Nic + Zoe Petite 4 Way Convertible Cardigan

nic and zoe#1: Nic + Zoe cardigan c/o, LOFT skirt, Gap blouse, M. Ashleigh necklace (old)
#2: H&M; dress (old, review), Kate Spade Licorice heels
#3: Gap straight jeans (old), DIY clutch, Sole Society Anneke heels c/o (size up)

In honor of fall, Nordstrom asked me to share some season-appropriate styles from their petites department. I’m a sucker for versatility so this Nic + Zoe convertible cardigan caught my eye. There’s nifty buttons on the front tips that let you get 4 different looks, 3 of which I’m showing here. I learned about this knitwear brand a while back because they are locally-based (Boston fashion companies are few and far between!), and was pleasantly surprised by how well this fit.
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Petite P usually equates to 0-2, so I wasn’t sure what to expect sizing-wise. The shoulders, length, and sleeves ended up fitting really well, especially in sleeve width which is where I sometimes have trouble.nic and zoe2crop

The sweater is on the lighter side in a tightly-woven texture, and is stretchy. Care is handwash cold and lay flat to dry. I picked the “dark storm” color which is a deep navy gray with a hint of violet.
nic and zoe3On a side note, these Sole Society heels have risen to staple status in my closet over the past 6 months. It’s tough to find comfortable low heels that still look stylish and sleek! Please note from my past posts that these run about half a size small, and fit narrow.

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Out of the four styles for this cardigan my favorite has to be the crossover, which reminds me of the casual chic drape tops from H&M; or Pleione (old review) but in a sweater material. For dresses and skirts I liked the simple knotted look from the f2nd photo best. The tie draws the eye in to a higher and narrow waistline which is flattering on shorter ladies. I’ve heard from several of you who are trying to curate a minimalist wardrobe (mine has been beyond that point for a few years now!), and would recommend looking for similar pieces designed to be styled numerous ways.

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. Which was your favorite look out of the three?


49 thoughts on “Nic + Zoe Petite 4 Way Convertible Cardigan

  • Reply Sasa Zoe October 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Love the cardigan with four ways<3

  • Reply Mei Fleming October 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Now this is a versatile piece! I love the cross over best as well.

  • Reply annie lee October 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

    those lashes are so flattering on you! and love that statement necklace 🙂

  • Reply Emily October 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Not sure if I'm just being dense but the 2nd and 4th way to wear them look the same? Regardless, the cardigan looks awesome. I have a top from Nic & Zoe and the fit is slimmer and more petite than most brands.

  • Reply Jean October 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Emily! Your eyes are not playing tricks on you….I've only worn it 3 ways : ) The fourth is to twist the front ends and then secure those ends using buttons on both sides of the torso, kind of a cross between the first and second.

  • Reply Sandy Boston October 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    love the crossover style, bought the bobeau fleece that you have recommended, got it in Navy, love love it..

  • Reply Michelle R October 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Definitely love the crossover look. Always nice when a piece of clothing can be worn more than one way. 🙂

  • Reply Hayattan Payetler October 15, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    alll looks are amazing 🙂

  • Reply October 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Love how versatile this cardigan is, and the price point is great for those who would like to stock a couple colours. 😛


  • Reply Liz | Shopping My Closet October 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Love maximizing your looks with one piece!

    Liz @
    A sweater giveaway on the blog from Mickey & Jenny (2 winners will be announced!)

  • Reply Angela October 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    This cardigan is adorable. Love the functionality and versatility of it. Three for one!

  • Reply andrea October 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I love that cardigan Jean, especially when it's crossed over/closed! Such a great piece for fall and I'm excited to see it's carried in-store!


  • Reply October 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Jean I love all these looks, but the crossover is definitely my favorite!

    I've been looking for a cardigan as versatile as this one. Can you tell me what size you're wearing? I have similar measurements to you but sometimes I find Petite sizing runs shorter/boxier than I like, especially for cardigans. I'm deciding between getting this in a Petite P or a Regular XS. The length of the cardigan you're wearing looks like the perfect size.


  • Reply Anonymous October 15, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    The crossover look is particularly cute! I recently purchased a few of the Bobeau cardigans for myself and my mom and I love them. I wore one over the weekend while flying (great for cold airplanes) and brought the other into the office to leave draped over my chair. It's like wearing a cuddly Snuggie in public, but in a socially acceptable way!

  • Reply midori October 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I have a similar cardigan (allsaints wasson–not petite so the sleeves are longish but allsaints runs pretty tiny) and find that I can even wear it as a scarf in a pinch–fifth way maybe?

  • Reply Cassie October 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I'm loving the versatility of this cardigan! I'm also encouraged to see that the brand is willing to ship outside the US, so it means I can actually try it 😀 Way to support your local designers Jean.

  • Reply Hope Howland October 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Oh I love the look with jeans! Super cute!

  • Reply jannyisms October 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I've cut my wardrobe down substantially in the past year (donated/sold over half of the things in my closet after I moved), and have been more selective about what I add to my closet. The versatility of this sweater fits the bill.

  • Reply Stacey October 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I love the crossover look! Very flattering on you.

  • Reply Carla Krae October 15, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I got the fleece cardigan in a regular XS because there was no black in petite, and I'm glad I did. I'm 5'2" and petite sleeves would've been too short. My arms are slightly over 25" long from the tip of the shoulder to tip of middle finger. The sleeves are snug enough I don't want to wear sleeves under the cardigan unless they're tight.

  • Reply Amanda Hawkins October 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I adore how versatile your style is. Great post!

    – Amanda | The Chic Counsel

  • Reply Elizabeth October 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Amazing cardigan! I am loving the three different looks and I love the third look!

  • Reply Nicki October 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I bought the Bobeau Fleece Wrap last year and I love it! It's my go-to travel cardigan because it's so soft and warm, plus it looks greats with leggings/jeggings and boots. I'm debating buying another one in a different color because it's so comfy and effortless to throw on!

  • Reply prudence yeo October 15, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Love the last look! The cardigan looks very elegant and chic when it is layered on top of a shirt. Beautiful style!


  • Reply Julie October 16, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I think I like the pairing with the flared dress the best. It looks very ladylike and chic.

    Style by Joules

  • Reply Ella October 16, 2014 at 12:57 am

    The crossover was my favorite. I have the Bobeau fleece, I like that it's soft and comfy but it pilled the first time I wore it. I think it's because of the shoulder strap from my purse rubbing on the cardi. :/

  • Reply Anonymous October 16, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I bought the Bobeau fleece as well. I love it. I can see myself using this often in the cooler months and for travel. So soft and cozy!

  • Reply Anonymous October 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Hi Jean, I LOVE ALL the post here! I love the 3rd way you wear it!

    I have a grey ankle boots, and I have checked all your post and found that you have no post on grey boots. Is that possible you can share some ideas with outfits with grey boots please?

    Thank you!!

  • Reply Anonymous October 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Hello Jean! I am a fan of your petite blog. I am pretty close to your size in everything. I have 2 questions to ask of you:
    1) I am looking for a timeless, versatile & classic black leather moto jacket with decent price tag & the same in small black purse/crossover for a night out with little more budget. Would you be able to recommend some or to do a blog on it?
    2) I have been frustrated with the brand name/product/laundry tag on scarves such as BR, Burberry, Zara, etc. and don't know if I should cut them entirely or if I should keep them on in case I want to list them on eBay in the future. They are so big and interfere with style while wearing.
    I would appreciate if you could reply or do a blog on them! Thank you!

  • Reply Joyce TeawithMD October 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Jean, love the draped look in the 3rd photo – so casual and chic 🙂

  • Reply Petitetomatoes October 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Very cute! I love all of it

  • Reply Anonymous October 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Everywhere I turn, it seems that all I see are c/o items from the bloggers. These items are usually quite pricey (compared to the mass retailers BP, AT, ON, etc.) as well as strangely fitted or outside of the norm (by that I meant the items from the mass retailers I am used to seeing). Long for the days when I can come here and see deals and items that have been carefully selected and loved.

  • Reply Kira Savchenko October 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Adore the combo of the leopard clutch and casual jeans! Looking great!

  • Reply Judy October 16, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I love the crossover as well! Wish this was a tad cheaper.

  • Reply Anonymous October 16, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    The crossover look is great. I work dangerously close to a Nordstrom in La Jolla so I popped over this afternoon and grabbed the dark storm color in a PS. I love the knit and the cut is very flattering. I also got the black and white plaid printed Bobeau wrap…it's on sale here in So Cal. I had to size up to a PM because I found the arm holes a little bit too high and snug on the S. Thanks for the great tips!

  • Reply Jean October 16, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Kasey! I'm wearing Petite "P" and the length is 19" down the back center and about 26" in the front at the longest where it drapes. The sleeves of the P are 20.5" which worked for me b/c I have short arms…not sure how long your arms are but maybe sizing to regular XS would be good if you have longer arms and want full length sleeves.

  • Reply Jean October 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    My thoughts exactly! I'm still guilty of having a few snuggies lying around at home…

  • Reply Jean October 16, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Hi there! I would treat grey like a neutral similar to brown! I'd wear it with skinny jeans of all colors and also black, navy, brown or olive tights.

  • Reply Jean October 16, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Hi there –
    1) Unfortunately I haven't tried on any genuine leather jackets for a really long time so can't be of help there. For the purse though, I'm not sure what your budget is but one of my favorite bags of all time is the Chanel Wallet on Chain, which I've done both blog and video reviews on if you search for them. If you want to spend less, I think Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch make nice crossbody handbags in leather or saffiano leather that's easy to care for.
    2) I almost always take them off, but if it's something of value that you want to resell (ie. Burberry) I would just suffer and keep it on while trying to style your clothes to hide them. I don't know if BR or Zara items have too much value when resold on eBay so if it's more comfortable for you to be without them, remove the tag carefully with small scissors to not damage the surrounding material.

  • Reply Jean October 16, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I love the La Jolla Nordstrom! Happy to hear you found two pieces that worked for you (both seem great for socal weather) and thanks for sharing your sizing notes for the Bobeau : )

  • Reply Anonymous October 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Jean! I greatly appreciate your valuable advice. You are so thoughtful/through in taking your follower's comments/questions. You are a true gem in style blog world!

  • Reply Natalia October 17, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I hav an open cardigan in a very similar color and style, turning it into a wrap top with buttons was something I never considered! I will have buy some teeny snaps and see if I can make them unobtrusive. What kind of buttons does this cardigan use?

  • Reply Anonymous October 18, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Hi jean, could you do a tutorial on how to style the bobeau wrap? I just got mine in mink and am on the fence about it bc it looks frumpy on me but so nice on you. I'm 5 ft 3, medium build for my height, post-partum size 4 and got the regular XS. Length was good but when worn open, it adds bulk to the sides and worn closed, it's like a box. Also the mink color looks great on you but makes me look sallow. I would not recommend this for those with cool/fair Asian skin tone (pink undertone vs peach).

  • Reply Morgan Lewis October 20, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Love it! That could easily become a closet staple.
    Also, have you done or do you plan on doing any hair tutorials? Your hair always looks so great!


  • Reply Anonymous October 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I love your mustard dress and your leopard clutch it's so perfect for the Fall season

  • Reply Stacey October 23, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I love your ring! Looks so similar to my own. Goes with everything!

  • Reply Elisha Kelly November 18, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Totally love the outfit, especially the cardigan. Find accessories that will add beauty to your outfit.

  • Reply Princess Elisha November 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

    You're so creative with your cardigan. Love it!!

    New FASHION post on

  • Reply Sham November 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Nice variations! Should try this. Thanks for sharing this fabulous cardi.

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