Fall uniform: wool topper + plaid scarf

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ASOS plaid scarf c/o, ASOS petites coat, A.Vittadini booties (old), BR sunglasses c/o
Target chambray shirt (old), Gap petite legging jeans, Prada tote (review)

Some of you have probably had enough of the tartan scarf, but I have to say its glory is well-deserved! It evokes that unmistakable cozy autumn feel (plus a little holiday) and is so easy to pair with. This is one of the most basic underlying outfits with all solid pieces, but the scarf helps bring it all together. I had posted a similar scarf by Target (now sold out online), which my mom excitedly claimed while visiting. I received this one from ASOS which is slightly bigger and has barely left my side since. Would highly recommend while it’s still in stock, especially with their free international shipping. I tied it like in this tutorial and left the ends a little looser.
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Scarf is listed at 69″ x 12″ but I measured closer to 89″ x 29″ – a manageable size that provides plenty of warmth. ASOS has two plaid options that look similar at first glance, however the second is labeled “oversized” and it truly can be a blanket for a smaller child (measures 5 feet x 5 feet!). I tried both and picked this one for myself due to the smaller size and rectangular style vs. square. The oversized option however is super soft, and a great value as a cozy wrap for sports games or loafing on the couch.
plaid scarf grey coat4This lighter-weight wool blend coat was a recent keeper for me. It’s a fall or spring weight coat, maybe suitable for mild winters but not for northeast ones. I ordered it about 2 weeks ago as a new arrival, and can’t believe sizes are nearly gone! If you like it, do check back for returns, which I’ve found are more common for ASOS due to their easy return policy and smaller sizing. I love the masculine look tempered by a nicely fitted, curved silhouette. plaid scarf grey coat1
One complaint I have for the coat is that the lining could be thicker – when I initially tried it on with just a tank top, I could feel a little scratchiness from the wool through the sleeve lining. I don’t feel it with a long sleeve tee underneath, but wanted to point that out if you wear coats with sleeveless tops. Fit of a 00 petite was spot on for me all-around, which was a treat especially for outerwear. For anyone new to ASOS sizing, I would say they run at least a whole size smaller than US brands.
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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi I wanted to ask when did you purchase this coat? xx

    Posted 2.13.16 Reply
  2. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – it's size 00 petite and it is fitted!

    Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    HI Jean! 🙂

    What size is your coat?

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    Hi Rachel! I just checked, and unfortunately all the ones above seemed to have sold out : ( I would suggest checking out the "find in store" option on this Target scarf that is very similar! http://www.target.com/p/oversized-plaid-scarf-multicolored/-/A-15542694#prodSlot=medium_1_13&term;=plaid+scarf

    Posted 10.27.14 Reply
  5. Rachel wrote:

    Could you post a direct link to the scarf? All the ones above keep going to the ASOS homepage!

    Posted 10.26.14 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Hi ladies! For all things knit (esp cashmere) I suggest folding in drawers and keeping some cedar chips in there (I got some on Amazon). Who knows if that actually works, but I haven't had any insects munching on my sweaters yet. For blazers and jackets I would say the most important thing is to make sure the hangers you use are the same width as the shoulder width of those garments otherwise you could get permanent damage. i did a blog post on it if you search of it and cannot live without my petite hangers!

    For handbags, Kelly of Alterations Needed did a post on leather conditioner which she applies on her high end bags to keep them from drying out. To be honest, I bought this but haven't had time to do it yet so can't attest to how it works). With the spray products, I'm much too nervous to use it on bags like Chanel, etc., especially colored bags where uneven spraying would show up. For this reason I buy a lot of processed leathers or coated canvas, nylon, like you mentioned and use only those on rainy days. That's not the best advice though and I encourage you to check out The Purse Forum which is one of my favorite sites for knoweldgeable tips by fellow bag lovers!

    Posted 10.22.14 Reply
  7. Julia wrote:

    I see. Thanks for letting me know. Great review as always! 🙂

    Posted 10.21.14 Reply
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    I love your scarf, it's so colorful and perfect for Christmas. I love the brownstone building Boston background too! http://www.kblossoms.etsy.com

    Posted 10.21.14 Reply
  9. Diana wrote:

    Lovely look, so chic and elegant.

    xoxo, Diana

    Posted 10.20.14 Reply
  10. Dayle wrote:

    Adoring everything about this look – so warm & cosy!


    Posted 10.19.14 Reply
  11. Jean wrote:

    Super cute!! Thanks for the tip, Emma!

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  12. Jean wrote:

    I actually commute in flats all the time with this bag and I don't think it's large at all (this is the smaller of the two medium sizes that Prada offers). I hang all my tweed jackets and actually find the opposite – my cardigans would start sagging and get stretched out, so I roll or fold all of them to store within drawers. If your tweed jackets are more knit and soft then you should store them flat and folded to prevent damage. If they are more structured like jackets, then just make sure your hanger isn't too wide so that it's misshapen the shoulders. I did a post on petite-width hangers to help maintain the shape of jackets : )

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  13. Jean wrote:

    Ouch! It sounds like they don't fit properly then…I'm really weary of chafing in that area so that's one of the first things I look for when trying on booties. Unfortunately since you already bought and wear them, maybe try taller ankle-length socks that can go up a little past the top of the boot to lessen the friction there.

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  14. Jean wrote:

    Hi Karen – the booties unfortunately are several years old. The coat I've linked within the post and it's from ASOS petites : )

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  15. Jean wrote:

    Hi Julia – this is a lightweight coat not like J.Crew Thinsulate coats which I would say are northeast winter weight. It's more for fall/spring here so I wouldn't compare the two on the same level : )

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  16. Jean wrote:

    That's really disappointing. It's a fast fashion brand so quality can be a miss sometime but thankfully the return process is easy.

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  17. Jean wrote:

    Hi Amanda – they are Adrienne Vittadini brand but several years old : /

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    They don't look awkward at all to me.

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    Rude and self righteous masked as a constructive compliment.

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  20. Anonymous wrote:

    You are gorgeous, no doubt, but I wished you'd stop contorting your legs and position them awkwardly in your efforts to minimize your bow-leggedness. All your poses look very unnatural, and it's obvious what you're trying to do. You should really embrace yourself, flaws and all.

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    Lol I'm thinking along similar lines as college mom!

    Jean, I waterproof my leather boots at the start of each autumn, but I was wondering if you spray your leather handbags with anything to protect them from rain/snow? I know some leathers are processed to be somewhat water-resistant (like your saffiano tote there) but I'm considering spraying my investment bags with the same stuff I use on my boots. Thanks much for your thoughts and have a great weekend!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  22. jessydust wrote:

    Love this whole outfit! That scarf is a great substitute to the Target one. They look nearly identical!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  23. What a pretty outfit!You look stunning!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  24. Paige Ma wrote:

    I love everything about this look! I got the Target scarf you previously reviewed, and absolutely adore it. This coat is going on my wish list. 🙂

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  25. Love your shoes….and that scarf and the coat are a perfect combo for fall… love this look..

    Love the what the highlighter does to the face,.. the makeup is perfect for this diwali season…


    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  26. Love that coat!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  27. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, It's college mom again! Can you write a blog on "how to care for" our new wardrobe investment? For instance: proper storage for merino wool dresses, cashmere blazers, etc. Besides "dust bags" to keep designer hand bags looking their best, what other care should we be doing and how often? We are so new to this high-end wardrobe thing … that the basics of care (drawers, closets, moths and other bugs that like to munch on good wool) would be sooooo very helpful to know! We obviously want our investment in "classics" to last the test of time!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  28. Munira wrote:

    Jane you are beautiful! Everything on you looks perfect! Can't wait to see your wedding dress on you!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  29. Emma wrote:

    Jean, GREAT outfit (as usual)! Guess what? I found the BEST booties recently- Sam Edelman! I'm wearing a black suede bootie w/ buckles now; got it from Nordstrom Rack. On Amazon, there is a 20% off all boot sale going on (code: BOOTUP14), so I ordered some plain dark brown booties today. YAY!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  30. Anonymous wrote:

    love your bag so much. I want it to buy it so much but the things that I need everyday for work are not so much to require a big bag. Plus I can only wear up to 2 inch heels for work since I have to be on my feet all day. I feel that I have to wear at least 3.5 inch heels to be able to look proportionate with that size of a bag. You look lovely in this outfit and you carry your bag well . Oh, I wonder how you store and care for your clothes especially twee jackets. I find that when I hang twee jackets, they can get stretched out since they are heavier than cardigans. Do you hang them or lay them on the shelf. ?

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, I recently bought booties similar to yours in the picture, real leather and all. It gave me the most unimaginable blisters at the top of my ankles! How do you prevent that, since you seem to be walking with such ease!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  32. Anonymous wrote:

    I love the wool coat and booties! Would you be able to link where they are from?? Thank you!


    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  33. Your boots are so beautiful. Lovely outfit!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  34. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    I have the same one! Love it<3


    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  35. Julie wrote:

    This is the epitome of a great fall look! I love the scarf–probably even more than the Target one–and the rich brown booties and bag are just perfect. So cute!

    Style by Joules

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  36. Beautiful Pics and I love the scarf

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    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  37. Perfect Fall outfit! I absolutely love it 🙂 xo Kelly http://kellylovesmakeup.blogspot.com/

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  38. Seeing this cozy print on all the blogs lately! Will have to stop at target to see if they still have any in stock. I love that your mom has excellent taste in fashion as well 🙂 I always tell my mom that she has way better fashion sense than me and it is so true – she used to work as a fashion designer back in Taiwan.

    As usual, keep up the awesome posts!


    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  39. Great fall look and I love this scarf look even if it's all over the blogging world…it's just a color plaid.


    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  40. LOL that your Mom claimed the Target scarf!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  41. Diana wrote:

    i've tried to refrain from buying any scarves this season as i've accumulated quite a collection from the last few years but this is one i cannot say no to. thanks so much for the link!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  42. Julia wrote:

    Without look into the details, I thought this was a J.Crew Double Cloth Metro Coat at first! I cannot speak about the texture and softness without looking at the actual coat, but the design and the silhouette is comparable with a J.Crew coat for just a third of the price! I have been looking for a black/grey coat for this winter. I will definitely keep this one in mind! Thanks for sharing, Jean.

    Julia || Closet de Jules
    Recent Post: Color Me Fall – J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer and No.2 Pencil Skirt

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  43. S. wrote:

    I ordered the gray checked scarf (the one listed in your scarf picks) a week or two ago and returned it without even taking it out of the plastic packet. It looked really cheap in person. The photo on the ASOS website almost makes it look like a Burberry scarf. Ha! Nope. It did look soft, though.

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  44. Love that you add the lovely scarf to the outfit to add some colors to the whole look. Simple but chic style!


    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  45. I love this look and the scarf! I just bought one that looks very similar. Also, where are your shoes from? Thanks for sharing!

    – Amanda | The Chic Counsel

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  46. This scarf looks very comfy, and will work well with so many fall colours. Love how you paired it with the wool topper.


    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  47. I own also many tartan scarfs and fortunately also similar pieces of your outfit which for me is so perfect that I will try to create something similar to wear. Thank you so much for your inspiration!

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply

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