Always a fan of a good button up shirt, this one piqued my interest for it’s unique print (reminds me of ballpoint pen scribbles you might make on a napkin as your mind wanders) and natural fabric (cotton/silk blend). As spring approaches, I think these lighter, airier fabrics feel nice to pair with your bulkier knits and outwear still in rotation from winter.

I’m a fan of this fabric blend because you get a mix of lightness from silk, with a sturdiness and machine washability from cotton. For this reason, this Halogen shirt is one I check on every time Nordstrom gets a new crop of petite offerings to see if a nice print pops up I’d like to add to my wardrobe. More prints in this blouse can be found here (how fun is the navy dot?!) and here.

For reference sake for similar-sized readers, I’m wearing size xxsp in this blouse, and you can find my measurements here (along with general sizing tips). The measurements of this particular blouse are as follows (for the tuxedo vest, see here):

Shoulder: 13″
Sleeve: 22″
Bust: 17″
Waist: 15.5″
Hip: 18″
Length: 22.5″

Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post!

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Vest Halogen via Nordstrom
Shirt Halogen via Nordstrom
Bralette Aerie (similar)
Jeans Rag & Bone
Shoes Gianvito Rossi (similar)
Handbag Chanel (similar)
Belt Linea Pelle (similar)
Watch Larsson & Jennings (similar)
Necklace Rachel Zoe (old) (similar & similar)
Rings Catbird, vintage, & Vrai & Oro (similar)

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  1. says: Stacey

    Love this outfit!

    Is this your weekend style or work outfit? I’m starting in a similar field (Biomedical Engineering) and I’m definitely looking to you for jean/ heel inspiration.

    Thanks for the lovely posts.

    1. says: Alterations Needed

      Thanks Stacey! This could work as both! If you do a lot of lab work, I’d leave the vest at my desk (can feel bulky under a lab coat) and do a lower heel (I wore kitten heels almost every day when I worked in the lab). Higher heel heights like these are better for weekends, or days when you’re just doing data analysis at your desk. Every time I’d try to sneak in a higher heel on a lab day, I ended up needing to do something scary like schlepping a huge glass bottle of sulfuric acid across the lab…bad idea. =P

  2. says: Renee

    I love this casual chic outfit. I order the Halogen vest in both the black and white. Thanks to your post I just ordered the Halogen blouse. I hope we will see the vest again on your blog I need more ideas on how to style the vests into Spring. Thanks for all you hard work.Petite shopping is very frustrating.

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