I’m typically a dress kind of girl.  A matching top and skirt “set” isn’t usually my thing, it’s just so….ladylike, dahling.  Add pearls and pumps and I look like I should be holding bunco parties and fundraising for my husband’s political campaign.

But it turns out that a matching top-and-skirt-set – in lace no less – is EXACTLY my style when paired with ankle booties and a chunky necklace.  (If I could decide which leather jacket I like best,  I’d be wearing one of those, too.  But I’m right in the middle of an epic dither on the leather jacket topic, soooo….)

Even better, there are roughly 1.4 * 10^3 ways to wear this outfit (BAM – now THAT’S what I call outfit math) but in the interest of time, I’ll show you my top FIVE.


See?  Ever-so-slightly politician’s wife.  But a cool one.





skirt and top set:  Vince Camuto Lace Overlay Back-Zip Skirt (0P), and matching shell (2P)

bag: vintage (my mom’s prom purse) – but this crystal frame clutch is a stunner

boots: old, but I love the zipper detail on Vince Camuto’s zip bootie

necklace: old, similar Judith Jack Modern Links necklace



Add some sporty stripes and a few pops of red and I’m a happy girl.







top: Wildfox Sporty Schoolgirl Sweatshirt (size S)

skirtVince Camuto Lace Overlay Back-Zip Skirt (0P)

bag: vintage, but this oversized, beaded ‘eye’ clutch is awesome

heels: old, but this Cole Haan Bethany Pump in lipstick red looks just as comfortable

ring: old, but this Tildon cocktail ring is similar



A little something for the office….







coat: Nic and Zoe Permafrost Long Knit Jacket (XS petite) – Mike wouldn’t stop commenting on this one.  “Babe, you look REALLY good in that jacket” and then a few seconds later, “WOW.  You. In that jacket.”  Uhhh….he clearly misses seeing me at work.

shirt: old, but I loved Vince Camuto’s silk utility blouse (reg or petite) when I tried it on in-store.  I was a small, petite.

lace shell: Vince Camuto lace shell (2P)

pants: old Vince ponte pants, but the Two by Vince Camuto Ponte pants are almost identical, and come in both petite and regular sizes (I tried them on in-store)

heels: Sole Society Olyvia Heels in black/white (don’t you love that Nordstrom is carrying these now?)

bag: old, here’s a similar Kate Spade bag



Because stripes are never wrong.  Also?  ZIP SWEATERS.  (Perfect for nursing, no?)







sweater: Free People Zip-Front Cable Sweater, size XS

top: old, but I’m obsessed with this Vince Striped tee (25% off)

skirtVince Camuto Lace Overlay Back-Zip Skirt (0P)

heels: Sam Edelman Palma Suede Sandal

bag: vintage, but if I owned this colorful beaded clutch, I would’ve swapped mine out.




Because I know you’ve been thinking, “S, these outfits are great and everything, but what about turtlenecks?  MORE. TURTLENECKS.”

Also?  Picture this outfit without the lace shell.  DISASTER.







sweater: old, but this BP cardigan has similar lines

turtleneck: old, this soft Vince turtleneck is similar and on sale

shellVince Camuto lace shell (2P)

jeans: old JBrand…but am obsessed with these light-wash ‘Mia’ flares by Hudson

boots: Marc Jacobs

necklace: Alexis Bittar

bag: old, here’s a similar Kate Spade bag


Not bad, right?  And I love that the lace top-and-skirt are available in petite sizing.  Normally, a skirt like that is off-limits:  attempting to hem a lace-edged skirt is just NOT gonna happen.  But now, with petites…there are all kinds of fun possibilities.  Here are a few others pieces I loved from Nordstrom petites (their selection is pretty amazing).  BTW – each of the pieces below are available in both petite OR regular sizes.



One note about Eileen Fisher (because a few of you have asked):  I had the pleasure of trying on many Eileen Fisher pieces for this article. In general, I found myself happily surprised – the quality is amazing.  The pieces were soft, cozy, and seriously flattering.  With one exception:  Pants.  Without fail, all of the Eileen Fisher bottoms I tried on were way too big – even the smallest petite size.  The silk bottoms were OK (sort of slouchy cool), but the others were still too….much.  I had much better luck with the Vince Camuto line for both pants and skirts.



ps.  A huge thank-you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!  As always, all thoughts, opinions, product choices, and, uh, bunco bashing is me.


  1. I know you have alluded to your height, but how tall are you actually? I am 5’1″ so I appreciate a frame of reference with the petites.

  2. Will you be doing any updated post-partum or nursing posts? 6 weeks post partum here and totally clueless! And heading into an Australian summer *faints*

  3. I am new to your blog and obsessed. And I just spent a fortune at Loft online last night thanks to your post (hopefully I will chose my favorites and return the rest). Eek. I am in trouble now. Love your style and how to you get all these amazing photos of yourself?

  4. your husband is right, that coat is amazing! I love it and it looks so beautiful on you. cranberry and navy are a pretty great pair!

  5. Agree with R Liz & MIke, number three is my favorite! The layering of the lace over the buttondown wtih the popping slim fit coat are perfect! Just my kind of every day outfit, absolutely!!!

  6. Love, love this post! I always struggle with how to create new outfits from key pieces and you nailed it! I love them all! I especially love the chunky sweater with zippers (I am currently a nursing mama) and lace skirt!!

  7. I just want to say thank you for not having brand new everything every time. I love that you post “old but here is one similar” – so much more attainable than the bloggers with brand new everything every day.

  8. Great looks! I’m not petite but I love getting ideas from your blog. Can you tell me about your glasses? I’m currently looking for new frames and I love that type of dark/light tortoise. The shape looks like it might work for me, I have a weird face for glasses (diamond), the frames can’t be too square or too round.

    • Karen, try Warby Parker! I won’t be surprised to find that’s where Shana’s glasses are from. My husband and I have both ordered from there and are really happy with our glasses. (I’m not affiliated in any way with them; I just really, really like $95 glasses.)

  9. I love this post (from a month ago – I know – I’m a little behind on my blog reading). Love how you styled the matching set as separates so beautifully. #4 is my favorite. So inspiring!

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