Workwear classics – the convertible wrap cardigan

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Nic + Zoe wrap cardigan c/o sz petite P (more colors), H&M blouse sz 2 (runs big), H&M skirt sz 2 (similar here in navy or similar here in white), J.Crew pumps sz 5.5 (similar)

This simple look was a recent favorite of mine, mixing pieces old and new, high and low. I’ve had this Nic + Zoe 4-way convertible cardigan for years, and originally showed several ways to style it back in this post! One of my favorite ways to wear it is actually wrapped more tightly around (as seen above) so it looks like a blouse, and secured by tucking the ends around my back into a high-waisted skirt. My cardigan here is the cotton blend one, which feels like a light sweater material, and this same cardigan also comes in a very lightweight linen blend material.

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Accessories: Thierry Lasry sunglasses in “Tokyo Tortoise,” H&M scarf, KJP infinity bracelet size XS + pearl cuff (back in stock! bendable for small wrists), Baublebar slim bar necklace, Prada Cuir bag (my review)

My H&M pencil skirt was last blogged here, styled with 4 different layering options for work! The color I’m wearing is sold out, but they have two darker pencil skirts (this new arrival or this one that’s going quickly) which fit similarly.The materials are usually more wrinkle-prone, but I can’t really complain given the fit and price points! H&M pencil skirts tend to run small and work for me without alterations needed – a size 2 usually fits smaller than most 00 petite skirts in American brands.

On the contrary, this sleeveless shell runs on the blousier side – sz 2 is roomy on me in the armholes and is longer in length. I also used a small safety pin to secure the neckline higher up. Despite the bigger fit, I got it for it’s versatility for layering under blazers and cardigans.

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Here’s how the cardigan looks when worn open vs. loosely tied. Which way is your favorite? : )

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26 thoughts on “Workwear classics – the convertible wrap cardigan

  • Reply Rena September 12, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Perfect for work! And I like it how you wear the cardigan with a knot 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Reply Daneisha Smith September 12, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I love all of these looks; especially how you styled the scarves multiple ways

  • Reply Elle Benet September 12, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    This outfit is classy and elegant! – Elle ♡

  • Reply Jessi September 12, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Such a chic look! Love it all 🙂


  • Reply Rachel September 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    I love this look! So incredibly chic 🙂


  • Reply Keri September 12, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Such innovative ways to style this piece! I never would have thought about the first option. So office chic!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Reply Sheriden September 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Wow! I’m in love with this skirt – elegant, simple, and chic. I love the different ways you were able to style it as well. What a versatile piece to have in your closet!

  • Reply Michelle X Pan September 12, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Holy cow, the sweater tucked into the skirt just blew my mind. Definitely need to wear all of my cardigans like that now 😛

    – Michelle –

  • Reply Denise September 12, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Saw you on Chronicle! Great job.

  • Reply Jenny Yin September 12, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I really like this classic workwear. Pencil skirts have been always my favorites.

  • Reply Anonymous September 12, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    I think I saw you on Monday! I have been following your blog for a few years now, and have found a lot of inspiration from your style. I was just visiting Boston for the day and it was so nice to see you in person! You looked gorgeous in that outfit 🙂

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog September 12, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    The cardigan is so versatile, love the colour too! I love the way it looks as a blouse the most!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Petite Teacher September 13, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Hi Jean. Cardigans are so perfect for teachers, since temperatures in classrooms can be as versatile as the above cardigan 🙂
    Thanks a lot for all the different styling ideas. I absolutely love the one where you have made a knot. Very original. Love, Lieske

  • Reply Elizabeth September 13, 2017 at 1:36 am

    This is such a gorgeous look! <3 🙂 I'm loving the cardigan so much!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Reply Neeltje | Thoughts in Style September 13, 2017 at 1:54 am

    This is so cute! X

  • Reply Ray September 13, 2017 at 8:02 am

    How every lady should go to work. Stunning.

  • Reply Alexa M Johnson September 13, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I love easy cardigans like this! Super pretty

  • Reply Ankita Bardhan September 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Oh I love the cardigan with knot look! Both of the outfits are so on point for work wear. You as always are looking so pretty 🙂

  • Reply Joy September 13, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    The cardigan as a blouse blew my mind! I also want to know where you got that scarf? It reminds me of a geode!

  • Reply Marjorie September 14, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Love the colors of this look. And the cardigan is so beautiful!

  • Reply Jae September 14, 2017 at 11:41 am

    You are a genius for thinking to wear it as a top tucked in the skirt! Love the idea.

  • Reply kerry September 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I have the same J crew pumps and love them!!! I get a lot of compliments and they are so versatile. I like that the heel isn’t to high and the front is pointy which elongates the legs of petite gals. The same style pump comes in houndstooth pattern which is also another J crew favorite of mine.

    Love the looks Jean 🙂

  • Reply Lin Anne September 15, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Perfect outfit for working women.
    Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Aria Di Bari September 16, 2017 at 7:19 am

    This cardigan is so pretty, thanks for the inspo!

  • Reply Tesha September 16, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    So glad to have found someone who is petite. I have al say wondered how H&M clothing would fit! Love your blog!

  • Reply Kelsea September 18, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I’m in love with your blog! Having just become an attorney in DC, I am constantly searching for effortless and cute professional outfits. You take all the work out of my search! About this one though… how do you prevent lines from the sweater showing through your skirt? I’ve tried this idea but never walked out the door because it was always obvious that I’d tucked the sweater or shirt in. Help!

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