Style in a Suitcase, Part 2: Redwood, leopard + winter white

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Old Navy legging jeans in “Russet Brown” (more colors) sz 0 reg, H&M; ivory shell
AT leopard cardigan (similar starting in XXS), CL Decolletes, Chanel WOC, c/o t+j Designs earrings

Continuing with the Style in a Suitcase series, here’s a simple outfit from my visit to mild-wintered Southern California. I had the luxury of baring my shoulders during the day, but needed thick layers once dusk rolled in. Packing a print/patterned layer helped break up the solid blocks.
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This ivory H&M; double-placket shell has quickly become a wardrobe favorite, whereas the green remains untouched. Although the overall fit is generous and the armholes are a bit gap-y, this blouse looks elegant when tucked in and/or layered, and feels much more luxe than its $17.95 price tag.
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This cardigan jacket (a 2010 favorite) is my trustiest travel and thick layering piece. I’m dying for Gap to come out with something similar again. I got it for around $30 back then and it’s held up beautifully through multiple washes – these days, it’s hard to find such quality & comfortable pieces from retailers at this price.
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78 Comments

  1. DSK Steph wrote:

    I love the color of those pants! I hope you're having a great time on your trip! Happy Lunar New Year! 🙂

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  2. This outfit is perfect! I love the jeans and leopard cardigan 🙂 I am petite as well so I look forward to following your blog for inspiration and tips.

    xx
    Julie
    http://lovecardelia.blogspot.com/

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  3. wow the way you combine items is just amazing!!!you are an amazing person!!!
    also I really like your earrings so much
    http://www.chicbytseq.blogspot.com

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  4. Nicole wrote:

    Wow you look fabulous!!! I love your blog soo much!!! I actually started blogging becasue of you! I'm pretty short as well, I'm 5,2" Haha. Yeah 14 though so I still have time to grow! 🙂

    whatnicolewears.blogspot.com

    -N

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  5. Love the leopard print cardigan. It definitely breaks the solid colors well!

    xox

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  6. Corinne wrote:

    Just stumbled upon your blog & let me start off by saying that I absolutely LOVE the title! I'm quite petite myself so to know that someone else is extra petite as well is just plain awesome 😀
    as for this entry you look fab! I especially love the H&M; shirt, it definitely looks like it's worth more than 18$! fab find:D & love the color combo! Definitely lookbook inspiration for me! Have a great one!
    xx Corinne
    cateyesandthighhighs.blogspot.com

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  7. grace wrote:

    Wow, beautiful outfit – loved the color combination! Love the leopard breaking up the solid colors.

    Seriously, to die for, and you look gorgeous as always =)

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  8. Nina wrote:

    that blouse looks so lovely, and I love the color combination! you look so pretty!

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  9. JJ wrote:

    Love the layering of the leopard under the mustard cardigan – it adds just the right amount of pattern to the outfit to make it interesting! Your style is so classic.

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  10. Tiffany wrote:

    adore! You look gorgeous as always and love the earrings on you! <3

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    do you use any products on your hair? it's looks really smooth, manageable

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  12. Beautiful leopard cardigan…you made it look so chic with the blouse underneath!

    -Sharon

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  13. lin wrote:

    jean, you look so pretty, especially in that first pic. i love all the colors and layerings you have going on here.

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  14. Tara A wrote:

    I've almost bought the red Old Navy jeggings about three times in-store. It's true that the red color is cut super-small. I was skeptical about a OR (because of vanity sizing and the leg-length issue), but they were TIGHT on me and the legs weren't too long (105lb, 5'3"). I red in the Old Navy reviews that some people were going up as many as 3 sizes from their normal ON size. I just couldn't bring myself to buy them at retail price because the quality isn't great, I already have pants in the same color, and I can't wear them to work.

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  15. Great Blog!! That was amazing. Your thought processing is wonderful. The way you tell the thing is awesome. You are really a master.
    Best Deals

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  16. the leopard layer makes this outfit very very chic! I also like the earrings very much!

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  17. Beautiful outfit! And of course photos! 🙂

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  18. Anna wrote:

    What a great combo! I can never wear red pants, or colored pants for that matter, but I love looking at them. I really need to try my luck at some new pairings with my colored denims, because I am usually stuck at the same combination and thus get bored really, really easily.

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  19. Nee wrote:

    love that look, these red pants are amazing!:)

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  20. e-chan wrote:

    You have the immigration stamp (left arm) ^__^ Just like me.

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  21. This outfit is perfect!

    XX Kathryn

    http://lacoquettedelamode.wordpress.com/

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  22. I really like this outfit. I've never really considered Old Navy for jeggings since it's so hard to find pants that fit me properly…
    Love the color combo here <3
    http://cocomechanel.blogspot.com

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  23. Kiwi wrote:

    Oh and where did you get those earrings from? =D

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  24. Kiwi wrote:

    I love the colors of the outfit.
    Those legging jeans are awesome

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  25. i love your blog! you put since unique colours together and it all works =)

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  26. I agree heavy cardigan jackets are the best for traveling. I have a Missoni for Target sweater I just love for traveling!

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  27. Great outfit. I love the H&M; top.

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  28. Krys wrote:

    Your layering worked out really well; I'm always trying to figure out ways to layer without looking really bulky and I like the pop of pattern in your outfit. Hope that you've been having a lovely weekend! xx

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  29. Meg wrote:

    I managed to pick up the cream blouse at H&M; (only had a 2 and a 10 in cream, no greens) and didn't get to try it on before bringing it home (toddler in tow!). I looove it, but found it to be tight over the chest in the 2. It was sort of pulling to the point that I was obsessively checking for gap-osis. I think I can get an extra quarter inch of ease if I move the tight button over a bit. Definitely a keeper — BR has similar blouses right now at more than double the price. Do you layer anything under it? I find it a little sheer to wear without something over it.

    Trish, I don't have static issues with this top. I wore it all day with a wool sweater yesterday and no problems at all.

    Posted 1.23.12 Reply
  30. Cee Cee wrote:

    I love the color palettes from this outfit!

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  31. Katie wrote:

    Love this outfit. I can't believe the pants are from Old Navy

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  32. Trish wrote:

    Do you have any problems with static cling with this top? I have another H&M; top made of the same material but I never wear it because it clings to me! It's sad because it's a cute top… I passed on the ivory one you are wearing because I was worried it would have the same problem.

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  33. Victoria wrote:

    That is SUCH a beautiful top! I looked for it last time I was at H&M; but couldn't find it 🙁

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  34. Annie wrote:

    Wow, I'm loving the unexpected colour combo! I need myself a pair of Old Navy jeggings ASAP!

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  35. Ping wrote:

    aww jean, i love this outfit and you look so pretty! i love your hair and makeup and earrings– everything. just gorgeous!! i decided to return my cobalt jeggings (OR) and also the spicy red (OP). i did keep the ruby color (OS) which fit the smallest. still waiting for my Payless shoes to come in the mail. i think the AT order should arrive early this week,.

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  36. I love your style! Even though I am not petite (5'8" with broad frame!) I am a regular reader!!:-)
    http://style-delights.blogspot.com/

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  37. Lawgirl wrote:

    Really cute! But can you really walk around in stiletto heels for everyday, weekend, vacation wear? I can do clogs, boots, and chunky oxfords with 3-4" stacked heels when I'm in casual mode, but pumps, skirts, & tights make me feel formal and very "at work."

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  38. hugstiem wrote:

    You look radiant. Please teach me how to smile so photogenically. What are you thinking about?

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  39. becka wrote:

    Loving the leopard print + cream and rust color combo!

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  40. Such beautiful, rich colours in your look, and adore the addition of feline print. x

    http://www.TheFancyTeacup.com

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  41. newpetite wrote:

    You look gorgeous!! Thats a lovely blouse!

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  42. Alexandra wrote:

    Gorgeous!

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  43. You look awesome girl! LOVE this look on you! Next time, when you're in LA, I might have to kidnap you so we can spend more time together!

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  44. Janine A wrote:

    you look amazing, jean!!! hope you're having a great trip 🙂

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  45. Happy lunar new year, Jean! Minus the mustard cardigan, I pretty much wore the EXACT outfit the other day! I've worn the Old Navy jeggings a number of times now and the material became softer with each wear. 😀

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  46. Joy wrote:

    Your comment made me hungry, thinking about hotdogs. haha.
    I really like the earrings.

    http://ohtheendlesspossibilities.blogspot.com/

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
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  48. Zaya wrote:

    Yes, I agree! What a great color combo!

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  49. mai wrote:

    ooh, i love the layering!

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  50. CynthiaC wrote:

    I never thought that mustard and russet brown would go this well together (other than as ketchup and mustard on a hotdog or hamburger – LOL)… it's a pretty combo, though I don't think that mustard would work well on my skintone.

    By the way, Happy New Year to you!

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply

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