Pencil Love + Ann Taylor Boston Newbury St Event

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Ann Taylor textured skirt (waist taken in) 00p c/o + silky wrap blouse xxs c/o

Boston friends, I’ll be hosting an event at Ann Taylor’s 18 Newbury Street location, this Friday August 19th from 1-3PM! It’s just steps away from the Arlington MBTA green line station, so come pop in on your lunch break and say hello! It’s for their Friends & Family event so you’ll get 40% off your purchase, and there will be sips and small bites. This promo is also available online through this weekend!

I tried on several of AT’s new arrivals and will share some reviews soon. As a heads up for fellow drape blouse fanatics, this top comes in five different colors/patterns including a spotted soft pink one. Sadly my favorite colorway is one of the only ones not available in petites, so I have some sleeve shortening to do (fyi, the neckline also hits higher on the petites version). Tip for a reviewer who said the neckline clasp doesn’t stay in place: use a pair of tweezers and clamp the clasp down a bit to make the opening smaller.
new look asos floral top summer petite fashion

New Look top sz US 4 (runs small), Express skirt (similar; also worn here & here)

I also wanted to share another look that I wore recently in hot Shanghai, featuring this crochet skirt for the umpteenth time. Pencil skirts are undoubtedly one of my favorite shapes to wear, but some tweaking is usually necessary to get a close and customized fit on different body types.
lace skirt floral outfit_extra petite shanghai fashion
As you guys may remember from this post, I added back darts to make the waist taper in more on this crochet piece. Similarly with the tweed Ann Taylor skirt above, I detached the lining from the outer and made very similar darts on the back waist so it’d sit higher up on my waistline. I don’t mind a looser hip area on pencils since it can give off the illusion of more curves on my straighter-cut figure!
WIYF shanghai ice cream_new look floral lace outfit

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  1. Gabiru wrote:

    Wow great outfit. we can also wear it with hijab.

    Posted 8.21.16 Reply
  2. Deasy Noel wrote:

    How fun! I wish I lived in Boston! Loving both of the outfits you showcased.

    Posted 8.21.16 Reply
  3. Helen C wrote:

    Wow you look so elegant and pretty. Your style is really feminine, will most definitely be revisiting your blog! 🙂 xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

    Posted 8.20.16 Reply
  4. Kristina wrote:

    Hi, Jean! I was browsing the H&M; sales section when I noticed a skirt that's similar to your (beautiful) crocheted skirt. Thought your readers might be interested before it sells out entirely:

    Posted 8.20.16 Reply
  5. Kim wrote:

    That skirt never gets old! I kind of regret not springing for it myself because you make it look so great. I also love love love the first monochromatic outfit. Perfection. I'd like to try that more in the future. I think it may be a huge trend if it's not already. I am basically exactly the same size and shape as you (which is why I started following your blog so many years ago), and I couldn't agree with you more that a looser hip is not a bad thing. In garment design these days there seems to be such an emphasis on minimizing the hip area. I wish someone would make things to emphasize the hips!

    Posted 8.19.16 Reply
  6. Love that skirt in the first photo! Pencil skirts are also my favorite to wear. Hope it was a good event!

    Jen | affecionada

    Posted 8.19.16 Reply
  7. Love your look! Wish I lived in Boston so I could have stopped by the event! Enjoy!


    Posted 8.19.16 Reply
  8. Nice post, i love fashion 🙂

    Posted 8.19.16 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, I keep wondering whether I'll run into you since we live in the same neighborhood. I wish I could make it to AT during the work day but alas out in Newton Corner. So deeply appreciative for your blog and devotion to finding all fabulous petite options and styles! Have a great weekend! Gwen

    Posted 8.19.16 Reply
  10. Yi wrote:

    What's the name of the color for that wrap blouse on ATs website? Thank you!

    Posted 8.19.16 Reply
  11. That white lace skirt is beautiful!

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  12. Joiaching wrote:

    I love that New Look top!! It matches so well with your pencil skirt!

    xo Margaret |

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  13. This is so elegant and feminine, love it!
    I post every Monday and Thursday, I would love it if you stopped by! 🙂

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  14. A.B wrote:

    Gorgeous as always! I love both of the outfits 🙂

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  15. That lace skirt with the ruffled top is so pretty! I love this feminine look!

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  16. Love the silk top!! 🙂
    ❤️ xoxo,
    Lily |
    PSLily Boutique

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    You have a great eye for pairing clothes for petite. I am slightly shorter than you and struggle with getting the right clothes that fit from European brands (haven't explored Asos). Wish you would do an event in Paris one day..

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  18. LOVE that lace skirt !!! xo, Emily

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  19. The skirt is gorgeous!


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  21. OMG I love that blue blouse! 😍

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    what a pretty outfit! I love the floral top!
    Fash 'n' fudge
    Fash 'n' fudge

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    By the way, how do you keep white skirts and pants clean if you're going to sit down in lots of places?

    I just get really anxious about it.

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  24. FW wrote:

    I ordered the tweed skirt last week and waiting for it to come in he mail. Thought it would be a great for work. I'm tempted to order the blouse now.

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  25. Jean, I love the first outfit with the silk wrap blouse and AT pencil skirt! I am looking forward to shopping when the AT website comes back online. I wish I lived in Boston but I'm in LA. Hope your event goes well!


    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  26. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Looking so beautiful in Shanghai!

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  27. Ev wrote:

    Beautiful as always!

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply

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