn't flattering! It does what you would think a kid's sweater would do — makes you look like you have NO bust at all.

  • Reply Karoliina January 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I really like your style and blog! And outfit look great (:

  • Reply mturbin January 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Is that shirt actually a boy's small? I read online that they run big, but I wasn't sure what size to order.
    I usually wear a 00P from Loft.

  • Reply Jeanette January 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    You're right about the J.Crew honeycomb sweater :)I've been looking for a red sweater this winter but had any luck. I was in Ann Taylor today and almost got a red sweater there…but I thought I would check out J. Crew first for the sale. And what do you know, the first thing I saw on the sales rack is the honeycomb sweater in true red! I also wear xxs (it was the last one) so I guess it was destiny! I tried it on and really love it! Thanks Jean, for the suggestion!! And your outfit is super chic and cute!

  • Reply Jen January 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    This is such a great everyday look. I'm trying hard not to want it in every color they have in my size! You make me want just about everything you post lol

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 12, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Hi Helen – my shoulder width is approximately 15 inches across.

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 12, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Hi Alessia! Yes I just got a haircut…nothing special to write home about : ) I have thick coarse hair so I just ask for long layers and for the thickness to be "thinned out." They usually use some jagged looking shears and chomp away until my overall head of hair feels lighter.

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 12, 2012 at 1:14 am

    It is the cobblestone color from 2010. Warm gray this year is the closest I can find. I have the green from 2011 and it's a rich kelly green. Beautiful!

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 12, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Thank you for the tip! I have not tried bebe denim but did have some of their tops back in high school : ) I think my main issue with them would be the high price for the brand and also the more decorated back pockets ( I love super plain back pockets).

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 12, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Wowsers! Great deals. My local AT's no longer carry my size so I have given up on browsing there. I don't do anything after placing orders on the phone, but from my experience, it takes well over a week (sometimes 2 weeks) for me to receive my order. If you don't get it after a week, I would maybe call the store back just to see if they mailed it out.

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 12, 2012 at 1:18 am

    That's a bummer! I have not been there lately. BR's offerings have just gotten worse and worse over the past few years. I've had much better luck at BR Factory (love this white cardigan with black trim that Alterations Needed picked up from there recently!).

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 12, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Thank you Ruthie! It's nice to hear from you and thank you for having to patience to post a second time. I believe Gap that ships to the UK. Have you had any luck with their jeans in size 00 or 24?

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 12, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Hi there – I am close to you in age and it definitely took several years to become secure and confident about my body and accept it for the way it is. Even now if I'm in a crowd of tall, model-like individuals both out or at work, something still tugs at my confidence a little especially if I'm not dressed right or looking my best. I wrote a post a while back on confidence in the workplace and I think it can apply to outside of work as well: http://www.extrapetite.com/2011/02/reader-request-building-confidence.html Hopefully some of my thoughts (and reader comments) in that post can be helpful to you. I hope you can come to terms with your size and embrace it, and learn how to present yourself to be the best you can be : )

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 12, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Yes it is…I posted some measurements and pics of the "unstyled" fit here: http://www.extrapetite.com/2012/01/style-in-suitcase-part-1-gingham-and.html

    It's boxy and pretty childish in fit, so be warned : ) I usually wear 00P in LOFT as well but it's usually too big. This shirt is also very short in a boys S, but a boys M would be too boxy all-around.

  • Reply desert heels January 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

    the green sweater with your black hair is perfection!

  • Reply Angie's Closet January 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I purchased the same sweater and color. It is the coziest sweater I have. I did a post about. I found it in the store for 39.99 with 40% off, plus 15% off from my student discount. I thought that was a super deal.

  • Reply what the shoe January 27, 2012 at 4:34 am
  • Reply Anonymous April 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

    This is such a great look. I bought the sweater in blue and looking for a similar shirt to wear it with. I would also like the coat – please do let us know when the new collection comes out, as currently sold out. Thank you for all the inspiring photos and fun blog. Simply love it!

  • Reply sophié May 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    so glad I found your blog – THANK YOU for the inspirational posts. and yes please do let us know if and when these coats become available… would love to get one as coats are a challenge for us petites.

  • Reply Anonymous July 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    How did those leggings from ON fit after they sent you the correct size? I'm hoping to buy a pair myself!

  • Reply Anonymous May 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Yes the petite 0 in rockstars fit way smaller! In the stores they also carry 00 in the dark blue and black washes. In general I love Old navy rockstars they are the perfect jean. For the most part they have a good selection of colors.

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