Winter Work Wear: Gray Layers + Burgundy Leather Accents


J.Crew lady day coat & tee, skirt made by the talented SPG (similar – use MONDAY for extra 40% off)
AT factory tights (similar), AT loafer pumps (similar – use CYBER for 50% off), H&M; blazer & gloves

Even though winter doesn’t start for another month, it sure feels like it now in the northeast. For those headed back to work after a long weekend, morning temps in the 20’s may make it even tougher. I’ve lined up my coat with Thinsulate, thickest tights, warm tweed, and leather gloves to battle the elements.
Stylish winter workwear that doesn’t involve black tights is always challenging for me. My past attempts with colored hosiery have not fared well, but I’m looking to experiment more with tights in dark navy, hunter green, and possibly deep burgundy. Dark “melange” or heathered gray can be an good bridge between black and colors, and looks nice against non-black shoes.

I love so many things about these leather gloves -$15 sale price, buttery soft material, pretty wine color (also in cognac and black), slim fit- but the length is almost embarrassing on my short fingers. From certain angles, it’s evident that the last segment in each finger is completely empty. I’ve contemplated self-altering gloves, but the linings are usually seamless knits. I have never found any leather gloves that fit 2.5″ fingers, so I’d love to hear any solutions from fellow short-fingered ladies.

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    You are sooo pretty, especially when you pair stylish stuff with tights!

    Posted 7.17.16 Reply
  2. Melanie wrote:

    Your necklace and your shoes (especially the shoes) are the most amazing things in this outfit. The entire outfit is simple but both the necklace and the shoes make the outfit so stylish !

    Love xx
    Melanie ~

    Posted 12.23.12 Reply
  3. Buttercorn wrote:

    love your blog! just wondering what size you're wearing from the J crew coat? I am of a similar height and frame and not sure if I should be ordering petite 00 or petite 0?

    Posted 12.10.12 Reply
  4. Justine wrote:

    I recently learned about reversible tights and thought of this post. Reversible tights are thicker, warmer, and sturdier because they're constructed of two layers of material. Styles are available in many different color combinations and patterns. For my winter wardrobe, I'm considering pairs in solid black/solid grey, solid black/solid brown, and solid black/patterned black. Although I'm commenting to tell you about colored tights, apparently I'm still stuck on black tights! Hmmm, maybe I would consider a black/red reversible pair . . .

    Posted 12.10.12 Reply
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    I think this look is great! I'm actually very interested in hearing your dos and don'ts of wearing tights with pumps. What type and or color of shoes work and how to pair them with tights? I am sure there are no set rules but I would like to avoid looking like a fool at work or when I'm out! 😉

    Posted 12.6.12 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Your choice of colors in this outfit is horrendous. What made you want to buy those shoes? You can't work it. 🙁

    Posted 12.5.12 Reply
  7. C wrote:

    gloves: you can wear children's' "large" but not sure if you can find leather ones. I have gotten children's' ski gloves- cheaper and they fit me better.

    Posted 12.2.12 Reply
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Wow! Where did you get those heels?! They are soooo nice

    Posted 11.30.12 Reply
  9. I love greys for winter. They make me feel so cosy. I haven't tried pairing with burgundy though. Must try that. Or olive, that's my current craving 🙂 Beautiful pairings!

    Posted 11.30.12 Reply
  10. Thank you, and that'd be a question for my boyfriend!

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  11. Hi Janie – the "correct" place varies from body type to body type and you definitely have the right idea of having it sit a little below your navel if you are short waisted. You really just want your look to be balanced, so almost equal parts torso, skirt, and lower legs showing. At the tailor, don't let them rush the measurements and make sure to express your concerns about it coming out too tight and fitted in the wrong places. Sadly, it's the risk of taking something to any tailor versus doing it at home with trial & error until it fits to perfection. You can also pinch in and measure how much you want to take in at home, then compare your notes to what the tailor takes down. lastly, you can also bring in a pencil skirt that fits perfectly already to show the tailor.

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  12. Thanks! It's from H&M;.

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  13. Thank you (& anon above) for the suggestions!

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  14. Interesting! Wonder how that feels to have faux-finger tips hanging inside.

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  15. Thanks for the ideas! After further inspection, the alteration is harder than expected for the leather, so I'll have to save the favor asking of knitter friends for another task : )

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  16. Another vote for BR gloves for short fingers. Thanks!

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  17. I've looked for kids but it doesn't seem like they make leather ones for them!

    And yes, totally – I buy shoes half size down if possible for that exact reason, if I anticipate wearing them in the winter.

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  18. The coat made by J.Crew already has Thinsulate inside. Sorry for the confusion!

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  19. Hi Pansy, I haven't put anything on them because the patent has been really easy to wipe off/clean, so I didn't think they needed anything.

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  20. Thanks, it's very old and by the brand "sparkling sage"

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  21. THank you! For true casual clothes, my default are dark skinny jeans (not too tight of course, just fitted), a comfortable pair of almond-toe or pointy flats, and a slightly slouchy button-up blouse in silk or polyester (for easier machine washing).

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  22. Thanks for the tip – I do like that dark navy…just dark enough so that it's almost black and not too colorful!

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  23. Hopefully she will re-open her Etsy store next year! I too would love to see more custom creations from her : )

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  24. Thanks for the link – saw a huge variety of colors, but not sure if the fingers run short (only saw standard sizes like 6.5, 7. etc). I don't own a parka but that's just personal preference!

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  25. Deucecooop wrote:

    Tiny leather gloves are hard to find. Over the years I've been lucky to find a couple pair of vintage gloves that fit. I did find a retailer called Danier Leather that offers XS gloves in lots of styles and colors. I have not tried them but here's the link:;=23^XS&t;=all

    Regarding outerwear, I just got a BCBG Finn Peacoat in Charcoal XXS and I am completely delighted! Even though it's not a Petite, it fits like one — sleeves, waist and length are all good, and it is nicely snug (I'm about 5'2'' and 100 lbs.) Highly recommended!

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  26. Ayantika wrote:

    I loved everything about this post…your coat..your skirt…your gloves..and you! So pretty !!!

    Bong's Belleza

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  27. Janie wrote:

    Hi Jean, I have a question for you regarding pencil skirts. I have a fairly short torso so I usually wear my jeans, slacks, casual skirt at my hips below my navel rather than at my waist. Where is the correct place to wear a pencil skirt? I have to have the Jcrew No2 pencil skirt in wool altered and wanted to ask you before I take it in. Do you wear them higher up? Your placement looks perfect, I am thinking at my navel, or even just above it? Also to make sure it doesnt become too tight, fitted, would I want to make sure it fits at the waist, then skims at the hips, and only then, tapers in? Thanks for the help… I am nervous about taking the skirts for alterations b/c I've never had a pencil skirt altered and am a little nervous it will be ruined 🙁

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  28. Wow, you made a jacket too? Awesome!

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  29. I've just starting wearing tights in the winter, so fun! I love the fleece lined ones! And I want a textured skirt (or two) now!

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  30. Ooh, I'm loving the warm tones that you added to the gray! That necklace in particular is spectacular. Thank you for the kind shout-out! I made a jacket out of this material and just paired it with jeans – shows how creative I am with pairings 😉

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  31. Gorgeous look, especially the shoes!

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  32. Gorgeous! Love the pop of color amidst the grey!

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  33. You have a good idea of the latest fashion trend, looks pretty elegant with your selection and combination. Deserve to be a local model.

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  34. Mary Ann wrote:

    I love the heels, Jean! About the gloves – have you tried any vintage pairs? I actually bought an elbow length black leather pair (made in France!) in an antique store last weekend! I frequently see little tiny gloves that I can't fit my hands into.

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  35. Anonymous wrote:

    Love your style! When are you getting engaged???

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  36. Anonymous wrote:

    Love this outfit, where is the light grey blazer from?

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  37. Beautiful outfit, love the skirt and orange blouse combination, and love the necklace in particular!

    Posted 11.28.12 Reply
  38. chachamisu wrote:

    Great outfit as always. My colorful tights sadly end up under my jeans. Thanks for the inspiration how to style them.
    As for the gloves, I have same problem. However I likely wearing mittens now when it's too cold. My tiny fingers freezing easily.

    Posted 11.27.12 Reply
  39. Gina wrote:

    Buy vintage gloves! They're usually real leather, good prices, and are made for tiny hands…that's how I get all my gloves!

    Posted 11.27.12 Reply
  40. Kim wrote:

    Goddd! I've never found gloves that fit my 2.5" index fingers either!! (3" for middle finger). Gloves I love are always too long, but I have to bare with them if I wanted to own ANY gloves. Question: Is this justice? .. to just.. bare with it? 🙂 Can we please form a union and revolt against gloves that are made for "long fingers" only? lol 🙂

    Posted 11.27.12 Reply
  41. Beautiful outfit. I love the necklace.

    Posted 11.27.12 Reply
  42. Jackie wrote:

    I love these colors! The colors in the skirt are so subtle, I love that!

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  43. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    I'm also a short-fingered lady. A few years ago, I received Wilson's Leather gloves as a present and they fit me to a tee. If there are no brick and mortar stores by you, you can check them out online. Hope this information is helpful. Happy holidays!

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  44. Anonymous wrote:

    I've worn Ralph Lauren leather gloves for the last 4 years or so and they are great! I have very small fingers/hands as well, and these fit great! As I said they are pretty old, so I don't have a link for them or anything, but I'd be willing to bet they generally run small!

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  45. newpetite wrote:

    Love the Orange peeking between the grey!

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  46. Suzie Q wrote:

    I love the burgundy accents with your heels and gloves. I can't live without thick leggings during the cold winter months. That is such a pretty coat!

    Suzie Q

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  47. Anonymous wrote:

    Re: Gloves with long sloppy fingers… My family suffers from short, fat fingers, so my mother always stuffed the fingertips of her gloves with cotton balls.

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  48. Anonymous wrote:

    Perhaps ask your cobbler or tailor if they'd be able to take in the last finger? If it has a knit lining, you could ask a friend who knits to re-do the lining after the leather is taken in. If the knitter can work socks or has knit gloves before, it basically just involves a small snip at the tip and unraveling the yarn a few rounds/cm and then re-knitting the tip of the finger. A re-weaver specialist (shops which repair knit items) could also do it but treating a good knitter to lunch is probably cheaper!

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  49. Eva Wu wrote:

    i will so wear tommorow to the job. inspired!xx

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  50. So super cute! Love the shoes!

    Check out our weekend wrap-up: holiday edition on The Glitter Life!

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  51. Erin wrote:

    I love your ideas for winterizing work outfits. The grey tights are an awesome choice! And that long grey coat is so chic.


    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  52. Joanna Le wrote:

    I'm surprised by how much I like the look of burgundy against grays!

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  53. Anonymous wrote:

    I have tiny hands, even for my 5' frame. I got leather gloves from Banana Republic during an after Christmas sale 3 years ago and they are the best! The size S fits my stubby fingers perfectly and if this is still too large for you, their gloves do come in XS as well. They are beautifully lined, excellent quality, and the leather is buttery soft.

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  54. Janki wrote:

    This may sound silly, but perhaps some well made children's gloves would fit the bill? I don't have petite hands at ALL– they are very wide and my fingers are somewhat long enough to fit most standard gloves. It seems that many stores are making items of quality for kids.

    This may sound silly, but do you find your shoes slip off more with tights? I can hardly wear tights and my heels since it feel there isn't any grip. Most cold days I have to wear pants, or else I'm shivering!

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  55. Quinn wrote:

    Love the combination of gloves and necklace. The entire outfit really pop out the color of burgundy. Good job.

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  56. Anonymous wrote:

    I'm pretty sure the specific jacket she's wearing here is already made with Thinsulate. It's from J.Crew but they offer this same style – Lady Day Jacket – every year in different colors with Thinsulate.

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  57. teeny wrote:

    LOVE the gray and orange combo! and i agree, winter outfits that don't require black tights are difficult to come by. winter outfits in general are so much harder for me. thanks for sharing your ideas 🙂


    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  58. Mary-Irene wrote:

    This entire ensemble is beautiful. I really love the necklace you are wearing too. It brings the whole outfit together.

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  59. Julie wrote:

    Haha, so that's why we don't see the full length of your gloves! I loved the gloves at H&M; but they weren't $15 at my location 🙁 So soft though!

    xoxo, Julie @ OBSESSED

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
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  61. wow another wonderful SPG creation!

    haha i tried on these gloves after reading your post, they were def too long for my fingers too. Still trying to see if there's some way to fix this issue…

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  62. I've wanted tan leather gloves for aaages, so I was over the moon when you tipped us off about the H&M; ones. But even though I'm 5ft3 I felt like such a giant trying them on- even the large size wouldn't fit my hands 🙁

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  63. Carla Krae wrote:

    Some coats come with a removable warm liner.

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  64. Love the burgundy pumps and gloves:)

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  65. hkgirl1218 wrote:

    Jean, thanks so much for the tip on the H&M; gloves a couple posts ago, I picked up a pair myself with the 40% off coupon a couple weeks ago and they've been keeping my hands warmer ever since! I love your blog and though I'm not petite, I adore how you style your outfits~

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  66. Thanks for the coupon, Jean! I've shared it with my friends. I definitely like your trench coat.

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  67. Anonymous wrote:

    Can you do a tutorial on how you lined your winter coat with thinsulate? I live in a cold city and would love to see how you did that.

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  68. These colours look amazing together. So in love.

    I've just started a new blog link up My Style Sunday . I'd love you to join if you are interested.

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  69. CC wrote:

    Kids gloves usually work for me. I don't know that you can find them in high quality leather, but it would be worth checking out.

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  70. Anonymous wrote:

    do you have any suggestions on how to maintain the nude louboutins?
    i tested out a patent protector on another pair of shoes and the patent looked dull.

    thank you!

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  71. Betty wrote:

    I found a pair of ladies' purple real leather gloves from Mexx that fit most of my fingers! (for reference, I have 2.5 inches index fingers…the gloves were almost perfect for my 1.5 inches pinkies). They were about $10 CAD too!

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  72. Divya wrote:

    I love your necklace, where is it from?

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  73. there's something so brilliant about these muted and darker greys paired with burgundy – i like the little pops. my favourite ensemble you've put together recently. i also have the tiniest fingers anyone's seen and have yet to find gloves that fit properly too – it's a wonder how we play piano, eh?

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  74. i struggle with colored tights too. i tried a pair of fuchsia tights last year, and i felt like "barney" all day. maybe the darker tones are the way to go! =) and those heels are GORGEOUS girl!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  75. Anonymous wrote:

    I love your outfit! Gray, burgundy, tweed – all my favorite things.

    Could I make a request for a blog post on where to buy/how to pick casual clothes? Not put-together casual outfits with heels (though I appreciate those posts too!), but true casual clothes – clothes you wear around the house, to the grocery store, or on vacation. I'm so tired of defaulting to leggings in these situations!

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  76. Lulu wrote:

    Another stunning look! You have the most stylish work wardrobe.

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  77. Rachelle wrote:

    This look is awesome, but your shoes are killing me, they are so adorable. 🙂

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  78. Anonymous wrote:

    I know you're not a huge Anthro fan, but they currently have some really fabulous colored tights that you might like.
    Opaque Ombre tights (I have both colors, they are great! Run a little big, though)
    Opaque tights (I have black, navy, blue and plum)

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  79. Anonymous wrote:

    Love, love, love the skirt that SPG made for you. Do you think she'd be willing to sell them the way she did on Etsy with the the peplum skirt this summer? I know she's back to work now but the texture of the tweed/herringbone looks amazing!

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  80. Lauren wrote:

    I too am petite with very short fingers and small hands, but found a winner last year at Banana Republic! I bought these gloves in size small (though they may have also come in xs), and they are the best fitting leather gloves I have ever worn!

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  81. If you're ever in Toronto (or Canada) again, you should check out Danier. Their gloves come in different sizes and some styles run super slim. I bought a pair for myself last year! Even their jackets come in 3XS and are super fitted on me. You can see find their leather apparel on the website and order by phone to ship to the US. : )

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  82. lin wrote:

    i really like the color combination here, especially that pop of burgandy. you look great as always. thanks for the sale update and ideas on how to stay warm when wearing skirts during the winter.

    i don't really have any suggestions on short-fingered gloves since i don't have that problem but good luck on your search.

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  83. Meanne wrote: Great sales, Italian made, buttery soft leather, and wide range of sizes.

    Do you ever wear a parka when it gets too cold or do you layer with wool?

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  84. Cher wrote:

    I haven't done well with colored tights either. I am willing to try grey, but I will NOT do navy. In high school I wore a uniform and the tights were navy, so I'm totally over that. LOL. As for gloves, I can't help. I have tiny hands, but my fingers are very long so I can usually fill the fingers, no problem. I do love the color of those gloves though!

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  85. Love the burgundy accents – I'm still trying to figure out how to incorporate burgundy into my winter wardrobe – I like little pops of it (like a scarf or handbag) rather than a sweater or top.

    I also struggle with colored tights in winter – this past week I wore a navy lace dress and planned to coordinate it with brown tights and boots…however – when I put the outfit together – it just looked WRONG…it didn't look like I was wearing tights – instead it looked like I had really tanned legs! I went back to my "safe" black boots and tights combo LOL!

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  86. Fiona Wu wrote:

    Please share anything you find for smaller/short-fingered gloves, I have the hardest time finding good ones!

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply

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