Remixed: ASOS petites shift dress + classic Chanel style jacket

Ann Taylor necklace and signature tote (old, current version), pearl stud earrings (similar)

I know I had just posted about this jacket, but wanted to show another way I wore it while in Paris. I try to travel light and don’t mind wearing the same few pieces numerous times. This classic little jacket passes the versatility test and is possibly one of my favorite pieces ever from Ann Taylor. The design is reminiscent of iconic Chanel jackets, and the beautiful quality and good fit make it a piece I can’t stop reaching for. It’s a new arrival so sizes are currently all in stock – if interested, definitely don’t miss out on this one!
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The jacket’s cotton-blend material is of a sturdy medium weight, with a “nubbly” texture similar to tweed. The corded black piping looks very nice up close and goes all the way around the back at the bottom and neckline – yay for no shortcuts!

The entire jacket is fully lined, and two front bottom pockets are functional. I’m wearing size 00 petite in these photos with no alterations. It’s slightly wide in the torso and sleeves on me, but I thought the fit suited the boxier jacket style and did not warrant tailoring.
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I’m also having good luck at ASOS petites this year for items that don’t need any alterations. Periwinkle blue is one of my favorite colors, and the classic shift one of my favorite silhouettes. The two elements meet in this knit, ribbed dress that’s very easy to throw on. You do get what you pay for at ASOS so this piece is unlined and on the thinner side.

The straight lines and higher hem make the shift dress one of those cuts that just work wonderfully on smaller-chested, shorter women. I had gone a size up to US 0, but looking at these photos I possibly could’ve gone up another size for more skirt length. This is on the border of how short I’d go at this age, but I do love how pieces at this length enhance short legs, even with flat shoes on.
asos-blue-striped-dress-white-jacket-2One of the many things I loved about Paris was the long daylight hours. Back in Boston, Nick and I are always scrambling to take photos early before work (probably the most painful aspect of blogging because we love our sleep), since the sun sets long before we get home. Incredibly, the photos in this post were taken in France at almost 10PM! The light was fantastic for photos but did throw us off a bit, as we’d realize at sundown that we hadn’t yet eaten dinner and many places were closed by then : )

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34 Comments

  1. I found your comment humorous and light hearted despite the criticism. I too enjoy looking like a haughty old crone and I'm 28. I just love clean lines and good fabrics.

    Posted 8.5.15 Reply
  2. Classy and stylish!

    Posted 7.13.15 Reply
  3. Jenny wrote:

    ^ Not everyone can dress like they are going to Coachella everyday… As a fellow female working in finance, I love Jean's style and find it relatable – and I'm only 23! Her tips for clean, well-put-together, and yet very stylish outfits make her one of the few blogs I follow consistently, since for 5 (long) days of the week I'm chained to a restricting dress code. Personally, I don't even like tribal prints/waist-high booty shorts/neon. Each to their own.

    Posted 6.19.15 Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Maybe it's the pressure of your career world or maybe you like to appear a lot more mature, but you appear as if you're trying to achieve the WASP look. (Please don't get defensive and say that's it's unfair that someone should judge you on your looks as that is exactly your blog's emphasis: your looks). You may want to consider that when you're actually of the age where the only way to dress "attractively" (read: vain, bitchy, cronish) is that of an old white socialite woman, you might regret not dressing for your (young) age. Of course I could be much too presumptuous. Perhaps your fiancee loves the haughty crone look. I wonder why do you not dress your age?

    Posted 6.14.15 Reply
  5. V.A Port wrote:

    Love it! Beautiful look. As a 4'11 gal, I love the pieces that you share! love your style

    Posted 6.11.15 Reply
  6. Jen K wrote:

    I can't believe these pics were taken at almost 10pm! I've been unlucky at Asos lately, but now I'm curious about this shift dress. The blue is lovely.

    Jen
    http://www.lifeunrefined.com

    Posted 6.10.15 Reply
  7. The sleeve length is perfect! Which is good, because altering that sleeve design would be a bit difficult.

    Posted 6.10.15 Reply
  8. I love the whole outfit!!!

    Easy, Frugal Style

    Posted 6.10.15 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, when you are back from Paris, I suggest that you check out Shoes of Prey. It's a custom order shoe company that sells direct to customers online and also has some styles available at Nordstrom. I ordered a summer oxford flat through the Nordstrom site. I received them today and they are beautiful. They were also packaged extremely luxuriously with 2 sets of extra leather laces, a small package of shoe accessories (like gel pads and other things I don't know what do with!). The shoes came with an envelop with a real wax seal on it (like in old movies) and there is a dust bag for the shoes. I really couldn't believe how much I received and how fancy it was. The shoes I bought cost about $140 and are returnable. It does take a little while to get them, maybe a few weeks. Anyway, I have no affiliation with the company, but thought you and your readers might like it because you can order shoes as small as size 2, and they have lots of widths. Check it out. Now let's just hope they are comfortable because I can't stand to think of giving them back! 🙂

    Posted 6.10.15 Reply
  10. So classic! I love this look. You look beautiful!

    http://www.vanitysalad.com

    Posted 6.9.15 Reply
  11. Your style is amazing. I love that outfit. Very classy and ladylike.

    Diary of Elegance
    http://diaryofelegance.blogspot.ca/

    Posted 6.9.15 Reply
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  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jeans, you look amazing in this post especially your golden skin. Is your skin tanned just from the natural sun or you using something? I think the tanned skin looks very nice and a great contrast with the white jacket! If you use some tanning product for face and body, would you mind sharing? Thank you

    Posted 6.9.15 Reply
  14. Love that colour on you and the jacket is gorgeous. The light here is great in the summer, I stay in Scotland which is even further north. It does mean however that in winter we get very little daylight! Is this shot from your hotel? Where about did you stay? Always looking for nice places to stay in Paris!

    Posted 6.9.15 Reply
  15. Love this look! So classic and feminine!

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  16. Suzie Q wrote:

    I love the way you styled this look with the jacket and necklace. The periwinkle color is so pretty! I can't believe these photos were taken at 10pm! Hope you had a wonderful time on your trip!

    xo, Suzie Q
    StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  17. Netty D wrote:

    You look beautiful in these pictures. Your skin looks amazing. I love this jacket and I really appreciate how you described the texture and material….Can't believe you took these pics so late!

    Love your style!

    xx
    The Fashionable ESQ
    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  18. Very Chanel-esque!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  19. mybeautrip wrote:

    Beautiful flowers… and you! 🙂
    xxx

    http://www.mybeautrip.com

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  20. Anna wrote:

    this outfit is super cute <3

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  21. Hi Jean, I was wondering if your photography equipment information on your "About" page is still up to date, or if you've changed them. I'm particularly interested in the remote as I tend to take photos myself (though I could also use any tips you have about finding a photographer buddy haha!).

    Also, I recall reading a few years ago that you had an Excel doc with all of your clothing items where you kept careful track of your purchases and closet – just curious if you still do this. Thanks!

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  22. Liana wrote:

    You'd like Spain… dinner usually gets started around 10 PM.

    We have nice, long summer days where I live. Makes up for the winter when it gets dark at 5:30 PM!

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  23. Such lovely photos! I definitely think the dress color and length are very flattering 🙂 Hope you had a great time in Paris!

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  24. JVA wrote:

    I love this outfit! x

    chapter-fifty-nine.blogspot.co.uk

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  25. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Great jacket with great price! <3

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  26. Cindy Khor wrote:

    The shift baby blue dress looks good on you. Paired it with that Ann Taylor blouse makes you look all rich and with taste, loving it. And the stacked pearl necklace adds a nice fine touch to complete your poised look. Totally digging it honey.

    http://cindykhor.blogspot.com

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  27. Beautiful location! (I miss Paris!)
    Love your outfit – you are right, it looks like Chanel.
    xoxo Renee
    http://www.glamdarling.com

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  28. Love the classic monochrome jacket and the blue shade of the dress is really pretty too!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  29. The lighting is ideal! Can't believe they were taken at 10pm! Now I must shop ASOSs petite; the dress is stunning and seems to be a perfect fit!
    Nidhi
    An Unblurred Lady

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  30. Paola wrote:

    So lovely!

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    So sweet, that blue dress and just so short as it should be 🙂 and nothing can be compared with Paris <3. Love, Anu from Finland 🙂

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  32. Trang Do wrote:

    I LOVEEEEEEE YOUR WHOLE OUTFIT! Very inspiring!!!!!!!
    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  33. Diana wrote:

    Beautiful outfit!!

    || D I A N A ||
    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  34. Wow – the lighting in these photos is so beautiful – crazy that it was so late when you took them! Hope you found a great place for dinner 🙂

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply

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