Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Since most of us are forgoing the big fancy thanksgiving feast, for a small family (COVID friendly) gathering this year, I compiled a few Thanksgiving outfit ideas that will keep you cute and comfy. I hope this brings you some inspiration!
All of these looks are petite friendly, but come in regular and tall sizes as well.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! Please feel free to share, like, or comment below!

Jodi | Petite Tomatoes

Perfect Handbags for Petites

Shopping for a new handbag can be a lot of fun yet daunting at the same time.  Regardless of the brand you are drawn too, there is a perfect bag for everyone.  Being a petite (anyone who is 5’4” and under), I’d suggest looking for a handbag that is small to medium in size.

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Cross-body’s

Kate Spade NY Jackson Triple Gusset Pebble Leather Cross-body Bag

These come in several colors: Chocolate Cherry, Black, Brownstone, Warm Gingerbread, Rosey Cheeks, & Stoplight Red.

Carrying large handbags and totes is sometimes necessary, but it can overwhelm a petite frame and make you look even smaller than you really are.  I will say that I do love my LV Neverfull, but I do look a little ridiculous carrying it around… Its bigger than me!  If you must carry a tote to work or a diaper bag, I’d suggest bringing a small clutch or cross-body to throw inside of it.  When you are out running errands or popping into a store quick, you won’t need to lug around everything you own, and you’ll look more proportionate.  These handbags from Kate Spade New York are fantastic and are usually on sale for 60% off at the outlet stores.

Backpacks

From Left to Right

ALDO | B& E LIFE | Longchamp | Tory Burch

Backpacks are another great option for petites, since it does not add any visual bulk to the front part of the body.  The key here, is to go with the right size, and to know where you carry your height.  If you have a shorter torso area, it’s important that the bag does not fall too long on your backside.  There are so many amazing backpack options out there.  Plus, your hands free! 

Clutches

Clutches are the smallest of all the bags and they only hold the bare minimum.  I advise petites that are on the thinner side to go with a smaller clutch, and vice versa.  The key here is staying in proportion with your body size.  Clutches are a great option for a date night, formal event, or to just toss in a large tote to carry your essentials. 

Silver | Ivory | (Similar) Black | Straw

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Weekly Fall Outfit Inspiration…

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(Similar) Tweed Skirt

Exact Tory Burch Boots

Rust Top

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Weekly Work Wear Inspiration

I hope you all had a fabulous week! As the weather is cooling down I’ve added a few new transitional pieces to my wardrobe. Autumn is my favorite time of year and its my favorite season to dress for. Here I’ve compiled a weeks worth of petite friendly office outfit ideas for some inspiration. Please keep in mind that I work in a business casual office setting so these may not be appropriate for everyone.

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Button Up (XS) | Plaid Trousers (XSP) | Pumps (5.5)

Blazer (XS) | Button Up (XS) | Top (XS) | Jeans (25S) | Loafers (6)

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How To Find Your Perfect Ankle Booties

Ankle booties are extremely versatile and are considered a fall staple for a reason. As the weather gets colder most of your outfit is pretty much covered, as people only really see your jacket and your shoes. This is why I think its important to invest in a good bootie (and coat!)

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When finding your perfect fall bootie, you need to consider your lifestyle.  Using me as an example, I’m a busy mom and a professional who works in an office setting.  While I own many different style booties, the majority of them have a very low heel height (1-3”) and are leather, since that fits my lifestyle.  There are many options to choose from out there, to suit everyone’s personal style.  Booties come in a variety of materials, colors, details, heel heights, and silhouettes… and I just LOVE them all!

Leather Ankle Booties

Plain Black | Combat Boots | Crocodile Embossed

*If the exact booties are not available, I will link a similar option instead.

Leather is probably my favorite material when comes to booties. I’m obviously partial to black, but they can come in many different color options.  The combat boots I listed above are not in stock, but I linked a Steve Madden option that I just adore (Check out the “Wine” color!). I get the most cost per wear out of my black leather ankle booties, because I can dress them up for a chic look, or dress them down for an edgier style.  In general, these are the easiest boots to wear, since they add a contrast to an outfit when paired with a soft fuzzy sweater, jeans, or suede skirt.  They’re also the easiest to clean, because when leather boots get dirty, they can be quickly wiped down and they look like new. 

Suede Ankle Booties

Sock Bootie | Block Heel Bootie | Stiletto Heel Bootie | Chelsea Bootie

*If the exact booties are not available, I will link a similar option instead.

Suede can instantly add texture and soften an outfit; whether that’s in booties, a jacket, or a skirt.  You will find these boots in many different neutral shades that will compliment any wardrobe.  FYI: When purchasing suede booties, consider a heel that is not wrapped in suede, as they can get dirty and ruined very quickly.  I like to find ones that have a wooden or stacked heel, because I find that I get much more life out of them.  I learned this lesson the hard way…

Printed Ankle Booties

Taupe Snake Ankle Booties | Brown Snake Ankle Booties

*If the exact booties are not available, I will link a similar option instead.

Printed booties are an instant outfit maker! Adding a statement shoe is so much fun and gives a basic outfit some interest. I typically go for a pop of leopard or snakeskin, and it gives an outfit the proper finishing touch. Most animal print bootie options are in neutral colors (Black/Tan/Brown) and easily can be worked into any closet.

Flat & Low Ankle Booties

Suede Ankle Booties | Leather Ankle Booties

*If the exact booties are not available, I will link a similar option instead.

A busy lifestyle calls for a flat style ankle bootie. When you need to run around all day, but want to look chic, these will be your go to! These booties are very minimal and can be worn with practically anything. The low cut of these boots makes them very comfortable around the ankle area and the low heal makes them easy to wear.

I’d love to know what booties are your favorite?

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XOXO

How To Wear A Pinafore In 2020

Pinafores are back and I’m not mad about it! These cute apron style dresses have returned from the 60’s and they bring with them a sweet retro vibe.  There are many ways to wear a pinafore without looking like a child and they are so much fun to layer for fall/winter.  In the warmer months you can totally wear a pinafore on its own or with a tee shirt. Now that the weather is getting colder I’ve been gravitating towards heavier and richer fabrics; such as suede, leather, velvet, and corduroy.

This pinafore is from Abercrombie & Fitch and is currently available in faux brown suede (the one I’m wearing here), faux black leather, faux brown-burgundy leather, and a grey plaid. Layering with a turtleneck not only adds warmth, but makes the outfit look chic and stylish. This tissue turtleneck is pretty thin so it does not add any bulk to an outfit and is available in several color options.

Pinafore (XSP); Turtleneck (S); OTK Boots (6); Jacket (XSP)

Pinafore | Turtleneck | OTK Boots | Jacket

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By laying a pinafore with a white button up blouse it instantly creates a clean and more professional aesthetic. To make this more work appropriate, I would suggest pairing this with black tights and a heel (pump or ankle bootie).

Pinafore (XSP); Button Up Blouse (S); Tory Burch Flats (6)

Pinafore | Button Up Blouse | Tory Burch Flats

This emerald green corduroy pinafore gives me all the retro Christmas vibes! This is originally from Topshop, but I found this gem on Poshmark! I love to give clothing a second chance at life and its really helps the environment. Please see the “Shop My Closet Tab” to view my Poshmark closet and to see why I’m so passionate about slow fashion. I scored this gorgeous pinafore dress from @aspirouz (Alex) for only $9.00! She was very responsive, a quick shipper, offered low prices, and was just a pleasure to do business with…. I highly recommend you check her out!

Pinafore (2); Button Up Blouse (S); Tights (S); Booties (6)

Pinafore | Button Up Blouse | Tights | Booties

I love the look of the brown suede and this striped turtleneck together. This turtleneck is available is many other color options and prints; which can easily change the look of this outfit. Currently for under $20!

Pinafore (XSP); Turtleneck (XS); OTK Boots (6); Jacket (XSP)

Pinafore | Turtleneck | OTK Boots | Jacket

While this is technically a jumpsuit, I found it listed under pinafores on the Abercrombie & Fitch website, so I had to include it on this post. I absolutely love that this comes in petite sizing! I will be wearing this to work and to meet with clients in the very near future.

Jumpsuit (XSP); Button Up Blouse (S); Pumps (6)

Jumpsuit | Button Up Blouse | Pumps

Layering with a blazer or long line coat instantly elevates an outfit and will make you look more polished and chic.

Pinafore | Turtleneck | OTK Boots | Jacket

Style Tips & Tricks

Pair your pinafore with OTK boots to change the proportions of the outfit and it makes for a very stylish look.

Swap out the white button up blouse or turtleneck for a different color or print.

Wear with a chunky knit sweater, tights, and ankle booties for a blogger/Pinterest inspired look. Bonus: You’ll be warm!

Most of the pinafore dresses are in a mini skirt style; which is fantastic if your petite! Also, the straps on these ones are adjustable so you can shorten or lengthen as needed.

Add a top with statement sleeves (another big trend at the moment), to add more visual interest to an outfit, if that’s the look your going for.

I’d love to know what look is your favorite!

XOXO Jodi

#A&F #Abercrombiestyle #Pinafore #PetiteBlogger

Ballet Flats Are Back For Fall 2020

Flats in general are making a big come back this fall and winter.  There are many different styles out there right now; such as squared toe, cap toe, round toe, open toe, pointed toe, some with bows, t-straps, and even Mary Jane style.  A personal favorite of mine are the Tory Burch Mini Travel Ballet Flats, because of their classic and timeless style.  Not to mention how soft and comfortable they are!  These fold in half to take up less space in your purse/luggage, and are just great for traveling!

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Tory Burch Ballet Flats

These Tory Burch Mini Travel Ballet Flats are available in many different color options. I sized up 1/2 a size to a Size 6.

Some other color options are available here!

Shirt | Pinafore Dress | Shoes

Style Tips & Tricks

To elongate your legs opt for a nude color ballet flats and wear them with bare legs. These look great with shorts, dresses and skirts that fall above the knee.

If wearing with pants, I’d suggest a cropped or ankle length style, to show off some of your ankle… its flattering!

If wearing with tight fitting pants (skinny jeans or leggings) let the pants be long and cover your ankles to create a long line.

Refrain from wearing these with socks or nylons, unless you want to look like a grandma… if you must wear socks, I’d suggest getting a pair of ultra low PEDS.

When we are able to travel again, I will be sure to take these with me. I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.

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XOXO

How To Wear Monochrome This Fall

This season we are seeing this monochrome trend change from light neutrals (Cream/White/Tan/Beige) to darker neutrals (Brown/Black/Burgundy/Navy/Camel). Monochromatic looks will always be in style, since they are flattering on EVERYONE!  Dressing in one solid color creates one long line and creates an illusion of being taller and slimmer… Who doesn’t want that? 

This season we are seeing this monochrome trend change from light neutrals (Cream/White/Tan/Beige) to darker neutrals (Brown/Black/Burgundy/Navy/Camel). Monochromatic looks will always be in style, because they are flattering on EVERYONE!  Dressing in one solid color creates one long line and creates an illusion of being taller and thinner… Who doesn’t want that?

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Sweater | Pants | Shoes

This Brown Tupelo Sweater is currently not available, so I linked a Pointelle-Knit cardigan sweater in the same color: Size XS

These high waisted chino slim wide leg pants come in Brown Tupelo, Black, Cherry Birch, and a Navy/White Stripe: Size 0P 

My snake print sandals are from last year and are currently unavailable, so I linked a similar style from Sam Edelman: Size 6

Sweater | Skirt | Boots

This black cozy mock neck sweater is available is many color options: Size XSP

This black mini skater skirt is the perfect length for me being 5’1″: Size XS

Black Steve Madden ‘Missie’ Ankle Boots: Size 6

Tips & Tricks:

*If you don’t have pieces that match exactly, don’t worry.  You can easily recreate this look with different shades of the same color, and it looks wicked chic!   

*When you color block an outfit (top and bottom don’t match), it can noticeably cut your body off. It’s important to make sure that where the colors meet is at your smallest part, not the widest.

*When shopping online and you find a top that you love, look so see what that manufacturer calls that color.  Use the search bar and type in that color to see if there are bottoms that match.  This is how I was able  to put together my ‘Tupelo Brown’ monochromatic outfit.

I hope this was helpful and I’ll see you soon! XOXO

Fall Shoe Trend 2020: #LOAFERS

This loafer trend has been around for a while, so its no surprise that we will be seeing a lot of it this fall.  They are comfortable, fashionable, and an extremely versatile shoe.  Flats in general are trending hard right now; which includes loafers, ballet flats, pointed toe flats, and even flat boots with no heel.  Comfort is a huge fashion movement for 2020 and I think we all know why… hello pandemic!

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Steve madden loafers: https://amzn.to/3cd6FSe

These J Crew loafers are not currently available, but I found these Amazon Essentials loafers that look exactly the same… at 1/2 the price!

Amazon Essential Loafers: https://amzn.to/3mscRue

These loafers easily elevate any outfit.  Throw these on white a tee shirt and jeans… BOOM!  You are looking super chic.  I wear these with everything, from ankle length dress pants, cropped wide leg pants, skirts (mini/midi/pencil/maxi), and with dresses. 

Style Tip:

If wearing these with a dress or skirt, try opting for a nude color that is close to your skin tone, as it will create the illusion of longer legs. A pointed toe flat is also very elongating and makes yours legs look so good! 

Mule Style Loafers

These mule style loafers give me all the Gucci Princetown vibes! I find these to be very comfortable and it literally feels like wearing slippers. These are work appropriate and yet another great transitional shoe option. They are currently available is many different color options and sizes.

Steve Madden Kandi Slip on Loafers: https://amzn.to/2HhkTWP

Simple & Chic Office Outfits

I think most of you ladies will already have these pieces in your wardrobe, but if not, you can easily substitute them with something else.  These are my go-to fall office outfits when I don’t have time to put something together.  I know I can reach for these pieces and it just works every time!  

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Start with a black pencil skirt and white button down….

Shirt | Skirt | Tights | Pumps

If your looking for a pair of tights that will last you… These thigh high black tights from Commando stay up all day and are fantastic!

Then I added a boyfriend fit blazer to add some visual interest. Adding a 3rd piece (jacket/vest/blazer/sweater) to an outfit instantly make you look more stylish.

Shirt | Skirt | Tights | Pumps | Blazer

Another easy style option is to add a sweater vest! This is another fun fall trend for 2020… I love anything menswear inspired.

Shirt | Skirt | Tights | Pumps | Vest

For this final look, I opted for a sweater blazer, and I love this French Girl Style vibe.

Shirt | Skirt | Tights | Pumps | Sweater Blazer

This J Crew Mercantile Sweater Blazer is currently 60% off!

Shop the newer style J Crew Sweater Blazer here:  https://amzn.to/2ZQP25D

Other Ways I’d Style This Simple Outfit:

Swap the white buttons down for… a fitted turtle neck, a loose knit sweater, a tee shirt camisole, or change out the white top for a different color or print.

Swap the pencil skirt for… trousers, a dress, a midi/mini skirt, or jeans!

Tips & Tricks:

*Changing out the third piece can change the look dramatically and add interest to an outfit.  The 3rd piece can be a cardigan, coat, belt, hat and/or sunglasses.

*Opt for a cardigan/jacket/blazer that’s cropped or one that hits past your hips.  When using a top layer, try to make it cut you off at your most flattering point, not your widest.  This will create an illusion of being taller, less frumpy, and thinner.  I personally am a cross between a rectangle and a hour glass body type, so doing this really makes my outfits look better.       

*Tuck your shirt in to accentuate your smallest area.  If a shirt hits you at the hips, and that’s your widest part, it will make you look bigger than you are. 

*Please know that being petite only means you are under 5’4”.  There are many different body types out there and there are different style tips for each. If you are looking for advice on your body type or want to know what you body type is, please reach out and I’ll be happy to assist you.  That’s what I do! 

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XOXO