Autumn in Boston: petites cable sweater + cozy plaid wrap

fall casual outfit plaid poncho ankle boots

Talbots sweater (similar here), plaid wrap (similar here) & booties c/o, J.Brand jeans

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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

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

    Posted 1.3.16 Reply
  2. Jean wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.30.15 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

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

    Posted 10.16.15 Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

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

    Posted 10.6.15 Reply
  5. These pieces are perfectly Fall!

    Posted 10.4.15 Reply
  6. Ming wrote:

    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!

    Posted 9.30.15 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    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.

    Posted 9.29.15 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    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.

    Posted 9.29.15 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    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.

    Posted 9.29.15 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    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.

    Posted 9.29.15 Reply
  11. mybeautrip wrote:

    This is a romantic fall outfit. Love it!

    Posted 9.29.15 Reply
  12. 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!


    Posted 9.29.15 Reply
  13. Elizabeth wrote:

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

    Posted 9.29.15 Reply
  14. cute! can't wait for sweater weather in LA… such beautiful colors!

    Posted 9.29.15 Reply
  15. Trang Do wrote:

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

    Posted 9.29.15 Reply
  16. Love the colors Just providing a hint of Fall, before Fall rages on with Brilliance and vocal Vibrance


    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  17. Love this fall outfit!
    xoxo Lynda

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  18. Abbie wrote:

    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).

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  19. Aimee wrote:

    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?

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  20. Merrie K. wrote:

    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. 🙂

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  21. You look so cute, Jean! I love how cozy that sweater looks.

    Phyllis |

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  22. 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!


    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  23. Keri H wrote:

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

    Enclothed Cognition

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  24. Soprano2 wrote:

    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.

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  25. Such a cute fall look! I'm loving that plaid wrap!

    lifestyle by joules

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  26. Rhonda wrote:

    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.

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  27. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    The plaid wrap is so cute! Love it<3

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  28. 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!

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  29. Paola wrote:

    So pretty!

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  30. That wrap is so pretty! I love the color palette.

    xx, Diane ||

    Posted 9.28.15 Reply
  31. Bella B wrote:

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

    xoxoBella |

    Posted 9.27.15 Reply
  32. Tonya L wrote:

    How did you develop such great style?!

    Posted 9.27.15 Reply
  33. Cassie wrote:

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

    Posted 9.27.15 Reply
  34. You're really rocking the fall colors! 🙂

    Posted 9.27.15 Reply
  35. The sweater is perfect! I'll have to look at Talbots 🙂 xo Kelly

    Posted 9.27.15 Reply
  36. 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. 🙂

    Posted 9.27.15 Reply
  37. Love this look!

    Lauren xo || You Have the Right To Remain Fabulous

    Posted 9.27.15 Reply
  38. Elaine wrote:

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

    Posted 9.27.15 Reply
  39. carmitive wrote:

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

    Posted 9.27.15 Reply
  40. 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

    Posted 9.27.15 Reply
  41. This is such a beautiful fall outfit. I will have to check out Talbots!

    Posted 9.27.15 Reply

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