Spring Trifecta // White, Chambray, Trench

Charleston classy trench coat white pants petite outfit

Ann Taylor pumps sz 5 (half off! also in taupe), Burberry trench, J.Crew top xxsp
Ann Taylor pants c/o sz 00p (waist runs big), Hermes belt (similar), Prada tote

When kick crop flares became popular last year, I was very wary of the trend. The combo of a flood length + wide flare opening sounded like a recipe for disaster on short legs. However, as the silhouette of kick crops evolved into more subtle versions like this one, I have to admit I’ve warmed up quite a bit to the look! When done right, it can be an elegant and chic alternative to the slim ankle pants I usually gravitate towards.
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If you’re petite in stature, I would avoid more exaggerated cropped flares (ahem) and stick with gentle curving ones. This pair is in a fluid, medium-weight stretch fabric. It’s unlined, but the white pair is less sheer than other ones I’ve tried (always wear skin-toned undies!). Note the waist runs big and would need to be taken in on someone similarly-sized.
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When I ordered these suede pumps, I expected them to be a good basic, but was surprised just how much they go with. The “caramel tan” suede is a medium brown color, and the shape is classic (updated with an inner d’orsay cut) and so flattering on the legs. The 3.25″ heel is lower than most of my pumps, and is a manageable height for those who don’t want a high shoe. They are on a temporary markdown today for half off – such a good deal for a classic suede pump! Fit wise, Ann Taylor shoes in my experience tend to run true to size to just a tad bigger than other brands. I’m usually between 5 and 5.5 in most brands, and am consistently a 5 in AT shoes.
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If you’re trying to meet the free ship minimum, here’s two other pieces that I’d recommend! They are currently on sale for 40% off w/ code SWEATERS, which ends 2/27.

Striped bell sleeve sweater – this is a piece I received c/o and absolutely adore. Sleeve details as a trend is going strong into this year, but the bell shape on this top are subtle enough that it will last beyond the trend. I shrunk it a touch in the dryer so that the sleeves are now fitted on me. I’ll be showing it soon in an outfit post!

– Ruffle sleeve mock neck sweater – a brand new arrival which I ordered immediately, and was not disappointed. It’s a top version of one of my most favorite dresses (from this post), and looks elegant tucked into skirts or worn over pants. It’s not really a sweater – more like a knit stretchy top. You can see a snap of it on my Instagram.

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These photos were taken at the gorgeous Charleston city hall building. We’re so excited to be back in this charming city for a few days!
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40 Comments

  1. Hi,
    Just wondering what is the size of your Hermes belt? 24mm or 32mm? Thanks.

    Posted 4.1.17 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi,
    I love your posts. I just wanted to let you know that the Banana Republic trench you recommended was unlined. It was pretty, but I had to return it bc (in my opinion) a trench coat needs to be lined. I love the one you posted here. Although, I was hoping to not yet have to invest in a Burberry. I might have to though, bc my search for trench coats has been going on years now (sigh).
    xo
    Laurie
    http://www.northofchic.com

    Posted 3.7.17 Reply
  3. I love everything except the pant length. I feel like they would look better if they were a bit longer. Anyway, you look gorgeous Jean!!!

    xo,
    Jane
    http://www.janenorthey.com

    Posted 3.6.17 Reply
  4. Jessica H wrote:

    I have to say I too am wary of the trend but you totally rocked it here!! I LOVE this!!

    xo, jess

    alljessedup.com

    Posted 2.28.17 Reply
  5. Great.

    Posted 2.28.17 Reply
  6. Unknown wrote:

    I thought the same thing!

    Posted 2.27.17 Reply
  7. Kay wrote:

    Perfect outfit for the office!

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    Posted 2.27.17 Reply
  8. I totally agree with the combination for Spring! I love a good white pair of pants (hard to find), a nice denim top, and tan/cognac accessories! I'm so looking forward to spring.

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    Posted 2.27.17 Reply
  9. I dunno… I still can't get into the trend. This outfit obviously looks great on you, as all outfits do, but I can't help but thinking it would look even more sleek if the ankles were tailored on those pants rather than flared. Just my two cents.

    Style by Joules

    Posted 2.27.17 Reply
  10. Such a beautiful colours, love your belt <3
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    Posted 2.27.17 Reply
  11. Love this classic, neutral look! That trench fits you perfectly.
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 2.27.17 Reply
  12. This is so work appropriate! Love it <3

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    Posted 2.27.17 Reply
  13. You look soooo beautiful! Love this look and your hair <3 x

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    Posted 2.27.17 Reply
  14. So cute! Just ordered the shirt!

    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  15. You look amazing as usual! I'll have to give them a try although I'm much more "curvy petite" and fear it could add more weight. I will see, thanks

    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  16. Marta wrote:

    Love this look – especially the trench is amazing!

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    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  17. mybeautrip wrote:

    Love these nude shades. Lovely outfit!
    xx

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    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  18. Those pants are extremely flattering and look wonderful on you! Like you, I'm vary wary of anything that isn't slim fit, but I will definitely have to look into pants like these! Plus those suede shoes are beautiful!

    Sarah Lilly | The Lilly Mint Blog

    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  19. Julia wrote:

    Brilliant! Always love how you transform a casual clothing piece into something business casual!

    Julia || Closet de Jules || Recent Post – The Perfect Spring Loafer (40% off at Nordstrom!)

    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  20. y wrote:

    So chic as always! What are your thoughts on culottes on petites?

    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  21. Jen wrote:

    That might be the prettiest city hall building ever! Enjoy your time in Charleston. x

    Jen | affecionada

    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  22. Katie M wrote:

    This outfit is so cute! I love your trench and that bag!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  23. April wrote:

    This is such a nice look! I love the neutral colors. Perfect for work and perfect for spring!

    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    I love the belt. Any chance you could recommend a more affordable alternative?

    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  25. Rachel wrote:

    Looks great! Love the entire look!

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    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  26. I love this outfit!
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    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
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    Posted 2.26.17 Reply
  28. Anne Tega wrote:

    Gorgeous look, Jean!

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    Posted 2.25.17 Reply
  29. Kirsten wrote:

    I still think they would not look good on me! I do really love that shirt though! 🙂 Have a good weekend.

    -Kirsten // pork & cookies

    Posted 2.25.17 Reply
  30. Cindy Pak wrote:

    Loving the trench. Is it Honey or Stone? What size would you recommend? I'm 5'3" and 103 lbs.

    Posted 2.25.17 Reply
  31. LorenQ1 wrote:

    Everything on you looks so chic, sophisticated and classy, wow, you got style, you're my icon @extrapetite.com

    Posted 2.25.17 Reply
  32. Anonymous wrote:

    what a cool brown bag!
    Fash 'n' fudge
    Fash 'n' fudge

    Posted 2.25.17 Reply
  33. This outfit is perfect! Probably one of my favourite from you!

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    Posted 2.25.17 Reply
  34. Love that pant silhouette on you!
    I would love it if you stopped by, I post every Monday!
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    Posted 2.25.17 Reply
  35. Love the trench!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

    Posted 2.25.17 Reply
  36. MizEats wrote:

    Gorgeous photos! The location is a beautiful backdrop for the gorgeous items you're wearing. I appreciate your tips on how
    and how not to wear items. Ahem… 😊

    Posted 2.25.17 Reply
  37. Gabriela wrote:

    When your trench is on, you look much taller!

    Posted 2.25.17 Reply
  38. La Bijoux Bella | by mia wrote:

    Love the white slack with a chambray shirt … a simple and classy look. A pretty vision! 🙂

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

    Posted 2.25.17 Reply
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  40. I love everything about this outfit. The colours match so perfectly! I'm not really a belt person but I love the one you're wearing.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    Posted 2.25.17 Reply

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