Winter casual: Army jacket, ankle boots & vintage Coach


Gap jacket (similar here or here in petite, 60% off w/ USLONGWEEKEND), J.Brand legging jeans sz 24 (similar)
Coach leather court bag from eBay (2012 version), Adrienne Vittadini ankle boots (similar), H&M; scarf

I wore this outfit a while back while visiting the Harpoon brewery (and downing delicious clam chowder afterwards). I love skinny jeans and ankle boots on the weekends, but often face the issue of not having casual enough outerwear to pair up top. My H&M; red peacoat has been worn to near-shreds, so I’ve been eying more short jacket options.

While browsing Gap late last year, I came across a military jacket in sz L that looked like it ran small. The sales associate confirmed that it was a “shrunken fit” style. I really liked the sturdy canvas material, the generous collar, and the traditional design, thus promptly ordered an XS from another store with shipping costs and all. When it arrived, the fit was noticeably big (too long and wide throughout, waistline also too low) but I was sure the 100% cotton would shrink in the dryer. Turns out, it didn’t shrink one bit. I wasn’t eager to blog about this jacket or my overzealousness to throw it into the wash, but have ended up wearing it fairly often despite the fit.
Some of you may remember my review of a slightly similar ASOS option (now over 50% off, and US shoppers can get an extra 15% off w/ code USLONGWEEKEND) which I returned. Although that one definitely fit better, I wanted a higher collar and more rugged canvas material like that of the Gap jacket. Neither are perfect, so I’d love to eventually find a better-fitting replacement (Gap kids, please come out with one again ; ).


This Coach court bag is one of my favorite finds last season. I got to catch up with Ali of BonMe food truck, and immediately noticed her purse. The leather looked of great quality, the style was functional & versatile, and the size suited her 5’ tall frame well. I was even more excited when she mentioned that it was around $40 from eBay. It comes a variety of colors, but I browsed patiently until I found one in navy to meet a longtime wardrobe void. In an upcoming post, I hope to share more about Coach’s older leather bag styles plus a review of this specific one.
army_navy3I realize I keep promising requested posts (fixing the rotating skirt, shopping for Hermes belts, Spanx review) that don’t materialize. Progress has been hindered by work lately, so I really appreciate your patience!

Readers – Please share any recommendations for petite-friendly shorter jackets that are casual yet chic!

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  1. A. Chung wrote:

    I was inspired by you and got a court bag on ebay. I'm 4'10" and am having an issue with the bag being too long and it's on the shortest buckle hole. Did you have this problem too? (I just ordered a belt hole puncher to remedy the issue).

    Posted 2.1.13 Reply
  2. Thanks for the heads up on the coach court bag. I've been on the look out for a decently sized crossbody to take while vacationing abroad. This is perfect and scoring it off ebay for less than $100 is even better!

    Posted 1.30.13 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    I noticed you are wearing J-brand size 24…have you tried J-brand kid sizes? If so, what do you think of the cut compared to the adult sizes? They are significantly cheaper!

    Posted 1.25.13 Reply
  4. Unfortunately, a year or two ago but they often come out with similar designs!

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  5. Cute, thanks for sharing the inspiration pic!

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  6. Hi Dmitri – thank you! The watch is Michael Kors.

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  7. Hi Jody- it's Converse for Target, but pretty old.

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  8. Unfortunately, I haven't had much luck in the dress pant arena. Every brand I try has some issue here or there. You can try basic Banana Republic during their 40% off sales, or LOFT's many cuts in petite sizing.

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  9. Hi Jess, sorry it's very old, but they have similar scarves every season.

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  10. THank you! It's an old chambray shirt from the Converse for Target line.

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    What shirt are you wearing? You look lovely. Thanks!

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Those ankle boots really make this outfit, great look overall!

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Love your jeans, they look great!

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  14. Jess wrote:

    Hi! Love all your looks but I have to say this is one of my most faves! Is the H&M; scarf a recent purchase?

    Posted 1.23.13 Reply
  15. Gorgeous!!! Love those leggings!!!

    Posted 1.23.13 Reply
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    KEKEKE! The 2nd picture makes you look like you have ugly buck teeth. EWWEEEE!

    Posted 1.23.13 Reply
  17. Giovanna wrote:

    Such a cute look! In love with your jacket and boots!


    Posted 1.23.13 Reply
  18. sophié wrote:

    apologies for my horrendous spelling! iPhones for you….

    Posted 1.23.13 Reply
  19. sophié wrote:

    perfect! I love this hole ensemble. the military jacket, the scarf, the boots! (tired of seeing pumps with no socks in the snow!) and I love the vintage bag of course looking forward to your next post/ I do not have many other suggestions for petite military jackets (what do petite people actually do for clothes in the real military?) apart from the usual suspects, ZARA and TOP SHOP both do good petite military styles every season. YVES SALOMON ARMY also has smallish sizes thugh they tend to be lined in real fur and cost an arm and a leg….

    Posted 1.23.13 Reply
  20. Nancyswall wrote:

    I was lucky enough to grab one of the last ones from Gap a while back. They sold out pretty quick and I had to go to a second store to find my size. I love the way you paired it.

    Just Beautiful!

    Posted 1.23.13 Reply
  21. Jessica wrote:

    Love the scarf too! Is this a recent purchase? thank you!

    Posted 1.22.13 Reply
  22. C wrote:

    I like your outfit too… I got a similar jacket from JCrew …I think it was sale or Factory. It came in green and black but I no longer see it on the web site. There is a new full price similar one for $168…. about 4x what mine was. Can't remember if their xxs is OK for you or not and I think that mine came in numerical sizes…it is about 2 yrs old.

    Posted 1.22.13 Reply
  23. Just lovely! =)
    personal style and fashion musings of a LA fashion lawyer living life in the fab lane!

    Posted 1.21.13 Reply
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    Posted 1.21.13 Reply
  25. dmf wrote:

    I'm new to your blog and love it! I was wondering whether you have any suggestions for dress pants for work? Express Editors used to be my go-tos, but now it seems like they bunch up in the crotch area? I'm 5'1'' and 110 lbs. Thanks so much!!!

    Posted 1.21.13 Reply
  26. MangoLily wrote:

    The outfits looks great on you. I love how the scarf tie everything together.

    Posted 1.21.13 Reply
  27. Alissa wrote:

    You are absolutely gorgeous! I love that jacket on you!

    Posted 1.21.13 Reply
  28. Joy wrote:

    I actually really like that jacket on you. You make it look like it fits decently with layers underneath, but I understand how frustrating it is when you're looking for something fitted and the market just doesn't cater to what you want.

    Posted 1.21.13 Reply
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  30. Jody wrote:

    I like your chambray shirt. I have been searching for one and was wondering where yours is from? Thnx.

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  31. Dmitri wrote:

    where did you get your watch from? i think this is one of my favorite outfits by you! lovely blend of textures and a perfect balance of casual + chic. even if the jacket isn't perfectly fitted, i think it looks great on you!

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  32. Melanie wrote:

    Love this outfit ! I didn't know how to wear my army jacket but now, thanks to you, it gives me some ideas 🙂

    Love xx
    Melanie ~

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  33. Honestly, this outfit is pretty perfect. Love the army with the floral and beautiful vintage bag.

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  34. Laura wrote:

    Love this look Jean! Please please please publish a review of that bag! I have been contemplating ordering one off ebay for quite a while, but havent pulled the trigger yet and I would love to know your thoughts.

    I just started a new blog –

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  35. Anonymous wrote:

    the fit of your jacket looks perfect to me – like many said, it's not meant to be fitted otherwise it would defeat the purpose of the style & color of the jacket.

    someone mentioned that it would look cute pairing with your mainline boots, and i instantly thought of one of my all time favorite outfit from olivia, you should try! 🙂

    pic below:

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  36. Annabelle wrote:

    Love the way you've accessorized the jacket; the scarf, bag, and shoes give it a feminine snap that totally make the oversized thing work.

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  37. THanks – H

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  38. Hi Claire – I think it's very hard for women with curvier hips & a small waist (or heck, for anyone) to find perfectly fitting pants right off the rack. I'd suggest trying on the curvy cut trousers at Ann Taylor or LOFT in petite and find the pair that fits your hips well, then have a tailor take in the waist.

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  39. I must've admired the same girl on the T ; ) She had a gorgeous well-maintained Willis.

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  40. I think the leather from their current line is a little more prone to scratches than their leather from the past, but if you're conditioning it periodically then I don't think a few fingernail scratches is a big deal. Personally I think it adds to the look of well-aging leather.

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  41. Hi Jane! I was not in the SFO area…too bad, as it would've been lovely to run into a reader from halfway around the world. I hope you enjoyed your holiday travels here!

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  42. Looks nice on you! Who would've guessed it's walmart boys : )

    Posted 1.20.13 Reply
  43. Anonymous wrote:

    Yes Please publish a review of the bag!!

    Posted 1.19.13 Reply
  44. Anonymous wrote:

    Love the scarf, where did you get it?

    Posted 1.19.13 Reply
  45. Grazie wrote:

    Long-time reader, first comment 🙂 I realized the importance of fit only since reading your blog – overdue thanks!!
    Love the olive jacket + dark/pastel-coloured scarf combo, and jealous of your purchase – I was eyeing vintage Coach on eBay as well, but have yet to find the cross-body at the right bidding price. Still looking!

    gz x

    Posted 1.19.13 Reply
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  47. And beautiful vintage Coach acquisition! Would love to read your future Coach post!

    Posted 1.19.13 Reply
  48. I recently went to an Abercrombie outlet and was reminded how shrunken they make their items so maybe something like this?;=10101&langId;=-1&categoryId;=12157&parentCategoryId;=12157&topCategoryId;=12103&productId;=1066452&seq;=01


    They have options in adult sizes too, but the price point on these are much more attractive 🙂

    My cropped military jacket was from LOFT in 2010 and I still love it. Is very fitted with pretty brass buttons.

    Posted 1.19.13 Reply
  49. Anonymous wrote:

    you look so pretty Jean! you just know what looks good on you. you're my fashion idol.

    Posted 1.19.13 Reply
  50. Georgette wrote:

    Absolutely adorable outfit… I had to "run" to Asos and sure enough, I picked up that jacket for $36 and free shipping! Although I'm a bigger petite (5'2" 140 lbs and curvy) I really appreciate so many of the suggestions and ideas from your blog. You have helped me so much! Have a great weekend!

    Posted 1.19.13 Reply

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