Weekend Notes: YSL code, Madewell sale, Converse Platforms review

platform converse shoes comfortable mom outfit

Sneakers: Converse sz 5. Available at Nordstrom, Revolve, Saks, Converse
Jeans: A+F jeans 24 Short in “grey” (Well stocked! Such a good fit)
Sweater: Quince sweater xs
Coat: Uniqlo coat xxs (my review)
Handbag: Saint Laurent bag – code FWRD10 for 10% off. Also at Saks & YSL
Sunglasses: Prada
Stroller: Yoyo (my stroller review) with ride along board + handy hook

A few weekend notes – firstly, Madewell’s insider event just kicked off with 25% off for insiders (free to sign up for an account)! I shared a few items I’m eying in petite sizing here, including breezy cropped pants and their signature vintage style jeans.

I often get asked about my YSL Solferino bag, and noticed it’s available on FWRD with a 10% off code! I tested the code and it also works on many designer brands including Bottega and Loewe. I’ve bought several items from FWRD over the past years, including YSL accessories, and have personally always had a good buying & returns experience. Just FYI, if you’re taller than me (5′) then the strap on this bag might be too short to wear cross-body style.

I also wanted to share more appreciation for these Converse platforms, which have now become my unofficial mom-on-duty sneaker! I used to find Chucks to be too youthful and almost grungy, but my interest slowly grew and grew after I kept seeing them on stylish women my age.

Chuck Taylor Platforms vs. Non Platforms

While I do think the non-platforms actually look more chic, I prefer the platforms for comfort (apparently there’s a huge difference – see comfort section below) and a little height boost. Since platforms can look a little more young I try to balance them with more grown-up pieces, like a long wrap or tailored coat plus an elevated handbag.

Fit & Sizing

These Converse platform sneakers run a little big but also narrow. I’m usually between a 5 and 5.5 in most brands, and first tried a 5.5 which were too long inside the foot, but a 5 turned out to be a great fit. The width also fits me fine, but I’ve heard that ppl with wide feet find Converse to fit narrow.


I honestly find the platform sneakers to be cushioned and comfortable, with no breaking in needed for me. I got dozens of messages from some of you who own both the platform and non-platform Chucks, and said the platforms are significantly more comfortable than the regular sneakers. I walk to and from school pickup in mine, can spend a day with the kids at the zoo and other outings in them, and never had to break them in.

My only gripe as a busy mom is that I need to tie and untie them each time I wear them, so an inside zipper would be a dream addition to make that process quicker! Here’s a few other ways I’ve worn mine:

Converse All Star lift platform sneakers Abercrombie petite jeans
Madewell shirt jacket xxs is on extra sale. Outfit is from this blog post.
how to style black platform converse if petite
CONVERSE sz 5, TOPSHOP JEANS 25, YSL BAGTed Baker coat 0. Outfit from this blog post.
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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Would you wear the high top converse with shorts?

    Posted 6.15.23 Reply
  2. Lazu wrote:

    High top (in platform )or low (platform )which one would be better for petite?

    Posted 5.20.23 Reply
  3. S Nolan wrote:

    Good wardrobe

    Posted 3.19.23 Reply
  4. Sandy wrote:

    Thank you for this blog post. I’m a Mom with little ones and I have 2 very distinct wardrobes with neutral cashmere knits and tailored wool pants for work but off duty it’s jeans and a hoodie. I think you showed how the wardrobes can meet, with comfort, style and ease. Thanks again!

    Posted 3.19.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you Sandy, I really appreciate your note!

      Posted 3.21.23 Reply
  5. Parisa wrote:

    Hi! What are your thoughts on the quince sweater? 😊

    Posted 3.19.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Love it! I’ve had it for maybe 2 years now? I’ve had a little pilling which is normal and I’ve used my sweater shaver to tame it.

      Here’s a link to my review of Quince pieces, including this sweater!

      Posted 3.21.23 Reply
  6. Rose wrote:

    Hi Jean, I love those Converse shoes, but I actually wear a kids’ size 3 (with insoles) in the non-platform pair I have. Do they have this style in big kid sizes? I’m really hesitant to try these in a 5 because 5s are often too big for me. I would love some spring sneakers with a little height boost, though!

    Posted 3.19.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Rose, they do! I was definitely interested in trying their kids but wasn’t sure what size I’d be so stuck to the adults, but here’s the link for the same shoe in kids!

      Posted 3.21.23 Reply
  7. Naia wrote:

    Elastic laces! Game changer. Haven’t tied laces in years, before and after kids. Give even more time with high tops to find the sweet spot length. Then tie a knot and burn the ends. Out the door in a snap!

    Posted 3.18.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:


      Posted 3.21.23 Reply

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