Petite Fashion Challenge #6 – Dress Up Your Basics

Petite Fashion Challenge 1
Blazer – Theory Amanda B., size 00
BlouseLOFT Corsage button down, size 00P (altered)
Sweater Vest – Theory, size XS (similar)
Top – H&M, size XS (hiding under the button down)
Jewelry – Honora pearl necklace, jet bead necklace, vintage brooch, sterling silver bangles

The theme of this month’s Petite Fashion Challenge, hosted by Stylepint, is “Dress Up Your Basics”:

For this challenge, start off with a jeans and tee basic look (it can be any style or color) and dress it up to show off your personal style with accessories, jewelry, and whatever you’d like to add.

My basics are my favorite pair of skinny jeans (quite literally, the only pair that have ever looked good on me) and an simple grey H&M t-shirt, that unfortunately is hiding in this photo-shoot. I wear a fitted tee under most of my outfits, especially in the colder months. Not only do they give an extra layer of warmth, but they can be a great way to cover up a scandalously low neckline, or just give a small bit of color to peek out from under other items.

Petite Fashion Challenge 3

I love menswear inspired looks, so I try to integrate that into my personal style when I can. I used my tried and true method of tucking in when you have a short torso to pair the striped button-down with the classic blazer, which is a very boyish look that I love. I took this one step further by adding a shrunken sweater vest that reminds me of a men’s three-piece-suit. *swoon!*

Petite Fashion Challenge 2

To off-set being so boyishly dressed, I needed girly items like the long necklaces and vintage brooch on the jacket lapel (more signature items of my personal style). The feminine cut of the skinny jeans and classic almond toe pumps also help “girl-up” the outfit.

Petite Fashion Challenge 6
Petite Fashion Challenge 4

I love love love these shoes! I’ve worn them endlessly ever since I picked them up almost two years ago! I highly suggest grey pumps…they are surprisingly versatile and a twist on the basic black pump.

See the rest of the stylish Petite Fashion Challenge entries by going to Stylepint.com:

For those of you who did not participate, how would you dress up jeans and a t-shirt?

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54 Comments

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    CynthiaC

    Looks like we both did the blazer and jeans look! :) If you work at a casual office that allows denim, you could totally wear it to work!

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Ski Petite

    Cute vest! I have been looking for a vest but I can't find one that seems to fit just right. I don't know if I just feel uncomfortable in them or what. But I love the look and the red detailing on you.

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Vicky

    You are totally rocking the menswear inspired look, Kelly! I have always loved you in vests and blazers. :)

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Tara

    I really love that vest…its so adorable!

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Michelle

    Love it! This is so you!

    You chose a great spot for your photoshoot!!

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    AubreyOhDang!

    whoa whoa whoa! new place? great photos!

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    hurricanekerrie

    This outfit is so cute, one could even wear it to work–you know for casual friday. I love the vest with the blazer.

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Cee

    Great layering job, Kelly! You're wearing all my favorite items, but together. With the exception of the vest, but I'm going to have to add that to my wishlist :)

    PS – I like this new photo spot. Looks beautiful and secluded.

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Amy Adkins

    I love how you make menswear sharp looking and still feminine. I'm learning so much from your blog!! I bought the Cole Haan Grey Suede pumps (after seeing how fabulous and versatile they looked on you!), but I'm afraid to wear them for fear they get wet and ruined!!! Have you worn yours in the rain ever? Any advice??

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    The Little Dust Princess

    I love that so many of the PFCs used a blazer to spice up their outfit. Definitely a classic combo. Great job, Kelly!

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    PetiteLittleGirl

    This outfit is totally you, Kelly :) I love your new photo location. You look so put together as always. Great job with this challenge.

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    R.L.

    I love how this outfit is like a "cumulative exam" of all the nifty tricks you've shared with us about petite fashion. Texture, tucking in, accessories, etc… And you should totally tag this post to your "AN in the wild" category ;)

  • Reply March 24, 2011

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    @CynthiaC – Yes! I liked your blazer and jeans look! You should wear it more often.

    @Ski Petite – Thanks! I have a more structured houndstooth one that just doesn't fit right, but this one is cashmere/wool, so it fit nice and stretchy. A little shrink in the wash helped too. ;)

    @Vicky – Thank you Vicky! I loved your jacket look too!

  • Reply March 24, 2011

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    @Tara – Thank you! :)

    @Michelle @AubreyOhDang! – Yes! We're moving, and the new place is much more photogenic than our last one! I hope to perfect my photo locations soon. ;)

    @hurricanekerrie – Yup, this look is very Casual Friday appropriate.

  • Reply March 24, 2011

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    @Cee – Thank you Cee! A way to get a similar look is to wear a v-neck cardigan, 1/2 buttoned, under a blazer. I've had a few people compliment me on my "vest" when I wear cardigans like that. ;)
    Glad you like the new photo spot! I still have to find the perfect spot at our new place, but this one worked really well!

    @Amy Adkins – I've worn those suede pumps EVERYWHERE! I try not to get them wet, but sometimes, it's unavoidable. Before you wear them, spray them with a suede protector spray. It helps protect them from dirt and water stains, and makes them easier to clean later:
    Suede Protector Spray

    @The Little Dust Princess – Yes! Blazers were popular this PFC!

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage

    I heart boots with jeans, but clogs are my backup in spring and summer. Lovely look.

    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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  • Reply March 24, 2011

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    @PetiteLittleGirl – Thanks! I like the photo location too. Hopefully I'll get better at utilizing the pretty location in my photos. ;)

    @R.L. – LOL! You're so right! It totally is a culmination of my "tips". I hope I passed the exam. ;)

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    kileen

    i love the way you added the necklaces to the vest. and the photo location is amazing!

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    SewPetiteGal

    Love the outfit and what a gorgeous setting!! I have several vests and am always at a loss of how exactly to wear them – I never thought of pairing it with a blazer! I'm going to try this tomorrow :)

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Kimberly

    I love this outfit! You're always so good at layering and accessorizing :)

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Simple subtle style

    You look great! I love the vest and pumps. I've been thinking about getting some gray heels and you're definitely convincing me!

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Olyvia

    I also never tire seeing those grey pumps on you :) Great menswear-inspired look!

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    betty;

    i love the red lining on the vest, though it's a minor thing it stood out for me =]
    i've seen that a lot of people wore blazer for this particular challenge, but everyone pulls it off so well especially you b/c of the ruched sleeves
    i love it <3 great job

  • Reply March 24, 2011

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    @kileen – Thanks! I feel like I wear these necklaces a little too much, but I guess that makes them part of my signature style. ;)

    @SewPetiteGal – Yes! Try it! It's one of my favorite looks that I don't utilize nearly enough.

    @Kimberly – Thanks Kimberly!

    @Simple subtle style @Olyvia – I am really not exaggerating when I say grey pumps go with everything! They're my "go-to" shoes, and I know I've gotten a few other petite bloggers on the grey pump awesome-train. ;)

    @betty; – Thank you! I love the red piping on the vest as well. It's little details like that that can really make a garment, or an entire outfit, more interesting.

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Stylepint

    I love the little details that you add to your outfits to make them extra special like the piping on the vest, the striped shirt, and the vintage pin. I always love your menswear-inspired outfits and this one is no exception. Plus, I'm totally digging your photo location! =)

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Canadianpetite

    Love the little details in this outfit but still not busy-looking. I agree with the shoes…Is this at your new home?

  • Reply March 24, 2011

    Jen HaHA

    I noticed the vest right away and was surprised to find out it's a sweater vest. It really ties together the men's wear look nicely. I like your balance of femininity with the accessories.
    Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    Fashionista

    Amazing look!!!! Loved!

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    Elle

    This outfit is so you Kelly! I love that you added the shrunken sweater vest under your blazer. Everything is so well thought out but go so well together!

    And I completely agree with you on gray suede pumps, a must-have!

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    curls-and-pearls

    Kelly, love the vest underneath! I think both you and Jess do menswear with a feminine twist perfectly! Where are you taking these photos? they turned out beautifully.

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    PetiteXXS

    Lovely new location! Is it private enough to take pics without onlookers? If so, I'm jealous!

    The outfit is definitely and completely you! So many layers and textures to look at :) I know Jean loves her skinnies but I actually think I prefer your boot cut jeans on you.

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    Kiki

    Oooo– you added a *4th* piece! That vest is beautiful! xoxo Kiki

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    SILVIA NAVARRO

    love your style!!
    you´re so cute….
    follow u =D
    xx

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    Girl Hearts Makeup

    Hi,

    I'm petite like you and I was wondering do you think petite people look nice in high waste shorts?

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    Mae Lu

    Gorgeous school girl chic.

    Collegiate sophisticate.

    Studious Style Star?

    xx{ish.},
    Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    Slayerbabe

    You are really great at layering, I'm trying to improve that bit now and you're looks are still a great inspiration :)

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    Magda

    great blog! :) i'm also small but i like it! :)

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    fashionforteens

    Love this outfit! You always have the best blazers-especiallt theory blazers. THis is so polished and pulled together. Great job!

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    Rinny

    I love all the layers! The necklace really adds a feminine touch to the outfit :)

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    Callandra

    That jacket fits you so well Kelly, I love it!

  • Reply March 25, 2011

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    @Stylepint Aww…thanks! I always enjoy your menswear inspired looks as well.

    @Canadianpetite – Yes, these photos were taken at my new place. Still have to find the perfect spot, but this one is pretty good. ;)

    @Jen HaHA – Thanks! It was a lucky find during a Saks Fifth Avenue sale a few seasons ago.

  • Reply March 25, 2011

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    @Elle – Thanks Elle! ;)

    @curls-and-pearls – Totally agree! Jess does menswear really well. These photos were taken just outside the new place I'm moving into. I'm excited that it's so photogenic! :D

    @PetiteXXS – Yes, my new place luckily has a private yard! I'm so excited! A neighbor could see me posing if they're nosy enough, but for the most part, I'm hidden from prying eyes.

    I go through moods where I prefer the bootcuts to the skinnies and vice versa…I'm going through a skinny jean period, but I'm sure I'll be back to my bootcuts soon. ;)

  • Reply March 25, 2011

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    @Kiki – LOL…I didn't even think about it like that, but you're right. Most people stopped at three. I went all crazy and went for four!

    @SILVIA NAVARRO – Thank you! ;)

    @Girl Hearts Makeup – Of course petites look good in high waisted shorts! Just be mindful of your body proportions. If proportionately you have a short torso and long legs, then it's probably not a good look for you (I have a short torso and high waisted styles look awful on me), but if you have a proportionate body type or a long torso, you can pull it off.

  • Reply March 25, 2011

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    @Slayerbabe – Layering can be tricky. You have to keep the layers thin so you don't look bulky, and mix different textures so it looks interesting.

    @Magda – Thank you Magda! I like being small too, except when I go shopping and things don't fit. ;)

    @fashionforteens – Thanks! I adore blazers, so I make sure the ones I buy are versatile and fit well. I got lucky with this one…bought it on sale at the outlet and no alterations needed!

  • Reply March 25, 2011

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    @Rinny @Callandra @Mae Lu – Thanks ladies! ;)

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    Banhannas

    You really got the menswear down pat! The striping of the vest really brings more girly elements as well as those tiered necklaces.

  • Reply March 26, 2011

    Erin

    I love, love, love that little pop of red in the vest! Great look as always!

  • Reply March 26, 2011

    thegoodgirlgoneblog.com

    Cool background- it looks like your on safari. Great vest, too!

  • Reply March 26, 2011

    Kimchi Girl

    Ditto to everyone else: I LOVE it! I envy your knack for looking so put together. I wonder if this ensemble would work w/ a pencil skirt too? Like, if you wanted to feminize it even more?

    As for your ?, I, too like putting on blazers to dress up my basic jeans/t-shirt outfits. that, and heels!

    thanks for sharing Kelly…looking fwd to your next OOTD!

  • Reply March 27, 2011

    Girl Hearts Makeup

    thank you! I was debating whether to buy a really pricey pair of high waist shorts from Topshop and you just made my decision final. :)

  • Reply March 27, 2011

    Fashion Smiley

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  • Reply March 27, 2011

    ShortieK

    Menswear! Classy and stylish as always!
    I love the vest, and this entire outfit is just fabulous!

  • Reply March 28, 2011

    TigerLily

    Wow, I love that vest + blazer look. And paired with that striped shirt, it looks very chic! I also love the way you incorporate blazers in your daily wear, and the jeans you wore makes you look much taller, how did you do that? I guess i must hunt that jeans ;)

    YURI
    http://twothousandthings.blogspot.com

  • Reply March 28, 2011

    Petite in the City

    I would have never thought of wearing a vest under my blazer! I have so many black heels, I'm definitely going to try to get grey ones next! Great outfit!

    -Lor

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