1 Base Outfit, 5 Ways

petite friendly spring outfits

While I certainly don’t have a small wardrobe, I love the idea of capsule styling and maximizing the number of different looks using a few pieces! A few tips and guidelines that I follow:

Base Layer

  1. Spend time finding basics with the right fit. A well-cut tee and fitted black pant that hits at a versatile length go a long way.
  2. Figure out a few easy, comfortable 2-piece “base” outfits that work for your lifestyle and make getting dressed each morning quick & easy. Given the cold Boston weather and my casual lifestyle, my go-to base lately is pair of straight jeans like the Levi’s ribcage and my black Heattech turtleneck. As the weather warms, this will shift to a bodysuit tee and a straight crop jean.
  3. Shop intentionally for layers or a “third piece.” These will create different useful combos with your base, and a third piece can be as simple as a striped sweater tied over the shoulders. Some must-have layers for me are a relaxed blazer, trench coat, short textured jacket and a cardigan jacket. 
  4. Invest in accessories that can elevate or add personality to your looks. Looking at these 5 outfits, one thing I’d do differently here is incorporate some color. I recently added a red purse and red shoes to my wardrobe, and think those would’ve taken a few of these outfits up a notch!

1. Workwear

Slim black pants: Ann Taylor Audrey crop 0 petite – so good and on sale! Ann Taylor bottoms are usually big on me but these fit notably smaller than their other pants and I even sized up. The medium weight, smooth & stretchy fabric is fitted on me, and these are the perfect length for wearing with all sorts of shoes as seen below!

My Audrey crops in size 0 Petite measure: 12.5″ across the waist, 10″ rise, and 24″ inseam.

White Tee: Everlane box cut tee xs, I sized up for a more relaxed fit. For many years I’ve recommended this as a nice and simple, boxy cut tee in regular cotton.

The Old Navy vintage tee is a budget-friendly option with a slouchy fit, and recently I spent a little more on a few COS tees which are made of thicker and smoother, more premium cotton (also sized up to xs in COS tees). For a more fitted bodysuit option, these Amazon ones are so soft and an EP favorite!

petite oversized boyfriend blazer spring work outfit

2. Smart Casual

sezane wilson stripe cardigan sweater petite spring outfit

3. Travel

spring travel airport outfit trench coat

I bought this Amazon trench coat last year because I love the lightweight, floaty feel but have yet to alter it. It is not petite-friendly so someone my size would need to get the sleeves shortened and possibly length hemmed. The only true petite trench option I’ve tried is the J.Crew Icon trench which is a more structured style in a shorter knee length.

4. Vacation

spring sightseeing petite friendly outfit abercrombie denim jacket hermes shoes jcrew tote
Abercrombie denim jacket xxs (very similar), Hermes sandals 35.5 (similar here), J. Crew bag, YSL Kate Sunglasses

5. Meetings

black and white spring petite work outfit
H&M jacket xs sleeves folded (similar sweater jacket), J.Crew earrings, similar heels, Cafune bag c/o
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