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.

Thanks for reading and feel free to share, like, or comment below!

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! 

Thanks for reading and feel free to share, like, or comment below!

XOXO

My Favorite Transitional Shoes!

These are the perfect transition shoe. When its too hot for a bootie, but not warm enough for sandals. These huarache sandals are perfect, since they cover most of your foot, yet still show your toes. As a petite, I appreciate the extra height these give and I love a shoe with a comfortable block heel. These shoes look great with dresses, jeans and everything in between!

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These beauties are the ‘Sandrinas’ from Steve Madden, and unfortunately they are unavailable, since I purchased them last year. However, I found a few similar options that are just as great!

Shop the Korlettan style here: https://amzn.to/3kms0eQ

Shop the Allistan style here: https://amzn.to/3msriyE

Shop the Eshantel style here: https://amzn.to/35OvXVo

These come in 10 different color options!

Leopard Print is a Neutral.

This classic animal print is here to stay and there are numerous ways to wear leopard this fall (… all year long!). This is considered a fashion trend, but it comes back every year because it a classic and its timeless. I usually wear this print in shoes, a belt, or something minimal, but you can go bold with this trend as well.

Leopard print is considered a neutral because it literally matches everything. These warm neutral tones can be paired with any color, print, or pattern. I suggest keeping the rest of the outfit minimal when incorporating leopard print, so it can be the star of the show.

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Top | Skirt | Shoes | Jewelry

I found this satin midi skirt at the Loft last year and it came in Petite sizing! When you are under 5’4″ its hard to find a midi skirt that hits at the right point. Unfortunately, this skirt is currently out of stock, but I found a great alternative for 1/2 the price!

Turtleneck | Skirt | Booties

When it gets colder, I would top the look off with a black oversized boyfriend fit blazer. Keeping the color pallet neutral and cohesive is key when wanting to look classy & chic.

Turtleneck | Skirt | Booties | Blazer

Style Tip:

Opt for leopard print that is on the smaller side. Generally speaking, when a print is too large it can make you look bigger than you really are, since it adds too much visual clutter and can overwhelm the eye. Its best to stick with prints that are smaller than the size of your hand/fist, because it will look much more flattering on the body.

Thanks for reading and feel free to share, like, or comment below!

XOXO

Fall Trend 2020: Plaid/Tartan

Two fall trends of 2020 in this one blazer (Old Navy)!! This season you will find plaid in several different pieces and in many colors. I typically go for neutrals and gravitate towards pieces that are multipurpose… and this is just that. This would be appropriate for work with some dress pants, put this over a cute skirt for going out, or wear as a light fall coat with jeans and a tee shirt on the weekend. Plaid will be everywhere this season and will be found in pieces such as jackets, pants, shirts, boots, handbags, and even hair accessories.

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The other fall 2020 trend this jacket embosses, is the fit; which is a boyfriend style blazer. This boyfriend fit is a little longer and looser than your typical fitted office blazer. I’d suggest wearing this style blazer with something more form fitting underneath, to avoid overwhelming your frame and to create balance.

Black Top | Romper/Pinafore | Booties

This plaid romper is no longer available, but this plaid pinafore will give you a similar look and the layering options are endless! This comes in multiple color options.

White Button Up | Romper/Pinafore | Tights | Pumps

Thanks for reading and feel free to share, like, or comment below!

XOXO

How to Style OTK Boots This Fall

The amount of versatility I get out of these Steve Madden OTK boots is amazing. The outfit possibilities are endless! They look fantastic paired with dresses, skirts, and rompers, I’d recommend only showing 2-3 inches of skin between the boot and the bottom of the garment to avoid looking to risky. Pairing these OTK boots with leather leggings and jeans is a great way to wear them as well! If you are petite or have a small calf circumference (14″ or smaller), these boots are made for you!

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Black Shirt Dress is Sold – Out (Similar Option), black belt (Salvatore Ferragamo), OTK boots (Steve Madden), and jewelry (Miranda Frye).

Black tunic top (Old Navy), jeans (J Brand Jeans), OTK boots (Steve Madden), black hat (Amazon), and jewelry (Miranda Frye).

Black Tissue Turtleneck (Amazon), high waisted khaki shirt – Sold Out (Similar Option), OTK boots (Steve Madden), and jewelry (Miranda Frye).

Red Christmas plaid button up (Lucky), jeans (J Brand Jeans), soft brushed cream cardigan (Old Navy), OTK boots (Steve Madden), and jewelry (Miranda Frye).

White angora fuzzy sweater – Sold Out (Similar Sweater), jeans (J Brand Jeans), OTK boots (Steve Madden), brown hat (Amazon), and jewelry (Miranda Frye).

Soft brushed cream cardigan worn as a top (Old Navy), jeans (J Brand Jeans), OTK boots (Steve Madden), chestnut cross body bag (Tory Burch), and jewelry (Miranda Frye).

Striped Turtleneck (Amazon), Corduroy Pinafore – Sold Out (Similar Option), OTK boots (Steve Madden), and jewelry (Miranda Frye).

Red Christmas plaid button up (Lucky), jeans (J Brand Jeans), OTK boots (Steve Madden), brown hat (Amazon), and jewelry (Miranda Frye).

Black Tissue Turtleneck (Amazon), Suede Pinafore (A&F), OTK boots (Steve Madden), Houndstooth Jacket (Old Navy), and jewelry (Miranda Frye).

These boots are very similar, but are 1/2 the price, with many color options available: https://amzn.to/3jMKiWf

Another OTK style boot in 4 different color options, but in leather, from Franco Sarto: https://amzn.to/32ZFlmk

How to Style A Cardigan 5 Ways

I’m sure you will notice the color scheme… I live in neutrals! If I added a few more pieces I could turn this into a capsule wardrobe. I like to wear what I have and be able to use items in several different ways. Here is a snap shot of how I plan on wearing this camel colored cardigan (OLD NAVY) this fall.

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Cardigan | White Button Down | Skirt | Belt | Pumps

In the first outfit I dressed this camel colored cardigan up with a black pencil skirt and a white button down top. You could easily switch out the collared shirt for a camisole, striped shirt, or printed blouse for another look. Then I finished the look with a black tote from Tory Burch, Salvatore Ferragamo belt, and Madison 12- hour pumps.

Cardigan | Gingham Button Up | Pants | Belt | Shoes

*These exact shoes are Sold Out, but I linked a similar option above.

For a smart casual look, I layered a blue and white checkered shirt underneath the cardigan, and paired with navy blue ankle pants. Then I finished the outfit with a camel colored Tory Burch tote, heels, and matching belt.

Cardigan | Jeans | Tee Shirt | Shoes

Here I opted for a very casual look. I styled this cardigan over a basic white tee shirt and a pair of high rise distressed straight cut jeans. To add some print to a rather minimal outfit I wore my Steve Madden snake skin loafers. These loafers come in several different color options and are very comfortable.

Cardigan | Dress | Leopard Belt | Pumps

Here, I styled the same Old Navy cardigan over a simple black dress and cinched the waist with a skinny leopard belt. Then I finished the look with my black pumps and Tory Burch tote. This is another great work wear option!

Cardigan | Dress | Hat | Leopard Belt | Booties

For a dressy casual look, all I did was swap out the pumps for these cute Steve Madden ankle boots, and added my favorite hat. Perfect outfit for a fall day and its all petite friendly!

Thanks for reading and feel free to share, like, or comment below! XOXO