Winter White

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I look forward to the first major snowfall every year – it’s one of the few times when winter feels absolutely magical, before the snow gets covered with salt and becomes a muddy slush. Yes I was cold snapping these photos but I couldn’t resist. You can see how I would typically dress for the winter commute with waterproof boots, sweater legwarmers, and a cozy jacket over this outfit:

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Hunter Tour packable boots (review), Sheinside jacket (review), DIY legwarmers

The winter white in this outfit would also look good paired simply with black tights and pumps. The heat has been blasting at my office so I’ve been taking off my tights or legwarmers once there. For those who have asked, I definitely don’t wear my weather boots at work during the day – like the majority of fellow commuters here, I take them off at my desk and keep them there until going home. I’m especially excited to have “packable” boots now in case it’s only raining during one way of the commute. If a shoe change might be needed, I plan on bringing lightweight flats and rolling up the boots then carrying them in the pouch they came in.

Tuck away a colorful clutch in your work tote for evenings activities or holiday parties:

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I picked out this skirt thanks to Ann Taylor – the lace is described as “metallic gold” online and I think the stock photo color is accurate. It is a very subtle gold with hints of light sage-grey colors and some sparkle in the knit.

Skirt is fully lined with a side zipper, and the grosgrain ribbon waist and scalloped bottom are pretty touches that lets it transition easily from work to special occasions. The sizing feels true to AT brands – a 00 petite waist measures about 26″ around for reference. I took the waist in myself (easier than usual due to the elasticized waistband) and can post the step-by-step if anyone is interested. For a skirt that fits perfectly right off the rack, I recommend this dot sweater skirt (reviewed here) which is very good quality and a fair value with the 50% off!

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Tory Burch tote (up to 30% off w/ code LUCKY, full price here but more colors)

You can style a full cream outfit like this with a different neutral colored bag (as shown in the first pic), or with a pop of rich color like the red clutch for events or this burgundy satchel. And oh, as a reminder the sweater I’m wearing is a “cropped” style – don’t want anyone to be surprised by the shorter length and sleeves! I personally love this style, but was thinking that those who want more length and longer sleeves could probably fare well with the regular sizing.

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  1. Jean wrote:

    Thank you! Do you mean tuck in the sweater, or the skirt? If you meant sweater…since the sweater is a cropped length, I simply tucked it into the stretchy elastic waistband and it didn't add too much bulk because the length ends just beneath the waistband.

    Posted 12.5.14 Reply
  2. Jean wrote:

    I did not! Thank you for posting the link! Guess LC shares similar tastes in leopard shoes : )

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  3. Jean wrote:

    Thank you Haley for your continued recommendations! (and the Kate Spade boot measurements + pics! Would've never considered this due to the ratings. It takes skill to dig for negatively-reviewed pieces that for the same reason turn out to be perfect for harder-to-fit body types : )

    Posted 12.5.14 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    Hello! It's a very basic wallet which I got mostly for the vibrant color…no complaints!

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  5. Jean wrote:

    Hello there – I totally feel you on shopping for smaller-framed men. My brother is the same size as your fiance and I usually buy all his outfits and find it to be much more challenging than shopping for myself. Unfortunately more often than not tailoring is necessary. I buy him JCrew size XS or size 34 short in suiting, and they have a "slim shop" which is supposedly more narrowly cut. Also he can wear H&M;'s smallest sizes. Good luck to the both of you shopping…and by the way, congratulations on your engagement!

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  6. Jean wrote:

    Hello – thank you for your kind words and feedback. I wish I could help about the Balenciaga but I have actually never tried it on. It's a little edgier than my personal style however I admire it on friends like Wendy of Wendy's lookbook. You can search her blog for the brand as I believe she has several of their bags. And she is the same height as me (5 feet) which can serve as a good frame of reference. Happy holidays to you as well!

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  7. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – I've just been using old sweater knit stockings that I've cut into "tube" shapes as legwarmers. I have scrunched them up to fill in the gap between boot calves and my legs. Do you have fleece-lined tights? Several ladies have recommended those to me for extra warmth!

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  8. Jean wrote:

    Thank you for your tips per usual, KC! I have loved the riding bot look of the Regent boots on fellow blogger Hello Framboise – glad to hear they've worked out for you as well!

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  9. Jean wrote:

    Hi Danielle – I didn't see anything quite like the BR lace but have really been loving the look of some dresses from Anthropologie this year. Is this red fit + flare dress a little too low-cut?

    I also posted about this in a past entry which has a similar silhouette to the red, but is a floral sheen instead of lace.

    And I thought this was pretty with an elegant high neckline, but the reviews seem iffy about the material. I also like the Ann taylor crochet lace dress previously reviewed, but it only came in black this year and I know that's not as festive : /

    Good luck dress searching and I hope you have a wonderful trip to Manila!

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  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean! I love your blog!! Just wondering, do you have any recommendations for warm snow boots (especially for petites)? I just moved from California to Boston and probably should prepare for the winter… thanks!

    Posted 12.4.14 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Beautiful!!. Like your lipstick too! if you don't mind, can you tell me what color and brand?

    Posted 12.4.14 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, I really like the DVF Zarita lace dress you posted a while back but unfortunately it's out of my price range. Recently I came across a cheaper version by Adrianna Papell and was wondering if you've looked at this brand before or any other less expensive alternatives. Thanks!

    Below is a link to the dress:;=0&fashionColor;=&resultback;=414&cm;_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_1_B

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  13. Paola wrote:

    So chic!

    Posted 12.4.14 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    I miss your old posts where there were less "c/o" clothing and you broaden your creative outlet with pieces you already have. Maybe I am saying this because I am jealous.

    Posted 12.3.14 Reply
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    Can you please post on how you tucked the AT skirt in? It looks amazing btw on you

    Posted 12.3.14 Reply
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    I love how you rock patterned coats and striped sweater/tees and still look girly and elegant!! Can you recommend me some good crop stripe sweater/tee and patterned coats this year?

    Posted 12.3.14 Reply
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    Hey Jean, did you know your photo was featured here?

    That's awesome! 🙂

    Posted 12.3.14 Reply
  18. Elifnaz wrote:

    Lovely look, beautiful pics!

    Posted 12.3.14 Reply
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean! Thanks so much for your reply! I usually wear a size 4 in BR dresses. 🙂


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  20. Hayley wrote:

    Hi Jean — I wanted to share with you this dress I ordered from Piperlime firstly because it was green (I need a green dress), and secondly because the reviews indicate that it runs small which I always get excited about! Anyhow, I got it in the mail and the fit is absolutely amazing although it will need to be hemmed an inch or two. Aside from the amazing fit, it is only $35 (sale price) and can be dressed up or dressed down for casual wear. I just went ahead and also ordered it in the orange color even though I have a million orange dresses because I love the green one so much. I'm barely 5'1" and 100 lbs.;=1&pid;=232216002

    Posted 12.3.14 Reply
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    Omg jean- these photos are magical! -Bettina

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  22. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean! How are you liking the red Kate Spade wallet featured in the Laura Mercier make up post? Thank you!

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  23. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, I've been following you for years and love your style and really appreciate your shopping tips as a fellow petite gal. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for smaller guys – my fiancé is 5'6" and weighs less than 120lbs – I thought shopping for me is hard, but it's impossible for him! Even designer stuff is too big. Thanks in advance for any advice at all.

    Posted 12.2.14 Reply
  24. Suzie Q wrote:

    This winter white shoot is just so dreamy! I absolutely am in love with the skirt, and I love how you made it chic paired with a cable sweater and necklace!

    Suzie Q

    Posted 12.2.14 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, love your style. Your blog is the only one I can find pays attention to regular and affordable brands. I've bought many great items since I followed your blog, and will definitely follow you in the future. I also appreciate any review you've given, which are candid and righteous, no matter the brands and styles. I am wonder whether you've tried any Balenciaga bag? I really admire Balenciaga bag, but just worry the city is too big for my 5'2'' figure. The Balenciaga town and fist bags seem smaller, but I never tried them. I would like to hear your opinion about those bags. Thank you so much. Happy holiday!!

    Posted 12.2.14 Reply
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, Love your blog and outfit! What kind of legwarms do you use? Anything besides the Hunter boot socks? It seems even with boots and tights and a long coat my legs could still get cold in the winter? Thanks!

    Posted 12.2.14 Reply
  27. Anonymous wrote:

    Another beautiful outfit 🙂 I'll have to check out those boots. I currently own the Hunter regent savoy and they are super slim fitting as well for slim shorter calfs. just a touch shorter than the tour but in a riding boot cut minus the buckles

    Its a good slightly dressier alternative; but I've been wanting a fun color for a while.. thinking about the bright peacock in the tours now 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


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  28. annie lee wrote:

    wow snow!!!!! we don't get snow here in where i live so this is so exciting haha 🙂 you look so elegant jean x

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  29. Jean wrote:
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  30. Jean wrote:

    Hi Danielle! What size do you wear? That'll help me narrow down some options. I haven't seen anything yet this year that jumped out like the BR lace (forever one of my favorites) but will give it some thought!

    Posted 12.1.14 Reply
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi, Jean! I've seen you post a lot about these Hunter packable boots, but I've wondered what they look like when they're "packed." Would you mind taking pictures of them when packed so I can see how they look rolled up?

    Posted 12.1.14 Reply
  32. great outfit, but I know you must have been freezing! It can be difficult to be cute during the winter when, after a point, you are more concerned with staying warm than looking good.

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  33. Emily wrote:

    Winter white is so chic with snow in the background! I wish I could pull off this type of look in California, but it doesn't look like we're getting snow anytime soon. 🙂

    Jemily Life

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  34. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks Elaine too! Was thinking about getting the Sheinside coat but seems not warm enough for me

    Posted 12.1.14 Reply
  35. Anonymous wrote:

    My apology! I was referring to the one Jean wore with the SW boots and red bag. I wasn't looking at the picture when commenting hence I thought the red was from the Hunters 😛 Thanks Jean for answering

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  36. Julie wrote:

    This outfit is just gorgeous! I love the detail on that skirt. I'm right there with you on the first snowfall of the year–we got about an inch in Michigan and I loved it. Then it turned to slush! Oh well, I'm looking forward to more winter outfits from you!

    Style by Joules

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  37. Jean wrote:

    Maybe, but I didn't post the picture above on FB so was confused!

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  38. Great Winter White Jean! Happy December.

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  39. Beautiful outfit! Love the skirt, the pearls and the coat!

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  40. I love how pretty this outfit looks in the snow!

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  41. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    I'm traveling to Manila in a couple weeks and will be spending Christmas and New Years there, I was wondering if you had any suggestions for holidays dresses? I was planning on getting a dress before I flew out of San Francisco. The red lace Banana Republic you featured on a blog post around this time last year was a definite winner for me so something like that dress would be really perfect for me. If only I didn't wear it this most recent Christmas and had too many pictures taken wearing it, I would wear it again! Haha.

    Looking forward to hearing from you. 🙂


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  42. Elaine wrote:

    If it's the coat in the pictures above, isn't that one from Sheinside?

    Posted 12.1.14 Reply
  43. The snowy setting is definitely magical! You look beautiful. I don't own many white items in my closet but you've inspired me to start looking hehe. Thank you!

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  44. The red hunter boots look really cute with the classy outfit! Love the layered necklaces which really glam up the whole look and the fur collar jacket is such a pretty piece too!


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  45. Anonymous wrote:

    Beautiful lace skirt!

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  46. Jean wrote:

    Thank you so much! Which coat are you talking about? I went and looked and don't see a patterned jacket with red boots. There is one I posted with black boots and that is an Anthropologie scroll coat that's unfortunately from last year : /

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  47. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Looking beautiful! 🙂

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 11.30.14 Reply
  48. I love this outfit. It looks beautiful on you. Everything from the skirt to the Jacket looks so well put together.

    Posted 11.30.14 Reply
  49. I love it so much that you styled your Hunters even with this beautiful winter white outfit! Congratulations and thank you that you beared the cold – this outfit is again perfect and you inspired me once more my Hunters not only to wear for walks in the rain 🙂
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

    Posted 11.30.14 Reply
  50. Anonymous wrote:

    You look gorgeous Jean!! Thanks for the informative line up with reviews!! Love your blog! I'm a fan!! I saw your photo on facebook featuring a patterned black and white jacket with your red Hunter boots. Do you mind sharing that jacket with me? I love it!! And I'm in need of a patterned coat. Everything coat I own is solid color now~~

    Posted 11.30.14 Reply

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