Summer workwear // navy knit skirt + mixed prints

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I’ve always marveled at how women work through the last few weeks of pregnancy, especially now as I’m entering the throes of it and can barely stay put for 30 minutes (always itching to walk around, stretch out my back, prop up my legs)! To make matters more uncomfortable, work attire isn’t usually known for having the most forgiving fabrics (an essential for me at this point).

For today’s post with Ann Taylor, I chose a look comprised of all stretchy knits. This skirt is nice quality and fully lined with a second layer underneath, a feature you don’t typically find in knit skirts. The fabric is stretchy with an elastic banded waist, and the slightly asymmetrical ruching placement should help conceal trouble areas! I sized up and went with regular sizing for longer length (this skirt is available starting in 00 petite).

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The possibilities are endless with a navy skirt, but I went with two of my favorite, staple prints here for a subtle mix-and-match look. This dotted cardigan has a tight weave to it, and is a nice medium weight to combat blasting office AC. Note the fabric content listed under petite is inaccurate – the fabric blend listed under regular sizing is correct! I stuck with my usual pre-pregnancy size for this one and like that the sleeves are 3/4 length.

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Thank you to Ann Taylor for partnering on this post.

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  1. Carol Ramírez wrote:

    Great post! These photos are gorgeous, and i love the little tidbit facts you threw in there. It makes this so much more interesting.

    Posted 8.12.18 Reply
  2. Alyssa wrote:

    The promo code does not work. Anyone else have this issue?

    Posted 6.26.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      It ended last night, unfortunately!

      Posted 6.27.18 Reply
  3. Maureen wrote:

    Love the ruching of this skirt! After having a kid, I live in things that are more forgiving in the middle or at least can mask the baby tummy! So ruched items are one of the best! I knew a lot of people who worked up to the day when they had to give birth but I was lucky enough to start my maternity leave one month before. I was so glad I did. I had time to really have that mental, emotional and physical time for myself and also prep for baby. Not the nursery or baby things but just the emotional aspect of it.

    Maureen |

    Posted 6.26.18 Reply
  4. Michelle wrote:

    I love how you mixed the stripes with the polka dots! So stinking adorable.


    Posted 6.26.18 Reply
  5. val wrote:

    Oh my word. Only you can make looking pregnant so chic. Ok, there are a few others. But seriously Jean. Love the way you put this outfit together – so chic.

    Posted 6.26.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      You’re always the sweetest, Val! xx

      Posted 6.27.18 Reply
  6. Shloka wrote:

    This is such a chic and classic combo babe! In love!


    Posted 6.26.18 Reply
  7. You make these pieces look so good! You are so glowing with that baby bump 😉 This color is really slimming and lengthening. 🙂


    Posted 6.26.18 Reply
  8. This office look is stunning <3 🙂 I love the skirt so much! Ann Taylor really has some amazing pieces!

    XO, Elizabeth

    Posted 6.26.18 Reply
  9. Narhee wrote:

    Love this post! You look fab!

    Narhee | Made in Mauve

    Posted 6.25.18 Reply
  10. Mimi wrote:

    Love your outfit. May I ask where you purchased those sunglasses? Really love the whole outfit. You look gorgeous in everything.

    Posted 6.25.18 Reply
    • Rachel wrote:

      Yes, wondering the same!

      Posted 6.26.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Mimi & Rachel – they are the “Lively” style by Thierry Lasry in the tokyo tortoise color. They are very pricey unforutnately, but Shopbop occasionally has sales and I have yet to find another pair of sunglasses that fit and look as good as these!

      Posted 6.26.18 Reply
  11. May wrote:

    Love this look! Especially with the upcoming 4th of July ahead of us.

    May ||

    Posted 6.25.18 Reply
  12. Mireia wrote:

    Love this outfit!

    Posted 6.25.18 Reply
  13. Roses for Fridays | by mia wrote:

    Beautiful Mama to be! 🌷👍🏻🌷

    Posted 6.25.18 Reply
  14. Briana wrote:

    Looks comfortable and super professional!


    Posted 6.25.18 Reply
  15. Ashley wrote:

    I actually worked the day my baby was born (but from home, luckily enough!). I was convinced he would be a week late for some reason so I was planning on working until 41 weeks – make the most of Maternity leave! And then I went into labor on my due date. Contractions started at 930am, he was born the same day at 11:59pm. I had a winter pregnancy so I did a lot of dresses with Maternity tights and tunics with leggings. Definitely not normally work appropriate but I think people are more forgiving with pregnant women!

    Posted 6.25.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      That’s a well-timed due date! And yes for sure, I feel there’s a little more leeway with expecting mamas and workwear.

      Posted 6.26.18 Reply
  16. Love the simple outfit, perfect for a semi-casual workplace! 🙂 ❤️

    Posted 6.25.18 Reply
  17. Leslie wrote:

    Do you have issues with the bottom of your shirt creating lines underneath this skirt when tucked in? I love knit pencil skirts but I hate having the lines of my tucked shirt show through. It’s worse than panty lines!

    Posted 6.25.18 Reply
    • Same! This totally is a faux pa 🙈 but I will sometimes wear Spanx under my skirts and tuck my shirt in under so it smooths it more.

      Otherwise, I believe Jean did a post on kind of looping the shirt and tucking it back under itself (horrible description but it’s here somewhere 😊).

      Good luck!


      Posted 6.25.18 Reply
    • Sheila wrote:

      Same here. Now I just wear bodysuits with all my pencil skirt!

      Posted 6.26.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Yes, tucked shirt lines are a pain! Since this skirt is lined and darker navy in color, it’s a little less visible. It’s also better with shirts in a silky-feeling or more fluid fabric and also with shirts that are a little more fitted. That’s why I much prefer to wear cropped-length tops (that don’t require tucking) or bodysuits, but the selection of both that are both petite-friendly and professional-looking are not that vast.

      Posted 6.26.18 Reply

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