Petite Fashion Challenge #12 – From Night to Day

This month’s PFC is hosted by IamKhatu. Be sure to visit her post to see everyone’s entries!

The challenge: “From Night to Day: Restyle a glamorous look that you would typically wear for a night-out-on-the-town into daytime casual wear. Bonus points if you can restyle it for work!

I like that this challenge started with a glamorous night look and worked backwards to daytime casual. It was a true challenge for me because I don’t have many fancy pieces – I can probably count the number of times I’ve had a glamorous night-out-on-the-town on one hand. I tried to get creative with my peplum cocktail dress and silk paisley dress, but Nick said the results were scary. Alas, I took the easy way out with this gold sequin skirt:

Night: J.Crew Factory sequin skirt (similar in 00-16), H&M; blouse (old), Payless pumps, Chanel WOC
Day: Target chambray (similar in petite/reg, 3 colors), J.Crew cardi & belt, Tory B. flats (similar), H&M; bag

I started with this previously-shown look, and replaced dressy pieces with casual and comfortable garments. Satiny lace top was swapped for a well-worn chambray shirt and cotton cardigan. Sky high pumps were replaced by broken-in flats. Veteran brown crossbody bag instead of a caviar clutch. I would’ve liked a bag that stood out less, but this had to do. Continue reading for more photos…

The end result is something I would wear under a warm coat for strolling around Boston on the weekends. Accessories shown below: Ann Taylor necklace, Michael Kors Tortoise watch.

This has been a Petite Fashion Challenge. For more information on PFC’s, visit this thread in the AN Forum.


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  1. Rose wrote:

    Where did you get your cardigan? Love the outfits on you. If I tried something like that, I would get a lot of second glances!

    Posted 2.23.15 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    where can i find that skirt or something like it???

    Posted 12.19.13 Reply
  3. Krecipe wrote:

    As much as I loved this look, I ordered Old navy petit chambray shirts….and when it delivered, I was really disappointed about the poor craftsmanship and weird size. I'm still looking for "the best chambray shirts ever" and I found J.crew has a lot of chambray options this spring including the crew cut(Keeper chambray shirts caught my eyes). J.crew store in Hawaii don't carry many petite size nor crew cut line. It would be great if you do a feature story about the best chambray shirts ever. Everybody needs at least one chambray shirts I guess. Have a wonderful day 🙂

    -your sincere reader Ji-Hye

    Posted 2.6.12 Reply
  4. Daisy wrote:

    i love both looks 🙂

    Posted 1.9.12 Reply
  5. @CynthiaC It's not heavy at all. It's not real leather, but even if it were, just look for less hardware and other unnecessary trimmings to keep the weight down.

    @Tam Hi Tam, I got 3 links removed from that watch and they siad they could've done more. I'm curious what kind of watch the SA's are saying can't be re-sized to fit well. I guess you have to look for ones with small links so the overall wristband shape isn't warped after links are removed.

    @Fitted Frames Yes, good eye…they're Target girls tights.

    @Simply x Classic Of course! Just visit the AN forum or stay tuned on Twitter for the next challenge announcement : )

    @Anonymous I like both colors but there's something about cognac brown that I think is really classic and goes with a number of colors. also, there are more belts, shoes, and boots that are made in cognac brown so I feel it's easier to match.

    @Emily I have black and olive, the black to me are the most versatile. Be warned though that they take quite a bit of breaking in before they are comfortable!

    @Happy Days A shirt plus cardigan over it doesn't feel bulky at all, but the added belt makes it a little less comfortable. The belt is important in visually defining the waist, but to be honest I'd probably go without it for casual wear.

    Posted 1.8.12 Reply
  6. Great job as always Jean. Always late to trends now I feel like I NEED a sequined skirt even though the holidays are long over 😛

    Posted 1.8.12 Reply
  7. Happy Days wrote:

    Hi, Jean. Like many people have said already, I love your night look. I think the mixture of a bit of black lace combined with a sparkly gold skirt is a great combination. I can see myself wearing the same thing… Well, if I had something like that in my closet. Time to go shopping! 🙂

    I don't think I can pull off your day look though. You look fine, but I would look like I just gained ten pounds. I was just wondering: does it feel bulky and hard to move in?

    Posted 1.8.12 Reply
  8. Emily wrote:

    Love your night time look! How many pairs of Tory Burch flats do you own? And what colors do you recommend getting? I'm about to purchase my first pair. Thank you!

    Posted 1.7.12 Reply
  9. A real fresh look!!

    Posted 1.7.12 Reply
  10. So cute! I Love your ingenuity 🙂

    XX Kathryn

    Posted 1.7.12 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    hi Jean, I love the day look, especially the cognac H&M; clutch. I am deciding between a cogac color cluch (similar to yours) and a taupe one. In your opinion, which one do you think is more versatile that can go from day to night? Thank you

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  12. Jen wrote:

    I never would have thought you could go casual with the sequin skirt – shows how much I know! I really like both those looks.

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  13. kris wrote:

    LOVE the day outfit! I would have never thought of that combination, but it works really well together!

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  14. Alexandra wrote:

    I don't like the day outfit… too many things put together and they don't flow…

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  15. Rania wrote:

    I LOVE the daytime look. It's so chic and very well put together. The skirt is definitely the perfect piece to compliment the more relaxed feel of the outfit. x

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  16. Ping wrote:

    jean– i never get tired of this skirt! i love love it 🙂
    i really like the day outfit. it's says i'm fun, chic and stylish but don't take me too seriously. hahah not sure if that makes sense. i like how you dressed down the skirt with the cardi, chambray, fun tights and flats.

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  17. Lovely! My ny resolution is to buy clothes that can be dressed in many ways- it's a challenge, but your posts really help! Brava, Jean 🙂

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  18. grace wrote:

    So cute!! I like how you say your first attempt with your peplum dress had Nick saying the results were scary. =P Too funny. Both are very cute looks 🙂

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply

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