5 Work Outfit Ideas for Easing Into Fall

I know many of us are bummed to let go of summer, but are looking forward to easing back into cozy sweaters and fall layers!  I wanted to share a few work outfit ideas for this transitional period as the weather is just starting to cool down. I kept an overall lighter color scheme in these looks but pulled in fall elements like earth tones, knits, suede and tweed for aded texture. For more workwear inspo, check out these posts!

1. Sweater Dress + pop of Fall color

Banana Republic petite sweater dress

Banana Republic sweater dress xs petite, Ann Taylor pumps 5, Tory Burch tote (old; similar)

A sweater dress is the easiest “one and done” piece to throw on for fall office wear, and you can swap in knee-high boots or tights with ankle booties as the weather cools. With rib knit skirts and dresses like this, I’ve been sizing up to XSP for a less snug fit across the lower belly area. The fabric on this one is very soft and smooth against the skin, and the sleeves have a chic dolman shape.

2. Neutral Wide Leg Trousers + Draped Front Blouse

fall outfit ideas petite trousers

Express top xxs and trousers 00 short (my review), Polene bag c/o

This time of year I love incorporating deeper hues like olive, rust, and burgundy which still pair well with my usual neutrals. I don’t normally wear this blouse tucked in, since it has a smocked waist that’s easy to style untucked over jeans and pants and is a nice shorter length for petites. The material is a lightweight, draping fabric and the shoulders have a slightly structured shape to give it a little edge. The overall torso is petite-friendly but the sleeves are a little long on me.

As mentioned in my review, FYI these trousers run very long for Short sizing with a 30″ inseam, and I’ll be shortening them with some hemming tape. For trousers in a similar wider leg cut that are about 2 inches shorter, check these out (28″ Short inseam). If you don’t like to wear heels, you can easily swap in ankle pants (my personal favorites are these J.Crew pants with a tailored slim fit, or the lighter weight ankle pants below in outfit #3).

3. Duster Cardigan + Tapered Ankle Pants

edited pieces cardigan dress latte outfit

Edited Pieces cardigan xxs & belt xxs, Express pants 00 short, AT pumps 5 and tank (similar)

4. Crewneck Sweater + Printed Midi Skirt

petite Reformation Bea skirt outfit

5. High waist Trousers + Cropped Jacket

black pants tweed jacket fall work outfit ideas

Love the flattering effect of a cropped length jacket paired with high rise bottoms. This jacket in petite sizing actually has a truly shrunken & cropped fit even on my 5 foot tall frame. Similar to the other Express trousers above, I’ll be shortening the 30″ inseam on these with some hem tape so they can be worn with lower shoes as well.

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11 Comments

  1. B wrote:

    Is the sweater dress a true wrap dress that would work for nursing/pumping?

    Posted 9.17.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      It’s not a true wrap dress so wouldn’t work easily for that purpose

      Posted 9.20.22 Reply
  2. Lindsey Miller wrote:

    I would also like to know if the BR sweater dress would work while pregnant. I’m 10wks with #2 but am so big! That dress looks so comfy.

    Posted 9.15.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Congrats!! I just replied above about below, hope that helps xx

      Posted 9.16.22 Reply
  3. Mary wrote:

    Hi there – would you say that the Banana Republic sweater dress would work during pregnancy?

    Posted 9.14.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      It is very stretchy but depending on how far along you are, I think the length might be a little short once a bump is factored in

      Posted 9.16.22 Reply
  4. Demi wrote:

    I love that cropped jacket on you! So cute.

    Demi

    Posted 9.13.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you, Demi!

      Posted 9.16.22 Reply
  5. Vatsala wrote:

    I would like to get outfit for Buisness

    Posted 9.11.22 Reply
  6. Jem wrote:

    Strangely, I’m unable to access the Express website from Singapore.. :S

    Posted 9.11.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that! Their website mentions that they do ship to Singapore, I wonder why the site won’t load for you

      Posted 9.16.22 Reply

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