Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Petite Fashion Challenge #5: Brighten Your Work Wardrobe


"Create a sophisticated work appropriate look that has no more than one dark piece (it can be a skirt, pants, a blazer, sweater etc...) excluding shoes, accessories and hosiery."

Thank you to Cynthia of Shorty Stories for hosting this challenge!

My Outfit

To note, most items pictured (the bangles are the exception) are from LOFT, but no longer available. You can probably find the scalloped tights in select stores. I am wearing a size small, the smallest size offered.

Related Content

PFC #1 hosted by Jean @ Extra Petite
PFC #2 hosted by Kelly @ Alterations Needed
PFC #3 hosted by Sydney @ Petite Little Girl
PFC #4 hosted by Elaine @ Curls and Pearls


  1. I love how you didn't use any dark elements at all! Great job :D This outfit seems perfect for the fall.

    xx The Little Dust Princess

  2. This challenge is completely unfair because your outfits are always bright and never boring (the polar opposite of my work outfits). I love the LOFT pieces you are wearing, LOFT really needs to start hiring you for catalog shoots because you make everything look good! I think I tried on that skirt before and it looked horrible on me but seeing it on you almost makes me want to comb ebay for it.

  3. Every time I see that skirt on you, I kick myself for never trying it on! You look so pretty (as ususal!)

  4. I never get tired of seeing this skirt! It seems to go with everything!

  5. Agreed with curls-and-pearls...that skirt always looks great on you. You color palette is so fun!

  6. I love the pairing of the skirt with the olive green jacket and booties! I agree with Elle, LOFT needs to use you as their model :)

  7. I love how you paired that polished skirt with the olive jacket. Great contrast!

  8. I have always loved that skirt but it was too big on me. You did great with this challenge. What a lovely outfit!

  9. I looove your outfit! Very Michelle. The colors are still toned down and "tauped" but definitely no dark dreary shades here. Taupe brown and that purply pink look so nice together! And those booties with the tights work nicely to elongate your legs.

  10. i love this skirt on you and the neutral color palette you chose for the challenge. great look and your kitty is so cute!

    cute and little
    come join the Color Brigade!

  11. Great combination. I think you're the only participant not wearing any dark colours(not even accessories)! Definitely CONGRATS!

  12. How do you pull off making your outfit look both spring-like and winterized at the same time?! I love it!

  13. That skirt has definitely been a lot more versatile than I originally gave it credit for! :) I love the play on neutrals that you did... very wearable!

  14. michelle i love that skirt on you! it's colorful, but in a subtle way which i love. btw what color are those tights, is it a mauve-y color? it's very pretty.

  15. @The Little Dust Princess Thanks!! I love how the skirt is light, but the design and thickness is more wintery!

    @Elle You are too sweet! :p I cannot believe that you looked horrible in the skirt!!

    @Tara Aw!! Thanks, Tara! :)

    @curls-and-pearls I do love this skirt! Definitely one of my favorite LOFT items!

    @Alterations Needed Thanks, Kelly!


    @SewPetiteGal Oh! Interesting! It is not olive, but purple-ish! Perhaps some olive in there, but more purple in person.

    @PetiteLittleGirl Thanks!! :)

    @PetiteAsianGirl Aw! Thanks, Jean! :)

    @kileen Thanks! The cats love to be a part of the pictures! :)

    @CynthiaC Thanks! I was worried that I was using too many neutral colors, and not enough bright ones...so glad you said that! :)

    @Cee I know!! I love that LOFT made this skirt! You said it perfectly...both spring and winter!

    @PetiteXXS Yes! It is versatile way more versatile than I thought!

    @Ping Yes! The tights are mauve! I thought they were so unique, so now I have two pairs! :)

  16. Loooove the skirt! That's one of my biggest Loft regrets, not buying it when I saw it. It always reminds me of Mondo on Project Runway!

  17. So hip and current. LOVE. :) Kiki

  18. So cute! Love the booties:) I really like all of the colors together too!

  19. Lovely outfit as usual, Michelle. I got this jacket as well because I saw it on you first and fell in love with it. The skirt looks so good on you but somehow looked weird on me. Great outfit. Love the whole olive tone. Great job!

  20. You look beautiful in these pictures Michelle! I love the color combination and the soft jewelry with the harder edged booties and jacket....a definite "must copy"! ;)

  21. Wow, I think you not only completed the challenge, you totally exceeded it! so pretty!

    Stay Happy and Positive!




  22. What a pretty outfit!!! Love that skirt- and the fit is amazing!

  23. Thanks ladies!

    @Vicky Glad you picked up the jacket, too! I love it so much! I just realized...I wore the jacket for PFC#3!

    @Callandra Thanks! I want to see what you come up with! :p

    @20 York Street Thank you! :)

  24. I like the super-sized houndstooth. Is it kind of a champagne color? The booties are great, too!

    Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

  25. this is such a great outfit! i love the muted colors with a fresh white shirt!



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