White Jeans + Printed Scarf (& H&M 35% off coupon)

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H&M; jacket (alteration tutorial), tee, clutch, and belt from dress, thrift store scarf
Old Navy jeans in petite, Target sandals (old) (similar for $40)

Just wanted to say a quick hello and apologize for my lack of responsiveness over the months. I will do my best to respond to your comments and messages in June. Today’s post is just another casual studying outfit. I study at my office for about 12 hours at a time, and must be comfortable, but not too comfy in fear of dozing off! By putting on a full outfit complete with accessories (even if only my books will get to see it), I feel more in the right frame of mind to be productive. Anyone else feel the same way?
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To spruce up a simple jeans + tee combo, I added a silk printed scarf scored for about $3 at the thrift store, my fave buckle belt, and some strappy sandals. For anyone who scorns H&M; and Target items because they are low-quality…I can’t even count how much wear these 3-yr old $20 sandals and $17 clutch have gotten, while still looking fairly pristine. If you are selective with design and materials, there are definitely gems to be found at fast-fashion and discount retailers…

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This is my second pair of Old Navy rock star jeggings (see black styled here) (gave away russet to my cousin in China), and I have developed mixed feelings about them. On one hand, I definitely appreciate that they run small and are available in several inseams and colors (although ON needs to do a better job of restocking!). I also like the price tag of $30-$35 plus their frequent discounts. On the other hand, the fit is inconsistent and the design & material in my opinion don’t compare to some of Gap’s legging jeans (here’s an option in a nice dark wash). The material of my ON jeans feel stiff in general, and the black pair attracts lint like none other. Gap definitely has their material and sizing inconsistencies too, though, so you never really know until you try a style on.
whitejeans2On a separate note – H&M; lovers can print out this coupon for 35% off (highest I’ve ever seen from them) one item. Technically it’s for email subscribers, so sign up for their emails to receive coupons going forward. Thanks so much to SewPetiteGal for tweeting this during her early-morning sale alerts. She was so kind to also message me directly just in case this H&M; lover missed it : )

Armed with my coupon, I popped in at lunch and was soon ready to leave empty-handed. I tried on some cute, colorful bracelets (the petite wrist-friendly mint and peach bangles are a set), but wasn’t enticed enough to buy. I was also sorely disappointed by the tent-like winning Fashion Star dresses – I guess runway looks don’t translate well for shorties in real life! Here’s a 2 on me (per the model this dress is supposed to be around knee-length) for shits and giggles:
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On my way out, I spotted a flash of neon out of the corner of my eye and was thrilled to see these highlighter yellow sandals (item # 067212) fully stocked on a shelf. I had called around for them after this post with no luck, and assumed they had come and gone quickly. They are definitely more neon yellow-green in person than the warm yellow shown in the picture, which is too bad, but I might alter the color later. I grabbed a US 5/ EUR 36 (feels like a 5.5) for just $22.75 after the coupon. They are quite fun and look sturdy (more so than F21 shoes), and are a very welcome addition to my collection of neutral heels.

Readers – Please share any good finds with your H&M; coupon!

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89 Comments

  1. Thanks for the coupon. Printed out two and had the BF buy my second piece for 35% off. This might be bad, but I'm Goin back each day to purchase one item until the deal ends.

    Posted 5.18.12 Reply
  2. Elena wrote:

    I love every piece of this outfit- so stylish!
    Xo
    Elena
    http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

    Posted 5.17.12 Reply
  3. lisacng wrote:

    I love the added scarf with the neutral items! I'd never scoff H&M; or Target! Your sandals have held up wonderful after 3 yrs!

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  4. Anonymous wrote:

    I just discovered your blog and I LOVE it! Please keep posting! I'm also a very petite (4'10'') Asian girl and all of the tips that I've read on your blog in the past couple days have been really inspiring for me and..needless to say…I love your sense of style. Sorry if I'm overly excited haha

    Stephanie

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  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean –
    How do you find a good tailor in China? I'm going to Shanghai soon and I'm hoping I can get some of my work clothes tailored. Thanks!

    Mindy

    Posted 5.17.12 Reply
  6. I love seeing you in casual outfits! You look just as good in a jeans & tee as you do in a pencil skirt & blouse. : )

    Posted 5.17.12 Reply
  7. you look gorgeous! this is a beautiful outfit – and you are so right. if you're "dressed up" slightly, you're still in a frame of mind to work. much positive thoughts heading your way as you study! xox P

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  8. Great look! I love the scarf.

    http://fiveminutefashions.blogspot.com/

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  9. Annapurna wrote:

    Jean, I was in H&M; downtown crossing this past weekend and saw a gorgeous one shouldered white jacquard peplum on the racks in front of the Washingston Street doors. I thought you might be drawn to it. Check it out!

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  10. Anonymous wrote:

    you really put that H&M; dress belt to good use. It seems to go with everything. Great buy! I love target too, their shoes may not always be genuine leather, but are definitely quality man made materials. And I discovered H&M; after reading your blog. I used to only shop in Ann Taylor and Banana Republic before. But now H&M; is always a stop for my mall trip. A lot of chic and trendy pieces, and much more affordable too.

    Thanks for the coupon too! Good luck on your study!

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  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Used the coupon yesterday on a classic navy blue blazer that was originally $50! So glad H&M; came out with the coupon. Good Luck on your test…I just had 3 board exams,so keep studying hard and there is a light at the end of the tunnel! 🙂

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  12. Tiffany wrote:

    Could you do a how-to post sometime for evolving your style? I noticed that back in 2010, your look was more business professional and all neutral – which is what I'm prone to buy! I'd love to experiment with color and have more fun with fashion, but I don't know where to start. Any tips or important style resolutions?

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  13. jean, i loveee everything about this outfit. From the scarf to the white jeans! I may have to look at old navy since I have been looking for some white jeans lately.

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  14. Bree wrote:

    Great look! And thanks for the coupon heads up! So excited to visit my local H&M;!

    Cheers,
    Bree
    Dream in Fashion

    Posted 5.17.12 Reply
  15. grace wrote:

    So polished. I love your "shits and giggles" – and "shits and giggles" it sure gave me! It looks like you were wearing a tent indeed. I love those shoes you posted – am going to see if I can find a pair with a visit to Fashion Valley here. And love the look the scarf gives you.

    I really don't like Old Navy's pants. I'd rather spend more on Gap to be more comfy, though I didn't like their white legging jean offering either this year – the fit was off. I bought a pair of white skinny jeans from LOFT a few years ago that the fit is loose, but that was before I started reading your blog…

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  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Y'know, for some reason I can't believe you really said "shits and giggles" LOL

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  17. DSK Steph wrote:

    You always style the best outfits! I love both your casual and professional looks. 🙂

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  18. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi! You could try tying a chic scarf to your bags, like Jean does sometimes, then transferring it to your neck when you're in an air-conditioned building. =)

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  19. Erin wrote:

    I love those neon sandals! What H&M; in Boston were you shopping at? I find the stock can vary soooo widely between the different stores! And the Target sandals in your outfit are amazing. I agree, I have pieces from there, H&M;, and Forever21 that are going on 5 years!

    -Erin-
    http://onetwosummer.blogspot.com/

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  20. Love the scarf 🙂 🙂 🙂 Good luck with studying!

    xoxo,
    Rachel
    http://www.rachelslookbook.com

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  21. CoriFairy wrote:

    Such a casual but chic outfit Jean!!! Love love love!
    Thanks for the hilarious H&M; tent pic.
    Hope you'll get back to shorter working days soon ; )
    <3 <3 <3
    Corinna

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  22. Anonymous wrote:

    I completely second this.

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  23. I love your studying outfit, the scarf is so pretty. You are swimming in that Fashion Star dress! I have a lot of trouble finding bangles that fit my small wrist, were you happy with the fit of those H&M; ones? Good luck studying! 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia

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  24. I really like the colors on this scarf.

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  25. sophié wrote:

    super stylish as usual! Agree about dressing up to work from home – definitely better for self esteem… Do you also carry your clutch round the house? heh heh On another note – where do you find petite jeans that are a good fit at the ankles? I buy mine from uniqlo and have them shortened – but always end up with baggy ankles..;-(

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  26. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, I love the colors you put together for this outfit! You look beautiful!

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  27. Anonymous wrote:

    how do you alter the color of neon yellow sandals?
    I love your outfits !

    Posted 5.17.12 Reply
  28. Anonymous wrote:

    I miss your outfit posts!

    Posted 5.17.12 Reply
  29. Ohhhhhh!!! (In response to the Fashion Star dress.) I came THIS close to buying that dress online yesterday but then the inconsistencies in H&M; sizing made me close out without purchasing.

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  30. Cher wrote:

    Love this outfit, Jean! Scarves and blazers used to be a staple in all my outfits in warmer weather until I moved to DC. 🙁 Now anything around my neck just makes me sweat buckets and I end up drenched in sweat at my destination. I haven't figured out how to work around it yet. *sigh*

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  31. Kimberly wrote:

    I completely agree that I feel more productive (and in a better mood in general) when I put some effort into my look each day. Thanks for sharing the H&M; coupon – I'll let you know if I find anything great! 🙂

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

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  32. This is such a beautiful outfit, and I love the Laricks dress….but it looks huge!

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  33. alanis wrote:

    I'm always stunned by your photos! Lovely outfit.

    Greetings from Germany
    http://www.modekatastrophe.de

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  34. Wow – that FashionStar dress is ridiculous! I tried on a few FS items at H&M; before and most were either cut small (fitted pieces from Luciana and Orly) or were crazy revealing. I love your scarf! I've been pondering getting this one on ebay for $5 but wish it wasn't a chiffon.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-1-9M-75inch-Long-Classic-Chain-Scarf-Stole-Wrap-Chiffon-Silky-Shawl-Fashion-/280781239085?pt=US_Scarves_Wraps&hash;=item415fddb32d#ht_3131wt_956

    And thank you for the shout-out – I'm glad you were able to put the coupon to good use! 🙂

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  35. I love that scarf and the mustard colored shirt together!

    Maria

    http://www.daintyanddecadent.com

    Posted 5.17.12 Reply
  36. Jenny wrote:

    Might be the chicest studying outfit ever! So fabulous!

    Posted 5.17.12 Reply
  37. Curlijuli wrote:

    Your white jeans look so good! Old Navy never has white skinny jeans in stock, where and when are you guys (you and wendyslookbook) manage to find them?
    Great outfit!
    http://curlijuli.blogspot.com/

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  38. Love the outfit! The scarf looks so good and adds interest to a simple outfit. I wear something comfy but chic when I study, too, because I feel more effective and more ME when I'm happier with the way I look knowing I put some effort into it. Also, in case someone calls and I get to go out for lunch or something in between, it's nice to look representable.

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  39. Elena wrote:

    So happy to find your blog! Your looks are the most inspiring for me among all the fashion blogs I read. And there are prenty of them 🙂

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  40. Wendy wrote:

    AHH. Omg. I really like how your blazer looks after the alterations! I wish I could sew but I'm hopeless with a needle and I can't even cut straight. >.< Thanks for the coupon too!

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  41. Oh my goodness! H&M; coupons! I was wondering if I could find taht leopard floral orange shorts that some bloggers are wearing… I've been keeping eyes on it. I hope it's at the H&M; near my place! Thanks for the coupon, Jean. 🙂

    http://www.chibi-chic.com
    ayumi

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  42. Suzie Q wrote:

    Good for you for being so stylish when studying hardcore! I'm the most comfiest studying in my PJ pants at home, but I do definitely get sleepy =) Thanks for the H&M; coupon!

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    http://www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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  43. Anonymous wrote:

    Oh my goodness. That Fashion Star dress– I don't know whether to laugh or cry! At least H&M; demonstrates petite love most of the time. Love this outfit made up of sensibly-priced items.

    Good thoughts for your exam. I greatly admire your discipline and persistence!

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  44. Diana S.T. wrote:

    you look great, so fresh and stylish… Love your shoes!

    http://www.petitgraphie.blogspot.com

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  45. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, good luck on your tests! When it is over, please cconsider doing a post on plagiarism in blogging. I read that you writing to the offender did not work. You shouldn't have to deal with this for years and it's only getting more shameless. It's tasteless. I think you should write an educational post for bloggers and readers or this won't stop . I am a blogger myself and have stopped following those who support the copying. But YOU are the only one who can make a bigger change.

    Good luck again. Study hard!

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  46. Kat wrote:

    Love this look! I love that scarf! That is a great find for $3! And thank you for the H&M; coupon! Thanks for sharing!
    aneyeforfashion.blogspot.com

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  47. Genie wrote:

    Jean, I love how you amped up the white jeans with earthy tones, and the bright pop of red. I've only ever gotten accessories from H&M; but maybe I'll have a little luck with this discount. The tent dress…lol, that one makes me question the show (I've only watched one episode).

    xoxo,
    Genie

    http://www.uniqueandchicstyle.blogspot.com

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  48. Bettina wrote:

    Super fab look, thanks for the HM coupon!

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  49. Mary Ann wrote:

    Wow Jean, that Fashion Star dress is horrible….and I've never seen you look bad in anything! Ay yi yi…no petite lengths available, huh? Lovin' the thrift store scarf!! 😉

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  50. Sabrina wrote:

    I love this look, Jean! Scarves and accessories can definitely jazz up an otherwise ordinary casual ensemble of jeans and a tee. Plus, I totally agree with you–even though I normally go to work and then home, it just makes me feel better if I'm dressed up a little. I'm more productive because I just feel better.

    I can't wait to use that H&M; coupon! And good luck with your exam! 🙂

    xoxo,
    Sabrina

    http://www.thepetitestyle.com

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