Confident in Classics

camel trench coat navy pants classic outfit ideas

Banana Republic c/o – Melton short wool jacket 00p, turtleneck sweater xxs, scarf
Banana Republic sloan pants 00p, Prada tote, Calvin Klein heels, Quay sunglasses 

There are always new trends to dabble in each season, but sometimes you just want to reach for timeless pieces in classic color combinations! Banana Republic has been one of my go-to stores for such looks, so I’m excited to partner with them for their Fall “Turn It Up” campaign. Turning it up doesn’t have to mean loud and bold. It can mean letting confidence come through as your best accessory. For me, something as simple as figure-flattering clothes can make a huge difference in feeling confident, which is why I dedicate so much of this blog towards fit and proportions.
short camel wool jacket extra petite classic style
This Melton wool trench (currently on sale!) comes in both regular and petites, and is one of those pieces that just flatter the right places and won’t go out of style anytime soon. The collar has good structure for standing up to create a lengthened neckline, and the belt and double back vents create a slightly hourglass silhouette. A higher-waisted, belted short jacket is great for pairing with trousers or jeans to maintain a long and lean leg line.
navy pants cream turtleneck sweater office outfit fall
Layered over this thicker ribbed sweater, the jacket is a pretty close fit on me and the sleeves also hit right at my wrists. I’m wearing an xxs regular in the sweater and it’s a casual fit, on the slimmer side without the neck being too tight (my usual struggle with turtlenecks!). Like in my last post, I’m wearing three neutral colors here so added a print or two like these leopard pumps to make the look more cohesive.
Banana Republic petites classic work fall outfit
These navy sloan pants continue to be probably my most-worn pair! Please note I have machine washed and dried them (against the dry clean only instructions) for a slightly shrunken fit. Reading through the reviews, it seems that the fit might have changed once again, although I hope not as I loved the last updated one. If anyone has tried on a pair recently, please share your thoughts!
Banana Republic melton short wool trench coat sloan pants

There is a big event going on right now with temporary markdowns on several fall pieces like blazers, jackets and sweaters. Here are a few versatile ones still available in petite sizing:

camel wool trench coat navy pants outfit_extra petite

Thank you Banana Republic for partnering on this post.


40 thoughts on “Confident in Classics

  • Anonymous October 24, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you for your excellent posts! Is the turtleneck sweater scratchy/itchy?

  • Keri H October 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Definitely "turning it up" in this outfit! I agree. Timeless, classic pieces are the best 🙂

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Sindiso Moagi October 24, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I love the way you tied the belt of the jacket it is on point. Love it

  • 莫吟溪 October 24, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Love your lip color!

  • THE NEON FACTOR | Diana October 24, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    You look so chic!
    || D I A N A ||

  • Jaime October 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Love how put together you always look! The leopard heels make this look for me, so cute!!
    ♡ Jaime

  • Jenni Ukkonen October 25, 2016 at 12:04 am

    You look stunning as always! The jumper looks to die for!

    Jenni / Dubai

  • Yna October 25, 2016 at 12:36 am

    This is such a cute outfit! Love the coat and the way you tied the belt 🙂

  • Jessica | Petite Style Script October 25, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Hi Jean, I love this BR short wool coat. The neutral color is perfect and the belt is great for petite figures! And I own multiple Sloan pants and they are my go-to work pants. Thanks for introducing a classic fall/winter coat!

  • grosir Girl October 25, 2016 at 1:15 am

    I fell the Fall on this picture. The pose is nice, beauty and cool
    Grosir Baju Murah

  • Marie Ebelt October 25, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Such a wonderful outfit ! I really love your jacket. This color is perfect for fall.
    Many kisses

  • Sara K October 25, 2016 at 4:12 am

    The Sloan pants are a wonderful fit! I'm a size 0 in the regular fit, I find it fits like a glove, and is nicely tapered throughout

  • blair October 25, 2016 at 8:05 am

    I noticed the change in the Sloan fit too! A few years ago I bought several pairs for work–they fit perfectly. It seems like a totally different cut now, just with the same name!

  • Anonymous October 25, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Great look! Where is the belt from?

  • Dina J October 25, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I've been following your blog for a bit now and love all of your posts and recommendations. I don't wear petites but love your style. Ok the Sloane pants from Banana. Since June I've only been able to wear pants at work and the Sloan ones are the only ones that fit the best however when I went to buy new ones (I previously owned two pairs) they seemed a bit more snug than the ones I previously bought. I also noticed that out of the three new pairs I bought each fit a bit differently.

    Also how have you dealt with the clasp enclosure? It tends to stick out and look weird under a more fitted shirt.

    Also great belt…where did you get it from?

    Sorry for the long post.



  • Anonymous October 25, 2016 at 8:57 am

    you look so chic in that short beige coat!
    Fash 'n' fudge
    Fash 'n' fudge

  • Annie October 25, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I've also washed my Banana Republic Sloan pants and they come out fine. I only wish they offer the pants in even more neutral colors or patterns. Loving the trench…am now considering getting it.

  • Yolanda October 25, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Hi Jean, can you show us how you tie the belt of the jacket?

  • Rachel October 25, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Love the coat! Just the perfect fall look.


  • Jessi October 25, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Love the look. That coat is perfection! We are still waiting for the temperatures to cool down here in Texas!


  • Ninz October 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    So classy and feminine. Love the outfit and especially the jumper. x
    Ninz |

  • Robyn October 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Such a classic look! Love love love it 😀

  • Sharan Kaur October 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Love that jacket!! So chic and perfect!


  • Anonymous October 25, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Devastated that the 0 and 00 petite sizes are sold out in both colors! Thank you for all the effort you put into your beautiful and helpful posts!

  • Anonymous October 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    can you explain how you did your hair in this post? are you still using the spin pins?

  • April October 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I love this outfit and the Spode. I've had that coat sitting in my shopping cart for over a month now and you have styled it beautifully. As a professional photographer, I can also appreciate the lighting in this picture as it is just simply beautiful. You look absolutely amazing!

    April |

  • DressedToCode October 25, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I really enjoy the classic look in this post. I've found lately that I'm between a 0P and a 2P in the Banana Republic pants, but that a 0 Regular ends up fitting better at the top. I ordered a 0 Regular Short, so let's hope that does the trick!

  • affecionada October 25, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    The leopard-print pumps add a bit of fun to this professional and classic look!

    Jen | affecionada

  • Jada Nicola October 25, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Perfect fall style! Love those heels!

  • Jenna at Boston Chic Party October 25, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Jean, this look is seriously so chic! I love it for fall and you capturing the most beautiful time of day in Boston 🙂
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

  • ?? October 25, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    I love those shoes! Where are they from?

  • Anonymous October 26, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I bought a pair of Sloan fit khakis and they fit perfectly length-wise and through the legs, but the rear and upper thigh area are pretty roomy. :

  • Julie Hiller October 26, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Love this classic look on you! The coat is fab, but so are the sunglasses and the pumps!

    Style by Joules

  • Ana Vicioso October 26, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    I absolutely love your classic look with the neutral tone colours!
    White turtleneck sweaters are just my favourite this season! So COZY!

  • Ev October 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Such a beautiful photos!

  • Ky November 3, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Jean! I love all your posts! Just wondering if you could let me know what the lens height of your Avalons are? It looks like they come in a 45mm and a 55mm. Thank you!

  • Mo K November 17, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Important Question: This was my first belted coat purchase & I love it in camel:) but when you choose to wear this coat (or any belted coat) unbuttoned & unbelted, do you let the straps fall or can you remove the belt altogether?

  • Mo K November 17, 2016 at 8:35 am

    When unbelted & unbuckled-how do you deal with the straps? Let them hang or remove altogether?

  • Anonymous December 14, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I laid out a new pair of just-ordered 00P Sloan ankle pants against my older 00P Sloan, and the new ones are indeed a different fit… wider through the leg and about an inch longer. Like you, I loved the previous update and am sad that the fit is different now! Not as great for petites, as it creates a less-slimming and less-flattering leg silhouette.

  • itsapetitelife December 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I love this look. Beautiful & classic! The melton wool trench is a stunning fit! x

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