A petite fashion blog by Zarrin Alam maneuvering the world of fashion from a short height. Too Short for High Fashion catalogues edgy style infused with music and pop culture from the perspective of a very short human.
When your clothing tastes are a bit expensive, but your bank account says you shouldn’t even try. They have a word for it, “broque.” That’s why I’m thankful for the deep winter clearance that makes its way into mid-Spring. AllSaints particularly has an amazing sale: up to 50% off plus an extra 30% off. You’ll find a $200 sweater for less than $80 and rejoice.
Recently discovering this cove of high fashion treasures, I thought I’d try an AllSaints sweater and see how they fit for petites. AllSaints is in UK sizing usually, so the smallest size 0 equates to an XXS. I purchased an XS to style for a sleek, core black outfit to fit in the Amsterdam scene.
I honestly didn’t realize how oversized the sweater would be and the sleeves were mega dolman style, almost like wings. However, it was the right type of oversized that high fashion style tends to embrace. I also have been leaning towards a more oversized, comfy look and pairs great with a slim mom jeans look. The hem is frayed and hits just aboved the flat boot chelseas.
I also purchased the AllSaints Kathi Chain Wallet Crossbody and it is a great length for my short torso! Thank ya lord for an adjustable strap. It’s the perfect purse to take on the go when all you need to carry are your cards, phone, and keys. The studs give it enough detail for a minimal style. The purse really completed the look minimalistic black look.
My final thoughts on AllSaints is that the sizing runs on the lankier side, so it is questionable for petites. Even if the body fits perfectly, the sleeves are super long. European clothing in general is like this, but I do think the sweaters are a great quality and if you like the oversized, but somehow fitted style, then you should try out AllSaints. I still have yet to purchase the holy grail leather jacket, and that will be the next sale purchase.
I have been as consistent as this winter recently, but I have great news! I will be back to posting semi-regularly. I’m free of long hours of GMAT (business school testing) study sessions. That test is no joke and has taken most of my time of the last six months. I’m really excited to have my weeknights and weekends back to shoot, write, and explore.
One of the fun activities that I’m looking forward to doing again is “outdoorsy” stuff such as leisure hiking, and, I guess, kickball. I am obviously not your traditional hiker as you can tell from this post or even this post. I dress to impress in the wild and my next challenge is tackling the hills and snow of Iceland. One reason I dress extra is that I walk slow and my hiking partners tend to leave me behind. So if I get lost, at least they’ll exactly know what outfit to look for.
I pulled together a look that is the best for function and style: spiffy hiking boots, a wool sweater, and a giant camel scarf all in my favorite beige tones—minimalistic colors at their finest in the middle of nowhere. Even my hiking boots are bit cuter than your average heavy ones; plus there’s a layer of wool inside. Not only can you look chic, but you’re in proper attire (mostly) for the natural dangers of the world. The only other thing you might need are some gloves.
Yes, the scarf is twice my size.
You might be wondering why I’m not wearing a jacket in the cold. This 100% wool sweater was warm enough to go without. I also layered up on the UNIQLO heattech under my oversized sweater and mom jeans. If you’re prone to cold chills, heat tech is th lifesaver that you didn’t think you needed. I could talk about heat tech in a full post by itself, so I’ll save it for now. The layers are great for wearing under your most stylish items, so you can look as fierce in the cold without feeling the cold.
Reykjavik is very interesting as a destination. It’s not the main attraction of Iceland, but it’s the city you have to go to first before you start your journey through Icelandic nature. The city itself is pretty small with about 400,000 residents, most are foreigners. It’s worth exploring for a couple days, but more than that you start to feel the strain on your purse strings.
To be honest, our impressions of Reykjavik were very up and down. We first visited Reykjavik for a couple days exploring the city centre’s main attractions like Halgrimska Church and Harpa Music Hall while trying local eats and trying to catch the Northern Lights. It was fun to explore a new place and see what it’s made of. However, after we came back from our 5 day scenic tour, Reykjavik lost some of its charm. The expensiveness takes away from the thrills of discovery. There’s a lot to see in Iceland, but there is also exploring in Reykjavik if you try hard enough.
Most of Reykjavik’s main activities are in the walkable city centre or a short bus ride away. While it might be small, there are still plenty of things to do fill up a few short days.
I highly recommend using grapevine.is to find more local food and activities.
WHERE TO STAY
One of my favorite things to do when traveling is finding unique AIRBNBs to stay at, whether it’s for a day or two. In Reykjavik we booked two BNBs; one on the main street and one near Old Harbor. The Laugavegur BNB was our favorite, being the right price and in walking distance to main attractions and food. It’s a shared apartment with four private rooms, but the location is hart not to pass up. If you want the best of convenience and cleanliness, this is it.
hat you see above is our second AIRBNB, closer to the sea with a gorgeous view of the mountains. The Old Harbor BNB was on the opposite end right along a row colorful houses. The room is the upstairs area of a shared apartment with a beautiful wood slanted ceiling. However, the beauty of the room hides the inconvenience of a spiral staircase and having to share with the owner.
what to eat
Iceland is an expensive country. When you’re in Reykjavik I recommend stocking up on perishables and eating out sparingly. A simple burgeR and fries meal can be a whopping $30, so spend your food money wisely.
Just around the corner from our BNB is Rekyjavik Chips. I love french fries and the fact that a whole restaurant dedicated to them was in walking distance had me drooling from the start. Fries are in the thicker cut but crispy, but the highlight is number of condiments you can choose from. One large fry and a few sauce pairings added up to $10, probably our cheapest meal in Rekyjavik.
My favorite foods in Reykjavik consisted of baked goods. The first meal was at Braud & Co, a magical bakery where they bake sourdough bread in front of you while you enjoy one of their fluffy croissants or cruffins. I was in pure bliss even with snow pelts hitting my face.
Since I was on a budget, I limited myself to a few different coffee shops. The first coffeeshop we visited was Bismut. A small place with a few seating, but resembles a small art gallery with space to view the art pieces currently on display.
Stofan happened to be on the way to the other side of town in Old Harbor. Stofan is a cozy little coffee house that serves of homely foods and amazing crepes. Stofan translates to living room and I immediately felt why. I stopped in for coffee and stayed for a bit lounging on their fun couches. Stofan also turns into a lively bar at night with music.
I just want to give a big shoutout to Sandholt for being right around the corner, and having pretty tasty baked goods, good coffee, and decent to-go sandwiches. We visited Sandholt a lot more than the convenience store that was across the street. The temptations of amazing breads and sweet stuff was too hard to resist.
Sandholt doubles as a sitdown restaurant and to go place. I love the duality. Lines would back up for one of their limited number of tables, but also to snag some decadent sweet breads that go fast.
I also had one of the best sandwiches ever (aside from the Japan one), made with their fresh sourdough bread and wrapped to go.
Contrary to popular belief, Reykjavik has a number of vegetarian options, including the top rated Glo. My travel buddy is vegetarian and this was on her list to try. While we wren’t the biggest fan of the dishes we got, we can understand why many love coming by thanks to a variety of choices. Enjoy some veggie and non-veggie dishes include pasta bowls and fake chicken dishes.
My favorite spot to eat in Reykjavik for dinner, was Hfervisgata 12, a hidden bar and pizza place only designated by a door with the street address. This unmarked spot gets pretty busy to try one of their famous and unique pizzas. We opted for a spicy feta with arugula on top plus some cauliflower appetizer. Upstairs you’ll find Mikellar & Friends, a great place to wait and try an Icelandic craft beer.
Hlemmur Matholl, Iceland’s first food hall had just recently opened when we visited, but was already drawing the crowds. The space is actually a renovated bus station, so not only can you grab food but you can also wait to catch a bus. There’s plenty of options to try; from Italian, soup of the days, to banh mis. It’s kinda upscale for a food hall, but there’s plenty of different options to try.
My travel buddy and I kinda got hangry at some point and fell for one of those outdoor menus that have their expensive food listed. We saw Geyser Bistro’s and was sold on sweet potato fries and truffle mayo. It doesn’t take much for us when it comes to french fries. Was it pricey? Yes. Was it delicious? Yes, we even got a second order.
Our pockets were not pleased. We kinda lost track of our budget at some point and ended up eating out more than we should. I do recommend some restaurants but unless you also don’t care for your budgets, then most are probably not worth it.
My travel buddy and I made some friends while we stayed in town and ended up venturing out to a couple bars. The nightlife in Reykjavik is supposed to be legendary. We kept it casual with our first stop to Kex Hostel. While it is technically a place to stay, it is also known as one of the better bars, attracting a lot of the cooler tourist crowd. We also ended up at some slot machines. I did later end up at a drag bar and witnessed some of the craziness that goes on until 5am.
You know how I love my brown and nude tones, right? Well let’s rust brown to the hue circle because that’s what I like this season. This cozy color is vibrant and stands out in the minimalistic color family.
I picked up this crop brown sweater from & Other Stories in New York and I wore it immediately. This was a cozy need and was the perfect sweater to go with these River Island mom jeans.
I’ve never tried mom jeans and I was hesitant at first. I’ve previously tried Topshop’s petite version and was not a fan of the fit, but these River Island petite version has me feeling some type of way. When I cuffed the ends, I loved how the frays and light gray stood out. It’s a great contrast and more high fashion. The cropped fit pairs well with these loose fit jeans for a more relaxed look that works for the petite bod, instead of makin me feel shapeless.
I did half ass my shoe pairing and chose to wear my fake Gucci slippers. But you know, relaxxx.
This past March I was in a frenzy to find the perfect teddy coat to take on my Iceland trip. H&M and Topshop released a few different styles that immediately sold out. Even after several restocks, I couldn’t get one in my size. The fates aligned and Warehouse had the perfect teddy coat to take with me for Icelandic cold days. Little did I know that nine months later, that every store would be selling teddy coats. However, I have an OG version so mine is better.
I call this the Margo Tenenbaum version. With my short and unruly hair and an oversized, but sophisticated teddy coat, I’m at least the ten year old who stole Margo’s coat and now playing pretend. However, a teddy coat is perfect for a vintage-inspired look and can up the level you look rich by 20 times.
While heading to the Perlan Dome, a classy affair with an amazing view of Reykjavik, Iceland, looking chic and warm was the goal. My teddy coat is a rich caramel color that oozes coziness, so an all black look is great way to make a statement. Plus the whole wrapped in faux fur is a nice luxury to have.
Also shoutout to this black sweater with the coolest fur cuffs It’s a such a fancy detail to amp up a black sweater and also very soft.
Hello, I have rose from the ashes of a pile of hoodies and have entered into the world again.
Really, I didn’t think I would find myself in 2018 wearing hoodies again, let alone tucking them into a biker style look. Lately, I’ve been feeling more of the comfy styles and have added more easy to throw on items, such as hoodies. As I was searching for hoodie and leather jacket inspo, I mainly found articles that centered around men’s styling. I decided to go ahead and steal this look because it’s 2018 and things are/should be more gender neutral.
Three things make this leather jacket even more cool than your typical leather jacket outfits: hoodie, light wash jeans, and some statement boots.
The hoodie underneath.
I mentioned my love for styling up basics like a hoodie before, which is why this is an easy outfit to thrown on. This is a great way to carry your leather jacket into the winter temps, since a hoodie adds an extra layer of warmth without trading your comfort.
For an added effect, I tucked my hoodie to show off my high wait jeans and that nice tall illusion. I also went for a knit hoodie that’s a bit more high fashion than typical athleisure types. This particular one comes in camel, my favorite neutral, and pearl accents.
Light washed jeans
Another thing to add is a pair of light wash jeans with rips that hit below the knee. The latter part is not required, but it does give a huge middle finger to your supposed knee holes. This is a typical petite problem for ripped jeans so I can’t really say it’s not to be expected this time around. Any way, light wash are a stark contrast to your black leather, which actually draws more of the attention your way. It also softens you up, in a more approachable way.
Statement boots in the form of faux Givenchy.
My last added detail are my favorite heavy metal, Givenchy-style biker boots. These boots make any outfit badass and they naturally go with a leather jacket. It’s a staple in my closet.
I’ve recently noticed a lack of blue in my wardrobe. Not because I don’t like the color, but because it’s hard to style. Why is blue so hard to wear? You know you own all those jeans and never question the color combos, but as soon as you try it in a different form, all the color clashing and non-functionalities begin. Especially dark blue or navy; it’s a curse even with black allegedly. I know it’s wearable, but maybe not for my mostly black and camel wardrobe. The few blue clothing stick to jeans and dark blue tops with ruffles.
So what colors do go with blue or navy?
White and blue, and white and navy
Navy and gold (not a lighter blue)
Blue and grey - cool tones go well with cool tones
Blue and burgundy
Navy and black accents (I say break the rules)
Blue and Yellow/Orange - because the color wheel said so
With some inspiration from fashion, I tried to color mixing details to bring this blue statement jumpsuit more sleekness and coolness. I was immediately reminded of the Jack’s Mannequin song “Dark Blue,” which got me through some tough times in high school and I still listen to occasionally now out of nostalgia. I also thought of my favorite navy ruffle jumpsuit that seems to hang loose in all the weird places.
Making unfitting overalls fit is a workout. You don’t just cuff the bottoms and go. You have to deal with constant straps falling off and you putting them back in place. However, I love these ruffle straps way too much to not wear them out once in awhile. I love pieces that are a statement themselves and do the style work for you. Adding a simple white tee brings attention to these dark blue wings that rest on my shoulder. I went for cooler grey accents with my grey boater and my favorite Sol Sana peggy slides. A nice set of neutral details really makes the ultimate statement.
I stopped by historic house that seemed to get my color coordination memo. Inside it seemed to have been stripped of all the fixtures and broken glass can be found everywhere. The outside keeps it’s timeless beauty even with some wear and tear.
It’s fine. Everything is fine :) That’s been my mantra and my response to everything these last few weeks. Throw as many wrenches as you can, it’s totally fine. Usually when I get stressed out, you can tell by my outfits and my eating habits. Outfits tend to consist of battered tees and old jeans on repeat, and my eating habits become non-existent. I am a stress non-eater, if you will. The best way I embrace the crap that life brings is pushing myself to dress up a bit even when I’m not required to. If I look good, I feel good and the stress doesn’t feel as stress-y. That’s why I decided to pair some trousers with the tee (again). Easy, right?
I’m definitely on a trousers kick, but this time I’m trying a color combo of olive and millennial (or Pepto Bismol) pink. When you don’t actually have to wear trousers for work, they seem a lot more fun to style, which is why I’m not suited up for profession, but for a casual stroll through downtown Cary, North Carolina. There’s a pretty complex mural here that gives me Havana vibes, and my outfit says I’m here for it.
I actually only bought these Asos petite olive trousers because of the ankle length; they kinda hit perfectly without any tailoring. I also love how the muted tone matches my olive mules. This Reformation pink tee is one of my favorites, despite the color, because it’s made out of tencel. Adding my favorite black boater hat, I feel and look like a tulip going on a work vacation. Work vacation is essentially a trip you take for work, but the amount of fun and relaxation you have on it equivocates to vacation.
Speaking of work vacations, it’s that time of year where I get sucked into organizing our annual summit, which pairs with Hopscotch, Raleigh’s biggest music festival. If you didn’t know, blogging is not my full-time gig. There’s an actual 9-5 job, which gets hectic in early September. But hey, you’re telling me my job for three days is to entertain people and see shows? I can live with that. It’s been a tumultuous couple of weeks of work, more work, and some fun. Now that hurricane Florence is literally raining on my parade right now, I figured I’d write something up. I’m currently trying to figure out where I’m headed next - blog wise, travel wise, career wise, and home wise. We’ll see where the rest of 2018 takes me.
Hi guys, I've been in hiding for the last month. Literally, as you can tell in this sunflower field that I decided to go incognito in. Though, I have a tendency to do this throughout the year, so not anything new. Sometimes it's nice to smell the flowers now and post about it a month later.
Every year, the City of Raleigh grows a sunflower field that blooms in July. The sunflowers flourish for two weeks and start wilting soon after. This year the sunflower field relocated to Dorothea Dix Park, drawing thousands of people. I stopped by with my friend at probably the most inconvenient time of the day; it was a Saturday at 3pm with full sun and no cloud coverage. So wearing a lightweight outfit was priority.
In order to die in the heat, but also disguise myself as a sunflower, I paired a lightweight yellow high neck top with a linen striped skirt and a hat for extra coverage. I've never been a huge fan of yellow, but this top was more of a pastel yellow, so not too bright and in yo face. Though I think yellow scares me more because it's such a "happy" color and I'm filled with cynicism and self-loathing.
Linen is my choice of fabric at the moment, and the fact that this paper bag skirt has a great pattern and is breathable material is a serious summer win. I also love the paper bag detail for petite folks; the added belt and ruffle hem defines your waist for an hourglass silhouette. The linen like fabric is very floaty and perfect for these extra hot days. I'm also a fan of skirts with a nice leg slit.
I always wanted to point out this bag purchase. I don't care for bags as much, but I fell in love with the Parisa Wang bracelet bag. It's a very small crossbody, but you can also take off the strap and wear it on your wrist like a bracelet. This is probably my most expensive purchase in a while, and I'm excited to take it for travel. For now it's been a great bag for concerts when the only things I need to carry is a wallet, phone, and lipstick.
I've been a recluse in attempt to study like a good person for the GMAT and have better focus. Though I have terrible concentration and did alright. Definitely will need to take it again. Unfortunately this means another month of hiding away later down the road. Right now, I have taken a break from all the word problems and reading comprehension for a quick update.
When your office is too casual for work clothes, you improvise.
Ah, work. Where most of us spend our days behind a desk with minimal movement. I spend probably 50+ hours at work every week, plus after work hangs with coworkers. So essentially most of my outfits are seen by the same people. With that said, my office is EXTREMELY casual. I find myself with almost zero motivation to dress up, which leaves me with half a wardrobe untouched.
I tested this casual theory by wearing a different pair of black jeans every day for a week. The catch was the jeans were progressively more distressed through the week. By Friday, I had multiple gaping holes and no one seemed to notice. With no one to care about what I wear, half my wardrobe tends to stay unworn, specifically all the workwear that I purchased in college. Those career counselors really mislead me about my wardrobe.
This is why I decided to rewire my brain on way I think about trousers, pencil skirts, and blazers. Starting with trousers, I'm incorporating more of my workwear into my out of office outfits and weekend looks. Trousers are super comfy; they resemble sweatpants but a bit classier. Trousers can also look stuffy AF, but the fabric is soft and smooth, and you have all the room. Plus, they take less effort than jeans.
Not sure what you wear to work, but if your office is casual enough to wear jeans most days, the tee and trousers combo is a great friend during the summer work hours. Not only can still look serious for those midday meetings, but also friendly enough for casual lunch with your coworkers.
Roll up the bottoms of your trousers to show off more leg, and win that cool, casual, and work friendly vibe even at coffee with a friend. As always, a go-to of mine is a pair of loafer mules--super easy to wear and ups the chic factor. For a more dressed down style, try a pair of Vans slip-ons or open toed sandals.
What I wore:
Zara Stripe Tee is S (Sold Out) // Asos Peg Trousers is 00 (Sold Out) // Topshop Bow Mules in Size 5 (Sold Out) // Brixton Fiddler Hat is S // Asos Square Cat Eyes (Sold Out)