Spring Casual // Cozy Top + Convertible Clutch

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A+F cozy top xxs + dot cami xxs, Everlane jeans 24 (I cut the hems 1″) c/o, Ann Taylor sandals 5.5, Leatherology clutch w/ strap c/o

Happy Wednesday! This is a laid-back outfit from our recent travels that I loved and felt really comfortable in. I can’t wait to share all about these jeans in an upcoming post, but below are some details and info about the other pieces! Since I usually have a baby glued to my torso these days, soft fabrics are a plus, and this cardigan/top is oh so cozy to the touch. The buttons also make it nursing-friendly … so win-win!

1. Cozy button-up top

It’s hard to tell in photos, but this top has a soft fleeced feel to it, like a lightweight sweater. The cut is on the wider side and tapers in from the armholes down to the hem (perfect for a casual chic half tuck). The shoulders are slightly dropped in style and the ribbed sleeves are slimmer in fit. When worn by itself the neckline is on the low side, so I’d layer a cami or nursing tank underneath!

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2.Lace Trim Camisole

A good lace cami is surprisingly versatie, and these have adjustable shoulder straps which help ensure a good fit. The clipdot cami I’m wearing has a lightweight textured dot outer layer, and a full lining underneath. Cut is A-line and more flowy, with sz xxs measuring 16″ across the underarms. I also tried on the satiny lace cami, which is a little more elegant (see how I’ve styled satin camisoles here and here).

For mamas asking if these lace camis are nursing friendly, it takes a little maneuvering. I first loosen up a strap, then wiggle the strap off my shoulder to nurse one side at a time. As for undergarments, I usually wear my Bristols 6 nippies (I wash ’em after each use). Or if I know I’ll be keeping my cardigan on all day, I’ll just wear a regular bra or nursing bra with straps!

3. Convertible mini bag

Leatherology reached out about their new convertible Willow clutch, and I’ve been slightly obsessed ever since it arrived! I had been looking for a large wallet / small bag that fits my phone, keys, credit cards, and this has been perfect for that purpose. It has one large zippered pocket, several card slots inside, plus a large back pocket that fits my iPhone.

There are several strap options (each sold separately), but my favorites might be the wristlet and belt bag styles for hands-free #momlife. I thought I would also love their cross-body strap, but to be honest, it looked a little thick for a bag this small. I might try one of my long chain straps from another purse for a different look!

The leather on the Ivory is softer and smoother than I expected (I need to spray it with a leather protectant) so I think one of their more pebbled leathers may be easier to maintain. I got hand painted shadow letters which is a bit pricey, but they also offer a standard smaller monogram option for less.

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51 thoughts on “Spring Casual // Cozy Top + Convertible Clutch

  • Reply Anonymous March 27, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Could you please represent the color of your clothes as they actually are rather than the prettiest Photoshopped color? The color on your blog (talking about the Everlane T shirt) often looks better than the color on the retailer’s website. You always lose my sale when you do that. I know you only like the comments about how pretty you look (which always come with a plug for their own blog) but some of us just want some good clothes suggestions and not an opportunity to grow your business.

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 27, 2019 at 11:29 am

      I am always open to constructive feedback, so there was really no need for your snarkiness here.

      I make my best effort to represent the items accurately, but getting an image down to an exact color is often out of my control due to lighting, camera used, and other factors. When my husband edits my photos, I have the exact items laid out next to him so he can adjust the best he can to the true shade. Sometimes the color in the retailer photo is the one that is off. The Everlane T-shirt looks pretty close to me.

    • Reply Abby March 27, 2019 at 11:49 am

      I just wanted to comment as a non-blogger, that Jean you look very pretty and your response was very respectful despite this unnecessarily rude comment.

      Love your blog and your openness! Long time reader, first time commenter (:

    • Reply Stephanie March 27, 2019 at 1:10 pm

      Wow. Bitter much “Anonymous”?! I checked out the Everlane T shirt from their website and compared it to Jean’s photo. Looks practically the same. Maybe it’s your lighting.

      As a petite professional, I appreciate the photos and style advice. Cut the negativity and stick with the fashion please.


      • Reply Tammy March 29, 2019 at 1:10 pm

        Um okay someone needs a hug. I have been following your blog for years. I love your blog so much. I’m 5’1” at 118 lbs and your extra petite tips are a god send. Your reply to she/he who is not named was very professional. I would have went ham on them. Keep up the awesome work. Stay you and your beautiful mama.

    • Reply Paige March 28, 2019 at 11:12 am

      Anonymous, what is your end goal here? Do you now feel better about yourself?

      Jean you are the classiest of classy! Your responses to these trolls are always so respectful. Thank you for putting together such an awesome blog and making petite ladies feel welcome in the fashion world.

    • Reply Caro March 29, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      Wow, that was uncalled for. If you’re that concerned about getting the color right, you shouldn’t be doing any online shopping because there’s no guarantee you’ll get the EXACT color/fit/style/etc you want.

  • Reply Mireia March 27, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Such a cute look!

  • Reply Janine March 27, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    I really like this outfit! Those jeans literally have the perfect cut and wash, I so need to pick up a pair of straight leg light-wash jeans.
    The clutch is really cute as well, however I always seem to carry around my whole life so I always need a big tote haha!
    Xx Janine

  • Reply christine March 27, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I have been looking for a clutch/crossbody/wristlet FOR YEARS and none has ever checked off all my requirements! Thank you so so much for sharing! This has made my day!

    • Reply Kim March 27, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      I seriously do not understand how these trolls actually take out the time of their lives to Make ugly comments about strangers on social media that they have no clue what their real life is like and especially that early in the morning. Must be sad to be that miserable to make others feel as bad as they feel.
      I love the new high rise mom jeans. I’m only 5’1” in height so all your tips are very helpful for me before I buy something.

  • Reply Penny March 27, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Jean I have never commented before but I want you to know I love your blog and I think your husband does a beautiful job with the pictures! Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses March 27, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    I love your Spring outfit, Jean! I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer!

    I hope you have a great Wednesday,

  • Reply Marta March 27, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    That’s a gorgeous outfit, it looks so cute. I love the camisole, that’s my favourite item, it looks so romantic.

    P.S. – I saw the comment above about the photo editing and honestly, if people knew how hard it was to edit photos they wouldn’t be so rude about it, we’re just trying to do our best.

  • Reply Sharlyn March 27, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Jean,
    I too am petite and never would have thought those jeans would look great on a girl our size. I’m glad to see how amazing they look on you and now will try on a pair. Thanks for posting. Your style is inspirational! This is my first time posting but long time follower 🙂

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 27, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      Hi Sharlyn, thank you for taking time to leave a first comment! : ) I’ve been wanting to try something different, but nothing looked as good as skinny jeans until I put this pair on. The higher rise and straight but not too loose leg work wonderfully on a petite frame!

  • Reply Diana March 27, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Hi jean!!
    Perfect timing! I was looking to venture out from my usual skinny jeans. What size are you for reference? After 4 kids, I’ve been trying to up my fashion game.. hahah

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 27, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Diana! My waist and hips measure 24″ and 32″ respectively. I’m usually a 00 or 24 in jeans, and find these to fit true to size but note the higher rise hits at my navel and is a snug fit on me.

  • Reply Charmaine Ng March 27, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Such, such, such a cute outfit, Jean! Love the tucked-in oversized cardigan. The style’s pretty common in Korea and I’m in love! 🙂 💕

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Roses for Fridays | by mia March 27, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Beautiful casual look for the upcoming seasons!

    🌸🍃ROSES FOR FRIDAYS 🌸🍃| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Lauren March 27, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    As someone who only owns skinny jeans, I appreciated this look at something different. The comment above from Anonymous was unnecessarily rude and mean spirited. Your response was classy. Thanks.

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 27, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you, Lauren! I’m a skinny jean fanatic but needed to try something new. I probably went through 20 pairs of straight / cropped / wider jeans before finding a pair that felt just right : )

    • Reply Julia March 28, 2019 at 3:58 am

      Ah, I think it’s ok to choose the prettiest pictures for a fashion blog, I am not here to look for how frumpy I can look, want to be inspired though honestly I don’t have the time for makeups nor matching my bags with my clothes 😁 I’ve bought some pieces that were featured and generally like them. One request is to recommend Mommy friendly outfits, not necessarily nursing friendly but the ones that don’t wrinkle easily, are laundry machine friendly, and functional and comfortable. Would love more capsule clothing. I don’t wear heels, I’d topple when I chase my kids, and trench coats are not useful in the rain because it doesn’t have hoods, I live in Tieks. I also don’t like it when products show the logos, would like to have leather products that don’t look as if I need the validation from a brand. I’ll have to duck and hide if my friends see me carrying a Chanel bag or wearing a Burberry trench. The past jackpots for me were the Ann Taylor coats, I love how I can just throw them over the leggings that I wore to bed the night before, put on the Tieks and ready to drop off my kids at school.

      • Reply Anonymous March 28, 2019 at 3:46 pm

        Just wanted to say ditto on the mommy friendly outfits! It would be great if you could do a post on cute and comfy things to wear to the park with your kids.

        • Reply Jacqueline May 4, 2019 at 8:58 am

          Jean, what color did you use for the shadow color on the hand-lettered monogram for the clutch? Thank you!!

          I am not petite, but I am skinny and have what I would call a strictly “functional/practical” wardrobe. I pretty much only buy things you recommend now, and they work SO well for me!! You’ve really helped me make my wardrobe more adult. Xo

          • Jean | Extra Petite May 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm

            Hi Jacqueline, thank you for the kind message and I’m so sorry for having missed your question! I got blush shadow here.

  • Reply Ashley March 27, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Love the jeans! I hope you review more Everlane jeans because I love their skinny jeans but have been too scared to try the other styles. These look so cute on you!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 27, 2019 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks, Ashley! I did try on a few other cuts from them and honestly didn’t like them as much. So far, my favorites are definitely the Authentic stretch mid rise ankle skinny and this one.

    • Reply Viv March 30, 2019 at 8:11 am

      Hi Jean, would you prefer the Ann Taylor sandals, Sam Adelman Yaro or Sam Adelman Odelia? Thank you

  • Reply Rena March 27, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Looks super cute with the cozy top!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Reply Susan March 27, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Love the purse! Are the initials white with a blush shadow color?

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 27, 2019 at 8:02 pm

      THanks, Susan! Yes they are white with blush shadow.

      • Reply Maria May 4, 2019 at 11:33 am

        Link to the purse/clutch isn’t working. Maybe they sold it. Any alternatives you can suggest, I love it w the belt strap.

  • Reply Mong March 27, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Jean,
    I’m wondering, how this clutch compares to Chanel WOC and YSL WOC that you own? And what type of closure it is, snap or magnetic ? (It’s not said on the website)

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 27, 2019 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Mong! It’s a small snap button closure. And hmm.. I haven’t really thought about those bags in the same vein, since I use this one pretty casually. For example, I now take the Leatherology clutch while running using the wristlet strap which I would never do with the Chanel or YSL bags! Size-wise, it’s similar and maybe a little smaller than those designer bags.

  • Reply InkyGirl March 27, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Jean, You are so lovely! I have pulled so many great ideas from you over the years. The pictures of all of you are gorgeous! Please keep up the great work!

    • Reply Lauren March 27, 2019 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Jean,
      Did you try any of Everlane’s white jeans? I’ve been curious about this brand and am looking for white jeans…

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 28, 2019 at 11:05 pm

        Hi Lauren, yes I tried two pairs and didn’t love them. I tried their white skinny which unfortunately wasn’t as fitted throughout the leg as I’d like. I also tried on this same kick crop cut in the white color but the waist ran much bigger in the white than the light blue color so they unfortunately didn’t fit!

  • Reply Elizabeth T. March 27, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    That mini bag is adorable <3 🙂 And I love the lacy camisole that you're wearing – it looks perfect with that cardigan!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • Reply C March 27, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    I really like that bag ! Does the back pocket for your phone have a zipper or is it open ? Where have you gotten other chains to use with your smaller purses? Thanks!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 28, 2019 at 11:06 pm

      Hi C – the back pocket is open, so if I were swinging it around with the wristlet strap, I’d be afraid of my phone falling out. If I’m wearing it as a belt bag or holding onto the bag like a clutch, then I don’t mind keeping my phone in the back. I have an old Zara bag that came with a chain strap, but I’m sure you could probably find a chain purse strap on eBay or something!

  • Reply Anonymous March 28, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Jean, can you please share your lipstick color? Looks amazing on you!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 28, 2019 at 11:07 pm

      thank you! It’s Kat Von D lolita liquid lipcolor which has wonderful lasting power. It’s very pigmented though so I apply lip balm and then use my finger to lightly apply some of the liquid lipcolor over it.

  • Reply May March 28, 2019 at 2:59 am

    How cute is your clutch! I love that it can be used as a wristlet or belt bag too.

    May || https://themoderness.com/

  • Reply Jae March 28, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Ah! Absolutely love this outfit! Love the sweater, love the jeans, love the bag!

  • Reply Vicky March 28, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Jean, you like look beautiful, as always. I have a question about the Everlane jeans. How is the sizing? If I wear Madewell sz 26 do you think their sizing is also TTS? TIA.

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 28, 2019 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Vicky! I tried on this same jean in two colors and both ran differently unforutnately. But for this light blue color, I found it to run true to size but note it’s a fitted, snug high waist style with minimal stretch at the waist. I take 24 in most brands and a 24 in this one fit perfectly.

  • Reply Maureen March 28, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    I have bought from Leatherology in the past and have always been impressed by the quality of their products! This clutch you chose is beautiful and I bet the leather feels so buttery soft!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • Reply Nina March 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Jean. I’ve been looking at these jeans for forever but am not quite sure what to expect on the fit. They look looser on you than your other usual pants but I saw you said you thought it was true to size. I have the Everlane Modern Boyfriend Jeans. They are really loose but look similar to this pair on you. Are these meant to be looser or am I misunderstanding the fit?

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 28, 2019 at 11:09 pm

      Hi Nina – these are a kick crop jean so they are meant to be slim but non skinny, and flare out slightly at the bottom. They are looser in the leg when compared to my skinny jeans, however the high-rise waist is very fitted across which I think is what keeps it flattering even on a short frame! I have not tried the modern boyfriend unfortunately so can’t compare.

  • Reply Heza March 31, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I’ve also been following your blog for quite a few years now. It is so helpful for petite women who are wanting to look stylish yet classy. For the person who posted the classless comment: most people would just move on to another site if they were dissatisfied with what was being posted and not comment in such a negative way. You need to focus on your inner beauty first and then perhaps revisit working on your outer beauty.

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