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


51 thoughts on “Feminine Details // Scallop Cardigan + Blush Shift Dress

  • Reply La Bijoux Bella | by mia February 26, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Simply beautiful and so classy elegant! 💗👍🏼💗

  • Reply Linda Quinones February 26, 2018 at 10:22 pm

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


  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog February 26, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    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! 😀


  • Reply Ro February 26, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    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.

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 4, 2018 at 11:10 am

      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

  • Reply Fatou February 27, 2018 at 12:08 am

    this look is so pretty! I love the pastel colors

  • Reply Nikki February 27, 2018 at 12:46 am

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

  • Reply Elizabeth February 27, 2018 at 2:22 am

    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

  • Reply Rena February 27, 2018 at 3:36 am

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

  • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses February 27, 2018 at 3:44 am

    I am in love with your outfit as always, Jean! I love the scallop detailing!

    I hope you’re having a great Tuesday,

  • Reply Diva Dealzz - Stylish Petite February 27, 2018 at 4:40 am

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

  • Reply Mireia February 27, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Absolutely love it!

  • Reply Marta February 27, 2018 at 8:35 am

    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.

  • Reply Neeltje | Thoughts in Style February 27, 2018 at 8:42 am

    That’s such a pretty cardigan! Love the scallop details. X

  • Reply Christa L Sagmoe February 27, 2018 at 9:03 am

    I absolutely adore this look. Perfect colors for spring, and those SHOES!

    Christa | http://theavidpen.com

  • Reply keri February 27, 2018 at 10:09 am

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

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Reply Jane February 27, 2018 at 10:33 am

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

  • Reply Marjorie February 27, 2018 at 10:49 am

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


  • Reply Kelcy February 27, 2018 at 11:20 am

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

  • Reply Simona Adamcova February 27, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Loving the shoes and the whole nude look 🙂


  • Reply Britney Matheson February 27, 2018 at 11:43 am

    So classic, yet modern! I love this look!

  • Reply Jennifer February 27, 2018 at 11:52 am

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


  • Reply Linna February 27, 2018 at 11:57 am

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

  • Reply Shloka February 27, 2018 at 1:25 pm

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



  • Reply Marsh February 27, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    You look so lovely!

  • Reply Jeany February 27, 2018 at 6:23 pm

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

  • Reply Helen February 27, 2018 at 8:47 pm

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


  • Reply Jess February 27, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    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.”


    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 4, 2018 at 11:12 am

      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!

  • Reply Maureen February 28, 2018 at 10:34 am

    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

  • Reply LB February 28, 2018 at 10:42 am

    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.

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 4, 2018 at 11:13 am

      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!

  • Reply Christine February 28, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    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!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 4, 2018 at 11:16 am

      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)!

  • Reply Jae February 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm

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

  • Reply Yve February 28, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    What a lovely look!

    Yve by http://www.yveloves.com

  • Reply May February 28, 2018 at 8:06 pm

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

    May || https://themoderness.com/

  • Reply Kathy February 28, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Lovely outfits. You’re so beautiful <3

  • Reply Jane Aliesina March 1, 2018 at 8:54 am

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

  • Reply Claresta Defa March 1, 2018 at 10:59 am

    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!

  • Reply Jandrew March 1, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Jean , this look is great ! I love the scalloped edge cardigan . This look of a long cardigan is perfect to balance an expecting look .
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  • Reply Embellished Needle and Thread Lilac Gown in Paris March 2, 2018 at 7:58 am

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  • Reply J March 4, 2018 at 10:38 am

    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!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 4, 2018 at 11:17 am

      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.

  • Reply Gen March 4, 2018 at 7:55 pm

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

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 6, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      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!

  • Reply PeggyMama March 4, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    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!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      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!

  • Reply Katya March 5, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Lovely! The outfit is chic and stylish.

    StyleSprinter Blog

  • Reply Alexa M Johnson March 13, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    LOVE this dress!


  • Reply B April 3, 2018 at 10:43 am

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

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