5 Staple Pieces, 10+ Combos

how to style a striped sweater

Last month I shared a few closet staples and wanted to continue on that theme with more of my frequently-worn pieces! The items that made the cut for today’s post can all be mixed and matched across different seasons and occasions, simply through layering and changing up shoes and accessories. Scroll down for a few of the outfit combos with these 5 pieces!

5 Closet Staples

For fit reference, I’m about 5′ tall, 32 bust – 24 waist – 33 hips.

  • Black skinny jeans
  • Black turtleneck
    • Mine is H&M (old). Similar at J.Crew or Express with a lower mock-neck.
1. Classic Sweater + Jeans

See the first side-by-side photo above. Dress it up with heels, dress it down with sneakers or flats!

2. Winterize with Boots + a Coat

For cold weather, swap in ankle boots and layer on a long coat.

sezane leontine jumper outfits

Left: MARC FISHER PUMPS 5 (runs narrow), Chanel bag
Right: Vince Camuto booties (old; similar below, all on sale), Polene bag

winter petite capsule wardrobe

3. Chic layers

Bundling up further with a scarf in a monochromatic color scheme as the coat. Black pants + black booties also help elongate this chic layered look!

winter petite capsule wardrobe

Express boots 5 (current version), H&M scarf (similar), TDE bag (very similar)

4. All Black + Pop of Color or Print

Add interest to a sleek all-black look with a striped sweater tied over your shoulders or waist, plus a pop of color with accessories.

chic all black outfits

 Gucci mules 35.5 (my review; also love these affordable loafers in 5.5), EP bracelethoops, Celine bag

5. Trio of Neutrals

Each of these pieces and colors are so classic and versatile, you can’t go wrong with mix & matching them.

simple black tee and jeans outfits

Left: Express boots 5 (current version), Goyard bag (my review),
Right: H&M shoes (old; flats w/ a similar V-dip), Polene bag

6. All Black + Long Coat

Black on black serves as a simple yet chic canvas to be easily dressed up or down. I swapped slingback pumps (polished) for combat boots (edgy) to go from work to weekend.

business casual petite outfits

Edited Pieces slingbacks 5.5, Goyard tote (my review)

chic closet staples

7. Parisian Chic

A polished yet laid back look perfect for weekend outings.

french chic outfit for petites

EP bracelet, earrings, belt xxs and slingbacks 5.5, Chanel wallet on chain

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  1. Tricia wrote:

    I would love it if you had a version of the EP coat in black and gray! It looks gorgeous 🙂

    Posted 10.3.22 Reply
  2. Barbara Orans wrote:

    LOVE striped sweaters and T-shirts for the Spring, but I’ve heard some people say that petites shouldn’t wear horizontal stripes because they can make you look shorter . . . but it seems as though most of those I’ve seen do in fact have the stripes going across and not diagonally. What are your thoughts? I, too, am 5 ft.

    Posted 3.30.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Barbara, I personally don’t follow that rule at all! I love horizontal stripes and you can always pair it with more elongating bottoms

      Posted 4.6.22 Reply
  3. Jenny wrote:

    I’ve been eyeing the Sezane sweater and was looking for a dupe on Amazon. This link deceptively shows a photo of you in the Sezane sweater! I haven’t purchased clothes on Amazon yet, and am wary of some unknown brands.

    Posted 3.20.22 Reply
  4. Anas wrote:

    The black skinny jeans and sweater are literally the perfect closet combo, heck i’d been saved so many times by this combination.

    Posted 3.7.22 Reply
  5. Minna wrote:

    Just discovered your blog through this post since I’ve been consicering the Leontine jumper but unsure of the size: XXS or XS. All the posts I’ve read say go with my usual size but where I live the smallest size is almost always XS (and sometimes I go with S depending on fit) so I was very confused when I say these as an XXS! I’m the same height as you and about the same measurements so this really helped. Did you order just 1 size of the Leontine or try mutiple? If so, how were the differences between the fits?
    Thank you!

    Posted 2.24.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Minna, so glad you’re here! I ordered xxs and xs because I wanted a slouchy, slightly oversized fit. Xxs is always my usual size and that fit best in this sweater. I am about 5 feet tall, 95 lbs if that helps!

      Posted 2.28.22 Reply
  6. J wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    Thanks for the post. For the topshop jean, L30 looks cropped on you. For someone 5’2, 110 pound, go with W25 or W26? L30 or L32? Thank you!

    Posted 2.19.22 Reply
  7. Zoe wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    Thanks for the post. For the topshop jean, L30 looks short on you, for someone 5’2 or 5’3, 110 pound, should go with L30 or L32? W25 or W26? Thank you!

    Posted 2.19.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Zoe, I would personally prefer it to be a tad more cropped so I’d still suggest sticking with L30. For waist – i’m not sure it depends on what size you usually wear with denim. I wear 24 in most brands and I took a 25 here, but a 24 may have worked too.

      Posted 2.28.22 Reply
  8. C wrote:

    Hi Jean. Thanks for your outfit ideas. I am 5’0” and the same size as you. Can you share photos of your closet and how you store all of your clothes, shoes, purses, and jackets?

    Posted 2.15.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi there! I’ve done two blog posts on wardrobe storage, which I’ll link here:

      Clothing Storage & Organization // Shoes & Handbags

      I wrote these posts while living in my old condo, but my shoes and purses are still in the same book case, my sweaters are folded in the same under bed drawers, and my clothes are all hung in a closet arranged by color to make getting dressed easier!

      Posted 2.16.22 Reply
  9. Becky wrote:

    Hi Jean. I’m also interested in sizing for the Sézane sweater. How does it compare to the EP sweater? I love my new EP sweater and skirt set.

    Posted 2.15.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Becky, so glad to hear you’re loving your EP set!! The EP set and the Sezane sweater are pretty different in style and fit. The Sezane sweater is wider, longer and more oversized in cut

      Posted 2.16.22 Reply
  10. Tram wrote:

    Hello Jean, have you tried on the Alex Mill stripe sweater you linked? I’m curious to hear your opinion on the fit and quality compared to the Sezane sweater you wear. Thank you!

    Posted 2.15.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I have not, sorry, maybe someone else who owns it can chime in?

      Posted 2.16.22 Reply
  11. Meredith wrote:

    I love all of these looks! So classic.

    Posted 2.15.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you xx

      Posted 2.16.22 Reply
  12. Annie wrote:

    Hi Jean,
    I love the pearl drop earrings. May I know where you purchased them? Thanks!

    Posted 2.15.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you, Annie! These are some samples I’m working on for Edited Pieces

      Posted 2.16.22 Reply
  13. Michele wrote:

    Hi Jean, can you tell me how the sizing is for the sezane striped sweater runs? Is it oversized? Thank you, love your looks you put together!

    Take care, michele

    Posted 2.15.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you Michele! It’s a wide cut, oversized fit that is just what I was looking for. I took my usual size!

      Posted 2.16.22 Reply

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