• Instagram lately reviews // Knotted tee + Block heeled pumps

    gibson twist tee halogen iris block heel pumps

    Gibson top xxsp, Topshop Jamie jeans sz 25 (similar in petites or regular),
    Halogen Iris block-heel pumps sz 5, YSL bag (my review)

    If you haven’t heard of Gibson before, they’re best known for their soft fleeced tops that you’ll just want to ball up onto the couch in. Note the petite sizing for this particular top runs short due to the knotted area. It fits me well, and I know I’m on the short end of the petite spectrum at ~ 5 feet tall. I usually wear this tee with higher-waisted bottoms so there’s no risk of exposed midriff when arms are raised. You can also dress it up a bit with a blazer for “casual Fridays!”

    casual friday dress code jeans blazer outfit

    H&M; blazer sz 2, sleeves shortened (similar), Topshop jeans 25 x 30, DIY clutch

    casual friday jeans blazer outfit petite

    Baublebar necklace c/o, Ann Taylor pumps

    Here is the fleece peplum top in the same fabric, for comparison. I didn’t keep that one but wanted to share a pic, since it’s hard to find peplum style tops that aren’t too long on petites!

    gibson fleece peplum twist top nordstrom petite review

    I’ve gotten a few questions on this convertible cardigan below, so wanted to reference my old post here that shows a few different styling methods! Mine’s from many years ago but it’s one of Nic + Zoe’s signature pieces – I see it come back every season in new colors, a few of which are on sale right now.

    winter business casual work outfit pencil skirt

    Nic + Zoe convertible cardigan petite P c/o, Madewell stripe turtleneck xs (similar),
    J.Crew no.2 wool skirt 000p, Talbots navy tights S, navy pumps

    This outfit here is a mix of all old pieces – I know some of you also got these boots from DSW and were looking for more ways to style them. I usually just throw them on over leggings and a slouchy sweater for a super casual look. Adding a topcoat and wool hat here help pull everything together and dress it up a bit.

    jcrew wool camel coat marc fisher OTK boots

    J.Crew Factory coat (old), Ann Taylor sweater (reviewed here), BR hat (reviewed here), 
    Vince Camuto leggings (reviewed here), Marc Fisher boots (reviewed here) c/o

    This below was a try-on at Abercrombie, which has been surprising me lately! Small sizes for this are gone online in gray, but maybe check stores. An XS regular was roomy on me and would need the sleeves shortened and belt loops raised for someone my size. Note it’s an unlined felted wrap jacket, so not a heavy winter coat. I thought it was very reasonably priced and have seen similar wraps go for several times more. Also, not sure when this happened but Abercrombie now has petites and tall…? I’d love to see some of their more classic outwear in petites sizing, instead of just dresses!

    abercrombie wool wrap jacket drape coat

    Abercrombie jacket xs, Ann Taylor sweater, Charles David boots sz 5

    Speaking of coats, I also wanted to share a heads up on the J.Crew Lady Day coat popping back in a few petite sizes. This is definitely one of my favorite coats (I take 00p with no alterations needed), and sells out so quickly at the beginning of each season. As of now, I see both classic navy and black available in 000p and 00p, plus a number of bright colors in stock in small sizes as well!


    54 thoughts on “Instagram lately reviews // Knotted tee + Block heeled pumps

    • La Bijoux Bella | by mia February 10, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      All very beautiful looks … simply beautiful! 🙂
      Happy Valentine's weekend!

      ❤LA BIJOUX BELLA❤ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    • MizEats February 10, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      I love this round up of outfits. The pink and grey tones in the first outfit work really well together!!

    • Beautyfineprint February 10, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Great looks, you are so cute!

    • pumpkinmommy February 10, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      Is the H&M; jacket sleeve alteration DIY or pro?

    • Joy February 10, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Jean,
      I'm really loving the jackets! (and the boots, considering investing in a pair)

      My bf and I are visiting Boston in March- can you give any tips on weather, and the must-do's, eats and see's? We're also hoping to catch the tail end of Dine Out Boston so any recommendations would be very appreciated!

    • Melissa February 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Im still kicking myself for not buying the Lady Day Coat when they had an extra 50% off on top of the already sale price AND they actually had the black in 00P. Anyway, great recommendations as usual!

    • Laticia Correa February 10, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Managed to snag a lady day coat courtesy of this post! Thanks so much, Jean!

    • Laticia Correa February 10, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Melissa, they are an extra 30% off currently. Not as great of a sale as you previously saw. But better than nothing!

    • affecionada February 10, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      That Gibson top looks like the most comfy thing, and I love that you can dress it up!

      Jen | affecionada

    • Melissa February 10, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      Ugh! I didnt realize that when I checked earlier and now the black 00P is out of stock! Must not be meant to be mine (yet!) hahaha! Either way, thank you for letting me know. =)

    • Jessica | Petite Style Script February 11, 2017 at 12:18 am

      Hi Jean, great round-up of your IG photos and cute Gibson top! I had never heard of this brand but love that it's sold at Nordstrom! I may have to try regular sizing since I don't wear high-waisted jeans as often as you do! Also, I was inspired by your NIC+ZOE cardigan post & got it in a mushroom tan color a few months ago. It's so versatile & a great investment (+ on sale from Nordstrom too!) Have a great (possibly snowy) weekend 🙂

    • Beckie Porritt February 11, 2017 at 2:05 am

      Every single outfit looks flawless on you. You literally slay them all. I love those block heeled pumps so much, theyre such a pretty powder pink colour.

      Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

    • Miss Mayax February 11, 2017 at 2:27 am

      Love love love your style!


    • Society Fix February 11, 2017 at 2:55 am

      Love the second look so much.

    • Anonymous February 11, 2017 at 3:40 am

      Loving the wrap jacket!!


    • Charmaine Ng | Architecture and Lifestyle Blog February 11, 2017 at 3:43 am

      I love your J. Crew factory coat! Thank you for always providing clothes suggestions for us petite girls 🙂

      Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    • Neeltje | Thoughts in Style February 11, 2017 at 4:21 am

      The light pink shoes are so pretty! X

    • Sophie Spiegelberger February 11, 2017 at 4:56 am

      The block heel pumps are so feminine and practical!

    • Ewa Macherowska February 11, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Great outfits 😉


    • Patrice February 11, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Thanks Jean, you really look fabulous in these. I'm in love with the jacket

    • Anne February 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you for this post! I ordered the gray knot top & halogen block heels. Do the black top shop jeans run small or large ?

    • Katerina February 11, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      I love this knotted Tee trend! plan on really starting to get into it this summer!

      With love,

    • Jenn February 11, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Love all your outfits. Idk how you get the motivation to dress up everyday when it's so cold in Boston rn! So much respect for you!

      jennnngo | twitter | latest post

    • rugilė maya February 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm
    • Jo @ CutandChicVintage February 11, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      I'm so obsessed with your DIY leopard print clutch bag! I've been wanting a clutch like that for ages. So inspired to run to the fabric store and make one of my own now!

      Jo x

    • Georgiana February 12, 2017 at 4:43 am

      The last coat looks cool and I love the shoes on the first pic!

      Why I don´t buy glossies and how I interned in fashion magazine link.

    • Anonymous February 12, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Can't get over how good your hair looks! Would love a hair care and styling post!

    • Tynka. February 12, 2017 at 10:21 am

      this J.Crew coat *.* dream!

    • Marta February 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm
    • Shelly February 12, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Hey – Did you just remove your blogroll list tab from your site? Could I convince you to put it back? I think it's a great way to get traffic to your site while promoting other resources as well and was a reason that I constantly went to your blog first!

    • Sarah Lilly February 12, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Ooh I love the grey top paired with the white blazer! I've had my eye on a white blazer but haven't bought it yet as I couldn't decide what to pair it with, so thanks for the inspiration! I absolutely love your blog!


    • Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) February 12, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      love this roundup, so many cute outfits.


    • Phyllis Lee February 12, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Hi Jean! I've been told that block heels can make legs look stumpier and shorter (although they look great on you)! What are your thoughts on them? Would you recommend block heels for short legs? Thank you in advance!

      Phyllis | http://www.phyllee.com

    • Anonymous February 13, 2017 at 1:38 am

      Hey Jean – where's your blogroll link? I really liked your curated stuff there.

    • Miriam Ernst February 13, 2017 at 5:57 am

      Whatever the outfit you wear, you're always so classy!


    • Unknown February 13, 2017 at 10:46 am

      What color is the gibson top?
      Heater grey or Lavender?

    • Julie Hiller February 13, 2017 at 10:47 am

      I've been loving your looks on Instagram lately! That knotted tee is super cute and looks like it goes with everything!

      Style by Joules

    • Hana Lee February 13, 2017 at 10:47 am

      What color is your gibson top?
      Heather grey or lavender?

    • Daneisha Smith February 13, 2017 at 10:58 am

      You do neutrals so well!!! I love all of these looks!


    • Hana Lee February 13, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Is the Gibson top color heather grey or lavender?

    • Kaitlin Schubert February 13, 2017 at 11:36 am

      All of your outfits are so ridiculously cute! 🙂

      Katie | Willow and White

    • Jean February 13, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      I had my tailor do it

    • Jean February 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Joy! Please check out this post:

      It'll be chilly in March so definitely still have a coat as well as layering accessories, like scarves! Sometimes it's still snowing then. Hope you enjoy your visit!

    • Jean February 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Yay! I hope you love it!

    • Jean February 13, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      I'm glad you like the Nic + Zoe cardigan!!

    • Jean February 13, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Anne! I hope you love those pieces! Topshop jeans always run small for me. I'm pretty consistently a 24 in almost all other brands but need a 25 in their jeans. Hope that helps!

    • Jean February 13, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Aw thank you! I still use the same steps and iron as in my old YouTube video but it just looks different now due to length.

    • Jean February 13, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Shelly! Yes it was very out of date – I might make an updated one, but in the meantime, I'd recommend using Feedly or Bloglovin to bookmark and see all of your favorite websites in one place.

    • Jean February 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Hi Phyllis – I own lots of block heels and swear by them for comfort and stability… I don't think they make even short legs look stumpier at all!

    • Jean February 13, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Hi there – It was very out of date. I might make an updated one, but in the meantime, if you had favorite reads from there I recommend using Feedly or Bloglovin to bookmark and see all of them in one place.

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