Autumn in Boston: petites cable sweater + cozy plaid wrap

fall casual outfit plaid poncho ankle boots

Talbots sweater (in Petite P), plaid wrap & booties c/o, J.Brand jeans 

We can’t thank you guys enough again for all the thoughtful comments & messages about our marriage. We also loved reading the tidbits about your own wedding stories, both past and upcoming! I updated the post with some forgotten info, including details on my reception dress. And I’ll definitely work on a tutorial soon for the birdcage veil and beaded sash.

Today’s post is an autumn look I got to style for Talbots’ petites landing page (viewable only on desktop, not mobile). I went through their entire latest collection and picked out favorite pieces for the feature that I thought were good quality and versatile. Both this sweater and “ruana” wrap have 5-star reviews, except for one shopper which found the sweater to run small (was a good sign for me since Talbots sizing is usually generous).
talbots fall casual outfit cable sweater

I also wore this wrap to stay warm during recent weekend travels (with the Guess bf shorts):

plaid wrap shorts travel outfit
The cream chunky sweater in a wool/cashmere blend fit me well in size petite P as a casual fit piece. It’s tunic length (I have the front half tucked in) so is long enough to cover the crotch when paired with leggings and boots as a cozy fall outfit. See photo below for how it looks un-tucked and from the back:
talbots sweater back
I had never heard of a ruana before this season and now see the term used all the time. Turns out it’s a Latin America-inspired outer garment in a poncho-like shape, with an opening for the head and slit down the front. Basically a wrap that is more shaped to be draped over your body versus a plain rectangle. This one is in a sweater material, and the feel of the material sets it apart from other wraps and scarves I own. The knit is tightly woven and smooth and cool to the touch, yet keeps you warm and comfortable. I’ve been glued to it on long drives and airplane rides, as you guys may have seen via Snapchat. It only comes in one size and is generous but I didn’t find it to be overwhelming.
talbots fall casual outfit cable sweater poncho
I’m a longtime fan of Talbots shoes so was interested in trying their boots for the first time. They fit true to size (I’m wearing 5.5), however please note I found the leather to be on the stiff side, and I’m not sure if they will soften up with more wear.

fall casual outfit cable sweater plaid poncho

  Thank you to Talbots for sponsoring this post!


41 thoughts on “Autumn in Boston: petites cable sweater + cozy plaid wrap

  • Petite Picks September 27, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    This is such a beautiful fall outfit. I will have to check out Talbots!

  • Dressed With Soul September 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Here in Bavaria we have also kind of fall … and I discovered that I love it wearing looks with capes and cable sweaters 🙂 The look you show here is perfect!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • carmitive September 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I really like this comfy look! Lovely cape 🙂 xx Carmen

  • Elaine September 27, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    The sweater is mainly merino wool. I'd it at all scratchy?

  • Lauren Marie D. September 27, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Love this look!

    Lauren xo || You Have the Right To Remain Fabulous

  • Meliza Joyce September 27, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I love this outfit. The color scheme is perfect for Fall. To be honest, I never really go into Talbots to check out their items but I love that cape! I definitely need to swing by the next time I see a Talbots store. 🙂

  • MochaGirl262 September 27, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    The sweater is perfect! I'll have to look at Talbots 🙂 xo Kelly

  • Reery Snail September 27, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    You're really rocking the fall colors! 🙂

  • Cassie September 27, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    That wrap is gorgeous! I'd never heard of the term ruana before either, but it describes my poncho/blanket sweater perfectly!

  • Tonya L September 27, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    How did you develop such great style?!

  • Bella B September 27, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I really like the colours on that wrap. Your whole look just shouts "fall is here!".

    xoxoBella |

  • Diane Hoang September 28, 2015 at 2:37 am

    That wrap is so pretty! I love the color palette.

    xx, Diane ||

  • Paola September 28, 2015 at 5:45 am

    So pretty!

  • Maggie Moore September 28, 2015 at 9:13 am

    What are your thoughts on capes that are basically blankets, like this one? It seems weird to me, but I haven't tried it yet. It does seem like it'd be warm though!

  • Sasa Zoe September 28, 2015 at 9:42 am

    The plaid wrap is so cute! Love it<3

    Shall We Sasa

  • Rhonda September 28, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I love your jeans, and I can't afford J.Brand! On another blog I follow, the blogger (a middle aged petite woman like me) wears NYDJ, again out of my price range. Could you recommend more affordable skinny (denim) jeans that fit petites? I have an old pair of Uniqlo, found at the thrift store, but they are too long in the rise (not for petites). I have a pair from the Gap, but they are the stretchy kind, not real denim. Thanks.

  • Julie Hiller September 28, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Such a cute fall look! I'm loving that plaid wrap!

    lifestyle by joules

  • Soprano2 September 28, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I love the look you're showing here, especially with the jeans. I would buy that sweater in a crewneck or a cowl neck, though, since I have trouble wearing turtlenecks. Chico's has had ruanas for years, although until I read this explanation I never knew what they were I only knew they looked like a poncho.

  • Keri H September 28, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    This is the epitome of the perfect fall look! So cozy and cute!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • frogandfashion September 28, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Great choice of ruana (I have been calling them ponchos up to now – oops! ). I find they can be a bit too much especially when they have fringes. The one you picked is definitely cute with nice fall colours. Love it!


  • Phyllis Lee September 28, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    You look so cute, Jean! I love how cozy that sweater looks.

    Phyllis |

  • Merrie K. September 28, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Three cheers to Talbots for being the only mall store to carry petite-plus sizes! Yes, they are kinda pricey, but I think they use good fabrics and are well tailored. Great pictures! You look so effortlessly chic in that wrap. 🙂

  • Aimee September 28, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Love your style since I am also on the petite side. Also love your hair with the little bit of brown highlights running through it. What did you ask for when you went to your hair stylist to achieve the look?

  • Abbie September 28, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I really like this outfit. You look great and the sweater and wrap are lovely. I have had a lot of success with Talbot's this past year for quality basics (tees, sweaters, A-line skirts).

  • Fashion Petite September 28, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Love this fall outfit!
    xoxo Lynda

  • Mick Bisignani September 28, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Love the colors Just providing a hint of Fall, before Fall rages on with Brilliance and vocal Vibrance


  • Trang Do September 29, 2015 at 2:53 am

    You look so cute!! Love it!!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • Tasty Little Dish September 29, 2015 at 3:36 am

    cute! can't wait for sweater weather in LA… such beautiful colors!

  • Elizabeth September 29, 2015 at 8:37 am

    I have that sweater in my cart! It looks great on you!

  • September 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Wow!! this outfit is amazing!!! I love the sweater so much!! I've been looking for one just like that <3 <3 <3 Also, the wrap is amazing and so versatile!


  • mybeautrip September 29, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    This is a romantic fall outfit. Love it!

  • Jean September 29, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I don't find it to be scratchy, but I don't wear this sweater against my skin without a tee underneath. I usually add a layer under thicker sweaters to prolong the # of times I can wear it between washes and keep the material more pristine.

  • Jean September 29, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I love them – I think if you pair it with items that are more fitted, like skinny jeans, it can be chic versus sloppy like wearing a blanket.

  • Jean September 29, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Rhonda – I think LOFT 'modern skinny' jeans are a good option for jeans on a budget. The best selection in petite sizing is online.

  • Jean September 29, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Aimee! I got balayage which is highlights that are painted on with a brush loosely starting from the bottom up. I also asked for the color to be subtle so after bleaching they toned it out with a dark brown rinse, I believe.

  • Ming September 30, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I've been a loyal follower of your blog for several years now. I just moved permanently from Boston to the Bay Area a couple months ago, so now your blog has become that much more dear to me. I'm definitely feeling homesick for real fall weather!

  • Trendy On A Budget October 4, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    These pieces are perfectly Fall!

  • Anonymous October 6, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I've bought a lot of jeans from Urban Outfitters ($20-40)

  • Anonymous October 16, 2015 at 2:51 am

    have you worn the boots lately? Do you recommend them?

  • Jean October 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Hi – yes I've been wearing them because I love the look/style but they still feel like a stiffer boot on me. I read other reviews online though and they are mixed, with some ladies really happy about the boots and the material. It must feel different based on your foot type so I guess the only way to know is to try them on – unfortunately I wish they'd offer free shipping for online exclusives!

  • Sally Turner January 3, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    This outfit is stunning. I can't wait for Winter here in Australia! 🙂

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