10 of my Smart Casual Wardrobe Must-haves

how to style white jeans for winter

Similar Mango coat on sale (EXTRA30 for orders $200+), SIMILAR boots (dupe for SW boots), YSL bag

With Fall around the corner, I’ve been looking over my most-worn summer pieces and planning easy ways to transition them for next season. For example, this black top and Everlane cheeky jeans in Ecru have been bestsellers on here over the past few months, and create a solid “base outfit” that’s easy to layer with as we ease into cooler weather. With this base outfit in mind, here’s a list of 10 wardrobe staples for creating different smart casual looks across the seasons using minimal pieces!

I also shared a video of each of these looks over on Instagram!

1. Off White Straight Jeans

I’m wearing: Everlane jeans (I also own the “worn in mid blue” wash!)

I got the 26″ inseam and have the hems folded under 2 inches. See this post for a quick DIY way to shorten these.

The soft cream color on these is perfect for wearing across multiple seasons, plus the solid wash can also pass as chinos and works for either a casual or smart casual work wardrobe. The high rise straight leg cut is timeless, and the color feels fresh in the summer and has a cozy winter white feel for colder months without looking too starkly white.

fall outfits with white jeans

2. Elevated Black Tee

I’m wearing: Express no-tuck top (see my review)

Just an easy top without the fuss of tucking in and out throughout the day. The slight shoulder pads on this also add some structure and elevate the look from a basic black tee.

3. Polished belt

I’m wearing: Celine belt sz 70 (fits the same as our EP belt in xxs)

If you tend to wear a lot of solid colors and basic pieces, a sharp belt can really elevate the outfit.

The Celine belt is a splurge but you guys know the Edited Pieces belt is my everyday go-to! And you get double the versatility since it’s reversible. If your size is sold out, we have a full restock coming September so please sign up for restock notifications since we use that info to place our re-orders.

4. Neutral pumps

I’m wearing our Edited Pieces cap toe slingbacks, but a simple and sleek neutral pump like these Ann Taylor suede pumps or these Sam Edelman leather heels are great choices if you’re looking to have one go-to pump in your wardrobe. I have quite a few pairs of nude heels and these continue to be 2 of my most reached-for styles!

Celine Triomphe belt review

Express top xxs, Everlane jeans sz 24 (see fit info below), EP shoes 5 + earrings, Polene bag, EP hoops

5. Striped Sweater

I’m wearing Banana Republic above (similar), but also check out Alex Mill (wear it 2 ways) and Sezane.

A striped knit is a great piece to layer into this mix, as it adds elements of pattern and texture if you wear it draped over the shoulders or tied around the waist. Or, wear it simply with the straight leg jeans for an effortless casual outfit.

If you intend on spending a little more to get 1 or 2 high quality knits, I have found my Sezane Leontine + Jazz sweaters to be worth the splurge. Everything from the semi oversized, slouchy cuts to the button details and knit fabric feel carefully designed and well made. Alex Mill also makes a beautiful chunky striped knit that can be worn as a button-down cardigan, too.

6. White Sneakers

Practical and stylish, a pair of clean white leather sneakers is great for everyday errands, more casual work places, or travel.

Favorites: Everlane, Veja Esplar, Sam Edelman. See my “Veja” story highlights on Instagram and this blog post for how I make my sneakers more comfy for prolonged everyday wear.

Everlane original cheeky jean ecru review

7. Trench Coat

The trench coats in my wardrobe have been the MVPs terms of style longevity and carry me through from Spring to Fall. Several of my trenches that I got 5, even 10 years ago still get wear, though I will say I gravitate more toward my longer ones now with a looser fit instead of slim. Mine here is old BR, but you can find petite trench coat options at J.Crew and Mango makes a very classic midi length trench starting in size XXS.

8. Loafers

My Sam Edelman loafers continue to get regular wear and are a very comfortable and affordable alternative to the Gucci Jordaan loafers (my review). Pair them casually with jeans, or dress them up for a business casual workplace.

how to style white jeans for winter

Similar Mango coat, SIMILAR The Drop boots (great dupe for my Stuart Weitzmans), YSL handbag

9. Tailored Coat

This Mango coat from a few years ago, but they have a very similar style as part of their newest Fall collection. Sizes XXS and XS in their coats tend to go quickly once Fall rolls around, so I suggest shopping early if you have your eye on something.

Also check A+F which has petite, standard and tall sizing in their outerwear. This coat is also pretty similar to mine, on sale and comes in 3 neutral colors!

10. Slim shaft booties

Either slim at the shaft (like these Blondo booties) or “sock style” booties for a more ankle hugging fit. Slimmer styles like these fit best under straight or wider leg jeans and pants. My boots are old Stuart Weitzman’s but I have tried on these Amazon ones and they are a great dupe and hug the ankles comfortably.

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  1. Dahlia kasal wrote:

    hi Jean, I have a query for you! Do you remember what year your past season BR trench is from? I see it in a lot if your posts and it’s such a flattering fit and nice style, a lot of trenches I’ve tried are just not a great fit. so I’m trying to find it secondhand. also is it an XS Petite? thanks so much if you have any information on it!

    Posted 9.23.22 Reply
  2. Sara wrote:

    Ann Taylor has some petite trench coats in pinks and yellow, and both Banana Republic and BR Factory just put out trench coats a day ago.

    Posted 8.18.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thanks for mentioning those, I’ll have to check them out!

      Posted 8.23.22 Reply
  3. Tracy wrote:

    I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years now, even though I’m a 60-year-old plus size.

    You have a wonderful eye, and do such a good job of showing how things can be modified or styled when off-the-rack may not work. I especially appreciate your timeless style. Thank you!

    Posted 8.16.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you for your kind words, Tracy! I so appreciate you following along over the years

      Posted 8.17.22 Reply
  4. Leslie wrote:

    My question is who can afford all of these high priced items ??? Let’s have a fall wardrobe that the average female can afford. I’m retired but still work and LOVE fall clothes but no way I’d pay $2,000 for a purse or $150 for a top.

    Posted 8.16.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Leslie, I do my best to share pieces for a variety of budgets and price points. I also share a lot of simple outfit formulas that are easy to recreate using pieces from wherever you love to shop!

      Posted 8.17.22 Reply
  5. Alissa wrote:

    I just purchased the Blondo slim shaft booties! I think they will go great with flared and bootcut jeans this fall. Would you consider doing a post on styling flared and bootcut jeans for petites? I would love to get your thoughts.

    Posted 8.16.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Agreed about the Blondo boots! I currently don’t own any flared or bootcut jeans but am open to trying some maybe later this year!

      Posted 8.17.22 Reply
  6. Lee wrote:

    Hi Jean, I’ve really been liking these posts about good basics because I’m trying to build up my wardrobe and it can be difficult to know where to start. Some of my favorite purchased items that I learned about from your posts have been the Stuart Weitzman gillian tall boots, your versatile EP belt, and all the Nordstrom sandals you shared during the sale. Thank you for continuing to provide this resource

    Posted 8.15.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you Lee, I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been loving those pieces and appreciate your kind note!

      Posted 8.17.22 Reply

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