Casual Gray + Camel Layers (& Weekend Sales!)

swing dress blanket scarf over the knee boots outfit

Halogen boots sz 5.5, Old Navy scarf, Boohoo swing dress (old, similar),
Gucci soho bag in rose beige, Hinge wool hat (similar adjustable hat, on sale!)

I wore this outfit a while back and forgot to blog about it! I love the easy breezy silhouette of long-sleeved swing dresses, and found a similar one here in petites sizing and a mock-neck one here. They may look mini on the models, but both dresses are listed at 33″ in length. For flowier silhouettes, I like a shorter length to balance that out and also for pairing with taller boots. Speaking of boots – my over-the-knee ones here just got marked down, as part of a few good sale events going on this weekend!

Neiman Marcus – get up to $100 off a qualifying purchase through 11/8 with code NOVSAVE. Stuart Weitzman boots are included! Was eying the beautiful new shades that the heeled highland and flat lowland come in this season, like walnut and skin (not my favorite name for a color, though…).

Anthropologie is having a dresses event – use code WINWIN for 20% off dresses and free shipping. Their petite sizing usually fits me well without alterations. I only wish they’d carry more units, as the pieces on my wish list are always sold out first in petites. Their romantic & intricate Carissima sheath is still in stock in all petite sizes for both black and white (see my review).

Talbots’ Friends & Family event is going on now, with 30% off site-wide using FRIENDS30 through 11/9. Talbots doesn’t get much love on blogs, but I really like some of their accessories (and would wear their clothing a lot more, if they made smaller sizes!). Tights season is here, so stock up on my favorite opaque tights which I own in all four colors. Other picks:

– One of my favorite belts! It’s reversible, and the horsebit buckle keeps the excess belt end hidden for a clean look. See my original review, and how it looks worn most recently here.

Leopard-print haircalf pumps with a mid heel, starting in size 5. I wear my old leopard pumps with so much. It’s getting harder to find similar dupes in leopard patterns that don’t look tacky!

– The popular Mar y sol tote (on sale + another 30% off) for your next warm getaway. This one is the bigger size.

– Classic knotted cuff that is semi narrow wrist-friendly with several good reviews. This has good weight to it, and the internal circumference where your wrist goes measures about 6.25″ around. Note the metal is not thin and pliable, so you can’t bend it smaller or bigger to adjust.

– Knit sleeve coat starting in size 2P. This is an adorable wool-blend coat with ribbed, knit sleeves, plenty of functional pockets, and a detachable faux-fur hood. I tried this on in-store and it was understandably roomy since it is not in my size (I’d estimate the fit is true to size), but the quality was good and I especially liked how comfy the sweater sleeves were.

Nordstrom also just started their Fall clearance sale, with tons of markdowns on shoes, bags, and clothing! My usual strategy is to pick a category then filter by your own size & budget. Here’s some pieces that stood out to me:

– Beautiful block-heeled, almond toe Vince Camuto pumps in taupe or navy suede for under $60! The description claims a slightly lower-cut front which is what I usually look for.

Hunter refined rainboots
, which some readers swear by for the sleeker, more refined fit.

– Floppy wool hat with an adjustable tie on the interior to help with fit!

– Equipment silk print blouses: Adalyn floral print (I tried it on here), and this slim signature poppy print one. Equipment blouses for me are generally beautiful and not too billowy, but the sleeves are regular length and will likely need cuffing or shortening on petites.

– Lace-ups: pointed pumps in a leg-flattering camel color and these popular Owen flats which I love, still left in small sizes in several colors.

– In sizes 2P and up only: wool-blend Lauren Ralph Lauren belted wrap coat. Only 1 reviewer so far, who noted that sleeves might run on the slimmer side.

– Halogen Noble boots in 3 colors – these are the ones I’m wearing here and reviewed in this post.

swing dress otk boots fall casual outfit extra petite

For those of you who are OTK boot shopping, I want to separate such boots into a few categories since they can differ quite a bit! One type is made of stretchy, thinner and pliable suede or fabric (i.e. Stuart Weitzman’s stretch suede boots like the Lowland and Highland, or the Cole Haan Marina boots). Due to the thinner & stretchy material, this style boot should hug your legs like a glove, and the genuine suede ones tend to be a splurge. Another style is the more structured boots with thicker, less stretchy material (like these Halogen ones or my Marc Fisher pair, worn here). These typically fit straighter up and down along the shaft versus like a second skin. In my opinion there’s appeal for both styles, especially for various body types and leg shapes.

halogen nordstrom over the knee boots for petites

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  1. I am also living in SF! Love the look =) we're finally getting a colder winter to dress for!

    Posted 12.4.16 Reply
  2. I like your blog.

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  3. I love your style and blog in general. I'm petite too. I was wondering if you used wordpress or blogger. I use blogger

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  4. Super cute outfit! I wish it were cold enough here in AZ to wear something like this! xx Caitlin Dash of Darling

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  5. Amazing collection, love it! X

    Posted 11.8.16 Reply
  6. When you've got a hat perfect like that I can you rock any simple outfit in the closet!

    xx Margaret |

    Posted 11.7.16 Reply
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Love the blanket scarf 🙂

    Posted 11.7.16 Reply
  8. Rose Nika wrote:

    what a gorgeous look love the over sized scarf

    Life is just Rosie

    Posted 11.7.16 Reply
  9. Iris Lin wrote:

    Love this outfit – adore the boots!

    xo, I

    Posted 11.7.16 Reply
  10. Love the color combination on this perfectly coordinated outfit!


    Posted 11.7.16 Reply
  11. Maru Conti wrote:
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  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Great outfit! I have this scarf and can never get it to look the way you have it…any hints?

    Posted 11.7.16 Reply
  13. mybeautrip wrote:

    Such a cute fall outfit! Love your grey boots!

    Posted 11.7.16 Reply
  14. So happy to see anthro having a dress sale! Usually their prices are way too high for me. I'll have to check it out.

    Style by Joules

    Posted 11.7.16 Reply
  15. You look so pretty and beautiful! Like a doll)

    RitaLifestyle.comInsta: m_margaritka

    Posted 11.7.16 Reply
  16. NICE!

    Posted 11.7.16 Reply
  17. Diana wrote:

    Loving those otk boots! So fall chic 🙂

    Diana |

    Posted 11.7.16 Reply
  18. Those over the knee boots and the scarf go so well together! Great outfit x

    Posted 11.7.16 Reply
  19. This is such a great look! I always love the way swing dresses look on petite women. The scarf and hat really bring the outfit together!

    Posted 11.6.16 Reply
  20. Ev wrote:
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  21. Beautiful photos!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

    Posted 11.6.16 Reply
  22. Janinafran wrote:

    Love these boots! I saw them in Nordstrom over the weekend and I loved them 🙂
    XO Janina

    Posted 11.6.16 Reply
  23. nazita wrote:

    I love the OTK boots but I'm afraid of buying them… i think they never suit on me.

    Thank you

    Posted 11.6.16 Reply
  24. Love your bag <3

    Posted 11.6.16 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    what a cutie, I love your boots!
    Fash 'n' fudge
    Fash 'n' fudge

    Posted 11.6.16 Reply
  26. girl from JAPAN wrote:

    Hi, Jean!

    I'm new to OTK boots and would like to know which type of OTK boots to pair with what kind of casual dress.

    I'm about 5ft 92lbs.

    Thank you(o^-^o)

    Posted 11.6.16 Reply
  27. I love this look! X

    Posted 11.6.16 Reply
  28. Fashion wrote:

    nice dresses i like it so much

    Posted 11.6.16 Reply
  29. Super cute fall look!
    || D I A N A ||

    Posted 11.6.16 Reply
  30. MariaH wrote:

    Are these the Grey suede you're wearing in the pictures or the black?

    Posted 11.6.16 Reply
  31. This style of dress is so comfortable and easy to wear, and is perfect for accessorizing. Great picks, Jean! x

    Jen | affecionada

    Posted 11.5.16 Reply

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