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.
ann taylor petite white flare crop pants
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 thoughts on “Spring Trifecta // White, Chambray, Trench

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture and Lifestyle Blog February 25, 2017 at 11:55 am

    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

  • Ewa Macherowska February 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm
  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia February 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    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

  • Gabriela February 25, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    When your trench is on, you look much taller!

  • MizEats February 25, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    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… 😊

  • Dressed With Soul February 25, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Love the trench!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Sophie Spiegelberger February 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Love that pant silhouette on you!
    I would love it if you stopped by, I post every Monday!

  • Aria Di Bari February 25, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    This outfit is perfect! Probably one of my favourite from you!


  • Anonymous February 25, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    what a cool brown bag!
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  • LorenQ1 February 25, 2017 at 5:51 pm

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

  • Cindy Pak February 25, 2017 at 7:04 pm

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

  • Kirsten February 25, 2017 at 8:47 pm

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

    -Kirsten // pork & cookies

  • Anne Tega February 25, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Gorgeous look, Jean!


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  • Neeltje | Thoughts in Style February 26, 2017 at 3:59 am

    I love this outfit!

  • Rachel February 26, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Looks great! Love the entire look!


  • Anonymous February 26, 2017 at 9:59 am

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

  • April February 26, 2017 at 10:44 am

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

  • Katie M February 26, 2017 at 10:48 am

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


  • Jen February 26, 2017 at 1:24 pm

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

    Jen | affecionada

  • y February 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm

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

  • Julia February 26, 2017 at 3:55 pm

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

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  • Sarah Lilly February 26, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    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

  • mybeautrip February 26, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Love these nude shades. Lovely outfit!


  • Marta February 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Love this look – especially the trench is amazing!


  • Corki Delosreyes February 26, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    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

  • Lorraine Roth February 26, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    So cute! Just ordered the shirt!

  • Marketa Frank February 27, 2017 at 3:28 am

    You look soooo beautiful! Love this look and your hair <3 x


  • Pamela Gonzalez February 27, 2017 at 4:41 am

    This is so work appropriate! Love it <3


  • Julia Mazzucato February 27, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Love this classic, neutral look! That trench fits you perfectly.
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

  • August Harvest February 27, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Such a beautiful colours, love your belt <3
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  • Julie Hiller February 27, 2017 at 10:49 am

    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.

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  • Daneisha Smith February 27, 2017 at 11:53 am

    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.


  • Kay February 27, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Perfect outfit for the office!


  • Unknown February 27, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I thought the same thing!

  • Regine Karpel February 28, 2017 at 10:50 am


  • Jessica H February 28, 2017 at 7:56 pm

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

    xo, jess


  • Jane Northey March 6, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    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!!!


  • Anonymous March 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    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).

  • Something About Kids.com April 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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

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