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Week of Outfits: Jenny Jin

Week of Outfits: Jenny Jin

Beauty editor Jenny Jin, who lives in New Jersey with her fiancé, has figured out her fall-to-winter uniform. “If I were a cartoon character, I’d be wearing a cozy sweater and skirt,” she laughs. Here are five outfits she wore in a week…

Week of Outfits: Jenny Jin

Sweater: similar. Skirt: Madewell. Shoes: Zara. Bracelet: Roxanne Assoulin, similar.

“My friends have a running joke that if there’s a long dress or flowy skirt, I own it. It’s my go-to uniform. From October to April, I wear some combination of this outfit at least three days a week.”

Week of Outfits: Jenny Jin

Sweatshirt: Etre Cecile. Skirt: Moon River. Booties: Stuart Weitzman.

“I’ve been seeing leopard print everywhere this year, and I like that this skirt has a subtle side slit, which gives it good movement. When it comes to shoes, I rarely buy them and then I wear each pair to the ground. I got these from Stuart Weitzman a couple years ago, and I get them resoled every season to help extend the wear. They have a nice heel but they’re walkable — I call them my sensible heels.”

Week of Outfits: Jenny Jin

Sweater: Everlane. Jeans: Levi’s. Bracelet: Roxanne Assoulin, similar. Scarf: Madewell.

“I’ve worn culottes with this sweater so many times. I’m very short — 5′ 1 ½” (that half inch is important!) — and cropped shirts are great for petite ladies. And then the accent with the scarf. I love a scarf! Small, big, printed, solid, love them all.”

Week of Outfits: Jenny Jin

Dress: Apiece Apart. Shoes: Zara.

“I’m a big fan of Rent the Runway, where you have a membership to borrow clothes. That’s how I ended up with this long flowy dress — I rented it so much that I ended up buying when it went on sale. This is my power look. I know that if I put it on, it will make me feel confident. With the billowing sleeves and a tie waist, it’s the dress that I get the most compliments on. In terms of cost per wear, it was my best purchase this year.”

Week of Outfits: Jenny Jin

“I was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, just before my thirtieth birthday. It was synovial sarcoma, which showed up as a lump in my collarbone that just wouldn’t go away. It’s very rare and I’m just so lucky that I caught it early. I did several rounds of chemo and lost my hair, which was one of the hardest things. It was very important to me to find a wig that felt like me. They even cut bangs and did highlights to make it match my real hair! Looking back, I think that was my way of trying to have some semblance of control over the situation. It was so empowering to get a wig and also empowering to go out in public with a buzz cut. Now I’ve been cancer free since December 2017.”

Sweater: English Factory. Pants: J.Crew. Earrings: My Poetry, similar. Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood.

“My experience with cancer has definitely made me a more aware, grateful person. I spent my adolescence and twenties nitpicking the things I disliked about my body. Mostly, I hated that my legs were so stocky. What I didn’t realize was how lucky I was to have such strong legs. Legs that would carry me up my fifth floor walkup after long days of chemo. Legs that allowed me to stand and walk shortly after surgery, which sped up my recovery altogether. Legs that are getting ready to cross the finish line of the New York City marathon this year. I am finally at a place where I appreciate my body as it is.”

Thank you, Jenny!

P.S. More women share their weeks of outfits, including a Seattle consultant and a Brooklyn nutritionist.

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Very inspiring <3

  2. Amber J says...

    Wow, this is beautiful. I love the outfits, but the commentary at the end really hit. How beautiful – reminding me that, yes, gratitude is the answer for our bodies. Gratitude.

  3. Nur Azlin says...

    You go Jenny!! I’m totally with you on how cancer has made me more grateful. I’ve been cancer free since 2016 but a lump that’s been in the other breast for years suddenly looked suspicious so I’m going for a biopsy this week. Still in a bit of a shock but I’m trying to take it one step at a time. Wish me luck!
    And I love your fashion combos ❤️

    • Tis says...

      Sending a prayer up right now. <3

  4. Tiffanie says...

    Brought tears to my eyes Beautiful post!

  5. Leah says...

    That last paragraph is stunning. Go get ’em in the marathon, Jenny! You deserve that finish line! xoxo

  6. Eda says...

    Not only a week of outfits post also a lesson for life!
    Sending you lots of love!

  7. Emily says...

    The last two paragraphs made this post one that I will not forget. Thank you for sharing your story with us Jenny and reminding us to love our strong bodies. <3

  8. I am in complete awe of all of you ladies—and so grateful for the kind words. Thank you to Joanna for creating such a positive community of strong, smart, kind and supportive women. I feel such a kinship with each and every one of you. ❤️

  9. Silvia Garcia says...

    oof!! one of my favorite weeks of outfits in a long time!! loved her style all of her outfits look so cute and are also very attainable like, i could recreate them and it would look good on everyone! she seems like such a kind person and I am glad to hear that she’s cancer free and her view of life is so nice!
    sidenote: I really would love to see either a week of outfits or a beauty uniform (or both) from Claire Saffitz from the BA Test Kitchen!!

  10. Jennifer says...

    She rocks that long dress! What a strong dress which could easily overpower a frame, but she absolutely kills it.

  11. God I love these posts! They just make you value how truly different and beautiful each woman is.

  12. Erica says...

    Here’s to strong legs! XO

    • Here here! :)

  13. Joanna W says...

    YES! Strong legs to match your strong spirit!! I’m so happy thinking of all of NYC and COJ readers who will be cheering you on as you run those 26.2. Have a blast and run with joy!!

  14. Maddie says...

    dang- she’s so gorgeous- inside and out! rock on Jenny!

  15. Arielle Parker-Trout says...

    The end where she talks about being grateful for her legs made me tear up, it is life-changing to start appreciating and being mindful of how wonderful our bodies are!

    • Megan says...

      Same here, Arielle!

  16. FRANCESCA says...

    This was really beautiful! I love her style! And as I fellow short girl (5 foot 1 flat with no extra half inch HA! ) I’m inspired to buy more midi skirts!

  17. Cynthia says...

    I like her outfits and she is a courageous person. I am 5’1″, and I know I wear lengths and styles maybe not meant for short people, but I don’t care.

  18. Asia says...

    Thanks for sharing your story and your outfits! It’s such a good reminder to appreciate our bodies as they are.

  19. EC says...

    I love ‘week of outfits’ and ‘beauty uniforms’ so so much. Thank you for celebrating beautiful real women and using the internet for good.

  20. Gray says...

    This was such a pick me up. Jenny is lovely and I love that she’s not hemmed in by “fashion rules” about what’s “flattering” on certain body types. She looks beautiful and seems so confident in her clothing choices. As someone one who’s always been told to avoid midi skirts (which I LOVE) because they make me look dumpy/short I am inspired to say screw it! I’ll wear what I love.

  21. P says...

    I wish I had her perspective on cancer. Oh, maybe that will be a good story to cover – different view points from different cancer sufferers/survivors.
    My cancer was thyroid cancer. And while highly “curable” – I am 5 years cancer free – the hormonal roller coaster will remain with me forever. I have good days and bad days but I often get frustrated with my body (or, the hormones that control it.)
    Anyways, she is lovely. Love her style. And that mani is on point as well. As a 5’10” person I wish I could wear crop tops!

    • liz says...

      Maybe you can? I’m 5’9″ with a super long torso and I initially thought I could not wear crop tops by do all the time now! I either need 1) super high waist pants (I’m talking at least a 14in rise) or 2) a longer than normal crop top or just a normal not-crop top shirt that just happens to be kinda short lol. Sometimes I’ll just take a normal t shirt and hem is 2-3inches and then I have a “crop top” that doesn’t make me feel like a

    • Fernanda says...

      Of course you can! Maybe pair it with a midi skirt or pantacourts to shorten your figure… or just embrace your height and think of all the people who’d love to be supermodel tall. I’m sure you’ll look amazing!

      I’m 5’10 too and I’ve avoided using heels for a long time (my mom would say I’d look like a giant and had an ex-bf who was conscious of his own height)… but hey, life is too short to avoid wearing what you like because of others opinions and what they had us feel about ourselves ;)

    • P—first off, I am so happy to hear that you’re 5 years cancer free. Congratulations on the milestone! If I’m being 1,000 percent honest, my perspective on cancer is always changing. I have good and bad days as well, but I’m learning that it’s ok—more than ok, actually, because it’s just part of being human, right? Enjoy the good days and trust that there will be more to come whenever you’re in the middle of a bad one. You seem like a kind person and I wish you many years of health, happiness and, dare I say it? Crop tops :)

    • Lilly says...

      I pop my few crops over midi skirts I can pull up (or dresses to extend strappy dresses into the fall!) I picked up a crop top with the CUTEST crab print in navy at at friend’s clothing swap a few years ago and it took me ages to see it as anything but a sleeping top. I just really liked the print. Once I started putting it over skirts I couldn’t stop – ended up with too many holes to count, RIP excellent soft crabby shirt. (5’10” too, super long torso-ed.)

  22. Maranda says...

    Jenny, I love your style! I am officially inspired to buy some midi skirts.

    I also had a recent realization about saying f*** it, and appreciating my body. I swim laps at my local gym a few times a week and I would always find myself hiding behind my locker door or struggling to get changed under a towel because I felt embarrassed of people looking at my body and judging me. Finally I had a realization that it was such a waste of energy to care. Nobody was looking at me, and if they were, who cares what they thought?! I feel like nobody is as critical of us as we are of ourselves and instead of wasting this time feeling embarrassed or ashamed of myself, I should feel proud and happy that I’m taking the time for myself and to make my body stronger. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • celeste says...

      A replica of her top exact outfit is at Target. Plenty of beautiful gem colored midis!

  23. Lizzy says...

    I’m 5′ 1/2″ so love this post! :)

  24. Johanna says...

    So generous of Jenny (and all her compatriot in the series) to share her week with us. In addition to her fun and feminine aesthetic, she has absolutely gorgeous smile. I bet it’s seriously contagious!

    Confession: I actually squealed with joy when I saw there was another week of outfits. I return to this series again and again – even if the featured women have styles that are very different than mine.

    I think so much of the style inspiration out there is so incredibly…well, stylized, frankly, which makes it hard for me to relate to. Magazine spreads and online influencers are beautiful, but they mostly seem to be dressing for a life that I don’t have.

    The simplicity of the photographs and the realness of the women featured in this series is so refreshing by contrast. When I’m feeling in a slump, I’ll often pull up one or two of these and it will inspire me to look at my own wardrobe with fresh eyes. And, for me, having fun getting dressed in the morning can make such a difference for the quality of my day. It’s also really lovely to see how much everyone’s style is informed by their life experience. Excited to add this post as future inspiration.

  25. AJ says...

    Yes to strong legs! 🙌 that skirt in the first pic is absolutely beautiful. Good luck with the marathon Jenny, have an absolute blast :) x

  26. Kristin says...

    Lovely outfits and that dress is amazing!

  27. Jess Mill says...

    Sorry, but, IS NO ONE GOING TO MENTION THESE NAILS?!

    So cool!

  28. Maja says...

    Such an inspiring young woman, and love the story of legs ;) lovely outfits!

  29. Jen says...

    Beautiful words! Thanks for bringing the positivity and gratitude. Congratulations on nearly two years <3

  30. Pamela says...

    Dear Jenny,

    Thank you for sharing your lovely style and dose of optimism. My body, 7 months postpartum after my 3rd kid, is far from where I wish it was. But it’s my body and it works and how grateful I am for good health! Ah, perspective!

    Also, your smile is gorgeous which is fitting because everything else about you is too!

  31. CS says...

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing! And I must say: long flowy skirts, and wearing my shoes till I HAVE TO get new ones… well, that’s me, sister!

  32. K says...

    I’ve always hated my stocky legs (just looked a photo yesterday and was like, ugh) but this has inspired me to see their strengths. I almost always catch myself when I trip, and they do help me walk for a long time and carry things easily. What an inspiring post! Love that Madewell skirt too!

  33. Estee says...

    I’ve been cancer free for almost 2 years. I always criticized my thighs..too big..too much cellulite. I was riding my bike this summer, looked down at my legs and started to play that old tape in my head. I stopped myself and thought, I am riding a bike with my big powerful thighs! These thighs got me through chemo, surgery and fertility treatments. Thank you Jenny for the reminder and sharing your cancer story. Great week of outfits too!

    • Estee, thank you so much for sharing your story. We’ve been playing that old tape in our heads for far too long. It’s time for a remix! Congrats on two years. x

  34. Laura says...

    Just got diagnosed and mainly want to know- is it true there are good wigs I the world?!?!?!

    • Christi says...

      Look into “lace front wigs” or something like that. They can look like your real hair.

    • Bobby says...

      Hi,

      So two things (well three). First of all, I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis and I’m sure you’re scared. I went through cancer treatment eight years ago, and it’s pretty frightening to hear the words “you have cancer.” OK, as to wigs — Are you a New Yorker? If you are, or if you are anywhere near a Hassidic community, that’s where you go for your wig! Orthodox Jewish women cover their hair with wigs routinely, and they make the best in the biz. They are expensive, but odds are your insurance will cover this. Also, you don’t say what kind of cancer you have, or what your treatment protocol is likely to be, but make sure you ask your oncologist about wearing a cold cap. If you are eligible to wear one, it will save about ninety percent of your hair. Good luck. I hope all goes well for you

    • Roxana says...

      Laura, I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Praying you will have love, wisdom, strength and healing as you fight your battle!

      And yes, there are good wigs! My mom is two years post treatment (surgery, chemo, radiation and now medication); her hair has grown back, but she keeps it short so that she can rock her wigs. She gets complimented all the time. She really looks great. Also, when we went to get her wigs my sister and I tried on a bunch ourselves and were really impressed. . . some of them are really beautiful! I hope you find one you love!

      Big hugs to you!

    • Rashmi says...

      Lots of love to you. And to answer your question: There are! And reasonably priced ones too. Ask your regular hairdresser and they might be able to help out with resources. Hairstylists often know of places that give deep discounts if you are buying a wig due to chemo related hair loss.
      I got about a foot of my hair chopped last year and my hair dresser asked me if I would donate it for wigs to be made for chemo patients. I have never been happier with a haircut. Currently growing out my hair (they need at least 12 inches) so I can do it again!

    • Cara says...

      Hi Laura, I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis but there ARE truly great wigs. The key is to get real hair. They cost more but last longer and feel and look real. I have been wearing wigs for 3 years. I lost all my hair from chemo and it has not come back so I have had a lot of experience with wigs. Another tip: go to a great hairstylist and have your wig thinned and cut for you. This will make it look more natural and not feel so heavy. Best of luck with everything.

    • Kat says...

      Sending you love.

    • Rusty says...

      Laura, sending you love.
      My best friend lost all her body hair as a result of cgemo for breast cancer, including eyelashes, brows, pubic, legs….the works! BUT….SHE WORE A COLD CAP EVERY CHEMO SESSION AND THE HAIR ON HER HEAD IS STILL THERE!!! Those caps work!
      May you be strong and feel the love. 🥰

    • Hi, Laura—here are a few things I hope bring even the smallest amount of comfort or help to you right now: 1) Praise be, there are really good wigs in the world. I mean so good that it just looked like I was having endless good hair days when I wore my wig :) The ladies here have solid advice. Lace-front wigs are great. Having your stylist cut layers into your wig can remove some bulk from it and make it look more natural. And if you’re in the NYC area, I’d recommend Helena’s in Midtown. The owner isn’t, ah, the warmest human being, but she does have a great selection of wigs at varying costs. Also, I did a video about hair loss that goes into some more detail. You can watch it here if you want: https://youtu.be/a9lQPO29P-U (but skip to around the 6 min mark to get to the wig info!) 2) Robin Roberts has a really good podcast called “Everybody’s Got Something” that brought me a lot of comfort during long chemo days. 3) Please feel free to reach out if you ever have any questions or need a sounding board as you navigate treatment. x

  35. J says...

    Beautiful and inspiring.

  36. Kate says...

    I love the outfits but it’s the last paragraph that really got me. Thank you for the reminder to be grateful for this body.

  37. Shannon says...

    Would have loved a close up of that mani! It looks SO fun.

  38. emily d says...

    YOU ARE MY NEW STYLE ICON. jenny, i am another devotee of the sweater and flowy midi to maxi (and it’s summer cousin, the t-shirt and flouncy skirt). i also like the sweatshirt or boxy sailor shirt with a pencil skirt. thank you for sharing! off to order that leopard skirt… : )

  39. Sarz says...

    Thank you, Jenny! Not only is your esthetic a joy to observe, you’ve given me the dose of optimism I’ve been craving! Lately, I’ve been struggling to support someone close to me who suffers from extreme anxiety and depression. I know that empathy is key, but it’s been draining to be fed nothing but bleak sentiments from this family member. Now to read your sentiments of gratitude and good humor? What a gift. Thank you.
    Much love from your fellow shorty. :-*

  40. CS says...

    Love Jenny’s style…that red skirt is everything ! And her fierce attitude and beauty inside and out are truly inspiring. I’m thinking about the red skirt for myself!

  41. nade says...

    With Jenny’s smile she could wear a bag and look beautiful. Love all of her outfits indeed

  42. Lauren E. says...

    I love love love Jenny’s style! I so wish I could rock that neck scarf. Maybe it’s worth a try…?

    • mindi says...

      Try it! What have you got to lose? If it doesn’t feel like “you,” take it off that day and try again when you’re feeling it. :)

  43. Joslyn says...

    Love the idea of determining what your outfit would be if you were a cartoon character. I thought through what mine would be and it would definitely be tapered at the ankle black pants, black flats, and a black shirt. Now I realize why my best friend is always subtly picking out colors and patterned looks for me when we go shopping…

  44. Lainey says...

    This is such as joy for me as I have a very similar figure to Jenny – I’m just over 5ft and have stocky legs too! I tend to avoid long skirts and dresses as I don’t think I can carry them off but Jenny looks great. I’m inspired!

  45. Laura says...

    love this. she is wearing all things i have been afraid to wear as a person who is smaller in stature (we’re the same height! 5 1-1/2!”) and making them look great – feeling so inspired right now! just what i needed to break out of my all basic, all gray/black/navy ensembles lately. xo

  46. Jennie says...

    (sniff) currently searching for a Kleenex….I hated my legs too, until now….

  47. kath says...

    beauty uniform please!

  48. Cecilia says...

    Thank you Jenny !
    You inspired me today.
    With love 💕

  49. Amazing 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 So inspiring! And so beautifully dressed 😉

  50. Daniela says...

    Yes to this! I feel so lucky to have a functioning body. It’s so easy to take our bodies for granted or nitpick things we don’t like, but I can honestly say there’s nothing about my body I don’t like because I am so grateful for all of it.

    Also, I’m all about skirt outfits. Love!

  51. becky says...

    So inspiring 💖

  52. Sonja says...

    The last paragraph was intensely beautiful. I am going to try and look at my body like Jenny. Glad you’re in the world, Jenny!

    • Twyla says...

      I feel the same way! Sitting here at my desk with tears in my eyes after reading this. What a beautiful perspective – I hope it inspires every woman that reads it!

    • jdp says...

      agreed! i’m wearing a long flowy skirt today and feel proud in it now. a jenny skirt!

  53. Denise says...

    I love your flowy skirt style but it’s the puff sleeve sweater for the win! My inner Anne of Green Gables is swooning. I love how modern it is and also, puff sleeves.

  54. Mamabird says...

    Great outfits to match a great attitude to life! I often give myself a little hug when out running and say thank you to my body 😊 it’s far from perfect but its strong and it works so I feel very lucky indeed.

  55. Michelle says...

    Jenny’s comment about finally learning to love her legs after they saw her through a rough time with cancer treatment is so wonderful. May we all learn to see our bodies for what they do and what they can teach us. Jenny, you just seem like an amazing person and I love the white sweater with dots, super fun and cozy.

  56. Kav says...

    Jenny, you look so confident in your own skin and your own style. You radiate happiness and self-assurance and that is so beautiful! And on the superficial side, your eye for color, pattern, and bold silhouettes is pretty badass.

  57. Ashley says...

    Absolutely gorgeous, inside and out. 100% going to steal this silhouette for “winter” in the Bay Area. Congrats on nearly two years, Jenny!

  58. agnes says...

    Bravo for your legs and your lovely smile! I can tell why this dress is your super power outfit, it really suits you. I had a great superpower outfit in the summer (an overall) but right now, I feel I have no fall-winter armour! Thank for being an inspiration.

  59. Liz says...

    I love that you included her experience with cancer but didn’t frame her as only a cancer survivor. While that may be one of her identities, it seems to run alongside many other colorful, joyous identities too! I love her style and pure radiance!!

    • Claire says...

      I wanted to comment the same thing! I really appreciate the balance of the Week of Outfits series which highlights women both inside and out. We use clothes to celebrate parts of ourselves we love and so often they have stories behind them. Thanks for digging deeper!

      I’m reminded of an interview series from Into the Gloss recently, actually, where female public defenders shared their beauty uniforms and how it empowered them in their careers. Here’s the link! https://www.bronxdefenders.org/into-the-gloss-the-bronx-defenders/

    • Terry says...

      I also loved that the cancer experience was only one part of her identity in this article.
      Also loved the idea of figuring out the cost-per -wear of a wonderful outfit –so sensible. Plus recognizing how good the right outfit can make you feel.
      Finally, I am appreciating my legs and feet right now due to Jenny’s comment!

    • Ruth says...

      I’m a recent cancer survivor and loved this too. Right now it’s hard for me to see when my identity will be more than just cancer, but this gives me hope that life will move on and my experience will be one small part of a more whole me.