Petite Fashion Challenge #10: Summer to Fall

Petite Fashion Challenge Summer LookSummer Look

Banana Republic vest, size 0 (altered) :: Banana Republic blouse, size 00P :: Ann Taylor linen skirt, size 00P :: LOFT flower pin :: Cole Haan shoes, size 5

It’s Petite Fashion Challenge time again! This month’s PFC is being hosted over on fashionforteens. The challenge:

The challenge is to take traditionally summer pieces (like tank tops, shorts, mini skirts, sundresses etc.) and make them appropriate for fall.

My item is the Banana Republic linen vest that I had altered down from a regular size 0 to fit more like a 00P. A lot of things about this vest says “summer” to me, so since I invested a little bit of money into this guy, I want to make sure I get more than just seasonal wear out of it.

This vest feels like summer because:

  • The fabric is linen, which is a very summery fabric.
  • The color is a soft light blue stripe, almost nautical in feel.

My summer outfit is what I plan to wear to an office event at the Del Mar Racetrack in the near future. I love how men wear their most ridiculous seersucker and linen suiting to the racetrack, so I figure I’ll show ‘em how a lady does it. :)

PS…blue & purple are analogous colors…and purple & yellow are complimentary colors!

My fall transition:

Petite Fashion Challenge Fall LookFall Look

Theory blazer, size 00 :: Banana Republic vest, size 0 (altered) :: Banana Republic blouse, size 00P :: Paige jeans, size 23 (hemmed) :: Cole Haan shoes, size 5

Nothing says fall better than a crisp blazer! Pairing the vest with darker colors, like the black blazer and dark denim, helps to temper the summery feel.

There ya go! Another summer is almost over, and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to start layering again! Whoohoo!

Check out the other Petite Fashion Challenge entries over at fashionforteens.

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33 Comments

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Really Petite

    You did a great job and I’m happy to see ur getting ur money’s worth out of the perfectly tailored vest:-)

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Michelle

    Love seeing this vest again!  Great styling!

    I am with you…I am ready for colder weather.  I used to never say that! This community has helped prepare me!  :)

    • Reply September 1, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      You kind of have to appreciate hot weather when you live in Vegas! I don’t know how you handle it. :)

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Little Nashua

    I envy your ability to wear blazers. I currently own 4 and you’ll notice I never, ever show them in any outfit posts. I just can’t seem to pull them off, I always look somewhat wrong in them. My mission for this fall is to figure out how to style my blazers so I can actually wear them rather than  just stare at them hanging in my closet.

    • Reply September 1, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      LOL. I used to feel weird in them too and had a few that just sat in my closet because I didn’t like wearing them. I felt engulfed by them. Might be time for a “how to wear blazers” post, huh? :)

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Khatu

    Kelly, you should try accessorizing that vest with a bowtie. I think it’ll look uber cute!

    • Reply September 1, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      LOL! I’m not ready for neck-wear just yet…but I do love picking through a good bin of loud colored bowties… :)

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Psychedforstyle.blogspot.com

    Loving your vest yet again! Great outfits, and you have inspired me to look for a vest! xo Kiki

    • Reply September 1, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      Yay for vests! If you want a cheapie starter vest, H&M has some this season.

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Sewpetite Gal

    Lovely!  I love how you put together looks with vests (something I am incapable of doing)!

    • Reply September 1, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      Pff, I’m sure you can pull them off beautifully! Just maybe wait until after SewPetite Baby gets here. hehe.

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Jessy

    Hey it’s that vest again! I just saw it in another PFC, I think. :P Great outfits, Kelly! If I wore your “fall outfit”, I’d be sweating. LOL I try to wear as little as possible all year round.

    • Reply September 1, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      I’m guessing that means Vicky finally wore hers! Wonderful! I haven’t made the PFC rounds yet, so I’m a little behind.

      We’re complete opposites then…I’m always cold and wear the most clothing possible for all weather conditions. ;)

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews)

    Agreed, nothing says fall like a crisp blazer! I think I need more fitted ones in my wardrobe rather than the casual ones.  You always look amazing Kelly :)

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Cynthia C. M.

    Kelly, I ADORE your fall look!  It’s so…crisp! :)  For some reason, I can never do blazers with denim.  Don’t know why it doesn’t “feel right” for me, but it works very well for you!

    • Reply September 1, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Cynthia! When you grow up in the denim + blazer capital of world (Los Angeles), you get to be pretty good at it…LOL.

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Petite on a Penny

    So cute! Love that linen vest…

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Tara

    Both outfits are gorgeous!  You use vests so well…I  need to take notes!

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Petite LG

    This is my far my favorite outfit of this month’s PFC. You look so put together. I can’t wait for Fall either. Great job with the challenge, Kelly!

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Katie Mieras

    You are inspiring me to try more menswear inspired peices. I’m going to try to mimick an outfit I saw in the Brother’s Bloom.

    Katie. PetiteSisterStyle

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    liza

    Wow, the two looks are totally different but I love them both. I love how you added a blazer and jeans and the look is appropriate for fall. Oh and I just added you to the list:) sorry my internet wasn’t working earlier. 

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    H&K Style Journey

    Oh my gosh! I love both looks!  I am a sucker for a great pencil skirt and a blazer. Also, the necklace with the flower pin attached is so cute!

    Heather

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Kileen

    wow, you really know how to wear a vest!!   i love how you styled it for summer — the light color palette and flower pin make it will make the other ladies envious of your style at the racetrack.  and i love the darker colors as you transitioned for fall.  well done!

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Jane Squared

    Great minds must think alike; I also used that vest for the PFC!  I especially love your fall look. :)

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    Cee

    I completely adore your summer look! The palette is so fresh and clean. I bet you’ll be getting lots of double takes at the racetrack :)

  • Reply September 1, 2011

    AUBS*

    nice kelly!  love the summer outfit.  <3 that purple flower & awesome shoes!

  • Reply September 2, 2011

    PetiteAsianGirl

    I’m also smitten by your charming country-club summer look. You are getting your alterations’ worth of that vest. The fall look is very classic-Kelly.

  • Reply September 5, 2011

    Petite Adventures

    Great transition! Both outfits are so chic!

  • Reply September 9, 2011

    Anonymous

    I didn’t even notice there was a vest at first!!  Both outfits look great yet so different from each other!

  • Reply September 13, 2011

    Anonymous

    Nooo I missed this months fashion challenge! Stupid computer and its virus weakness…anyway your outfit looks fabulous! That’s definitely a summer color but it works so well for fall with that blazer. Wonderful!

  • Reply September 13, 2011

    Anonymous

    Nooo I missed this months fashion challenge! Stupid computer and its virus weakness…anyway your outfit looks fabulous! That’s definitely a summer color but it works so well for fall with that blazer. Wonderful!

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