2022 Top Purchases + Tips and Tricks

2022 best petite clothing accessories shoes

I absolutely love pulling this post together at the end of each year, and seeing which of my personal favorites resonated with you guys. A lot of prior year recommendations actually continued to be this year’s top sellers, which is always a testament to a good purchase that is not fleeting in style! Let me know if any of these below made their way into your closet or home. You can also see these pieces featured in my IG video.

Reader Favorite Purchases

Madewell Petite Perfect vintage jean in ainsworth
Non-Skinny Jeans

Slim straight jeans almost fully replaced my skinnies last year, and the 2 most bought styles from my posts were WHBM slim cropped jeans (my review) and Madewell’s Perfect Vintage (my review).

The two are pretty different depending on what you’re looking for. The WHBM are stretchier denim with a more snug fit, mid rise, and shorter petite length (hits at or above my ankles), while the Madewell are a more rigid vintage-style denim with a higher rise and runs bigger at the waist. In addition to these, I personally also wore my Everlane cheeky straight (26.5″ inseam is full length on me) in Ecru a ton!

See the WHBM worn with: Everlane cardigan, Halogen blazer

See the Madewell worn with: navy blazer, pullover sweatshirt, camel cocoon coat

Sam Edelman Bay Sandals

See my review. My most worn item from April until when sandal season was over. A basic done right. These are flattering and durable and go with nearly every outfit. The patent leather still looks in amazing condition considering how often I wore them, including to playgrounds and water splash pads!

See them styled with: black shorts, an LBD, a pleated skirt, linen shorts, floral dress, and sweater easing into cool weather.

Polene No. 1 Nano chalk review
Most Used Handbags
best petite tailored wide leg trousers
Abercrombie Sloane Trousers

The runaway favorite clothing item of the year. Highly flattering silhouette, lots of colors and inseam options, and elastic back waist for a touch of stretch and comfort. You can see my reel here for these pants in motion. I love how this pair pushed me to try out-of-the-box looks for me, like trousers with sneakers! And if wide leg isn’t for you, see my review of their straight leg here.

Topshop faux leather fleece lined leggings
Topshop Faux Leather Leggings

Available at Nordstrom & ASOS

My MOST comfortable pair of faux leather leggings, coming from someone who owns quite a few! These were a July Nsale purchase, and they’ve been in weekly rotation whenever I want to update my plain black legging outfits. I love the slim but not skin tight fit, soft cozy interior lining, and how easily I can bend and move in them as a busy toddler mom. 

Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair cream
Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair

A new discovery for me and a bestseller on here all winter, so you guys will have to let me know what you think! I’ve always been a Dewy Skin Cream loyalist and that one’s still a solid choice for dry skin, but this Overnight Repair has been so gentle and nourishing for extra sensitive skin.

Edited Pieces reversible horsebit belt black cognac
Edited Pieces Reversible Belt

I try hard not to tout my own brand too much on here, but it just about made my week to see how many of you answered the IG poll with an Edited Pieces product being a 2022 favorite!

The black / cognac brown belt was JUST restocked and currently available in all sizes! These belts are reversible and the buckle is interchangeable if you purchase both color ways. I have a 25″ waist and wear mostly 24 in jeans, and wear an XXS on the middle to larger few holes.

See on me styled: with shorts, with jeans, with trousers, over a dress, for smart casual, for girls night

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Repeat Favorites from prior year
  • Sam Edelman combat boots (my review)
    • See on me here, here and here. The amazing feedback continues to roll in this Fall – winter for this reader favorite boot from last year. Mine are still in great condition, even more comfortable after a year of wear, and I love the slight platform it adds.
  • Neiwai bras (my review of 2022 new styles)
    • JEAN20 still works for 20% off! So comfy I sleep in these. I still regularly get DMs about how these bras have been life changing, or how someone has now converted their entire family of sisters and aunts to this bra.
  • J.Crew Juliette cardigan
    • A trusty staple to go from weekend to WFH to the office. Runs a little oversized so XXS is a loose fit on me.
NoseFrida alternative baby toddler snot sucker
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  • Baby & toddler snot sucker pump – see all baby favorites. This hands down won as your #1 most shopped, favorite item all year! A game changer from our former Nose Frida days, and a gentle pump is all you need for babies. My toddler is actually calm and asks to use this when feeling stuffy. I got it as a gift from a thoughtful friend, so can safely say it’d make a useful baby shower or mama gift.
  • iPhone case – affordable, non slip, protective
  • Little girls skirted leggings – very soft, nice quality 2-in-1 “skirt pants” that bring my 4 year old (and apparently many of yours) joy to wear.
  • Omiebox bento box – I have mixed feelings about this lunchbox, but we use it every other day. I love the flexibility to include a warm component, and the way it presents the meal for my pre-K kid is better than a separate, deeper thermos. See my IG story highlights for more pros & cons, and this Amazon page for all our kids mealtime tools!

Most Saved Reels / Tips and Tricks

Making reels videos has honestly gotten me excited about creating content in a way that I haven’t felt in a while! I love how informal and fun it can be compared to photoshoots, while clearly demonstrating a tip that’s easy to save. I have a never-ending list of topics I’d love to make reels about and have over a dozen videos half-started, and can’t wait to share more this year!

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7 Comments

  1. Jean P wrote:

    I found the Topshop leggings in my size on Poshmark for a good price (yay!).

    Posted 1.23.23 Reply
  2. Cindy Rodriguez wrote:

    Hello Jean and Happy New Year. I love the recap of 2022. I also bought Madwell’s Perfect Vintage jeans (among other jeans) and also had them hemmed. I suppose Madwell petites is really for the 5’3 – 5’4″ gals! However, the jeans felt like a good medium weight and really happy to have bought them.

    I also bought the stovepipe ones (https://www.madewell.com/petite-mid-rise-stovepipe-jeans-in-dahill-wash-99106704983.html) and these I had to get hemmed, but they have a nice stretch and wanted something I can wear with sneakers or flats.

    I’m interested in the Polene bags as I think they’re an affordable luxury and seem to hold up well. I also hear good things about Neiwei bras so I may be looking into those. Anyhow, I would like to say thank you again for having a blog for the extra petite girls and grateful for your expertise! I look forward to your posts this year and of course the Lunar New Year ones. Happy New Year and Lunar New Year!

    Posted 1.10.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Cindy, thank you so much for your note! I really appreciate your support and that you took the time to share your thoughts! Happy New Year to you as well xx

      Posted 1.19.23 Reply
  3. Lisa wrote:

    Great list, Jean!

    Posted 1.10.23 Reply
    • Gemma wrote:

      Great list!

      do you know when your reversible belt in black and tan will be back in stock in an xxs please?

      Posted 1.13.23 Reply
      • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

        Hi Gemma, thank you! The belt will be restocking around April. Thank you so much for both your interest and patience as we’ve been having trouble keeping that one stocked!

        Posted 1.20.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you, Lisa!

      Posted 1.20.23 Reply

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