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One Girl’s Madewell Tunic is Another Girl’s Shirt Dress – Fit Review Friday

…Shirt with Pockets in white & Blue Stripemix // Size xx-small The perfect petite shirt dress has eluded me season after season. I want it to be made of cotton poplin shirting fabric, have a straight “men’s shirt” shape to it without being too overwhelming, a pointed collar, full button placket (so it can also be worn completely unbuttoned as a top layer) and side pockets. This seems to be a rather tall order! So when I saw this tunic from Madewel…

Adventures in Alterations: Taking in the Sides of a Shirt

Remember the Banana Republic petite size xxs top that needed the sides to be taken in? I got it back from my tailor! Here it is before alterations: Untied Tied The shirt was cut a bit generously, and even though there is a tie in back to pull in the waist, there was so much extra fabric that it bunched too much when tied. After alterations: Tied Cost of Alteration: $18 Taking the sides in removed the excess fabric that was bunching around my shou…

Tips And Tricks: The Miracles of Fashion Tape

…t very useful in making garments more wearable. There are lots of uses for petite women. Tack a neckline that comes down a little low so it doesn’t slip and expose anything. If you wear a lot of wrap tops and dresses like I do, tape the neckline down so nothing opens accidentally. Tack up extra length on a pair of trousers or skirt (probably not strong enough to hold jeans folded under, but will work on thinner material well enough) that you haven…

Free Shipping Code: Banana Republic

…Banana Republic has a free shipping promotion going on right now. This is a great opportunity to pick up a bunch of stuff in size Petite XXS, and then return anything you don’t want to the store for free! I love free shipping codes! Free Shipping on $75 or more Code: SHIPBR75 Good From: August 24th, 2009 – August 30th, 2009 Go to the Banana Republic website here:…

Grid Lines

…te because I needed it for errands, but switched it out for this smaller shoulder bag later in the day. I rather like the combination of grid prints and pinstripes here. And while I’m fond all Rag & Bone jeans, I’ve got two words for all you Rag & Bone lovers who also happen to be petite…zipper capri. ;) — Outfit Details — Jacket J.Crew (old) (similar & similar) Shirt Banana Republic Jeans Rag & Bone Shoes Miu Miu Handbag Sophie Hulme partially th…

Blue Crush

…t is removable, and each belt loop has a working snap!) for the price. The petite-friendly sizing is just icing on the cake. If you’re in the market for a statement piece for spring & summer, you may want to give this one a look. UPDATE: this jacket now comes in a natural brown for those of you who are neutral lovers. ;) For reference, the approximate measurements of size xs (zipped & laid flat) are below, and my measurements can be found here. Sh…

Proportion Play

…week and I’ve already worn it a few times, finding it’s longer length but petite proportions a fun piece to play with. Pairing the very long (in this case, a knee length coat and “boyfriend” fit shirt) with the very short (a crop top) has been a favorite proportion play of mine lately. And thank you to everyone who chimed in on my crop top decision making! As you can see, the shorter one won out. =) — Details — Trench Burberry Harbourne Trench (s…

When Fit Trumps Price – Zara Leather Biker Jacket

…after some good wear, it’ll soften up to rumply perfection. ;) FYI…fellow petite Crystalin can be seen wearing the same leather jacket here. — Outfit Details — Jacket Zara TRF (also in red & faux) Shirt Banana Republic Jeans Rag & Bone (here & here) (also in cropped) – on sale! Shoes Kate Spade Handbag Elizabeth & James thanks to Shopbop (in black) (also love this one!) Watch thanks to Daniel Wellington Bracelet Vintage Rings Catbird, vintage, &…

Of Leather Crop Tops And The Twilight Zone

…odern hippie garb, I found exactly what I was looking for. An all leather, petite-friendly crop top, perfect for layering. Who knew? It fits beautifully off the rack, which is a plus because leather alterations are something I like to avoid. So, Why a Leather Crop Top? My wardrobe runs on the prim side, so I like to include elements that add a little edge. Leather adds that element of edge while still staying true to my style. Crop tops are great…

Moving On Up – Leopard Topcoat

…the other stores I shop, so while this is an oversized fit on me in size 2 petite, here’s where I was pleasantly surprised: the shoulder (a typical problem for me) is nice and narrow. the length is perfect for a long coat, ending a tad above the knee. and of course, the nice leopard print in a soft plush texture. It’s still too hot in San Diego to properly layer underneath, so I won’t know exactly how I’d like to tailor it until later, but I’m sus…

Adventures in Alterations – Tailoring Down a Dress Shirt

…hich is reserved only for the pieces I have to have, but don’t come in the petite sizing my height dictates. This was one of those pieces for the following reasons: Garment Type – I wear a collared button-up shirt almost every day, so I know this item fits my wardrobe and my lifestyle. Special Details – The matching skinny tie really does it for me, but other details like the hidden button placket and two-button barrel cuffs were also big selling…

Find For A Friday: White House | Black Market

…Lookie at what I found while perusing White House | Black Market. This sweater jacket is super cute…super cropped…and shrunkenly fitted. You know what that means! It has major potential to fit a tiny petite really well! Not to mention it’s very Chanel-esqe. Look for size 00. White House | Black Market Carnival Jacket…