Being so small-framed, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by clothing. I tried on this dress the other day by Calvin Klein in 2 petite (the smallest Calvin Klein has available in petites), and it was so bad, I laughed out loud, and wanted to share.
It was a wrap dress, so I thought it might work, and I liked the ruffle detail down the front. But when I tried it on, there were a lot of things that just do not work for my small frame. The picture doesn’t completely capture the awfulness…so just trust me on this.
First of all, the fabric is too bulky. The dress is a stiff, thick cotton, which is good because the dress is less sheer, but the fabric added bulk to my frame and any curves I do have, are gone. Looking like a pre-pubescent girl is not exactly the angle I was going for here.
Second, the bulky fabric causes the ruffle detail to stand up and off the dress a bit, which is okay for someone larger, but on me, it just looks awkward and overwhelming.
Third, the sleeves are puff-sleeves…which consistently look ridiculous with my thin arms. These are especially bad because the stiff fabric causes the sleeves to stick straight out, and since my arms do not go out that far, the sleeves look like little shelves…or maybe little linebacker shoulder pads…that extend over and past my arms.
So, the lessons I learned here are, stick to thin, light fabrics…stick to subdued details…and avoid puff sleeves at all costs!