Fall Office Style: Puff Sleeve Sweater + Tweed Skirt

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Ann Taylor wrap coat xxsp, puff shoulder sweater xxsp, tweed skirt 00p (runs big), slingback kitten heels sz 5 – outfit c/o

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This look is a nod to one of my go-to styles from early days of blogging – a little tweed, a lotta pearls, and feminine details like the puff shoulders on this sweater and sleek slingback kitten heels. The resulting look is simple but elegant for the office or meetings. You can also swap in different shoes and accessories (I’d do ankle booties or knee high riding boots) to take this skirt + sweater combo into the weekend!

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Puff Shoulder Sweater

This is your basic crewneck sweater updated with princess-style puff shoulders. I’ve always loved the idea of edgier strong shoulders, but more often than not, they end up looking linebacker-style on a petite frame. The puff detail on this sweater though is very subtle, perfect for dipping your toes into the trend. One of the online reviews mentioned removing the small shoulder pads, but I like the partial pads to give the shirring some shape!

Wool-Blend Wrap Coat

I’m thrilled to hear from so many of you who bought and love this wrap coat (last featured in this blog post)! They recently added a beautiful new burgundy (“plum raisin”) color, currently available in all sizes. I have this coat in xxs petite, and love the adjustable open belted fit and how it can accommodate either light or heavy layering from Fall through Winter.

Slingback Kitten Heels

If you prefer a low kitten heel for ease of walking around in, these are a classic, flattering option. With flats and lower heels, I look for elongating details like this low “V” dip in the front, which visually adds an extra inch or so to the legs! The pointed front toe area runs on the narrower side, in my opinion, so is not best suited for those with wide feet.

Tweed A-line Skirt

If you like textured fabric, you’ll love this thick, chunky tweed in an Autumnal blend of cream, navy, black, and mustard yellow. Ann Taylor bottoms usually run big on me, so extra petite ladies may need to get the waist taken in. Skirt in 00 petite measures: 13″ across the waist, 17″ across the hips, 18″ total length, and is fully lined with an invisible zipper.

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16 thoughts on “Fall Office Style: Puff Sleeve Sweater + Tweed Skirt

  • Reply Amanda K. October 26, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Hi Jean!
    Just yesterday, I was actually in-store in search of the puff-sleeved crew sweater only to end up not finding it since it’s only available online. I had forgotten, so your post was a nice reminder.
    Also love this work outfit you put together that I might actually try it out. I’ve always avoided patterned skirts with fear of accentuating my hips too much, but when I look at the color scheme of your look, I can see how there is a way to go around it while also elongating your height – with black! I also like how it’s not entirely black and white (which you might be aware is a Chinese taboo outside of funerals) by sneaking in some yellow and blue in the skirt. And with your pearls and handbag, you’ve got a sophisticated ensemble – great work!

  • Reply Petite Teacher October 27, 2018 at 2:49 am

    Dear Jean. I have got a similar skirt like yours and as you say…depending on your shoes and accessories it can be a very classy outfit for work or a cool one for the weekend. With temperatures dropping, the tweet material is ever so welcome. The colour scheme of yours is perfect for the autumn season. Love it! Thanks for the information and review of the soft jumper, learned something new (again) that I can use when shopping! Love, Lieske

  • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses October 27, 2018 at 6:07 am

    That sweater is so pretty, I love it! Always love your outfits Jean. Also love the wrap coat! I’m all about longer coats this time of year. Especially with how cold it gets here in England!

    Happy Saturday!

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 27, 2018 at 6:12 am

    You always have the most glamorous office styles, Jean! I love the skirt so much. It’s super cute and chic! 🙂 ❤️


  • Reply Roses for Fridays | by mia October 27, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Love ♥️the puff sleeves sweater paired with the cute tweed skirt. Simply beautiful!


  • Reply Lou October 27, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I received my puff sleeve sweaters yesterday in the pewter and cranberry. I love them. The cranberry is more of a raspberry and the pewter has a slight olive/ gray look. Both are lovely. The cut is shaped nicely, not boxy. The yarn is soft and cozy. I want the winter white one now. I purchased the crocus scarf to go with both sweaters, all at 50% off and free shipping.

  • Reply Peppermint Dolly October 27, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Love your style here – the top is just gorgeous!

    Rebecca | http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  • Reply Anika May October 27, 2018 at 11:13 am

    This is such a chic look! I love how you’ve styled it 🙂

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • Reply Luck October 27, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    I miss your over the knee boots recommendations and more winter casual outfits

  • Reply kafok October 28, 2018 at 3:07 am

    Puff sleeve sweater + tweed skirt is very beautiful.

  • Reply Jane October 28, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Beautiful skirt and helpful tips, thanks 🙂

  • Reply Purse addict October 28, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Love your outfit! If you’ve rented the Kelly, would you like to share more details of the place? Can you make a post of your Kelly?

  • Reply Cc October 28, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Hi jean

    Have you reviewed your Hermés bag or is it new?

  • Reply Quynh Chau October 28, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Yes, please talk about the beautiful bag!

  • Reply Elizabeth T. October 29, 2018 at 1:19 am

    This sweater is so cute <3 🙂 I love how you styled it with this plaid skirt for such a cute look!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • Reply Jocelyn Hsiung October 29, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Hi Jean! The first thing I thought when I saw this post was “OMG, does she have a Kelly??” Can you please do a review of your gorgeous bag and how you got it? 🙂

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