Casual Sunday: Pastels and distressed denim

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Loeffler Randall rider bag, Burberry trench sz 2 (similar), Gap real straight jeans (similar)
Louboutin heels, H&M; blouse and blazer

I last posted this bag as a handheld satchel, and wanted to show a more casual look using the strap. Usually, unadjustable cross-body styles fall closer to my lower thighs, but the length of this works well for shorter ladies. I love how the look can go from more ladylike and formal, to hands-free for running errands. Paired it here simply with distressed denim and my favorite trench (layered over a blazer for extra warmth).
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There’s a mini version of this bag in the same mint leather with pretty silk citrus print. I wouldn’t be able to get much use out of that style, but was inspired to recreate the color and print combo using this pastel floral blouse.
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The strap is convertible from 32″ to 42″ (measured from the points that touch each side of the bag) by a few metal stubs, as shown above. You can also snap off the 4 stubs and remove the strap altogether. 42″ on me (I’m ~5 feet tall) is shown above cross-body messenger style, and 32″ works on me as a regular shoulder bag, shown below:
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Looking forward to milder days when I can rent bikes around the city and on the cape – will be sure to put the backside handlebar straps to good use!
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  1. Hi Jean, I love your casual outfit posts. I am also petite and find it hard to dress casual with out looking like a kid. Hopefully you can post more outfits with denim or outfits for going to the mall or running errands. I find it the most difficult finding jeans that fit. Thanks Jean.

    Posted 3.13.14 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I think you made the right choice in size as they look great on you. I never thought I could wear the cuffed style til I saw this post! Thx for the quick response!

    Posted 3.9.14 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – I ordered 00P/24P and they fit as shown. For a casual look I could've have sized up, in hindsight (had no idea how they'd run before ordering and they are final sale) especially if they shrink at all in the dryer.

    Posted 3.9.14 Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi jean, love your blog and am a big fan! The gap jeans look great on you. What size did you get them in since they run small?

    Posted 3.9.14 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    Grace, thanks so much for your first-time comment and for letting me know! I will have to go look for a copy : )

    Posted 3.6.14 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Hi Christine – you don't feel them : )

    Posted 3.6.14 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Hi Arts, unfortunately I have no experience shopping rolling laptop bags. If you're looking for a slim crossbody or shoulder bag though, I like how these look (with handle and straps) by MBMJ:;=marc+jacobs+commuter+bag&searchSuggestion;=false

    Posted 3.6.14 Reply
  8. Grace wrote:

    Hey Jean, never posted on here, but have been following you for some time. Love your style and tips. Just saw your picture in Redbook magazine, page 58. I remember the outfit from your post 🙂

    Posted 3.6.14 Reply
  9. Kai-Li wrote:
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  10. Giovanna wrote:

    Cute look! Loving that blouse and bag!


    Posted 3.5.14 Reply
  11. Ooohh, pretty spring eye candy to get me through (another) snow! Warm weather cannot come fast enough!

    Posted 3.5.14 Reply
  12. Gigi Katz wrote:

    love that bag! cant wait for spring now! xx. gigi.

    Posted 3.5.14 Reply
  13. Janna Dana wrote:

    You are very beautiful. I love all of your outfits, and I follow you since 1 year.

    You are in my favorites blog on my website.

    Come and see when you have the time.

    Bye !


    Posted 3.5.14 Reply
  14. Dice wrote:

    Love the look of this outfit! So classy and chic!

    Posted 3.4.14 Reply
  15. love the loeffler randal. so simple and beautiful! I wonder if the bike straps bother you while you wear the purse though (especially as a cross body)..?

    from–The Lion's Den

    Posted 3.4.14 Reply
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    Thumbs up! XD I hope that maybe we could follow each other on Bloglovin, GFC or Facebook.

    Please leave a comment on my blog and follow by blog!

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    Korean Fashion

    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  17. Emily wrote:

    I feel so cold looking at you.

    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  18. Arts wrote:

    Hi Jean

    Can you give some suggestions on a comfortable yet stylish laptop bags, preferably a rolling one.


    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  19. Iv wrote:

    This bag is impressively versatile! Right now I have a bag from Hobo that I wish had an adjustable messenger strap. The strap is way, way too long. (I'm 5' too!) I used to use just the short straps but I've been running errands a lot lately and need a hands-free from bag.

    Currently.. as I walk, it goes *bop…bop..bop* as it hits me mid thigh, with the lowest point hitting nearly my knee. Sigh. New investment piece time!

    xo Ivche

    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  20. Love this causal styling!

    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  21. Beautiful outfit! Love that top with the coat


    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  22. I like how you let a different bag's print inspire your outfit combo. I do the same thing with food blogging: get inspiration for recipes from different flavor combinations. 🙂

    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  23. Those bags are really perfect designs! Love the perfect mix between cute patterns and a work model.


    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    I'm not quite sure why but I find this such a Sherlock Holmes-esque outfit! Super chic ♥

    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  25. I like both, too, especially because at the moment I´m really into pastel 🙂

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  26. fantastic look!!

    xoxo from rome

    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  27. Diana wrote:

    i love your trench coat!

    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  28. You've got me craving spring!!! Beautiful blouse and colors. The rider is seriously such a go-to bag. Love it in mint. Have it in black and craving another color. You look simply refreshing and beautiful!

    NEW POST up…

    Posted 3.3.14 Reply
  29. Suzie Q wrote:

    Love the look of this outfit, simply classic and chic! I can't get enough of relaxed fit jeans since they're so comfy and yet still look chic with heels. The color of the bag is so perfect for spring!

    Suzie Q

    Posted 3.2.14 Reply
  30. Jessy T wrote:

    Love this casual, yet polished look. These soft colours look beautiful on you. : ) I wish the snow would hurry up and leave Toronto already. So jealous that you're already in springtime attire!

    Posted 3.2.14 Reply
  31. Love this outfit!!!! Love the pastel colors and your jean's! I am also looking for a jean's for Petite but can't find anything!!!! Is the H&M; blouse from the current collection? Love it!!! The print is amazing!!!!
    Thanks for your reply!


    Le monde des petites

    Posted 3.2.14 Reply
  32. Joy wrote:

    Lovely blouse and beautiful pastel purse!

    Posted 3.2.14 Reply
  33. Anonymous wrote:

    Love it. Very chic and functional.

    Posted 3.2.14 Reply
  34. EM wrote:

    I love how relaxed this look is, and I especially love the flowy top!

    Posted 3.2.14 Reply

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