6 Outfits I wore in California

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A+F sweatshirt xs (code AFJEAN for extra 15% off) – so comfy!, lululemon skirt 2 c/o, Adidas sambas (with shoe inserts), Amazon belt bag, 47 brand hat, the best $15 sunglasses

We’re wrapping up 2 weeks in Southern CA visiting my grandparents and Nick’s friends from home, and somehow managed with a carry on + 1 checked bag for the 4 of us! The key was laundry access in our Airbnb (soo helpful on longer trips) and a lot of basics that could be mixed & matched. I want to squeeze as much precious time in with my grandparents as possible, so we’ll definitely be back on the West coast this year!

Here’s what I wore on our trip:

1. Travel Day

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I get chilly on flights so like having my legs covered, and nothing beats the ease of a simple pair of leggings. I also don’t like my leggings to be too snug, so have found an XS Short in these to be comfortable. I only packed 1 jacket for the entire trip so made sure this denim jacket worked with every look. I’ve grown more fond of it with each wear and wash – the slouchy, relaxed cut feels effortless, and the denim is a Tencel blend that’s softer than regular denim. XXS is sold out, but I also tried an XS and it wasn’t bad for an oversized fit.

As an aside, my millennial self still likes the aesthetics of low / no-show socks, but I can’t deny the comfort of high socks with sneakers! The higher socks help so much with sneakers that have a stiffer tongue. I believe I’m wearing these Hanes socks here.

2. Museum VISIT

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At the Natural History museum in LA.

For handbags, I packed 1 tote and 1 casual crossbody bag. Ever since last summer I have barely used my Loewe bag since I keep reaching for this Justine tote! It’s such a good size for petites – roomy enough for me to fit the kids’ water bottles and junk, and has a cotton drawstring liner bag to keep my phone & wallet secure. It’s lightweight and pliable, so fits easily under my arm rather than stick out.

For sunny travel, I try to pack a lightweight long sleeve blouse that can help shield my arms from the sun without overheating. This Sezane one is a favorite with a wider, boxier fit. For similar shorts but in a crepe fabric, I am very impressed by these Quince shorts.

For a budget friendly version of all my flat sandals in this post, I got these Amazon sandals a few years back as my “beat around” sandals and have found them to be very comfortable with a little cushioned pad. I do around 2 miles a day in them around the city comfortably.

3. Park, Playground & Picnic

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Quince cotton dress xs, Hermes sandals 35.5 (similar on sale – love these!), Sézane tote c/o

At Highlands Park playground in Montery Park, CA (the kids loved this one!) + picnic with friends at Lacey Park in San Marino, CA.

This dress has been a great “throw on and go” piece that’s also low maintenance and easy to launder when traveling! See my more detailed review of it in my Quince try-on post. To prevent color fading, I wash in cold and hang dry most of my items.

4. Kids Museum / Zoo Day

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At Kidspace kids museum in Pasadena, CA.

This is a repeat of my travel outfit, with a skort swapped in for the leggings to help stay cool! I’ve been living in athleisure skorts lately – they have the cute aesthetic of a skirt, but the built-in shorts provide all the freedom of movement that I need when with the kids. The ones with pockets are the best so I can slide my phone in!

I got my skort a few years ago from A&F, and recently tried their current version that looks almost exactly the same. An xxs does fit me, but I usually size up on A&F athleisure bottoms (both leggings and skorts) for comfort. Use code AFJEAN for extra 15% off at Abercrombie (ends Monday July 8).

5. dinner with friends

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On Nick: J.Crew shirt M (great elevated mens staple!), Rothy’s sneakers, On me: Alemais dress 0, Sézane tote c/o, Madewell sandals 5.5

For evenings out and friend meetups, I wanted to pack one piece that was a little more special and unique, but could still be worn with flats. This was a lucky sale find from Alemais! I’ve mentioned before that a size 0 in their signature linen dresses fits me snug at the chest and works on me with flats, but just be warned, their next size up is 4 inches longer so not as petite friendly.

This is the textured mens shirt again that’ makes several appearances a week over here! Nick is usually between size S and M, and took a Medium in this.

6. Theme park day

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At Legoland CA

Another option that’s super cute and fun! This pleated skort is on the shorter side but I don’t mind the length for someone petite. I usually wash this on cold then hang to air dry and haven’t had an issue with the pleats keeping their shape. I usually take a size 2 in everything Lululemon and this was no exception. I love pairing this matching lightweight crop tee (runs slim, so I’d size up) with it for pickleball & tennis.

My simple black tank above is one of those built-in shelf bra tops from Uniqlo. They’re smooth, stretchy, and I love the ease of not bothering with a bra!

packing list

Here’s a recap of my packing list!

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  1. Madeeha Usman wrote:

    Lovely outfits! Your travel looks for petite moms in San Diego are both stylish and practical. The outfit ideas are perfect for mixing comfort with fashion. Thanks for the great fashion inspiration!

    Posted 7.11.24 Reply
    • Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad to be of help:)

      Posted 7.15.24 Reply
  2. Andrea wrote:

    Did you find you had a farmer’s tan after spending a day at a theme park with those socks? I’m in South Florida and get tanned just walking from the car to indoors! P.S. Thanks for your A&F codes, I’m always on the lookout for them 🙂

    Posted 7.10.24 Reply
  3. Madeeha Usman wrote:

    Your travel outfit ideas are not only stylish but practical for petite moms! Loved the San Diego inspiration—perfect blend of comfort and chic for any adventure. Great job

    Posted 7.10.24 Reply
  4. Anne wrote:

    Hi Jean. I love that Alemais dress on you!

    Posted 7.9.24 Reply
  5. Haley wrote:

    Hmmmm, what’s the deal with high white socks? Is this a fashion now? I’m a bit older, and feel like the socks make the outfits a bit teenage-like?
    Lovely dresses though,

    Posted 7.9.24 Reply

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