Shoe Swap // Taupe sweater + Olive pull on pants

A few years ago I did a little series on shoe swaps showing how to easily transition outfits with a change of footwear. I wanted to do another shoe swap featuring comfortable workwear pieces like these crepe pull on pants (also see them here under “business creative”). The stretch material and elastic waist make these a great option for either casual or work wear, and the length works even on my 5′ tall frame for pairing with both flats and heels. I’ve been reaching for these pants so often, the black color (fully stocked) is next on my list! Note that LOFT pants typically run a little big and these are relaxed fit through the legs.

1. With sneakers:

What I’m actually wearing on a day-to-day basis, for daycare drop off and pickups, grocery runs and other errands! My Everlane sneakers have proven to be an extra versatile favorite since this review post a while back. The off white color goes with everything, and the retro-inspired cut works so much better with dresses, jeans and ankle pants than regular athletic style sneakers.

everlane court sneakers review petite

One of my fall staples for the past two years is this Everlane alpaca sweater, but I completely forgot how it was itchy upon arrival…so much that I almost returned it right away when I first got it! It definitely softens up after a few wears, to the point that I completely forgot how it feels out of the package until I ordered a second one recently in the new camel brown color. I love the oversized but not overwhelming cut and how light and airy it is, so if you don’t mind a little itch in the beginning (wear it over a tee) it was worth it for me! The almond color is a pretty cream with a hint of taupe.

For those who want something more affordable that’s soft right off the bat and with no wool content, this $35 BP sweater I’m wearing in the below photo is super budget friendly and in a very similar neutral oatmeal color.

2. With pumps:

For business casual outfits, a meeting or presentation, I added a printed topcoat and sleek V-cut pumps to polish up the look! I reached out to Sarah Flint to ttry out their perfect pumps and they are beautifully handcrafted inside and out. They come in different heights, and as you can see in the first photo above, they have unique cushioning at the arches for extra support.

You can use code SARAHFLINT-JEAN50 for $50 off any full price shoe on a first time purchase.

fall workwear outfit ideas
Topshop coat (similar), Loft pants xxsp, BP sweater xxs, Sarah Flint pumps 35.5 c/o, J.Crew sunglasses, AT tote (similar)
3. With flats:

For a comfortable but still polished outfit (i.e. for teachers who have to be on their feet most of the day!), or if you have a commute involving walking or public transit, I’d swap in flats like my knit Rothy’s flats with a little print for interest. See my review on the many Rothy’s styles!

rothys point flats review petite

loft olive pull on pants

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18 Comments

  1. Jewel wrote:

    Hi Jean, love the idea of simply swapping shoes to make a single outfit work multiple ways. I’m curious if you plan on doing a more detailed review of the Sarah Flint heels? I have been on the fence for a long time and curious to know your thoughts after owning them a while. Appreciate all you do!

    Posted 10.24.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Jewel, hope you’ve been well! I don’t have a more detailed review planned but I can help answer any questions you might have. I think they are noticeably more comfortable than my other heels, thanks to their unique arch support, and are very beautifully made. However, they are still high heels so are not going to be as comfortable as flats or wedges

      Posted 10.25.21 Reply
  2. Gina M Claerbaut wrote:

    I love this outfit! I can’t find the olive pants. Are they sold out?

    Posted 10.14.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Unfortunately they do seem to be sold out of the olive in petite sizing, but they’re still available in regular sizing

      Posted 10.25.21 Reply
  3. Ani wrote:

    I love this blog, so glad I found it! I’m about the same size as you and have had the hardest time finding clothes with the right fit. Love your style!

    Posted 10.12.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you Ani, I’m so glad you’re here! 🙂

      Posted 10.25.21 Reply
  4. Rachel wrote:

    This is so useful as a fellow mama! May I ask your opinion on the Everlane Court sneaker vs the Veja ones you have? Which are more comfortable? And if you could only have one pair between the two, which would you choose? Thanks, Jean!

    Posted 10.11.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I definitely prefer the Everlane sneaker to the Vejas I own, but I’ve heard good things about the comfort of the Campo style of Vejas. Just haven’t had a chance to try them for myself yet!

      Posted 10.12.21 Reply
  5. GL Gardener wrote:

    Like your outfit: olive pants look rich.
    Really like the coat and wish it was available.

    Posted 10.6.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you! I actually just linked up a similar coat option yesterday underneath the photo

      Posted 10.12.21 Reply
  6. April Barnes wrote:

    I love the shoe swap! Would love to see more of those!

    Posted 10.6.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed 🙂

      Posted 10.12.21 Reply
  7. Rachel wrote:

    I’ve been eyeing that Everlane sweater for a long time! Thanks for always being great about sharing similar lower priced dupes too 😉

    I’ve hand washed or even machine washed cashmere before in a delicates bag but have you tried hand washing or machine washing your Everlane sweater without damaging it? Its description page says dry clean only which makes me hesitant to buy it due to expensive cleaning costs!

    Posted 10.6.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I have hand washed this sweater but think you could likely try washing it inside out in a delicates bag with cold water on a gentle cycle. But of course, definitely don’t put it in a machine dryer!

      Posted 10.12.21 Reply
  8. Elaine wrote:

    I love your posts! I’m really frugal though and would love to challenge to do a post of $20 or less items! I would also love to see more outfits that help cover the post-baby bumps.

    Posted 10.5.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Totally understand being frugal! A $20 or less budget will go a longer way on sites like Poshmark or Ebay etc. where you can get higher quality pieces at below retail price. I think these can be great options but I don’t do posts or curate items from those sites since there are usually only one of each.

      Posted 10.12.21 Reply
  9. M wrote:

    Hi Jean, any tips on keeping white sneakers looking nice? Maybe I just wear mine too often but I get so frustrated that they end up looking like trash after six months!

    Posted 10.5.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I usually clean mine with a toothbrush and a little warm water + laundry detergent as needed! And for tougher spots you can also use magic eraser

      Posted 10.12.21 Reply

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