Faux leather skirt + Fall sale reviews (sweaters + boots!)

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Soprano faux leather skirt sz XS (also worn here), BP buffalo check scarf, Banana Republic sweater (similar), Halogen adjustable wool hat (3 colors), Sam Edelman booties sz 5 (similar), Gucci soho bag

It was a bitter cold one last weekend, but we loved playing tour guide showing our visitors around town! We even made it across the river for brunch in charming Harvard Square, where these photos were taken. This skirt is undoubtedly one of my favorite finds this season (read my review), and I’ve loved seeing your own photos in it, too! If I’m running late for dinner or an event, I’ll just throw this on with a sleek black turtleneck tucked in. After wearing it several times, I did want to share two more observations: 1) to get wrinkles out of the faux leather, I turn it inside-out, hang it up and run my garment steamer along the interior; 2) the bottom edges are raw cut and might fray over time, but you can try applying fray sealant along the hems if you have the patience.

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On a sale note, Nordstrom and Express are having huge sales on cold-weather pieces, several of which come in extended sizes (for both shoes and clothing)! I’ve rounded up my top recommendations below along with a few sweater reviews!

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Nordstrom // Apparel Sale

Paige petite Hoxton jeans (33% off) – Not sure how I didn’t notice these earlier, as I love my Paige Hoxton jeans from a few years ago and always get questions on them! I have sz 24P and wash them inside out in cold water then dry on high heat if they need to be shrunken down. FYI the 28″ petite inseam might be a little long on some shorter ladies.

Blank NYC faux leather jacket (33% off) – my favorite shrunken little moto jacket (see it on me in black), on sale in a congnac and a burgundy color!

Levi’s faux suede moto jacket (30% off) – I haven’t tried this one on, but I love the caramel-y tan color and how short it looks on the model (should translate into a slightly cropped fit on petite ladies)!

STS blue cropped jeans (40% off; under $33!) – I reviewed a similar pair of jeans by the same brand in this post. The fit is a little more relaxed and stretchy than some other denim brands I wear.

Halogen scalloped sweater (33% off) – this one went so quickly during the Anniversary sale, I never got to try it on. It’s available now starting in xs petite in black and festive red, with lots of good reviews! The scalloped edge would be great for sprucing up a simple sweater + ankle pants outfit for work.

Olivia moon tie sleeve knit blazer (25% off) – back in xs petite in gray! See it on me in size xxs petite (3rd picture down).

Nordstrom // Boots & Bags Sale

Stuart Weitzman Allgood over the knee boots (40% off) – still available starting in sizes 4 and up! I have not tried on this style, but per the description these look petite-friendly in height (21.5″ hits just over my knees like this old pair that I have, instead of thigh high like most of their tall boots). These have a partial side zipper instead of the pull-on style of the Lowlands. You can see more photos on Stuart Weitzman’s website where they’re still full price.

Sole Society Vixen bootie (40% off) – I’ve recommended these a few times before, and they’re still available in size 4 and up! I tried these on but didn’t get them because I already have similar old pair from the brand. The “new camel suede” though is a perfect neutral camel brown color, and I love the flattering almond toe shape and very walkable, low stacked heel. Hinge also makes a cute camel bootie with a slightly higher block heel – these are on sale too and come in sizes 4 and up!

Aquatalia Franca (called “Fire” at other retailers) bootie (40% off) – check these out if you’re looking for a weatherproof, low-heeled commuting bootie that’s also elegant enough to wear inside the office. You can read about Aquatalia’s weatherproofing process on their website.

Tory Burch small Parker tote (33% off) – see it styled on me herehere, and here!

Express // 40% off sweaters + outerwear

tunic sweater vince camuto franell ankle booties

Express sweater xxsp, Vince Camuto booties sz 5.5 c/o (these are the current version of my old pair!), J.Brand cropped jeans sz 24

Circle hem cowl neck sweater (also in regular) – The curved bottom and 3/4 sleeves on this is a super cute combo made for wearing with leggings and booties. I ordered my usual size xxs petite but actually found it to be a little small and short for a “casual fit.” The longest part hits just at my crotch and I’d want that area to be fully covered both in the front and back – perhaps try one size up in the petites sizing.

petite tunic sweater vince camuto ankle bootsOversized tunic sweater (also in regular) – I borrowed this one from my cousin (above) and wanted to show the fit. It’s oversized and slouchy fit by design, with a split hem bottom that is a few inches shorter in the front. My only complaint is that the neckline is very low on me (I didn’t realize it’s listed online as a “deep V-neck,” but that makes sense!) so I wouldn’t wear this without a cami.

Roll neck cover up (also in regular) – a lightweight cardigan that’s easy to throw on over button-ups + pants/pencil skirts for the office. True to size.

Down coat w/ removable faux fur hood – stylish belted design and actually comes in petite sizing (as you can imagine, altering puffer coats is no easy feat)! I haven’t tried this one on personally so can’t speak to the warmth or quality.

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  1. Lucy wrote:

    Hi Jean! Love this outfit. What is the style name of the Sam Edelman black boots you’re wearing with this Soprano faux leather skirt? Thanks

    Posted 12.2.17 Reply
  2. Lucy wrote:

    I know the black Sam Edelman boots you’re wearing with the faux leather Soprano ruffle skirt are an old pair, but would you remember the style name? Are those the Blake Booties in black? Thanks

    Posted 12.1.17 Reply
  3. Oh, I absolutely adore your leather skirt! That outfit is perfect for the Fall.

    xx, Ashley

    Posted 11.17.17 Reply
  4. Jessica wrote:

    Loving that skirt!

    Posted 11.17.17 Reply
  5. Phoebe wrote:

    Hi Jean! Just wondering if you picked up anything from the recent sephora sale? I would love to see a post on your current beauty & skincare favs as you always look so flawless!

    Posted 11.17.17 Reply
  6. Ashlie wrote:

    Hi Jean!
    Those tights look perfect, what kind are they?

    Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  7. I love the way you often style your outfits with scarves. In the colder months I often wear them to school too. That way my throat and voice get a little extra care and protection plus I can pimp up my outfit at the same time.

    Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  8. Ginny wrote:

    What color is your Barefoot Dreams cardigan? Is it stone or silver featured with the white jeans and leapard scarf? You are an amazing stylist and have inspired me. Thank you.

    Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  9. I love your cute little outfit. Leather skirts definitely dresses up any fall outfit!

    Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  10. Love this skirt. Such a cute look!
    xo, Meghan | http://tanlinesanddaisies.com/

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  11. Ooh that’s a great tip about turning the skirt inside out and steaming it, definitely going to try that on some of my pieces. Looking adorable as always Jean <3

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  12. Jandrew wrote:

    Darling you are a great blogger ! You always know your stuff !
    Dress The Part

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Great post

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  14. Jae wrote:

    Jean, you look adorable in that leather skirt! These are all great picks. I love shopping around this time of the year. 🙂

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  15. Crystal wrote:

    Hi! I am from Florida so a lot of your pieces dont make the most sense to purchase (they are so cute though!). Anyways, I am traveling a lot this winter and NEED HELP WITH LEGGINGS! How do I keep my legs warm? Are tights enough to keep the cold, pricking feeling away?

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  16. Mireia wrote:

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  17. Marjorie wrote:

    This skirt is so beautiful!


    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  18. Elizabeth wrote:

    Loving that faux leather skirt so much <3 🙂 It's super cute! Thanks for sharing all of thees great sales and finds! Can't wait to start Black Friday shopping!

    XO, Elizabeth

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  19. Bessie wrote:

    Hi, thank you for sharing. Your guide for buying sale items are very informative.it helps me choose what item suits me most:)


    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  20. Nikki wrote:

    Thank you for the great share, as always, Jean! My husband and I were in Boston this past weekend and we tried to hit up every recommended spots from your Visit Boston post! We had a wonderful trip, BIG thank to you! Our 10 years anniversary trip was inspired by your blog post about Boston! We love the history, the people and of course, the foods/seafoods! We were thankful to experience the last glimpse of fall color and even lucky enough to experience the big temperature drop on Saturday when we left. =D It’s too bad we were not able to go inside Boston Public Library as it was closed due to Veterans Day but we’ll definitely check it out next time as we’d love to come back to Boston again! Thank you for all the recommendations over the years! We owed it all to you! Wishing you & Nick the best in everything!

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  21. This is a great fall outfit Jean! I visited Harvard Square in the summer and it looks beautiful in fall. I love the tips on the faux leather skirt and am eyeing this fall hat. I don’t own one like this….yet. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  22. ChiagoPetite wrote:

    Thanks so much for sharing this great sales roundup. I love that you put so much effort and detail in your posts. It truly helps me as a “extra” petite shopper also. You are the best!!!

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  23. Anabela wrote:

    I have followed you for some time now and purchased many of your recommendations although I’m not necessarily petite. Well, many of those items are truly my favorite pieces! You are so through in your reviews and practical while at the same time chic and smart. Just wanted to thank you! Wishing you continued success and all good things in your personal & professional life!

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  24. Maureen wrote:

    I have had my eye on this faux leather skirt and you just make me want to get it! I love how you make it look so effortless with a scarf and turtleneck sweater. It’s such a cute outfit!


    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  25. Liv wrote:

    Looking for a leather skirt like this for the holidays. Great look!


    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  26. Mimi wrote:

    Looking gorgeous as always Jean. I bought the Blank NYC jacket in black last year because I saw how great it looked on you, and it’s now my favorite faux leather jacket! I clicked on the link you posted above and saw that it comes in Brown and it’s 30% off, I’m so tempted to buy it. Probably gonna buy it as a Christmas present for myself haha.

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  27. Briana wrote:

    Great reviews! I so need some new jeans so I am loving these petite versions!


    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  28. Daeyz wrote:

    Love the color of the skirt!


    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  29. Jessica wrote:

    Very cute outfit!


    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  30. Meera wrote:

    Ahh I love the great roller neck sweater, So cute !


    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  31. The fall outfits are perfect for me, since it doesn’t really get cold where I live. It’s enough for winter! So happy there are sales! 🙂


    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  32. Anonymous wrote:

    Love you, just read the two articles about Ivf, pray for you

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
    • Yzzy wrote:

      I can’t find that post. 🙁

      Posted 11.15.17 Reply

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