Work outfit ideas for different dress codes

Happy almost long weekend! I’ve been getting more requests for workwear ideas so wanted to share a few for a range of dress codes, from business formal to smart casual. See the video below or on my Instagram reels, and FYI many of the pieces below are on sale for the holiday weekend including the beautiful cardigan jacket in my WFH look!

1. Business Casual

business casual petite workwear outfit

JCF top xxs petite, AT Azra pumps 5, Express pants, old (similar in petite), Sole Society bag (similar)

2. WFH / Zoom Ready

j.crew ella open front cardigan sweater petite review

JCrew cardigan xxs (runs big), Barefoot Dreams joggers c/o xsp (look for less in petite), AT tank (similar) xxs

3.Business Formal

business formal professional petite outfit ideas

H&M blazer (similar in petites), Ann Taylor top (old), Express skirt 00 (runs a little big), Marc Fisher heels 5 (runs narrow), Sole Society tote (similar)

4. Casual

sezane leontine jumper striped sweater petite review

Sezane sweater xxs (love this!), Levis wedgie jeans 24 hems cut, Sam Edelman flats 5 (similar)

5. Smart Casual

what is smart casual dress code blazer jeans

Express jeans 0 short + boyfriend blazer xxsp, Sam Edelman flats 5 (similar)


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  1. Elena wrote:

    Hi Jean! I’m wondering where you got the ivory scalloped tank for the Business Formal outfit you wore in the IG video–it’s different from the JCF cami shown and linked in this blog post. I’ve been hunting for a scalloped tank with wide enough straps that can be worn with or without a cardigan, appropriate for work. Would love any recommendations if that specific top is no longer available. Thank you! Love your style!

    Posted 9.10.21 Reply
  2. T wrote:

    Your style is impeccable. I’m rebuilding my wardrobe and am so happy to have found your site.

    Posted 9.3.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you so much for the kind words!

      Posted 9.8.21 Reply
  3. Contessa wrote:

    How do you find Sezane’s sizing for petites? I’ve been contemplating buying some pieces from there.

    Posted 9.3.21 Reply
    • Gina wrote:

      I’d like to know as well. They don’t offer any measurements, or even give size measurements of their models.

      Posted 9.6.21 Reply
      • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

        Hi Gina and Contessa, sorry for the delay in reply! This is actually the only piece I’ve ordered from Sezane so unfortunately can’t speak to the sizing on their other items. The xxs in this particular sweater is a pretty slouchy fit on me but feels intentionally oversized which I love. It is confusing as some items only start in 2 while others in 0 so I had been hesitant to order more. I did have a nice and smooth experience with shipping and returns though so will update if I try more pieces!

        Posted 9.8.21 Reply

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