Casual classics: Distressed jeans + Topshop petite drape blouse

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Topshop Drape blouse in sz 2P (avail in petite/reg/maternity/tall; also sold at Nordstrom)
Treasure & Bond jeans (40% off!) in sz 24, Steve Madden sandalsGoyard tote

Today’s post is a simple outfit of all casual basics – distressed skinny jeans, a draped white blouse (comes in several other colors & sleeve lengths), and minimalistic sandals. To add a little interest, I layered on delicate necklaces and a printed tote. I wear my long-sleeved white drape blouse to pieces and knew I’d get plenty of wear out of a short version. Topshop runs small compared to American sizing – 0P fit fine but I sized up to 2P for a looser fit. I think this is one of those pieces where regular sizing would work well also, because I wouldn’t mind a longer length (you can casually tuck it in the front). I noticed they now have free shipping and returns for US customers which is awesome, esp. compared to before. While at the NYC store, I saw these distressed denim shorts in petite (suggest sizing up for a casual fit) and wanted to point them out as a very similar option to my sold-out Express ones.
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When shopping for distressed jeans, an issue I often have is the knee hole placement (usually hits several inches below my actual knees). I was so pleasantly surprised at the overall fit of these Treasure & Bond jeans, plus they’re currently 40% off! They are listed as crop jeans, which works nicely as regular jeans for someone my height (5 feet tall). The size 24 fits true to size on me with no waist gap, and the medium weight denim is stretchy and comfortable. If you have longer legs, I also tried on these distressed boyfriend jeans on sale at a bargain…
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STS blue boyfriend jeans in size 00, BP V-neck tee (sized up to a S)

They are adorable casual jeans and the 00 was a slouchy but slim fit (unlike many boyfriend jeans which are too baggy on a petite frame), however the knee holes were 2″ too low for me so I’ll be returning. The length is longer but due to the cuffs, you can roll them up to your liking.
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I finally got these Steve Madden sandals in a second color…my first pair in blush patent have truly proven to be the ultimate versatile sandal for me. They make shorter legs look long and the design is simple but elevated. Please note from my initial review on the blush ones that they run narrow! I’m usually between 5 and 5.5 and got the latter in these to accommodate my foot width both in the insole as well as the front toe strap.
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If you’re shopping for delicate necklaces, Baublebar has a “pick your pendants” option on their site that lets you pick three layering necklaces at a savings for $68 total. I’m wearing the slim bar short one, infinity medium one, and the longer pyramid spike Y (great for wearing with V-necklines) which are all part of the bundle pricing choices. The slim bar and pyramid Y chain are my favorites because of the sleek 14k gold-plated design, and add just a little something to the most basic outfits. From my Baublebar sale order last month, my favorite piece has to be the bowline cuff bracelet, also worn here. It appears to now be sold out on their site but I found it still available here – would recommend esp. for narrow wrists, since you can bend the metal slightly to adjust the fit.
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61 thoughts on “Casual classics: Distressed jeans + Topshop petite drape blouse

  • Olive Yew September 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Love the mixture of casual with formal in this. The waves from the blouse mixed with the distressed jeans – gives an overall down to earth vibe – which I love. Mix in some gold layered jewelry that you wore – it also makes the outfit chic. Love it!!

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  • Van September 11, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Jean, how does the T&B; jeans fit throughout the day? Have you noticed any shrinkage after washing them? I'm debating between two sizes and not sure which one to keep! Thanks!

  • Lucy Lai September 23, 2015 at 2:22 am

    The drape blouse goes super well with the jeans. <3

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  • Anonymous September 25, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Jean! What is the size of your Goyard tote here? PM or GM?

  • Milly September 28, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I love this relaxed look. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Jothi October 4, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Jean, you are instantly likable, charismatic, gorgeous and crazy stylish. OK, gushing aside, I have a question about the Topshop blouse- I bought it and love it. It's a bit sheer…I have been wearing it with a dark, lined bra (I have darker skin so this shows the least). It doesn't drape as nicely with a cami underneath. Any other ideas? Thanks!

  • Jean October 11, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Jothi! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! As for the blouse, I just do the same as you and just wear a bra in the closest color possible to my skin tone. The only other idea I have is there are some slip camisoles that are not cotton, but more of a slip skirt material and affect the draping less. I much prefer just the nude bra though so hope that is sufficient to keep your top from being too sheer!

  • Jean October 11, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Hi there – it's the smaller PM tote

  • Jean October 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    hi Van – sorry for seeing this late. All of my jeans tend to shrink in the dryer so i have kept this one out and just hang dry. I haven't noticed visible shrinking but if you machine dry your jeans, cotton generally shrinks a little.

  • MQ November 9, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Thank you for the ideas! How do you store the Goyard St. Louis bag? I have read that people have had issue with durability. For example, the leather handles coming apart at the stitching or the corners wearing quickly. Your Goyard St. Louis bag looks brand new from the pictures. By the way I bought a couple sweaters from Anthroplogie because of your blog I received the other day. :0)

  • ARCwrites December 19, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Love Your Jeans! Anne Cohen

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