Petite Fashion Challenge #2 – Wear It Now, Wear It Later

Welcome to Petite Fashion Challenge #2!

This month’s challenge, in honor of the September transition into fall, was to pick a piece from your wardrobe and style it two ways: one for summer/spring, and one for fall/winter.

Please take the time to check out all the stylish ladies who participated (in alphabetical order):
Caramel-Covered-Everything
Curls and Pearls
Evolving Style
Extra Petite
Fast Food & Fast Fashion
I am Khatu
Mini Maestra
Navigating Throu the Quarterlife with a Smile and Open Arms
Petite Early Morning Style
Petite Little Girl
Petite XXS
Psyched for Style
Sew Petite Gal
Shorty Stories
Stylepint
The Life of Ann James
The Little Dust Princess
Tiny in NYC
To Brighten My Day
Vicky’s Daily Fashion Blog

If I forgot anyone, please let me know in the comments! Thanks for participating everyone! If any bloggers want to host a future PFC, please sign up in the Petite Fashion Challenge Signup thread Petite Asian Girl set up!

This one was hard for me because living in Southern California, our seasons don’t change too much. My summer wardrobe looks a lot like my winter wardrobe, with maybe a few more blazers thrown in. I’m also a horrible summer dresser, so while I came up with my fall/winter outfit pretty quickly, my spring/summer outfit threw me for a loop.

The item:

The fabulous LOFT ruffle cardigan! I love this so much, I got it in two colors!

For spring/summer:

Top: Banana Republic tank, size XSP
Skirt: Silence and Noise, from Urban Outfitters, size XS

Funnily enough, it had just stopped raining when I took my summer outfit pics.

Yes, I wear sweaters even in the summer! I’m always cold, and even if I’m not chilly just this second, chances are, the second I enter an air conditioned restaurant, or even someone’s home, I will freeze if I don’t have a sweater on. This LOFT sweater is thin enough that it’s quite comfortable in most summer weather.

Side note: I just recently made a huge mistake on the hottest day of the year in LA and wore a similar outfit with a cashmere cardigan…yes…hot hot cashmere. I was dying.

The skirt I’ve never shown on the blog before. I bought it over a year ago, and it’s been my go-to casual skirt. It’s made of sweatshirt material, and has pockets!

For fall/winter:

Top: H&M, size XS
Jeans: Paige Laurel Canyon, size 24 (hemmed & waist taken in)
Jewelry: Honora pearls & sterling silver brooch

I took a que from the styling on the LOFT website and layered the ruffle cardigan under a jacket. It looks really great, and I think I’ve found my new favorite fall outfit. I’m on a kick at the moment where I love wearing my tweed Manolo Blahniks, so there’s no reason why they’re in this outfit besides the fact I just really wanted to wear them. =)

More outfits with the LOFT ruffle cardigan:
Ruffles and Tiny Shoes
LOFT Ruffle Cardigan in Turquoise
Yellow Shoes Get Their 15 Minutes
Petite Outfit: Dusty Pink and Military Green

More outfits with the Theory Gratian Jacket:
Jacket That Runs Small – Theory Gratian Jacket
Petite Outfit – Fun with the Theory Gratian Jacket

39 Comments

  • PetiteXXS says:

    I feel like a dork… scheduled it for 8:45 but then forgot to hit publish lol. But it's up now! :)

    I also wear cardigans year round and can definitely see myself wearing both your outfits! Love the flower pin for the unexpected bit of color too :)

  • Michelle says:

    Add me to the list of participants! :)

    I love the skirt for the spring/summer. I also love seeing all the different ways you style jackets! Nice choices!

  • The Little Dust Princess says:

    omg I totally understand. I wear sweaters in the summer too. LOL The subway is just FREEZING when the AC is on. Malls and restaurants too!

    I love how you threw a blazer over your cardigan. I would've never thought of that because I'd feel too hot. Even in the winter I try to keep it to a bare minimum because I can get hot very easily. Then my face turns red. -_-

  • Alterations Needed says:

    Michelle – I can't find your PFC post! Can you post the link here? I'll add it.

  • PetiteAsianGirl says:

    HELLO ruffle sweater under theory tweed blazer! *Runs to closet to try that combo on*

    I love both these ensembles. I'll definitely be stealing that second outfit idea, or at least attempting to. I'm a little plumper than you so the Theory gratian jacket may not have allowance for a cardigan underneath.

    Man, the entries are so good! I am ashamed of mine!

  • Michelle says:

    Hmm…I must have done something wrong…obviously new at this. I just went ahead and published it now. Here is the link:

    http://minimaestra.blogspot.com/2010/09/petite-fashion-challenge-2-wear-it-now.html

  • stylepint says:

    I love both of your outfits and the pins/brooches that go with it! It adds a great counterpoint to the blazer and cardigan.

    Thanks for hosting this round of the PFC challenge! =)

  • MoneyMaus says:

    LOVE the outfits! Teal is one of my favorite colors and I just don't own enough of it. The blazer-over-cardigan is a great look… and I heart skirts with pockets. :)

  • olyvia says:

    I like how you added the purple flower pin to your cardigan! Thanks for hosting this challenge…I got some good ideas from all the petite bloggers!

  • PetiteLittleGirl says:

    Kelly, my scheduling thing didn't work. I just published my post. I am not sure why. Anyway, you look lovely in your outfit. I like how to add a flower pin to the cardigan. The Theory jacket is also adorable. Thanks for hosting this challenge.

  • SewPetiteGal says:

    I love the cardi w/ the blazer! I would have never thought of that.
    My PFC post didn't schedule properly, but it is now posted here:
    http://sewpetitegal.blogspot.com/

  • Elle says:

    The cardigan looks so terrific with your theory blazer, I am so mad at myself for not picking up those cardigans when they were still available. They look terrific with everything (on you at least). Your outfits are going in my fashion "inspiration" folder. Thanks for hosting it!

  • curls-and-pearls says:

    I LOVE the cardi under the blazer! LOL I was going to try something similar but the hem of my (cheap) blazer came out!

    I think I will have to stalk that Theory Blazer now, such a staple!

  • CynthiaC says:

    The fall outfit is PERFECT as a Casual Friday work outfit!!! Looks professional, yet comfy and casual! :)

  • Banhannas says:

    I love the bright colors in your spring/summer outfit. Makes me wish we weren't saying goodbye to it… Really nice slate colors in the fall/winter outfit, le gasp Blahniks?! I really like how business casual it is too. =0D

  • Jess says:

    I really love the way you layered the cardi under the blazer. It looks polished and fun at the same time. I also really like the sweatshirt skirt! Dressy and casual at the same time.

  • Em says:

    Love the necklace-cardigan-blazer combo. If I were to picture it in my mind, it would seem too busy, but you pull it off perfectly. The long necklace really pulls it together. :)

  • Em says:

    And a big thank you for hosting this challenge!

  • Anonymous says:

    I absolutely love your fall/winter ensemble. I saw something similiarly styled at the BR store but thought it was a bit much…hmmm loving it on you…maybe I will try it! Oh and I keep jackets/cardigans everywhere (office, car) since I'm always cold…understand you there. I always get the strangest looks in the summertime though…lol! Keep up the good work!

    ~GRITS

  • thegoodgirlgoneblog.com says:

    So cute! Oh, and I forgot to tell you, on your recommendation I bought the ruffle cardigan! I get most of my cardigans in PXS though…I find it's less tight in the bust ;)

  • Cee says:

    I love the fall/winter look! The sweater under the blazer and tweed (I think?) pumps looks great together! And perfect for the cooler temperatures.

  • Callandra says:

    I really like both of your looks a lot, but my favorite is the fall/winter. The skirt in spring/summer looks adorable and sounds super comfy (with pockets- bonus)! Thanks so much for hosting this challenge, I had a lot of fun!

  • AubreyOhDang! says:

    wow everytime you wear this jacket Kelly, I fall in love. I wish I owned it.

  • Vicky says:

    Kelly, thank you for making this challenge possible. It took me a loooong while to go through all of them. They are all fantastic and unique.
    I really really like the way you layer your ruffle cardi with the blazer. You look very sharp in that outfit.

  • me in millions says:

    I just love that cardigan… and I now own it!

  • Alterations Needed says:

    Thanks everyone! The fall/winter outfit is my favorite too!

    Ahh, I still haven't had a chance to look at all the other participant's posts! Can't wait to dig in this weekend. =)

  • Ducia Ciao says:

    your style is impeccable! i so want to participate in this challenge! ; ). I found your blog through LITTLE DUST PRINCESS!
    http://watermoolen.xanga.com

  • gina says:

    You look great in both outfits!

    What a lovely collection of wear-now and wear-later looks. I always enjoy those features in magazines, and I love that you have a collection of bloggers doing a feature like this!!

  • 20 York Street says:

    I looove this one, I think this is perfect for the article!

    besos,

    Win a Yola Couture Designer Dress at:

    20 YORK STREET

  • Kiki says:

    My (very late) PFC just posted. Thank you for hosting this one– I had a ton of fun! Kiki
    http://psychedforstyle.blogspot.com/2010/10/petite-fashion-challenge-2-few-days.html

  • 20 York Street says:

    I looove this one, I think this is perfect for the article!

    besos,

    Win a Yola Couture Designer Dress at:

    20 YORK STREET

  • Alterations Needed says:

    Thanks everyone! The fall/winter outfit is my favorite too!

    Ahh, I still haven't had a chance to look at all the other participant's posts! Can't wait to dig in this weekend. =)

  • me in millions says:

    I just love that cardigan… and I now own it!

  • Ducia Ciao says:

    your style is impeccable! i so want to participate in this challenge! ; ). I found your blog through LITTLE DUST PRINCESS!
    http://watermoolen.xanga.com

  • Em says:

    Love the necklace-cardigan-blazer combo. If I were to picture it in my mind, it would seem too busy, but you pull it off perfectly. The long necklace really pulls it together. :)

  • Vicky says:

    Kelly, thank you for making this challenge possible. It took me a loooong while to go through all of them. They are all fantastic and unique.
    I really really like the way you layer your ruffle cardi with the blazer. You look very sharp in that outfit.

  • Jess says:

    I really love the way you layered the cardi under the blazer. It looks polished and fun at the same time. I also really like the sweatshirt skirt! Dressy and casual at the same time.

  • Elle says:

    The cardigan looks so terrific with your theory blazer, I am so mad at myself for not picking up those cardigans when they were still available. They look terrific with everything (on you at least). Your outfits are going in my fashion "inspiration" folder. Thanks for hosting it!

  • PetiteXXS says:

    I feel like a dork… scheduled it for 8:45 but then forgot to hit publish lol. But it's up now! :)

    I also wear cardigans year round and can definitely see myself wearing both your outfits! Love the flower pin for the unexpected bit of color too :)

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