Wear it 2 ways: Cozy rib top + Cognac ankle boots

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T&B ankle booties 5.5, Dolman ribbed top xxs (4 colors) Gibson blazer xxs petite, Quay sunglasses, J.Brand jeans (very similar in petites from Topshop. Size up; their 25×28 fits perfectly on me), Goyard bag

I’ve always loved pieces in classic camel and shades of tan, but can’t say I’m usually excited by plain old “brown.” Well regular brown is having a moment this season, and I’m admittedly loving its earthy feel like with this sweater and how it brings out my deeper lipcolors. Below, I rounded up a few pieces in various shades of brown & black that have gotten a ton of mileage in my wardrobe!

1. T&B ankle booties (6 colors; runs half size small)
Compared to booties that hit at the ankle, I sometimes find higher shafts to look a little more elongating against petite legs. These T&B booties from Nordstrom are a similar option for my most worn (but long sold out) Sam Edelman boots.

The quality of the T&B is not as good as my SEs (I would prefer the ankle opening to be more reinforced), but the overall look is quite similar. They have been comfortable so far with no breaking in needed, and they come in a rainbow of neutral suede options. The Black or Chocolate colors are close dupes for my SEs (I like how the Chocolate has a darker sole and heel for less contrast), and those would actually pair better with my outfit here as well as with black tights or leggings. The Cognac however is the closest match to my skin tone, if you intend on wearing these mostly with bare legs.

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Same sweater + boots with a skirt pairing. Which do you prefer? Belt & similar skirt linked here.

2. Dolman ribbed tee (4 colors)
See on me last year in xxs. This has been one of my default tops to wear half-tucked with jeans and a waist belt. I first got it last fall in a brighter pumpkin, and liked it so much I ended up getting a second amongst the new colors (brown won out but black was a close second)! This is a cozy, fleeced but lightweight ribbed tee that tucks and drapes in all the right places on me. The sleeves are a looser dolman fit at the upper arms, and narrow down into a slender fit by the sleeve cuffs so you can push the sleeves up and they won’t slide down


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My old favorite Sam Edelman boots vs. the T&B ankle booties in Cognac

3. Knit blazer (6 colors)
Another old favorite that I have in two colors! This is basically a comfortable sweatshirt blazer, made of a medium-thick weight knit fabric featuring a patterned lining. The petites sizing fits nice and slim through the torso and sleeve width. Knit material also works great for travel – see this same blazer in white make a few appearances in my travel outfits styling video. I have my fingers crossed for a future camel color!

4. Sleek, squared sunglasses (4 colors, including a brown tortoise print)
These are hands down my most worn pair of sunglasses this year, and a universally flattering one at that. I’ve lost count of friends who tried mine on then ordered immediately afterwards! These are an excellent value (Nordstrom will match lower prices around the web), and fit my nose bridge and face a little better than my much pricier version from Celine. If you missed the tip I reposted on IG stories on how to remove the pesky white logo on the lens, a cotton swab and some nail polish remover works like a charm.

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ribbed dolman sweater petite fashion blogbrown narrow ankle boots in size 5  boston blogger how to style black jeansThank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post.


16 thoughts on “Wear it 2 ways: Cozy rib top + Cognac ankle boots

  • Reply Mireia September 27, 2019 at 1:57 am

    In love with this autumn outfit!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Reply Janine September 27, 2019 at 2:43 am

    I too love good brown staples, because I feel like they go with so much in my wardrobe! This is a super cute outfit, thanks for sharing!
    xx Janine

  • Reply Cate September 27, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Cute for fall! You should do a post on different boot shaft heights and how to wear them if you’re short. I have a hard time judging what’s going to make my legs look short and what will work well. Also what to look for in boots with dresses/skirts to help elongate legs.

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite September 27, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, Cate! I’ll keep that in mind with future posts. I find that there isn’t any hard rules of thumb since in addition to shaft height, it also really differs based on the toe shape of the boots (pointed vs almond vs round), how wide the openings are, and the color of the boot. Black boots with black leggings or tights pretty much look great with any shaft height! Whereas with bare legs, it’s a little trickier so I usually stick to shades of tan and a slightly taller shaft.

  • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses September 27, 2019 at 3:30 am

    Love these Autumn pieces! I was so excited to bring my Autumn staples out of the closet this month hahaha!

    Happy Friday!

  • Reply Kristin September 27, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    The hardest thing for me is finding short enough jeans. I would love to find a pair that is 26” inseam that are not grandma jeans. I have skinny jeans, so maybe slim straight leg? 🤦🏻‍♀️

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite September 27, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Most Express Short or Topshop Jamie jeans in regular sizing have about a 26″ inseam, I’ve found! If you need even shorter, then I’d recommend Topshop Ankle jeans in their 28 Petite length or Express Ankle jeans in Short (specifically their styles that say “ankle” and then are in either Petite or Short sizing – I’ve found those are sometimes as short as 23 to 24″ inseam).

  • Reply Mariya Zafirova September 27, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    You look lovely!

  • Reply Elizabeth Tran September 27, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I have a pair of cognac boots too and I love them <3 🙂

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • Reply Roses for Fridays | by mia September 27, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Looking gorgeous as always!

  • Reply Lindsey September 27, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Jean! Do you mind sharing details on the Hermes belt size and buckle you have on in this post and the gold or rose gold one you shared in past posts. I will be traveling to Paris next month for the first time ever and I want to buy a few investment pieces including an Hermes belt. 🙂

    P.s love your style and always very informative blog.

  • Reply Amy September 27, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Jean! Can you share where you got the leopard scarf from?

  • Reply Jennifer September 29, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Jean! I love the old Sam Edelman suede booties you have. Do you happen to remember the name of them? Hoping to find them online. Thank you! xx

  • Reply Caroline October 2, 2019 at 3:54 am

    You are looking good Autumn pieces. I love the Dolman Ribbed Top.

  • Reply Leslie October 9, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Any suggestions for booties with narrow ankle openings? I have skinny ankles that swim in some booties. Thanks!

  • Reply Apurva Desai October 14, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Jean! Are these boots comfortable for an everyday wear?

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