If you’re not familiar with Henrietta Pertuz, this is a new designer line designed by a petite, for petites! Her new fall collection is out, and I was dying to try out a piece from the line.
Henrietta was kind enough to let me try out the Morning to Moonlight dress, in size 00P. This little black dress comes in a stretchy viscose blend fabric, with a scoop neckline, back zip, and my favorite thing in the world…pockets!
This dress screams out for a waist belt and fun accessories. I didn’t want the photos too distracting so I didn’t wear jewelry here, but I would style it with some bright gems, and of course, fun shoes! The pockets give a nice, modern detail to the dress, making it a little more interesting than just a regular ol’ LBD.
What I like: The fabric has some stretch to it, so it will accommodate a variety of body types, and has a nice thickness and weight to it. Seaming runs up the torso from the pocket line to the bust seam, curving in to create a nice little optical illusion of a slimmer waist. The proportions are petite friendly, the length is perfect on me, stopping just at the top of the knee, and of course, pockets!
What I don’t like: After seeing reviews by Jean over at Extra Petite, I was hopeful about the sizing of Henrietta Pertuz pieces. When I zipped up the dress, I found it to fit well in the hip (see the slight pulling across the hip? One size down would be too small), but loose in the torso. Even with a waist belt, you can see extra folds of fabric around my waist and bust. There is also a bit of extra fabric at the bottom, causing it to flare out a bit in an “A” shape, when on the model it has a bell shape. The product page also says the dress is a ponte wool fabric, but the dress I have is a viscose blend.
The waist doesn’t look too roomy from the front, but the back was really loose and didn’t hug my curves at all.
Since the bust is roomy, this also makes the arm holes a bit too big, so my bra peaks through from the side. The arm holes are high, which is nice, but too wide from the side.
Remedy: Getting the sides at the bust and torso taken in by a tailor should solve this problem nicely. Even the arm holes will be smaller. I also want to slim the bottom so it’s not such an “A” shape. Since the zipper is at the back, and this dress is unlined, it should be a fairly easy alteration, but perhaps a bit pricey.
Since the fall chill is slowly creeping into the air, I couldn’t resist pulling out my trusty Burberry trench to see how it looks over the dress.
Here, I used an adorable puppy named Clinton to finish off the look. Trѐs chic, hmm?
Despite the need for alterations on my freakishly tiny self, I really do like the dress, and think it’ll look great after some tailoring. Oddly enough, I don’t have a simple LBD in my wardrobe, and I think this one will be really chic, especially with the seaming and pocket details.
If you’re my size or smaller, expect to need alterations on Henrietta Pertuz pieces, but if you’re even a smidgen bigger than me, the line should fit you really well! My favorite of the collection is the Kelly dress, and I’m really sad I couldn’t review that one instead…just look at that color, that neckline, and it’s named “Kelly” just like me! Awesome!
Syndey at Navigating Throu the Quarterlife with a Smile and Open Arms just reviewed a Henrietta Pertuz item too, so check it out.
Disclaimer – Henrietta Pertuz gifted me this dress for review.
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Petite Outfit: Who Needs Sunshine When You’ve Got Burberry?
Review: The Elusive Burberry Petite
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