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.
nic and zoe1
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.

nic and zoe
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.

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  1. Sham wrote:

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

    Posted 11.24.14 Reply
  2. You're so creative with your cardigan. Love it!!

    New FASHION post on

    Posted 11.19.14 Reply
  3. Totally love the outfit, especially the cardigan. Find accessories that will add beauty to your outfit.

    Posted 11.18.14 Reply
  4. Stacey wrote:

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

    Posted 10.23.14 Reply
  5. Anonymous wrote:

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

    Posted 10.21.14 Reply
  6. 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!


    Posted 10.20.14 Reply
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    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).

    Posted 10.18.14 Reply
  8. Natalia wrote:

    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?

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.17.14 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    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 : )

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  11. Jean wrote:

    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.

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  12. Jean wrote:

    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.

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  13. Jean wrote:

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

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  14. Jean wrote:

    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.

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  16. Judy wrote:

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

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  17. Adore the combo of the leopard clutch and casual jeans! Looking great!

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    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.

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  19. Very cute! I love all of it

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  20. Jean, love the draped look in the 3rd photo – so casual and chic 🙂

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    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!!

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  24. Ella wrote:

    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. :/

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  25. Julie wrote:

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

    Style by Joules

    Posted 10.16.14 Reply
  26. Love the last look! The cardigan looks very elegant and chic when it is layered on top of a shirt. Beautiful style!


    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  27. Nicki wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  28. Elizabeth wrote:

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

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  29. I adore how versatile your style is. Great post!

    – Amanda | The Chic Counsel

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  30. Carla Krae wrote:

    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.

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  31. Stacey wrote:

    I love the crossover look! Very flattering on you.

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  32. jannyisms wrote:

    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.

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  33. Oh I love the look with jeans! Super cute!

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  34. Cassie wrote:

    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.

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  35. midori wrote:

    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?

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  36. Anonymous wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  37. 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.


    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  38. andrea wrote:

    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!


    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  39. Angela wrote:

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

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  40. Love maximizing your looks with one piece!

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

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  41. Love how versatile this cardigan is, and the price point is great for those who would like to stock a couple colours. 😛


    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  42. alll looks are amazing 🙂

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  43. Michelle R wrote:

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

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  44. Sandy Boston wrote:

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

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  45. Jean wrote:

    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.

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  46. Emily wrote:

    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.

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  47. annie lee wrote:

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

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  48. Now this is a versatile piece! I love the cross over best as well.

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  49. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Love the cardigan with four ways<3

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply

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