Easy Work Outfit Ideas, Vol. 2 (Fall)

Ann taylor short navy trench coat petite try on

Everlane sweater xxs c/o (also styled here) + slim pants 00 ankle, Ann Taylor trench xxsp c/o + similar bow pumps, Goyard bag

This post on Fall work outfit ideas was the most viewed and Pinned last month, so I’m hoping to make it a regular feature each season! The temps have dropped rapidly here so the next installment will probably have to be with tights (to be honest, my least favorite for styling purposes, but a necessary part of life in New England). In this post I’m also trying on a few pieces that I selected from my brand partners, and included sizing & fit info!

1. swingy and navy

As a changeup from more fitted pieces, I love the look of a slightly flared, swingier silhouette balanced out by a shorter length (either a short swing dress, or a cropped length swing jacket).

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Try-on note: This Ann Taylor short trench is true to size with a slight A-line silhouette (trying on xxs petite). The navy twill fabric is medium weight thickness and has a soft, felted feel to it. I would wait for a sale if interested in this piece!

Try-on note: These Everlane side-zip cotton work pants in houndstooth fit me surprisingly well, with my only complaint being the black exposed side zipper against the brown print. These unlined pants are slim fit, nice and flat in the front, with lots of stretch and an elasticized waistband. The 00 fits my postpartum bod with no waist gap (so these fit smaller in the waist than most AT / LOFT / BR pants), but note the Ankle length is a full length on me hitting right below my ankles. I have them folded under 1″ in these photos for a shorter cropped look – the bottom hem is slightly banded, so it’s easy to fold the hem up and it will stay put all day.

Alternate styling idea: paired with floor-length trousers for a long, lean silhouette!

ann taylor camel pants petite try on

Ann Taylor Madison trousers 00p (old color; waist altered) M.M. LaFleur top xs c/o, Banana Republic pumps 5

2. sweatshirt meets blazer

If I had to parse down my recommendations over the years for a small capsule wardrobe, this knit blazer (comes in several colors) would surely be in the top 10. I’ve posted it several times with workwear, denim, dresses, you name it. The weighty, knit stretch material is comfortable like sweatshirt fabric, the blazer has a flattering slim silhouette, and there’s a different fun print lining inside each of the 5 colors!

Speaking of color, this mustard wool skirt always brings a smile to my face. It’s several years old, but J.Crew just came out with new colors in their wool pencil skirt including a deeper “honey” yellow. Their Factory outlet shop has a similar wool pencil skirt in beautiful hues like green and classic camel. The wool material on the regular J.Crew one is definitely better quality so could be worth it for a classic piece, but the Factory version is an excellent value!

how to style yellow jcrew no 2 pencil skirt petite workwear

3. small feminine touches

I love classic pieces with a feminine twist, like the tie knot bows at the cuffs on this blouse.

Try-on note: This is the Everlane machine-washable silk blouse I’ve mentioned a few times before as a great petite-friendly staple. The silk on this is not sheer, and has a more matte finish than their traditional silk (their same washable silk also comes in a wrap style top). The sleeves are meant to be 3/4 but fit perfectly as full length on my shorter arms.

drape trench coat petite everlane silk blouse

Alternate styling idea: for a very similar but slightly more casual look, swap in a long cardigan instead (mine is from BP)!

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My draped trench above is old from Club Monaco, but I wanted to show their current version, the Elima trench. I actually like the updated one better due to the more structured collar and top lapel, because the draped collar on mine shifts around and sometimes looks too wide. Note the Elima trench has more volume and length to it so regular XS is too big on me (sadly xxs is sold out), but the taupe color is beautiful – would highly recommend for someone taller.

club monaco drape trench coat extra petite

Trying on Club Monaco trench xs (I’d need my usual xxs), Ann Taylor pants 00 petite & heels (similar)

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