Classic tweed + denim (petite maternity jeans review)

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Ann Taylor jacket 00 petite c/o on sale!LOFT maternity jeans 0PM (also in non-maternity), H&M top sz 2 altered (similar), Prada Cuir bagBR pumps sz 5 c/o (also worn here), 68″ pearls (similar)

I have a weakness for timeless Chanel-style jackets, and thankfully Ann Taylor caters to that for a fraction of the price! This new arrival is very nice quality with a good weight to it, and I adore the dark chambray trim with fringed edges. The fabric itself is beautiful (mostly navy and cream with some confetti hues) and there’s a full lining. The tweed is pretty easy to pair with various other colors, but I especially like it against light blush, such as this shell. If you’re looking to reach the free shipping minimum, I can’t recommend these low block heel sandals enough! Mine are from years back and get so much wear.

loft petite maternity skinny jeans review
For the first half of this pregnancy, the BellaBand worked like a charm for extending the life of my regular low-rise jeans and pants (with the exception of leggings – I love this affordable cotton pair for lounging + this thick, durable pair for working out / travel). But now that even widely-unzipped pants are starting to dig into my belly, it feels oh-so-good to slip into my first pair of maternity jeans and start living that zipper-free life!

I’ve been recommending LOFT skinny jeans for years, and am happy to report that their petite maternity jeans are just as good! Pre-pregnancy, I tried on the non-maternity version of these skinny jeans in “dark indigo” sz 24/00p and can attest they’re very similar minus the over-the-belly stretch panel. For fit reference, I went one size up here (to 0P) from my pre-pregnancy size at LOFT. I tried on 00p in their maternity pants but they would barely fit over my expanding hips, plus the belly panel felt snug. After sizing up, the legs are a little loose on me but more comfy overall, and I don’t mind some room to grow into over the coming months!

PS – A lot of LOFT items are on sale right now, including a pretty good petite maternity section! Expecting mamas should check out: maternity navy ankle pantsmaternity black trousers (very flattering), and maternity legging jeans with a cropped 25.5″ inseam (the ones I’m wearing have a 27″ inseam). If you prefer side stretch panels instead of over the bump, I’ve heard lots of great things about J.Brand Mama jeans, which are 30% off here! I also made a few orders from other maternity lines, and will share thoughts after they arrive.

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chanel style tweed jacket business work outfit
I’m filing this outfit under workwear, since you can easily swap in slim ankle trousers and make this business and meeting-appropriate. As office substitutes for skinny jeans, my favorite non-maternity navy pants are BR Sloans for stretchy all-day comfort (see them on me), or J.Crew Camerons which are more tailored with no waist gap (see them on me). I never machine dry the Camerons, but a reader let me know that hers have held up very well through machine washing + drying!

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18 thoughts on “Classic tweed + denim (petite maternity jeans review)

  • Reply La Bijoux Bella | by mia April 25, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Such a nice easy and comfy look for a brand new Mama to be! ♥️👍🏼♥️


  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog April 25, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I never thought tweed could look so good! ❤️
    You look beautiful, Jean! 🙂

  • Reply Teresa April 25, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I love the tweed jacket Jean 🙂 You look beautiful!

  • Reply YZ Chan April 25, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Such a classy and elegant look! The tweed jacket is gorgeous. 🙂

  • Reply Rena April 25, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    We share our weakness for Chanel style 🙂 And you look perfect in your look with the maternity jeans!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Reply Minau April 25, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Very nice ensemble!

  • Reply Simplement Lui April 25, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Extremely and elegant outfit!

  • Reply Ankita Bardhan April 26, 2018 at 2:57 am

    I never knew there is so much behind maternity denims! You’re right, the whole outfit is very workwear friendly. Love your tweed jacket btw 🙂
    Ankita | Real Girl Talks

  • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses April 26, 2018 at 7:48 am

    I love the tweed look! Your outfit is beautiful Jean!

    Happy Thursday, I hope you’re having a lovely day!

  • Reply Quyen Tran April 26, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Jean
    Awhile back I found you by way of Strictly Dumpling (Lobster video) and I immediately loved you! As an Asian working mother of 3 with very similar sizing measurements to you I have a hard time finding classy, trendy, affordable and age appropriate clothes for myself. Since discovering you my wardrobe has been transformed! I’ve purchased several of the items you’ve written about ( including the tweed jacket just now) and each item fits and looks great. Thank you for being my personal shopper and many blessing for Baby!

  • Reply Devinne April 26, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    That jacket is so cute! Also, those maternity jeans look SO COMFY. I’m not planning on having kids anytime soon, but I kinda wish I had those in my closet.

  • Reply May April 26, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    You always look so classy and put together! Also, I agree with you on the Chanel style jackets. Love that Ann Taylor makes similar ones.

    May ||

  • Reply Elizabeth T. April 27, 2018 at 1:56 am

    This tweed jacket is sooo cute! <3 🙂 Loving the way you styled it for such a classy and elegant look!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Reply Abhita April 27, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Funnily enough, when I started reading your blog in 2014 I was expecting my first child, and I wondered if I might find any tips for bump-friendly dressing here. Then I figured, you’re young, why would you be thinking about maternity wear. So nice to see you in maternity wear now!

  • Reply Petite Teacher April 28, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I love your classy tweed jacket, especially the blue details and the fringed edges. This way it is less ‘only’ classical wear and thus more versatile. I can easily picture teachers wearing this in class. Love, Lieske

  • Reply Jenny Yang April 29, 2018 at 1:52 am

    that jacket is so cute!!
    xx Jen

  • Reply Beth May 8, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Did you have to tailor the jacket at all? I bought it and it looks boxy and old-ladyish on me, but super-cute on you! I’m wondering if maybe taking it in will help.

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite May 8, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      Hi Beth – aw I’m sorry to hear that! I did not alter the jacket at all – usually I will always disclose any alterations right at the top. I have gained weight though and am still wearing my pre-pregnancy size, so I think that must play a big part in filling it out and making it look less boxy.

      If you’re getting your jacket altered, usually just slimming the sleeves can make a difference visually!

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