PJ top + wool layers (& how to tie a rectangular scarf)

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Shirt from J.Crew pajama set, scarf from street vendor, Zara boys jacket (taken in), Boden bag c/o
J.Brand legging jeans (hemmed, similar), Adrienne Vittadini booties (similar here or here in sz 5+)

Not sure how I’ve gone through so many winters without flannel PJs – these are so warm and comfy, I didn’t bother changing out of the top. Both pieces of the xxs regular set (was $36 in-stores) required several inches of hemming, however, so I’d recommend petite ladies to look into either capri-style or kids sets.

Recently in a post on casual staples, a few of you asked for a scarf tying tutorial. This is one of my favorite ways to wear longer scarves, and the look changes up a bit depending on the fabric thickness. From the graphic below: Steps 1-2) Criss-cross the ends of a long scarf behind the back of your neck, 3-4) Pull both ends in front of your chest and tie them once, loosely, below the first loop, 5-6) Fluff / reposition both loops. Easy peasy!
scarf tying tutorial
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49 thoughts on “PJ top + wool layers (& how to tie a rectangular scarf)

  • Reply phiphis blog January 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

    i live in flannel in the winter. a veritable flannelpalooza, if it's possible. sheets, shirts, PJs, you name it! you look fantastic, Jean!

  • Reply An Nicole January 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I love this! I would never have guessed it was a PJ top, if you hadn't mentioned it.

    The Style Rx

  • Reply Iv January 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Awesome outfit – Bonus points for your candor on the PJ top as a going out top =D

  • Reply Anonymous January 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

    like always, you look chic and classy! Love love the outfit.

  • Reply Dressed with soul January 20, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I often wear my scarfs in the same way but I have to admit that I don´t look as great than you in casual outfits 🙂

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


  • Reply Carelia Moran January 20, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Beautiful combo of navy and brown! I am in to navy myself and I just love to see others styling around this color. You look stunning btw.

    "Borrowed from the boys: the bow tie" Blog post on:

  • Reply Window On My Wardrobe January 20, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I love that shirt! Pyjama shirts are the best, so soft and so cozy to wear 😀

    X Sara

  • Reply Melissa L. January 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I love your casual up-do style here, would you do another hair tutorial on how you do that?

  • Reply Angel January 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    heck yea! I love PJs and loungewear way too much 🙂 also love the scarf tying tip. warm and fashionable!


  • Reply Pauline Moi Non Plus January 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Love your look, always chic like a parisian !!

  • Reply EM January 20, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Loving the casual look! You look great with your hair up 🙂


  • Reply Le monde des petites January 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Lovely outfit!!!! <3

    Le monde des petites

  • Reply what to wear/ January 20, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    LOVE that you're wearing a pajama top. So brill.


  • Reply Carol Li January 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing your scarf tutorial 🙂


  • Reply Petitetomatoes January 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Very cute. I love the gloves.

  • Reply Anonymous January 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    You look amazing all the time, Jean!! Love you!!

  • Reply Anonymous January 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Hello Jeans, this is not related to this post, but I wish old navy will bring back size XS in petite for the ponte-knit blazers. please alert when this size is back, so sad

  • Reply Anonymous January 21, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    how do u like the bag from boden?

  • Reply Michelle R January 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Oh! Thanks for the useful post (that sounds like one of those spam comments!) I have a nice big scarf my sister gave me, but am new to tying those kinds. I will try this out to see if it works for the size I have…looks similar to yours.

  • Reply Jean January 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    The XSP in navy stripe is back in stock : )

  • Reply Jean January 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I like the design but personally prefer vintage leather bags that I've found on eBay. The cute design of the tan/navy trim bag instantly reminded me of a Coach legacy bucket bag I was eying back here: http://www.extrapetite.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-week-sales-and-deals.html and I do love the navy and white large polka dot lining. The leather is thick and seems durable, but is not the "buttery soft" type that some ppl look for. It seems similar to Coach's current leathers. This bag is designed to be worn three ways (hand-held top strap is adjustable to be long enough to sling over the shoulder) but the longest cross-body strap is too long for me even with extra holes.

  • Reply Jean January 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks, Melissa! : ) I followed the same exact steps here: http://www.extrapetite.com/2011/09/hair-tutorial-voluminous-puffy-bun.html

  • Reply Anonymous January 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Jean. Love your blog! What brand are your sunglasses? Thanks.

  • Reply Evelyn HE January 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Hi Jean, I see you're on LOFT front page, you look polished! Bravo!

  • Reply Vanessa January 22, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I love it! Where do you buy your jeans? They always fit so perfectly, mine are always too loose around my thighs!

  • Reply Brittany January 22, 2014 at 9:27 am

    LOVE your blog and detailed reviews! I am a 3L who is trying to build my work wardrobe, and extrapetite has been my secret weapon. 🙂

    I wanted to let you know that The Limited just announced that they will start offering petite sizes in mid-February. I'm not sure how the quality of their clothing measures up, but I'm excited to potentially have a new resource!

  • Reply Suzie Q January 22, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I love how you styled flannel PJs into a chic casual outfit! Wouldn't even have been able to tell it was PJs, looks like a regular plaid shirt!

    Suzie Q

  • Reply Anonymous January 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I just discovered your blog and I loved it!! It is my style! I am preparing my new collection and I think it goes well with your style.
    Greetings from Spain.

  • Reply Jaimie January 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Love all of your outfits!!! So put together. I am pretty petite and it's really hard to find things that work, but I love everything you wear. I wish your images were pinnable! 🙂

  • Reply Bela Anzu January 23, 2014 at 10:25 am

    This is a creative outfit using the pajamas top especially during this extremely cold winter. Thanks for doing a step-by-step tutorial on how to style the scarf. It's clear and easy to follow.

  • Reply Anonymous January 23, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Hi Jean, thank you for the info. Is it hard to open and close the bag?

  • Reply Anonymous January 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    do you mind do a video on how to take your own picture with the tripod and remote control. From where to stand etc?? i want to do that but not sure how. thank you

  • Reply Anonymous January 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I just booked my flight for a last minute work related trip to Boston and have been freaking out about the weather there. I've also been thinking long and hard about what to pack, buy and wear in the office, because I am definitely lacking in the 'winter clothes' category (I'm from SoCal)… Then it hits me, JEAN, duh!!! I love your reading your blog and looking at how you style the different pieces & colors! Any tips on the type of shoes I should buy/bring? I don't plan on being outside much, except for when trying to catch a taxi! Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply Jean January 24, 2014 at 12:22 am

    No problem! And no, not at all…the drawstring is easy to use.

  • Reply Jean January 24, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Thank you! They are Chanel tortoiseshell print sunglasses but are from ~3 years ago.

  • Reply Jean January 24, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Aw thank you, Evelyn! I didn't even realize it was up!

  • Reply Jean January 24, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Hi Vanessa – I have two favorite pairs of jeans…these J Brand legging ones retail for a lot but they hold their shape wonderfully and I love the sturdiness of the material. I also like Gap's legging jeans. They are stretchy and comfortable, and you can find petite/regular/tall sizing online. The fit is pretty snug and doesn't stretch out either.

  • Reply Jean January 24, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Thank you for your kind comment, Brittany! : ) Best of luck in your third (and last?) year of school! I saw that too about The Limited and am curious to try it. I have one or two pieces from there from ages ago that I got altered and still enjoy.

  • Reply Jean January 24, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Hi Jaimie! Thank you! If you hover over any of the images, a circular red Pinterest button should appear over the top left corner. Just click that button to pin – let me know if it doesn't work : )

  • Reply Jean January 24, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Hi there – I honestly haven't taken tripod photos in a long time because I'm not the most technologically proficient when it comes to cameras. I'd recommend asking Kileen of http://www.cuteandlittle.com/ – she takes a lot of her own photos with a tripod and remote and they look amazing!

  • Reply Jean January 24, 2014 at 12:36 am

    You're in for a frigid treat! : ) If you don't plan on being outside except to hail a cab, you don't need the clunky boots or rainboots that I recommend to most travelers coming for tourism. Do you have flat black ankle-height boots or non-slip sole black flats that cover up a little more of your feet (ie. loafers?) That way they are compact enough to throw into a large purse when you're inside, if necessary. I'd definitely recommend getting some opqaue black tights. If you're especially afraid of the cold, you can look up fleece lined black tights for extra warmth. And oh, if you have a smartphone I would highly recommend using uber instead of taxis here to avoid aimlessly wandering/waiting outside in the freezing cold. It's also easy to reimburse for work trips b/c the receipt gets emailed to you. have a great trip!!

  • Reply Thippy January 25, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Thank you so much for all of the great tips, Jean! I will definitely be on the lookout for some warm and comfy loafers tomorrow along with the fleeced lined tights (yes, i am very afraid of the cold, just the thought of a 'feels like a negative #' gives me chills).

    I remember reading your post from months ago about Uber and didn't even think to use them! I've heard nothing but great things about them from friends, so I will definitely be using them when I am there.

    I really appreciate your help and feel a bit better and more prepared for the trip now. Maybe I'll see you around the streets of Boston the next time I am there…hopefully it'll be warm out! 🙂

  • Reply Melissa L. January 25, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Oh wow, thanks!! I am going to try this soon. You are such an inspiration and thank you for sharing your great ideas!!

  • Reply Julie K. January 27, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Scarf tying is something I really want to practice. It looks really easy, but as soon as I'm standing in front of the mirror, I change the loops and everything for hundred times and then I take off my scarf immediately, defeated. But this how-to sums it up perfectly and I'm looking forward to tie my scarf again!
    Also the idea about wearing the PJ top is marvellous. I wouldn't have guessed it's not a regular shirt.

  • Reply Maggie Adofo January 28, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Thanks for the scarf tying tutorial.

    Maggie A

  • Reply Linda N. February 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Your hair looks great up! Love the entire outfit, esp how the pj top doubles as a top!

  • Reply Anne Nguyen February 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Jean, on Jan 20 2014, you wore some Gucci sunglasses, could you give me the exact model or dimensions (ex. 59-15-135, etc.). I have a narrow face like yours and would love this pair. Where to buy for reasonable price would be appreciated too. THANKS. Anne Ng.

  • Reply Shannon Ashley March 4, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I usually just read your blog and I don't think I have commented before, but hello!
    I was wondering where your jeans are from. The J Brand ones are similar but I really like the different color/faded look on the jeans in your picture, so I was wondering where you got those. Yay love your blog!

  • Reply Unknown October 16, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Love this! What is the lip color you're wearing?

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