Instagram outfits lately + Uniqlo flannel and vest reviews

cable sweater boyfriend jeans outfit

Vince Camuto booties, Tory Burch robinson bag (old color), MAC “charismatic” lip

Tomorrow is the last day of Tory Burch‘s annual buy more save more fall event – get up to 30% off your order with code FALLEVENT. Some exclusions apply, including on their Revas and York totes. My favorite collection is still the Robinson collection (all the satchels usually come with a convertible shoulder strap) but I’m bummed they didn’t bring back this burgundy tote from last year! On another note, a few of you have asked what socks to wear with booties like this with a dip. I sometimes go sockless, but you can find those no-show footie socks at any department store, or I also don’t mind a little bit of (non-white tube) sock showing.
puffer vest denim shirt fall casual outfit

J.Crew vest and wool miniskirt (old; current version), vintage Coach bag (review)

We were shocked upon our return to Boston that Fall felt like it was over before it begun! It was in the upper 40’s and wet, too cold for bare legs with booties which is one of my favorite looks. Next week looks a little more promising, but I’ll also be wearing this same outfit above with ribbed grey sweater tights and a long coat over it all into chillier weather.
rust poncho sweater fall casual outfit

First & I poncho (reviewed here; low in stock), J.Crew tee, T&B; jeans, Goyard tote

casual outfit booties plaid flannel shirt sweater

And here’s the burgundy bag, booties & Jolt jeans combo yet again. This faux-layered Treasure & Bond sweater (reviewed here) was one of my favorite purchases back in July when shopping for fall seemed nutty. Unfortunately it looks to be sold out since then, but the look can easily be recreated with real layering using a flannel shirt (check out the Uniqlo ones reviewed below) and a shorter sweater.

Ann Taylor sweater dress c/o (review; shrunk it in dryer) and tote, AC necklace

I’ve gotten a lot of recommendations to try Uniqlo but had never really found anything, however a recent online search for a flannel shirt led me back to this brand. The XS in their womens flannel is a slim casual fit through the shoulders, torso and sleeves. The sleeves are long since it’s regular sizing, but I usually wear my button-up sleeves double cuffed anyways (step by step shown here). The 100% cotton flannel felt soft and comfortable. This will be a good layering piece for casual outfits, and can also be dressed up for work like under this AT sweater dress.
uniqlo puffer vest review

Uniqlo ultra light down packable vest in XS, navy vs. beige (13 colors)

While there, I also checked out the plethora of down puffer vests (evidently there are many, many more options on their website)…the two above are the lightweight packable ones that come with an attached little nylon bag that the entire vest can be packed into for traveling. I will say the vest felt really non-substantial when I was lifting it up on the hanger, however after putting it on and roaming around the store for a bit, I could feel that it provided notable warmth and insulation. The XS was pretty petite-friendly as you can see above (please ignore the shorts! I swear we go straight from s
ummer to winter here in Boston).

uniqlo puffer down vest review

And this was a heavier and warmer stretch down vest (7 colors) that I tried on in size S. It also comes in XS, which I think would be snug on me but the material does stretch. I love that it has on-seam zippered pockets and a functional removable hood. I’m happy to find these petite-friendly alternatives to the J.Crew one that are also a little more affordable. Relatively, I’d estimate the J.Crew vest falls in between these two in terms of down thickness and is also on the matte side.

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  1. Paula S. wrote:

    Thanks, now it works!

    Posted 10.16.15 Reply
  2. Jean wrote:

    I don't always wear foundation, and when I know i'll be wearing higher collared light sweaters like this I skip it and just use concealer dotted on trouble areas. On colder days I also layer easily washable turtleneck tees underneath to avoid perspiration stains settling into white/cream items.

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Hi Paula / Jane – thank you so much for your kind comment, also for letting me know about this issue! I believe the problem is fixed…after the blog post loads, just hover your mouse over the photo and the Pin it button should appear at the upper left corner of the images again. I'm in the process of fixing any other photos that may be broken in this way. Thanks again!

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  4. Paula S. wrote:

    Yes me too! It's so annoying.

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  5. Paula S. wrote:

    Hi Jean. I dunno if you have already replied to this question I asked you earlier (I can't find the answer) so I'll ask you again. First I wanted to say I really love your blog even if I'm not a petite, however due to my body shape alternating some of the clothes make sense to me and usually I can't just wear clothes off the rack if I want them to look perfect on me. So I can say – been there, done that.
    The question was – why I can't pin some pics? Like for example in this post. I'd like to pin for my personal outfit ideas the mini skirt and quilted vest outfit or plaid shirt and burgundy bag one, just there is no pin button nowhere. And I can't open the flickr pic as I am not registered in yahoo.
    Have a creative day,

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  6. NN wrote:

    I'd really like to know how you (and other fellow readers) keep makeup off of high collar sweaters and coats this winter. I'm tired of walking around with foundation stains ��

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Thanks for the tip, Evelyn! I'll look for it to try on next time I'm in a store.

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    That's a cute belt and the darker brown would work nicely!

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    Thank you for the kind words & welcome!!

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    Hi Emily! Yes, it's from LOFT but unfortunately a few years ago : /

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  11. Jean wrote:

    Thanks for the tip! I haven't had much luck in the boys department due to the cuts running boxier (makes sense, for little boys) but I'm definitely curious to try some on the next time I'm in a store again.

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  12. Jean wrote:

    Hi Winnie – yes, you can see in the photos where the shirt ends up hitting on me. I think that is a good length for peeking out below sweaters without being too long!

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  13. Jean wrote:

    Hi! It's the moss color

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  14. I love Uniqlo! I always forget about it but I find great things for fall/winter there. One of my fave finds was a trench coat that has become a staple.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  15. Love so much the outfit with the poncho!

    Petite and So What

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
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  17. mybeautrip wrote:

    I'm in love with the first white sweater!

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  18. I love Uniqlo I have the exact same vest and is perfect for travel because it compresses so much (extra packing space!) and is super warm!!


    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  19. Loving those vince camuto booties. Also, would love to see a full body shot of the outfit in the 4th picture down. It looks very cute–like an outfit I've always wanted to try but haven't been sure of how to pull off.

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  20. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Love the vest<3

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  21. Paola wrote:

    I love your poncho and your green dress

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  22. Trang Do wrote:

    Great outfits!! You looks beautiful!!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, Is the JCrew vest the 'moss' or 'bronzed brown' color?

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    I believe it's from LOFT (but old, unfortunately)

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  25. Bella B wrote:

    I really like the down vests! How do you choose what colour? They are all so nice.

    xoxoBella |

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  26. All these outfits are so chic! I love your style!

    xx, Diane ||

    Posted 10.5.15 Reply
  27. Winnie wrote:

    I really love the ripped jeans, booties and flannel shirt/sweater combo. I tried to buy the sweater a while back, but it had already sold out! Do you think the Uniqlo flannels are long enough to try layering a short sweater over them (in attempts to recreate the look)?

    Posted 10.4.15 Reply
  28. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    If you like Uniqlo's women's flannel, you should check out their Boy's section that also has flannel that runs smaller (12 or 13). Also, if you didn't notice, the men's and boy's flannel is also thicker than the women's. Uniqlo started as a men's shop so their items for men/boys tends to be better quality compared to the women's. Unfortunately, there isn't as many patterns for the boy's section. Still, it's a good place to check if you want something that runs smaller.

    Posted 10.4.15 Reply
  29. I love checked blouses! Just uploaded a blogpost 🙂
    xoxo Lynda

    Posted 10.4.15 Reply
  30. Tonya L wrote:

    I love your berry bag, I don't care if it's old. The color and classic simplicity are amazing.
    As for socks with booties you can always get footies. They are like a sticking material but only cover your feet like a ballet flat would.

    Posted 10.4.15 Reply
  31. Michelle B. wrote:

    Ditto on being bummed about the deep berry Robinson tote. I've been searching for one forever.

    Posted 10.4.15 Reply
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    Posted 10.4.15 Reply
  33. Emily wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    Last night on your snapchat you were wearing a olive dress with black calf/spotted print. Any chance you can share where it's from? It's so cute!

    Posted 10.4.15 Reply
  34. I love your reviews! Here in Indy it got up to 80 today! Maybe we can trade temps? haha

    Posted 10.4.15 Reply
  35. Lo wrote:

    I only recently discovered your blog and CANNOT get over it!! The plaid under the sweater dress is my everything. You are my new go to for style ideas, and anyone who knows me will tell you that says a lot because I'm crazy picky. 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!!

    Posted 10.4.15 Reply
  36. Love Uniqlo!! I recently travel to Asia and try the Uniqlo there, I swear their sizing is more petite there, especially the sleeves. Love that puffer, but there is one I bet you would like even more, one without a collar. I wear it underneath a wool coat on extra cold days so I still look good instead of pulling out the down jackets.
    Love from New York City, Evelyn

    Posted 10.4.15 Reply
  37. Travelin'Boots wrote:

    Love! I am so excited to pull out my fall clothes, I have a similar Talbots sweater in light grey I wore today and layered like you show in your faux layer pic. I love the first outfit, what belt would you wear? I think this would go perfectly with the gold to go with the hardware on the vintage Coach purse.

    Posted 10.4.15 Reply
  38. You are wearing always the best classy looks! Thank you especially for your inspiration to wear a plaid shirt under a blue dress – as I have a similar dress I must try this out, too 🙂 Have a wonderful and happy new week!
    Lovely greetings from Bavaria, Rena

    Posted 10.4.15 Reply

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