Spring office wear: petite chambray shirt + animal print skirt

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Halogen chambray shirt in light denim (10 colors), The Limited skirt (old, waist altered)
Mansur Gavriel tote c/o (old), Sole Society Anneke heels c/o (runs narrow, go up half size)

Lately my outfits have been the same staple pieces on rotation with just small tweaks in accessories. The heavy hitters have been my favorite distressed jeans, white jeans (next on my must-find list are white pants or trousers, to convert the same pairings into business casual outfits), striped and gingham shirts, chambray shirts, and neutral shoes in flat, sandal, and pump form. I noticed I get more compliments on the most basic pairings, probably because anyone can find a variation of those pieces to create their own spin on the look. Speaking of favorite jeans, there is a good sale on designer denim going on with up to 30% off popular current-season styles…see the bottom of my post for details!
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Ray-Ban 58mm aviator sunglasses in “brown gradient,” nose pads DIY adjusted

This shirt is from Nordstrom’s petites department and will be making many more appearances on here. I’m packing for upcoming trips to a few different destinations, but for each one a comfortable, versatile travel shirt is a must. This one is softer than most denim button-ups, and is medium in weight with a sturdy feel. I have not yet laundered it (tag says machine washable) but several online reviewers mentioned how well it wears and washes. For that easy casual look, I love double cuffing the sleeves…it’s pretty self-explanatory but here are the steps:

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Measurements of xxs petite: 16.5″ across armpits, 14″ across shoulders, 23″ long sleeves.

Out of the 10 colors, I got the “light blue” which is a lighter chambray with a weathered, gently broken-in wash that I look for in premium denim. In my opinion, better looking in-person and not as bright as the sky blue color in both the online stock photo and my photos here. I first took note of this shirt in store, and had to double check the item number before ordering online as I thought the color looked so different. The fit of a petite xxs on me is a casual, blousy fit. I am also very particular about sleeve width and might slim these down a little bit like I did with my Converse chambray shirt. Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring the wear-to-work section of today’s post! 
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As an update from my Shopbop sunglasses order, my keepers were these Ray-Ban original aviators and possibly the special fit Karen Walkers (will try to take a photo soon). I’ve been living under a rock all this time and didn’t realize how easily adjustable Ray-Ban aviators are! When I first put them on, they fell right down my nose and I almost packaged them right back up for a return. However, inspired by some helpful comments in my previous posts, I watched a few YouTube videos and realized the nose pads can easily be adjusted at home!To do so, use a firm grip with your fingers and slowly bend the metal part attaching the nose pads, careful not to bend too abruptly and risk snapping the metal. I moved both pads inward towards the center a bit, so that the nose opening was more narrow. Now they sit perfectly on my nose bridge without the lens pressing down on my upper cheeks. I got mine for 25% off and just realized that as of Monday, Saks has them for 30% off and Nordstrom will price adjust either before or after you order, if the exact style and color is on sale elsewhere.
chambray shirt leopard skirt outfitAs of today, it also looks like several Rag & Bone jeans styles are automatically 30% off to match Saks’ friends & family sale. When sale prices are the same, I usually prefer to buy from Nordstrom for their free easy returns label in case the item doesn’t work out, also if you need size 23 there’s usually more available there. This is the best discount I’ve seen yet for current-season R&B; styles!

– Left: My favorite pair (“La Paz” wash) as of late that comes in a slightly shorter 29″ inseam – see on me in size 24. These are so comfortable and don’t lose their shape with wear nor stretch out (like at the knees, after sitting for a long time)
– Middle + right: Rag & Bone dark washes “Kensington” and “Woodford,” both in the same 98% cotton, 2% polyurethane blend material and “The Skinny” cut as the pair I own. It’s hard to gauge washes online so I always Google the wash name and peruse the different photos out there.

 

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  1. Jean wrote:

    Hi Em – I think each person just needs to develop a schedule that works for them, and with a full time job that just means the schedule can sometimes be tossed out the window and you just need to re-prioritize. If you love the hobby enough then you will find time for it by whittling down any wasted time spent elsewhere. To answer your question, I work about 60 hours a week at my job and also work with my fiance/photographer's work schedule – we are able to fit in blogging both before and after our work obligations, by photoshooting early in the mornings and writing post content late at night.

    Posted 4.27.15 Reply
  2. Jean wrote:

    Thank you for the tip! Very cute find : )

    Posted 4.27.15 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Hi! I've mentioned him several times before… I go to a kind man in Chinatown on Knapp St. He doesn't have a store name that I know of and only speaks Cantonese. He is located across from the grocery store on that alley/street, and you can see his sewing machine through the big window. His hours are supposed to be 10AM-5PM, but he tends to work on his own hours and sometimes closes up earlier FYI

    Posted 4.27.15 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    Yes, this year I transitioned from my former role to being on the startup team of a new shoe brand, M.Gemi! It's less conservative, however I still rotate in almost all of my work pieces from before, especially for meetings.

    Posted 4.27.15 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    It's Mansur Gavirel! I think they are all sold out now unfortunately.

    Posted 4.27.15 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Hi Geri! Usually I only do the collar up if the material of the shirt is very stiff and prone to holding that shape. I don't iron it. Usually I prefer to wear it down, layered under a crew or V neck top so the collar just peeks out over the neckline. Have fun experimenting!

    Posted 4.27.15 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Hi leah – sorry, that's completely out of my realm of expertise : )

    Posted 4.27.15 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – I've never seen a coupon code for Tieks. I got them as a gift and they needed no breaking in at all, and the leather is very soft around the toes. However, because they are fold-able, the bottoms are flat without support for the arch of your foot, so I wouldn't recommend for long hours of walking.

    Posted 4.27.15 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    It's one of their signature styles, so I sure hope they do restock! Also, you can check Sole Society's own website for restocks as well.

    Posted 4.27.15 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    Will not be keeping the pink mesh sweater because the linen one is similar and the fit is much more versatile. I'm undecided about the striped popover…your thoughts?

    Posted 4.27.15 Reply
  11. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – thank you! I really use a huge variety..from drugstore, to the ones my hairdresser suggests to me. I don't have a favorite. My hairdresser did tell me to use "clarifying" shampoo though for the most lightweight feel after washing my hair.

    Posted 4.27.15 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi there, I'd love to know of some good tailors as well. I live north of Boston if anyone has any recommendations. Thanks!

    Posted 4.26.15 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, I've searched your blog and you seem to have a great tailor but I haven't seen the name or location. Is that on purpose? Do you have any recommendations as a good tailor seems to be as hard to find as a good man 🙂 Thanks for any recommendations!

    Posted 4.26.15 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    Hey Jean! I was on the lookout for a basic spring outerwear with a blazer's structure and a cardigan's comfort. I think I found it – saw this on my Deloitte coworker the other day: http://www.express.com/clothing/cropped+bead+embellished+french+terry+jacket/pro/8872194C/cat890004?question=8872194C&_requestid=3763736

    And the plus – 100% cotton and machine washable!

    Posted 4.26.15 Reply
  15. Em wrote:

    Hi Jean, I'd love to hear about how you juggle a full time job and blogging at the same time! What does your weekly schedule look like, and how do you fit in blogging?

    I'm just starting a new blog and would love your feedback: http://wandermust.co/

    Posted 4.26.15 Reply
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Love everything about this outfit. I really adore your shoes but unfortunately the nude pumps are all sold out online. Your lip color suits you really well btw, is that Mac charismatic? Have a nice weekend Jean 🙂

    Posted 4.26.15 Reply
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean–where do you have your clothes altered/tailored in the Boston area? I have high end denim that needs to be hemmed. Thanks! -Jen

    Posted 4.25.15 Reply
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    Love the leopard skirt and your lipstick color 🙂 do you mind sharing the lipstick color and brand? Thanks

    Posted 4.24.15 Reply
  19. Could you do a post on how to find flattering shorts? It would be so helpful!

    Posted 4.24.15 Reply
  20. I need help finding casual outfits too 🙂

    Posted 4.24.15 Reply
  21. adrienne wrote:

    I love the leopard mixed with chambray. Very cute and unusual spring look!

    http://www.vanitysalad.com

    Posted 4.23.15 Reply
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, thanks so much for your great outfits and informative posts! Now that the weather is (finally, hopefully) getting warmer here in Massachusetts, would you consider doing some reviews and outfits for casual spring/summer basics, specifically non-sloppy t-shirts? Or a post on outfits similar to the AT sweater and jean shorts you posted on IG a few days ago? I'm a stay at home mom and looking for some simple, everyday style inspiration!

    Posted 4.23.15 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    Beautiful outfit as always. I have noticed that your outfits have been much more casual recently, are you working in a less conservative environment now? Update us!!

    Posted 4.23.15 Reply
  24. Love this cuff tip!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 4.22.15 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    This is a casual outfit. Not necessarily meant for the workplace.

    Posted 4.22.15 Reply
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    The outfit is cute, but I dont think I could wear something like that to a professional services office..

    Posted 4.22.15 Reply
  27. Lauren wrote:

    Love this outfit! The casual shirt looks wonderful with the animal print skirt. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 4.22.15 Reply
  28. Mel Hwang wrote:

    Love the denim with this print 🙂 Casual and effortless!

    xx, Mel
    http://melinspired.com

    Posted 4.22.15 Reply
  29. mybeautrip wrote:

    Perfect combo! This skirt is amazing.
    xxx

    http://www.mybeautrip.com

    Posted 4.22.15 Reply
  30. JTC wrote:

    I love how you worked the super casual chambray shirt into this business casual outfit! And really, thank you for the cuffing pictures, they really do help a lot!

    Joyce
    b-w-validation.com

    Posted 4.22.15 Reply
  31. Keri H wrote:

    Absolutely love this. Also, love the slight detail you do when cuffing your shirt! I think it's so cute to have the cuff showing. Brilliant!

    Enclothed Cognition
    Instagram

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  32. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean. I really like your tote, may I know where you got it from?

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  33. Geri wrote:

    Hi Jean, I absolutely love your blog! I was searching your site to see if you've posted tips on how to style a collar. I've seen some of your photos with the collar up and I'm wondering if you iron it to make it stay that way. I love collared button ups but I never like the way it turns out looking especially when layering. I hope you have time to read this and comment. Thanks!

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  34. Great look! jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com
    ps…Thanks for showing the shirt sleeve cuff…definitely better than how I've been doing it!

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  35. I love how you put your outfits together! I love the tote especially, I've been trying to find something similar

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  36. leah wrote:

    hi jean do you have any recommendations for mens briefcase? thanks!

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  37. Anonymous wrote:

    Dear Jeans, those Tieks flats that you wear in your IG . Are they comfy and worth it ? they are quite $$$. Wonder if you have any coupon code to share. Thanks Jeans

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  38. I love this skirt! You look great!

    http://www.tailoredandtrue.wordpress.com

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  39. I love the shoes & immediately tried to order them, but they are sold out in a size 8. Yes, I am 5'2 with a big foot and a petite body. I signed up for the wait list. Do they usually restock? Does anyone know the answer to this? I love the style and heel height AND color!

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  40. Love this look!

    Easy, Frugal Style

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  41. reshma wrote:

    Love this semi-casual edgier look on you! Always need a good chambray shirt.. would love you see packing posts for your upcoming trips. Hope you will share!. 🙂

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  42. Anonymous wrote:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing. On side note, did you end up keeping the pink mesh stitch sweater and the striped side zip top?

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  43. Paola wrote:

    I love your skirt and your shoes, Jean

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  44. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Cute look for work:P

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  45. Anonymous wrote:

    Ah and happy birthday! :))

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  46. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, love you and your blog! 🙂

    Can I ask you what shampoo/conditioner do you use? I have similar hair like yours and I can't settle in one brand. I am never happy how my hair feels after shower, so I am always jumping around between different products… TIA!

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  47. I really love the color of that shirt…I may have to go check it out!

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  48. Love the chambray shirt <3

    XoXo One Stiletto At A Time

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  49. I never thought that a leo skirt can be look so relaxed and stylish – I love your outfit from head to toes! Now I'm only a bit sad that I can't buy this skirt as you have it obviously already since a longer time in your wardrobe 🙂 Happy Tuesday!
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  50. Love how the animal prints instantly add a touch of edge to the whole outfit look! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply

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