Labor Day Sales (petite jeans, workwear, cozy sweaters)

long camel brown duster cardigan sweater petite fall outfits

Talbots cardigan petite P c/o, reversible belt xs (older version; extra holes punched), BP camisole xxs (similar), Express jeans sz 00 short, Ann Taylor heels sz 5 (similar)

Happy Labor Day weekend! We’re busy entertaining dear friends visiting from down south, showing them all the “fall things” here in New England. I wanted to share a few good sales going on this weekend, and will be keeping this list updated through Monday with recommendations!


The deal: A rare 25% off sitewide (no code needed), ends 9/4.

  • Reversible horsebit buckle belt – I’m so thrilled that Talbots brought back this sophisticated belt in 4 reversible color combos! Size XS is going fast! Read my blog post from 2015 on why I love it, and to see a few styling ideas. This year’s design is updated with the D rings facing inward instead of outward.
  • Ribbed duster cardigan – (see it on me above) a nice, sturdy weight long cardigan that will go equally well over skinny jeans or work pants. A few reviewers mentioned the sleeves were too long, but petite size “PP” fit fine on me.
  • Cap toe pumps – how cute are these Chanel-inspired pumps? I usually take 5.5 in Talbots shoes.

The deal: 40% off online & in-store (no code needed), ends 9/4.

  • High rise stretch ankle legging jeans (see on me above) – these fit perfectly and are so flattering! I have a waist gap in most Express jeans, except for the high rise cuts likes this one. The “short” inseam on this style is almost too cropped for me (and I’m under 5′), so perhaps try the regular length if you’re even slightly taller. These also have a raw hem so should be easy to shorten.
  • Cropped blazer, jersey pants (also in regular), and ruffle tee – see all these on me in this post.

loft petite cardigan sweater modern skinny jeans utility blouse

LOFT curved hem cardigan xxs petite,Utility blouse xxs petite, modern skinny jeans sz 24 petite, Talbots sandals (old)


The deal: 40% off full-priced styles and extra 50% off sale styles (no code needed).

  • Curved hem cardigan – sooo cozy and soft! This has a cute rounded bottom hem with small side splits. See the navy on me in xxs petite above. Love all 3 colors in-person, but my local store didn’t have much petites so I’m ordering “clay fire” online.
  • Utility blouse – a LOFT classic for both work and casual wear. These are lightweight, nicely-draping, machine-washable blouses that go with pants, jeans, and skirts alike. I’m trying on the current version above which fits true to size (the “autumn fern” color is more olive in-person than how it looks in my picture).
  • Modern skinny jeans – I always recommend this cut for petite-friendly jeans on a budget, especially during these 40% off sales! Length is good for shorter legs, and their size 24 petite usually fits me throughout, with a small waist gap.

caslon tunic top petite fall outfit ideas nordstrom 2017 sale

Caslon high low tunic top xxsp (pink smoke is 40% off), Zella leggings xxs (hemmed), Halogen loafers 5.5 borrowed from my cousin, Gucci bag


The deal: Tons of markdowns on select pieces in extended sizing, including several favorites from my own closet –

hm casual slouchy knit sweater


The deal: 20% off orders over $100 with code 1482, free shipping on orders $40 or more with code 0040, and select items are on sale for the long weekend marked with “deal.” Several of these markdowns are a steal for workwear basics:

  • Woven pencil skirt – (see on me below) I got this lined, work-appropriate skirt and it fits wonderfully without alterations, just like the one in this blog post! H&M runs small, so a size 2 in this fits notably smaller than a 00 petite in American brands and is snug on a 24″ waist.
  • Fitted blazer in 4 versatile colors (a bargain for under $30) – I haven’t tried on this particular style, but H&M blazers almost always run small and fit nicely on me, with the exception of sleeve length which I often get shortened.
  • Relaxed fit sweater – one of my favorite sweaters from years past, back in almost the exact same style except with a slightly smaller neckline. I also liked the marled pink color in-person, and black is always versatile!
  • Two items not marked down but are very affordable for jackets: straight-cut jacket in 3 pretty colors (see a prior year’s version on me), and scalloped edge jacket in black. I own several of these medium-weight, tailored jackets from H&M over the years and love them. Petites will have to get the sleeves shortened, but even with alteration costs you’re getting a nice-fitting jacket for under $100.

navy blue pencil skirt work fashion

H&M pencil skirt sz 2 (runs small), H&M top (old)

Ann Taylor

The deal: 50% off select items (no code needed) + extra 50% off all sale items, ends 9/3.


The deal: 30% off your purchase with code YESPLEASE (some exclusions), ends on 9/4.

  • Off shoulder striped tee (see it on me in size xxs) – so cute! Longer, so petite ladies will need to tuck it into bottoms.
  • Striped boatneck sweater (see it on me) – nice weight and quality, also love the two solid color options!
  • Lady Day wool-blend coat (starting in 000 petite) – still one of my favorite coats. These are selling out quicker and quicker every year, so don’t wait until winter hits to get your size!
  • Cameron pants (starting in 000 petite) – these are unfortunately excluded from sale, but I finally tried these on and could not wait to share how much I LOVE them! Size 00 petite fits perfectly, which is so rare for me with pants. Will share more on these later!

The deal: 20% off with code LABORYAY, ends 9/5. Love their petites selection (sizes run small)!


The deal: Extra 20% off with code LBDAY + free shipping with $49 purchase, ends on 9/4.


The deal: 40% off online & in-store (no code needed), ends on 9/5.

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  1. Jae wrote:

    Great finds! I’m so excited for September and the sweater weather.

    Posted 9.7.17 Reply
  2. I love the sale and like your collection of summer sale. Becuase of you, we don’t need to go anywhere. you are very helpful.

    Posted 9.6.17 Reply
  3. Particularly love the one with the green shirt and jeans!

    Posted 9.6.17 Reply
  4. Definitely loving the labor day weekend sales! I went shopping as well! So many good deals! Love the talbots belt so so much! Reversible belts are sooo versatile!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  5. Pam wrote:

    Perfect picks!
    Loved the green top♥

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  6. Katie wrote:

    The Labor Day sales have been AMAZING! Thanks for the roundup!

    xo, Katie
    Willow and White

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  7. I just love the cardigans you show here. Cardigans are such a great asset for teachers. I do not know how it is in the States, but here in Europe classrooms seem to have rather versatile temperatures; from too cold till too hot. Cardigans are therefor perfect for a teacher outfit. The ones you show here are versatile colour-wise as well, so double perfect. Thanks for the inspiration. Love, Lieske

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  8. Margaret wrote:

    Hey Jean! Love the H&M relaxed fit sweater. How did it fit on you? I can be between XS and S but am usually a size up from you. Thanks! 🙂

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  9. Stephanie wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    I was wondering how you tuck in the H&M sweater so nicely? When I try to tuck in sweaters, it always seems so bunchy and makes my hips look really wide. Any tips? Thanks!

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  10. Jandrew wrote:

    Great post ! Getting the sweaters ready for fall , great shopping!
    Dress The Part

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  11. Elizabeth wrote:

    Ohhh so many amazing sales! <3 🙂 I was just on Express and there's just so much that I want to buy! 😀

    XO, Elizabeth

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  12. Gabby wrote:

    All of these looks are so cute! I love them!

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  13. Jackie wrote:

    Hi Jean,
    I’m so glad you did this post regarding the LDW sales! I reserved the reversible belt in store @ the Natick Mall and can’t wait to pick it up later today and incorporate it into my fall wardrobe!

    Posted 9.4.17 Reply
  14. Lynnie wrote:

    This post is SO helpful for someone like me (working, mother, internet shopping addict etc)! I rarely find anything I like at Talbots, but your finds are amazing. I’m going to purchase the belt and the pink shoes. The belt looks much more expensive than what it is! It’s hard to decide on a colour!

    Posted 9.3.17 Reply
  15. Heidi Buol wrote:

    THOSE FLOWERS!!!!!!! (all the heart eyes!!)

    You are beautiful and these looks are everything!
    I hope you have a great weekend!!

    Posted 9.3.17 Reply
  16. Valerie wrote:

    Love love love these outfits, Jean! I’m even smaller than you – I’m 4ft 10 with a tiny frame and I’ve tried some clothing you’ve recommended in the past that ended up being a bit smaller on me than it was on you. Which stores/retailers tend to have the most petite of petite clothing?

    Posted 9.3.17 Reply
  17. Ashley wrote:

    Hi Jean!

    I tried using the free shipping code you gave for H&M and it didn’t work. I tried it with both sale items and regular price. Are there any special requirements or minimum total? Either way, love the suggestions! Thanks for all your hard work!

    Posted 9.3.17 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Ashley! I just checked and it seems like they changed the codes – just updated my post with the new ones! Free shipping now seems to be on orders $40 and up, and they have new codes for an extra 20% off $100 or 30% off $200.

      Posted 9.3.17 Reply
  18. I absolutely love your picks and pieces! Your fashion is so awesome, Jean!

    I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!

    Posted 9.3.17 Reply
  19. Deasy wrote:

    Oh gosh, lots of temptation this weekend, lol. Love the H&M sweater and distressed jean shorts combo :B

    Posted 9.2.17 Reply
  20. Ellie wrote:

    Hi Jean, I own a few of the utility blouse from different brands, the arm length always seems to be too long when they are not folded up, do you have any recommendations on what to do?

    Posted 9.2.17 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Ellie – are you buying petite sizing in the blouses? LOFT petite blouses are usually pretty good on me fit-wise, and I have short arms!

      Posted 9.3.17 Reply
  21. Mizeats wrote:

    Happy Labor Day weekend, Jean! Thanks for this amazing list of sales. I picked up the Loft utility blouse and petite skinny jeans. I really love my pair of the skinny jeans…they fit me like a glove. Thanks as always for your fabulous recommendations!

    Posted 9.2.17 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      You can’t go wrong with the utility blouse! It’s so cool and comfortable in the summer and nice for layering under sweaters in the Fall : ) Which color did you go for?

      Posted 9.3.17 Reply
      • Mizeats wrote:

        Hi Jean, I definitely agree! I picked up two colors – the cobalt and the black 🙂 I can’t wait to receive them!

        Posted 9.3.17 Reply
  22. Rena wrote:

    Many thanks for sharing all these great deals and your fantastic looks!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 9.2.17 Reply
  23. So many brand sales going on! It’s taking so much control for me not t splurge too much 😛

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 9.2.17 Reply
  24. Isabelle wrote:

    Hi Jean! I received the Talbots belt this week and I LOVE it! It was definitely worth it to pay for exchange rate and shipping to Canada. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Posted 9.2.17 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Isabelle – I’m so happy to hear that! Which color combo did you go with? : )

      Posted 9.3.17 Reply
      • Isabelle wrote:

        Black and light acorn 🙂 the black will look nice with work outfits and acorn is perfect for more casual looks during the weekends.
        I wanted navy and brown like yours but it’s not offered anymore. If it comes back though, I will order one!

        Posted 9.3.17 Reply
    • Kerry wrote:

      How much did you end up paying in CAD? I’m considering picking it up.

      Posted 9.3.17 Reply
      • Isabelle wrote:

        The belt was 37.12$, shipping and handling was 25$ (I chose the least expensive shipping). There was no customs charges (yay!) so it cost 62.12 CAD. It arrived by Fedex in 3 days!

        I went to an actual Talbots store in Canada and they told me that they don’t carry the belts in store. So we have no choice but to order them online.

        Hope this helped 🙂

        Posted 9.4.17 Reply
      • Isabelle wrote:

        Kerry, I replied too fast. My previous comment in is USD. Just checked my bank account and the total in CAD was 80.47$ (exchange rate was 1.30$)

        Posted 9.4.17 Reply
        • Kerry wrote:

          Thanks so much Isabelle.

          Posted 9.4.17 Reply

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