Feminine Details // Scallop Cardigan + Blush Shift Dress

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Talbots scallop cardigan sz petite P on sale! (3 colors) c/o, LOFT shift dress, Ann Taylor necklace + pumps (updated version), KJP cuff bracelet, Cuyana tassel bag c/o (my review)

This simple look might be one of my favorite pairings to date – it combines so many pretty little details in one comfortable outfit! For this in-between-size stage of pregnancy (during which it just looks like I over-indulged at lunch), I’ve been digging through my closet for looser shift and swing dresses. I didn’t find too many, as I apparently loved everything fitted / high waisted, but this forgiving old shift dress was a happy rediscovery!

Shop other shift-style dresses here:

classy work outfit ideas for spring petite fashion
Talbots is currently running a rare 25% off site-wide, with no code needed (UPDATE: new customers can try code NEW25 to get free shipping on top of that!). This scalloped cardigan caught my eye in a catalogue and it did not disappoint in-person! It’s an elegant, classic piece that can be styled like a sweater jacket. It’s lighter in weight but the knit is tightly woven, and does not feel like the type of fabric that would easily snag or pill. It’s also machine washable, although I’d do so only on the gentle cycle and in a large mesh bag (this one’s my favorite for delicates – good size and quality) and skip the machine dryer.

Talbots apparel sizing sadly only starts at 0-2p / Petite P so extra petite ladies will likely need alterations. However I have had luck with some casual-fit knits, like with this sweater! Another work piece that I have tried on and would recommend is their Pique Aberdeen blazer in ivory (use code HURRY for extra 25% off through tonight). A 0 petite will be loose on someone my size (so I recommend sticking with your true size) but the quality, weight and detailing on it are very nice.

I also always recommend checking out their sale shoes! Online sizing starts at sz 5, and they always have a host of fun colors and prints (pom-pom block heels, anyone?) in styles with lower heel heights.

van cleef arpels alhambra look for less necklace
cuyana leather crossbody bag purse
charleston spring southern fashion bow pumps

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  1. B wrote:

    This is a really cute outfit. I love the shoes!

    Posted 4.3.18 Reply
  2. LOVE this dress!


    Posted 3.13.18 Reply
  3. Katya wrote:

    Lovely! The outfit is chic and stylish.

    StyleSprinter Blog

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  4. PeggyMama wrote:

    I’ve been a loyal watcher for yeeeears (love you) but this is my first comment. You mentioned the Pique Aberdeen blazer and at first it didn’t look like much on the website at Talbots. I was in the shop this weekend and checked it out on your suggestion. I instantly fell in love with it (the buttons!!). I wore it to a women’s networking event tonight and got tons of compliments. Thanks so much!

    Posted 3.4.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Aw yay!! Thank you for taking the time to leave a first comment : ) I’ve learned over the years that Talbots has some select great pieces, but their catalogue shots don’t often do them justice. I’m sure you looked incredibly sharp at your networking event!

      Posted 3.6.18 Reply
  5. Gen wrote:

    Hi Jean, do you mind sharing what are the measurements for armhole and shoulder width of the scallop cardigan that you got?

    Posted 3.4.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi there – the petite P measures 12.25″ across the shoulders (measured it from the back side) and it was a little tough to get an accurate armhole measurement, but I got approximately 16.5″ around. The material is knit and stretchy. Hope that helps!

      Posted 3.6.18 Reply
  6. J wrote:

    Thank you for your posts, as always you look great. I’m in desperate need for a one piece swimsuit as my spring vacation is coming up. I would be really grateful if you could suggest a modest one piece!

    Posted 3.4.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi there – I haven’t tried on swimsuits in a very long time, but I know Modcloth and Boden tend to have colorful and cute one pieces that are also more modestly cut in the leg and rear end! (I am unsure about Boden sizing though) I also love LOFT swimsuits but they don’t have a huge selection.

      Posted 3.4.18 Reply
  7. Jandrew wrote:

    Jean , this look is great ! I love the scalloped edge cardigan . This look of a long cardigan is perfect to balance an expecting look .
    Dress The Part

    Posted 3.1.18 Reply
  8. This is adorable! You look so cute and the color is so classy, if you don’t mind please check out my blog, I’m a new blogger and it’ll be amazing if you could give me any advise of how to get more audience, your blog is wonderful!

    Posted 3.1.18 Reply
  9. Hey 🙂 Very pretty and very in trend this spring 🙂 I love your pearl bang, looks so elegant.

    Posted 3.1.18 Reply
  10. Kathy wrote:

    Lovely outfits. You’re so beautiful <3

    Posted 2.28.18 Reply
  11. May wrote:

    You are literally going to be the most fashionable mom out there! This look is amazing on you.

    May || https://themoderness.com/

    Posted 2.28.18 Reply
  12. Yve wrote:

    What a lovely look!

    Yve by http://www.yveloves.com

    Posted 2.28.18 Reply
  13. Jae wrote:

    Beautiful cardigan. It looks great on you. So sweet!

    Posted 2.28.18 Reply
  14. Christine wrote:

    Jean – Thanks for the nudge to check out Talbots! I just picked up their Capri Sandals in Sand, which are a huge upgrade from the plastic sandals I lived in last spring/summer/fall. Just a tip, I used NEW25 promo code for 25% off + free shipping!

    Posted 2.28.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      So glad to hear that Christine! And thanks for the tip. That looks like a cute and versatile option (can’t go wrong with a low wedge and neutral color)!

      Posted 3.4.18 Reply
  15. LB wrote:

    Thank you for all of your wonderful suggestions and inspiration! I’d love to see more work wear, including some higher end suiting options. I’d like to invest in some very nice suits and would be really interested to see your top picks.

    Posted 2.28.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Theory was my absolutely favorite when I worked in a more business formal environment. They are pricier but make gorgeous lightweight wool stretch suiting in minimalist cuts that won’t go out of style. I will be doing a post with them soon so stay tuned!

      Posted 3.4.18 Reply
  16. Maureen wrote:

    Simple and feminine look. Love the scalloped cardigan, it adds such a fun element to your entire outfit. I have the exact opposite of your wardrobe. I have so many swing/shift dresses and probably only have a pair or two of tighter clothing – a shirt or top but not even dresses. Hmmm….

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    Posted 2.28.18 Reply
  17. Jess wrote:

    Re: scallop-edge cardigan, I bought a dupe from H&M last season which is currently $29.99. You can search it as “Short Coat.”


    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Ah I remember that one! I have it in pink without the scallops. Every time I look though small sizes are unavailable – it’s great you were able to grab one last season!

      Posted 3.4.18 Reply
  18. Helen wrote:

    I love both that shift dress and that cardigan! The scallops on the cardi make it look extra classy!


    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  19. Jeany wrote:

    Such a cute outfit and I really love the light color combo of the whole look!
    xx, Jeany from http://vogueetvoyage.com

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  20. Marsh wrote:

    You look so lovely!

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  21. Shloka wrote:

    I am loving the scallop detailing on your gorgeous outfit! You look fabulous!



    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  22. Linna wrote:

    This outfit looks wonderful on you! Thanks for sharing it. Love the scallop detail on the long cardigan!

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  23. Jennifer wrote:

    Your scallop cardigan is so cute! It’s perfect for spring. Thanks for sharing!


    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  24. So classic, yet modern! I love this look!

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  25. Loving the shoes and the whole nude look 🙂


    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  26. Kelcy wrote:

    I always love your outfits so much but never comment… I like how feminine the outfit is. I need more feminine and dainty outfits.

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  27. Marjorie wrote:

    Love this combo of colors and your stilettos are so cool!


    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  28. Jane wrote:

    I’m delighted to hear that your pregnancy is going well!

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  29. keri wrote:

    That scalloped edge is so beautiful! I love little details like that. It really makes an outfit

    Enclothed Cognition

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  30. I absolutely adore this look. Perfect colors for spring, and those SHOES!

    Christa | http://theavidpen.com

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  31. That’s such a pretty cardigan! Love the scallop details. X

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  32. Marta wrote:

    That’s a gorgeous dress! So classy and chic and the cardigan is so beautiful as well, the scallop detailing adds a really cute and feminine vibe to the outfit.

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  33. Mireia wrote:

    Absolutely love it!

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  34. I Love the color of dress its looks adorable on you. Thanks for sharing this.

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  35. I am in love with your outfit as always, Jean! I love the scallop detailing!

    I hope you’re having a great Tuesday,

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  36. Rena wrote:

    The pink with the white looks perfect!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  37. Elizabeth wrote:

    Really loving this soft blush shift dress – it’s so pretty and feminine! 🙂 You styled it so perfectly with the soft cardigan too! <3

    XO, Elizabeth

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  38. Nikki wrote:

    Love the color pairing, so cute and elegant! Thank you for sharing, Jean!

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  39. Fatou wrote:

    this look is so pretty! I love the pastel colors

    Posted 2.27.18 Reply
  40. Ro wrote:

    I’ve contemplated leaving a post for quite some time, and finally decided to do so. I just wanted to thank you for your inspiration. I am a busy professional working (petite) mom, and for several years, fell into a fashion ‘funk’. Since I’ve been following your posts, I have now found motivation is taking care of myself again and honestly feel more put-together now and fashion forward–moreso than I even did in my 20’s. Thank you for sharing your style and grace. I now have a closet that I am proud of, and a new outlook on myself.

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi there – thank you SO much for taking the time to leave this sweet comment and feedback. With family and career I know it’s easy to put yourself on the back burner, so it means a lot for me to hear that I was able to help even in a small way to help you rediscover your style. xx

      Posted 3.4.18 Reply
  41. The scallop trend never really got through to me but I love the minimalist and low-key detail of the scallop cardigan! 🙂 I think it’s a lovely way to add that little detail to your outfit. So cute as usual, Jean! 😀


    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
  42. You look gorgeous Jean! You’re glowing already. This is such a great feminine look and I love the scalloped details.


    Posted 2.26.18 Reply
  43. La Bijoux Bella | by mia wrote:

    Simply beautiful and so classy elegant! 💗👍🏼💗

    Posted 2.26.18 Reply

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