Another green + navy: Scarf bow and Spearmint Gingham


Crewcuts gingham cafe capris sz 12 (an adult option in 2 colors – use BONUS10 for 10% off)
Ann Taylor blouse (old), blazer from Lefties (altered), BR bag (old)
Scarf and CL pumps from eBay, necklace c/o Stella & Dot
Just popping in to say a quick hello and to show these fun, preppy pants from Crewcuts. After being surprisingly pleased with their apple pants with a handy adjustable waist, I couldn’t resist this pair in spearmint gingham for $25. I returned my Gap kids mint jeans from earlier this season because I knew they wouldn’t get enough wear. These have been the perfect replacement – they’re a favorite for studying at the office (comfy but not too casual), and also work-appropriate on “denim” Fridays.

I have been wearing this blazer a little too much, but the spring green color just brightens up any outfit. Last month, I started a new job and my new team is mostly men who don’t care much about clothes…

…although I miss the fashionistas on my old team, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to wear favorite pieces repeatedly without receiving raised brows (my former colleague could not tolerate seeing my Gap nude blouses one more time ; ). That is, until this jacket got dubbed my “Masters jacket” while the team was streaming the tournament on their computers. It received so much acclaim, that I now have to reserve it for select wear…sigh!

Chanel tortoiseshell sunnies (similar), Essie “turquoise & caicos” polish

This outfit was made possible/enabled by shrewd Twitter friends. Thank you Jen E. for sharing that this blouse was on clearance for a mere $9 in my size. It was on the other side of the country, so I did pay $7.50 for shipping, but it has more than gotten it’s worth in wear. At first, I was surprised that something retailing for $80 was made of 100% polyester, but it wears beautifully and is so wonderfully low-maintenance. And thank you again Val for doing research on these pants and getting all the measurements for us.mintgingham
Now that I have several items from Crewcuts, I’d like to point out how inconsistent their sizing can be, even in the same styles. For the apple pants in the same “cafe capri” cut and same kids size 12 (see review), I had to tighten the adjustable waist band by about 3 notches on each side for it to fit. These, on the other hand, are very snug when zipped up with no room for adjustment. The hips feel a tiny bit tighter too, but the legs and length feel exactly the same. It’s unfortunate that J.Crew has so much size inconsistency, especially since they often do final sale.
I bought this scarf a year ago after many of us fell in love with it on Cee (and for a mere $10!). It never got much wear, but I recently rediscovered it and have been throwing it around all of my purses. It looks great on satchels, a speedy, Chanel…even a longchamp, and just adds new dimension to an outfit. I kept seeing the look around town on older, polished-looking ladies, and don’t know why I didn’t try it more often!

Readers – Are you a fan of adorning handbags with scarves?
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  1. Rinny wrote:

    I love the blazer and scarf! The colors are perfect for spring time. You look fabulous Jean!

    Posted 5.5.12 Reply
  2. you have such a great sense of style – this is just a perfect outfit that is classy and appropriate for so many occasions. the colours are amazing on you! xox P

    Posted 5.4.12 Reply
  3. lexi wrote:

    i think your blazer and scarf are very cool. right now i'm into blues and greens.

    Posted 5.4.12 Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi, Jean.

    I stumbled on your blog a couple of weeks ago, and I just have to say I love your style! As a busy mother of two little girls, it feels like ages since I've gone shopping for myself. I'm so focused on my girls these days. But seeing your blog makes me realize how desperately I need to update my wardrobe. I've always found shopping for petite clothes such a pain, but you offer so many great reviews and tips. Thanks!

    Your new fan,
    A petite mom

    Posted 5.4.12 Reply
  5. LiS wrote:

    =o) Hi Jean. Thanks for sharing your style wisdom. I've been skulking around your blog for the past month or so. I'm not petite, but I love your blog. Thought of you today b/c of this:

    Posted 5.4.12 Reply
  6. Joy wrote:

    Hi Jean, you look nice. You're wearing all my favorite colors! Thanks for posting & now I will look for a silky scarf with 'chain' or 'horsebit' print!

    Posted 5.3.12 Reply
  7. I have had my eye on that necklace…great look! And I love that they call it the masters jacket, lol!

    Posted 5.3.12 Reply
  8. Hi Nina – unfortunately, that specific seller closed their store down. Try searching chain print scarf or horsebit scarf?

    Posted 5.2.12 Reply
  9. Crystalin wrote:

    Absolutely adore this look lady! I saw those gingham pants last week… might need to go back lol

    Posted 5.2.12 Reply
  10. Nina wrote:

    Hi Jean, you look stunning as always! Btw, could you please share the link of the scarf from ebay? Or the store url? I vaguely remember a post of yours a while back on scarves from ebay but couldn't find it anymore. Thank you so much!

    Posted 5.2.12 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for your reply!

    Posted 5.2.12 Reply
  12. lisacng wrote:

    You look so fab! I love the similar color story. I have to start wearing scarves on my bags!

    Posted 5.2.12 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you Jean!!!

    Posted 5.2.12 Reply
  14. this is one of my favourite outfits you have put together. so unique!

    Posted 5.2.12 Reply
  15. gaby wrote:

    Hi , your blog is amazing i can not stop watching you previous post, you have great tips and not just for petite women i fall in love with your blog! answer to your questions of course that i love accesorize my look with an scarves on a handbag but to be honest i did not do it in a long time !!
    thank you for the inspiration !!!
    love the outfit you look great!

    Posted 5.2.12 Reply
  16. Hi Angela – I no longer have the tag, but unfortunately it was from (3?) seasons ago … it won't be in-stores anymore because when I bought it in Jan, it was already on final sale being moved out of their system. I do think there's a chance their Factory store might bring it back (they usually do that for popular items), or it might pop up on a place like eBay?

    Posted 5.1.12 Reply
  17. Hi there – I don't think there's a good "set" price to use as a standard, because it depends on the condition, the popularity of the style, the seller feedback … etc. I think $400 is actually fairly high for pre-owned, but for a super classic style like prives in great shape, it is reasonable. I definitely don't think they are "too cheap" to be authentic. The ones I watch on eBay usually go for $300 or less, but they are not the true classic styles. Classic nude and black pumps do go for more.

    Posted 5.1.12 Reply
  18. Hi there – yes, definitely, I actually carry this bag mostly over the shoulder as as "book" bag. Look for bags that have pliable shape/slouchy silhouettes, versus structured, squarish bags, so that they don't look too large when worn over the shoulder.

    Posted 5.1.12 Reply
  19. 5182 – they are from many years ago, however Chanel does have a very similar brown tortoiseshell version out currently!

    Posted 5.1.12 Reply
  20. Hi there – they are 5182 but they are from several years ago. I saw a very similar tortoiseshell version out currently, though! I suggest going into a store that has a wide selection of Chanel sunglasses and trying them on. I owned two pairs before this, including their signature solid frame with mother-of-pearl CC's on both sides, and they were so big on my face and kept slipping off my nose. These fit much better!

    Posted 5.1.12 Reply
  21. Kholá wrote:

    I can't say that I love scarves on bags but I love bags…and scarves. lol. Loving this ensemble too! Oh how I wish BR made bags in the same quality they used too….

    Posted 5.1.12 Reply
  22. emily rose wrote:

    thanks for sharing! I picked these up along with the apple pair after seeing your first post on the crewcuts cafe capri. I was stumped on what top to pair with the gingham and this has definitely helped!

    I have been so frustrated with crewcuts size differences. I got a 12 in the apple and 14 in the gingham! guess that's what you get with kids sizing!

    Posted 5.1.12 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    Very cute outfit! Could you please tell us the style number of your Chanel sunglasses? They look amazing! It is really difficult for me to find frame that fit my face shape and your Chanel sunglasses look very nice!

    Posted 5.1.12 Reply
  24. FP wrote:

    This is such an adorable outfit! I like the all blue palette.

    Posted 5.1.12 Reply
  25. Melanie wrote:

    Love the whole outfit. The colors are gorgeous together.

    Posted 5.1.12 Reply
  26. april wrote:

    love the outfit..u look amazing

    Posted 5.1.12 Reply
  27. Michelle wrote:

    Ack! (a good ack!) I love this outfit on you!! Everything is perfect! Matchy-match…but not the boring kind (like Elle has been recently discussing) The necklace is amazing.

    So glad you got that AT blouse! I picked it up as well and love it. I would suggest a bralette underneath for a night out (if you decide to wear it solo). For me, I think it is too sheer to wear with a regular bra.

    And the Banana bag with the scarf is gorgeous!

    Love that your new teammates like golf! Thursday through Sunday that is what is on our tv…so much better than football, in my opinion! And listening to the commentators…golf terminology can sound so dirty…it is hilarious!

    And the mint and navy are amazing together! Reminds me of the J. Crew bracelet I just picked up!

    You have me all over the place and chatty tonight with your outfit! :p

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  28. My Style wrote:

    the necklace is amazing! love the outfit!


    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  29. Thank you for the shout out, Jean! I'm glad you love the blouse. My recommendation whenever ordering a sale item through Style Finder at Ann Taylor/LOFT is to order a small full price item with it (i.e., a tank top) and they will waive the shipping fee. This only works for card members though (free shipping on full price items). Then you can return the full price item if it doesn't work out for you. A kind SA gave me that recommendation when I placed a Style Finder order in-store – it's almost the same as adding free shipping fillers when you order online!

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  31. Very cute outfit, loving all the blues and greens. I have to agree crewcuts sizing is all over the place that it made me stop ordering from their final sale.

    I use to like to put charms on my bags but now I keep it plain.. I think maybe because I'm getting older! lol.

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  32. Anonymous wrote:

    A BIG ditto on j.crew sizing. I have their Cafe Capri in THREE different sizes because each pair fits differently. I purchased two last year – a dusty pink and a camel – and a green color this year. I wish they'd work in this, as I am always fearful of ordering from their final sale for this reason.

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  33. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, you look AWESOME!!!!!!!!! absolutely love the colors (: Unlike you, I wear scrubs to work…and on most of my days off, I'm at home. But I'm definitely trying to be more adventurous with the colors, jewelry, etc. It's too hot in Texas to layer anything right now (except maybe layering tank tops!). I have been so inspired to dress better when I go out. Thanks once again for the inspiration (:

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply

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  35. love your pants sooo much girl!!

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  36. Annabelle wrote:

    What a great outfit! I think that's about as much fun with color as you can have in an office environment; so much fun.

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  37. What a pretty spring outfit Jean! I love putting scarves on handbags – I used to do it all the time but I've recently become extremely lazy LOL!

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  38. Maree wrote:

    I love this outfit so much. Blue and mint green is such a refreshing look – love the necklace as well!

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  39. newpetite wrote:

    Gorgeous colors and those pants look so good on you!

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  40. It is very unfortunate that JCrew's sizing is soo random that I refuse to buy things final sale online unless I've tried it on in store which is such a pain with so many online only items. But anywho Love scarves tied to handbags. Sometimes it can add a pop of color and print to an otherwise boring outfit for the office when going out right after work.I actually just showed a scarf on the handbag look on a recent post!

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  41. Kat wrote:

    Love this color combo! I love how your nail polish almost blends in with your pants! It's like an exact minty match!

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  42. Anonymous wrote:

    So glad your kept the blazer. If I remember correctly, you had considered returning it. The color looks fabulous on you, love the pants. I wish I could wear crewcuts 🙁 But alas, although petite, I am a size 4/6 and could not even dream about fitting into those tiny pants. Love your blog, keep up the good work!

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  43. Jackie wrote:

    You look great in these colors!

    I don't know how i felt about pairing scarves with purses…Maybe I just haven't found the right combo.

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  44. kirstyb wrote:

    loving all the green

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  45. Anonymous wrote:

    What is the style/model number of your Chanel sunglasses?!

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  46. Those pants are adorable on you! I love how you toughened up the soft pastels with the navy blue.

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  47. Your Masters jacket! It totally looks like one!

    I think handbags with scarves are cool. I don't use scarves that way but I have a Coach clutch that came with a scarf and I get a lot of compliments on it.


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  48. I love this outfit! So glad you used so much color.

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  49. Elissa wrote:

    this outfit might be one of my favorite that you've posted! i love the color combination and the pants and jacket are just SO CHIC!


    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  50. Oh, and I do have a scarf on my handbag in the wintertime.

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply

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