Party in Pink

WHBM petite full skirt jcrew stripe tee party outfit

WHBM skirt 00p (similar in burgundy in petites, similar in red/black), J.Crew tee xxs,
long rope pearls + Ann Taylor crystal necklace, M.Gemi heels sz 35.5 (similar)

Happy 2016! Wishing each of you a joyful, fulfilling, and—of course—stylish new year! Fashion-wise, one of my resolutions is to take better & proper care of my clothing, shoes, and bags. I’ve been researching and experimenting with products for the past few months, and am eager to continue and eventually share my learnings!
WHBM petite midi skirt jcrew stripe turtleneck party outfit
This was one of my last outfits in California before returning to the cold reality of winter in Boston. The skirt was on clearance at White House Black Market, which continues to impress me with the quality on certain items. My friend who does quite a bit of sewing scrutinized this piece, and was surprised by the use of horsehair braid along the hem (for fullness), in addition to the heavier material, full lining, plus side pockets at this price point. I paired it simply with one of my go-to turtlenecks, which have gotten more wears this season than I can count.
new years eve party photo backdrop

Dress the Population Zoe dress xs (neckline closed up 1″), Steve Madden heels 5.5

We rung in the new year helping good friends host a party, with the same group at the same place for 3 years in a row now! I figured why not live it up a little and ended up going with the makeup look & dress from this post. The original neckline was quite low so I put on the dress, threaded a needle, and stitched together the V until Nick’s bulging eyes receded back a bit. Here’s some pics I dug out from NYE of 2014, 2015, and now 2016…must remember to continue this photo op in the years to come!
new years eve three years_jean nick
After wearing this dress for a solid 8+ hours, I can confirm it has continuously good hold at the tummy area…I was gorging on snacks all night but the very stretchy, thicker material kept my food baby in check. It’s still fully avail. in my “antique gold” color and just got restocked in the blush pink/gold “opalescent,” which was my first choice but had been sold out for ages (would be gorge for a bachelorette or girls night)! For fellow shorties, the neckline will hit lower than on the model, but is very easy to safety pin or hand-stitch up.

While on Nordies’ site, I noticed their big half-yearly sale is currently going on until Jan 3rd. You can shop the sale here and filter by size & price after selecting a category. Here’s a few picks I came across, still available in small or petite sizes:
– Ellen Tracy belted down coat w/ faux fur trim, very reminiscent of my J.Crew one but comes in a pretty olive in addition to black. Nearly 50% off and starts in size Petite P.
Skinny cargo-style pants – under $30, starting in size 00. 27″ inseam may fit like regular ankle jeans on petite ladies.
Lucy Paris lace dress in navy, now 40% off. Runs small and narrow (see my review)
Infinity scarves in 2 cute plaids for 50% off – now under $12
TOMS classic slip-ons in a tweedy gray, starting in sz 5 for 30% off. I find their slip-ons to be very comfy for running errands with no breaking-in needed.
WHBM petite pink skirt jcrew striped top party outfit
I saw a pretty necklace recently with layered pearls and crystals, and figured it was easy enough to recreate. I found a thin rope pearl necklace and wrapped it around three times so that it sat shorter than my Ann Taylor crystal piece. Speaking of AT, my white twill trench is now online in a versatile navy blue! See my original review here and it styled again here – the quality is really lovely, and I imagine the darker color is much lower maintenance for those scared of white. I kept seeing the navy as a tease in the stock photo, but it never appeared to be available for sale until now (and is 40% off).
pink skirt striped tee girly outfit

PS – the 3 Nordstrom gift card winners have been drawn & announced! Congrats!

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  1. Lauren wrote:

    Hi Jean. Love your blog. I'm not petite but I love translating your looks to my regular sized frame. Thanks for all of your effort and I'm looking forward to reading your blog in 2016!

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  2. The outfit with the pink skirt is beautiful. It is very Carrie Bradshaw! x

    Ellé |

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  3. Minau wrote:

    Great look!

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  4. What do you think of the layered pearlized chain bobble necklace at AT? (;=396479&defaultColor;=3019) I think I've seen something similar on you? This one looks kinda look – do you think it's petite-appropriate?

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  5. I love that pink skirt on you, and I agree that WHBM has really great quality for their pieces. I only shop there on sale, though, because otherwise the prices are just a bit much for me.

    Love the New Years look!

    Lifestyle by Joules

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  6. You look so pretty. Love the pink skirt and top combination. Happy New Year!

    Debs x
    Elegantly Fashionable

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  7. Trang Do wrote:

    Love your pink skirt! Amazing look!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for the reply Jean! ^-^ The jacket definitely looks very structured, so after all these years, has it lost its shape (especially the way the lapels fall)?

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  9. Kristine wrote:

    Hi Jean! Love your blog! hope you'll feature coats on sale 🙂 Thanks!

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  10. Mao Lee wrote:

    Thank you for always keeping us posted on the latest sales. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. 🙂

    Posted 1.3.16 Reply
  11. Estee B wrote:

    Awesome look!
    Estee from The Little Stylist

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  12. SUNDAY wrote:

    Why are the prices différent on the Ann Taylor web site?! I rushes over there only to be left confused.

    Posted 1.3.16 Reply
  13. PG wrote:

    Jean, do you actually own the AT jumsuit? I always have a problem with jumpsuits engulfing me (I'm only 5'1" and 95 lbs). Does this one it hit in the right places?

    Posted 1.3.16 Reply
  14. Jean wrote:

    Hi! This post was shot using a canon 6D camera and 85mm 1.2 lens

    Posted 1.3.16 Reply
  15. Jean wrote:

    I know what you mean about necklaces not sitting the way you want due to chest slopes, etc. Happy to hear you have still been enjoying some wears out of it though : )

    Posted 1.3.16 Reply
  16. Jean wrote:

    Thank you! No bumpit, just bobby pins like shown at the end of my recent hair curling tutorial!

    Posted 1.3.16 Reply
  17. Jean wrote:

    Hi Lina! I've worn mine for many years now so I'd say yes, personally. I do want to reiterate from my initial review that the jacket has noticeable padding on the shoulders which gives it a stronger look, which not everyone might love as much.

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  18. Happy 2016 Jean! That pink skirt is stunning!

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  19. So cute! I am obsessed with that pink skirt.

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  20. First lf all I would love to say happy new year, secondly I really loved your new year's eve dress. And lastly this look is spectacular, love it.

    Posted 1.3.16 Reply
  21. Happy New Year Lovely Petite 😉 !

    Best Regards,


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  22. Anca wrote:

    The skirt is so beautiful! I would try it with a grey top!

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  23. The skirt is oh so pretty!!!!

    XoXo One Stiletto At A Time

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  24. Vera wrote:

    I love your pink skirt, you look AMAZING!!

    Visit Buddha

    Posted 1.3.16 Reply
  25. Steph wrote:

    Laughing at the part about Nick, hahaha! Thanks for the info on the deals!

    Posted 1.3.16 Reply
  26. Rach101601 wrote:

    HI! I love your posts! I was eyeing those M. Gemi heels in gold and missed the opportunity to get them in a 35.5! Ann Taylor has a very similar online only version called the Lucille peep toe heel that is now 40% off. I snatched these up and found them to be of very good quality and much less expensive (especially right now!). Thanks for all of your inspiration!

    Thought your readers might like to know!

    Posted 1.2.16 Reply
  27. I love a good midi full skirt! This pink one looks so pretty! I just wish they have it in a different colour! Anyway, Happy New Year, Jean! 🙂


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  28. L.T. wrote:

    Love your style! You look so pretty in the pictures.

    Happy New Year!

    Posted 1.2.16 Reply
  29. Love your skirt, so cute.

    || D I A N A ||

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  30. Such a pretty skirt! And you pull it off so well even being petite.

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  31. Hi Jean,

    Just wondering what camera gear you use for you photos? Happy new year!

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  32. Keri H wrote:

    Lovee this midi skirt. Such a lovely shade of pink!

    Enclothed Cognition

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  33. angelina wrote:

    What gorgeous lighting! It seems as though golden hour can be very finnicky, sometimes if I shoot too early, the lighting doesn't come out as soft as I'd like it, like in your photos!

    Excited to see what the new year brings to Extra Petite! (:

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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  34. Jessika wrote:

    Happy 2016! I love both looks a LOT!

    Love, Jessika

    Posted 1.2.16 Reply
  35. Marta wrote:

    You look really nice! I love the pink skirt !

    Posted 1.2.16 Reply
  36. Misha wrote:

    Your skirt is gorgeous! The colour and fit it perfect 🙂

    Flower Crowns and Fairytales

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  37. leslie wrote:

    your NYE look is amazing!!! are you using a bumpit in your hair?

    Posted 1.2.16 Reply
  38. Camille wrote:

    This skirt is just so adorable

    Posted 1.2.16 Reply
  39. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Beautiful! I love the pink midi skirt<3

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 1.2.16 Reply
  40. Georgiana wrote:

    The pink midi skirt is amazing! The whole outfit works on you very well. Read my article on rituals around foot care (link).

    Posted 1.2.16 Reply
  41. Bella B wrote:

    Happy new year!! I love that blush pink skirt its so cute and perfect anytime of the year I love that it puff out!

    Posted 1.2.16 Reply
  42. Oh I would love a Nordstroms sale post from you (with coats!!). Love that dress but I don't go out enough to justify the $200. Love your other suggestions like that Ellen Tracy jacket!


    COFFEESLAG Ditto Review

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  43. Absolutely love the skirt and the matching heels~ Happy New Year! Have a blessed 2016~

    Love, V.

    Posted 1.2.16 Reply
  44. Love the skirt!!

    Kisses from

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  45. "…stitched together the V until Nick's bulging eyes receded back a bit." I laughed out loud at that one!

    I bought the layered AT pearl and crystal necklace featured in one of your posts in December. I love it but have discovered that it won't fit quite the same way on me as it does on you. It seems a little higher at the top and the bottom strand hangs more in a V because of, er, my bosom, which is decidedly bigger than yours (although not huge). Still, I love it and have already received compliments on it. It also helped me to realize that I can do the exact same thing that you've done in this post here; I have several strands of pearls that I can use to create a layered necklace.

    Anyway, I always look forward to seeing your next post and you are a great inspiration to me! Have a wonderful 2016!

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  46. Such an pretty outfit!! <3


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  47. Anonymous wrote:

    Quick Question

    Hi Jean,
    Happy New Years to you!
    I've been eyeing the BlankNYC faux leather jacket for over 2 months now. As a student on a budget, I like to buy things that last in terms of quality and style. Would you consider this jacket a classic that I could wear for years to come? Thanks!

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  48. I love the pink skirt with the stripes. Such a cute look!
    Happy New Year! xx

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  49. Your NYE dress is a wonderful piece and I adore also the beautiful combination with the pink skirt and the striped top! Happy New Year!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    International Time-Related Giveaway: Bad News and More

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  50. MOPAEL wrote:

    absolutely beautiful outfits. Also, this pink skirt and striped shirt are so good together, it's like a delicate touch of an old hollywood.


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