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I am in love with this trend of duster coats trend for spring! They help accentuate any outfit, and (if it fits properly) helps elongate the body and makes you appear taller. The one I’m wearing is chiffon, so it flows with you, rather than weighs you down. I’ve seen a lot of sweater material duster coats, and I much prefer the chiffon look, especially for spring. It adds a perfect layer for any occasion that adds a bit of modesty, and a touch of sophistication.
I wore a white bandage dress with nude heels, a taupe duster coat, and my favorite nude bag for a sophisticated yet sexy look. These neutral colors together are ALWAYS in style, so you can wear these pieces separately for years to come. This specific duster coat is great too because it comes with a belt, so you can leave it open, or accentuate your waist and provide a bit more coverage if necessary!
When looking for a good duster coat for petites, I always like coats that hit just below the calf to create the illusion of a longer line. Some duster coats I tried on were way too long and almost dragged on the ground. Make sure to look for specific length measurements if buying online so you can avoid having to visit the tailor!
OUTFIT DETAILS – CLICK THE LINKS BELOW
Dress by Bebe
Shoes by Charlotte Russe
Duster Coat by Verdusa
Hair by Bellami Hair (*Use my code STEPHMORGAN for a discount on your first set)
Photos by Ross Images

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The Urban Petite Fashion Blog by Stephanie Morgan - 4M ago
Spring is right around the corner in Chicago! We had our first 70-degree day in months (which was exceptionally weird for this time of year) and I was inspired to get out and shoot some new outfits!  We shot this set in a little area of Chicago called Wicker Park, which is one of my favorite parts of the city. There’s a ton of unique shops and restaurants with amazing food on every corner. If you come to Chicago, I highly recommend checking it out!
This outfit is perfect for a spring day in the city. My black bodysuit is by Boo Hoo Petite, and it fits like a glove! Boo Hoo has a GREAT petite selection, and I find that their clothes are good quality. They ship from London, so beware of returns (they don’t cover overseas shipping), but I’ve been very impressed with the site otherwise.
I paired my Guess high waisted jeans, with suede over the knee boots, a petite faux leather jacket (also from Boo Hoo), a floppy hat and cute sunglasses for a casual but glam look.  I love wearing nude accessories with a mostly dark ensemble for an added punch. This bag is SO versatile, it will be going with me everywhere this spring!
This look is great for both day and night. Just a simple switch of your accessories will turn this fab outfit from lunch with the girls to date night ready.
OUTFIT DETAILS – CLICK THE LINKS BELOW
BodySuit by Boo Hoo Petite
Vegan Leather Jacket by Boo Hoo Petite
Jeans by Guess(Similar Style)
Hat by Target
Glasses by Target
Hair by Bellami Hair (*Use my code STEPHMORGAN for a discount on your first set)
Photos by Rubin Roche of Ross Images 
 
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The Urban Petite Fashion Blog by Stephanie Morgan - 4M ago
I’m going to be honest with you guys – I had no idea how difficult it was going to be to find a good trench coat for this spring. I knew I wanted something lightweight and flattering, but I also did not want to break the bank. Most trench coats I found were upwards of $200, and if I was lucky enough to find a cheap one in stock, the store didn’t have it in my size.  I ended up at the last place I thought I would find a cute and good quality trench coat, Forever 21!
I usually avoid Forever 21 because their clothes are usually cheap quality and fall apart after the first wash. I happened to pass by the store on Michigan Avenue, and saw it hanging in the window. I instantly fell in love! It’s surprisingly great quality, and has lasted through the wind and rain quite nicely. Plus, it was only $30 – can’t beat that! They have a whole spring section of hundreds of styles of trench coats. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re on the hunt!
I wore a white bodysuit with high waisted jeans and nude heels. For petites, finding jeans that are the perfect length is always a challenge. These are unfortunately way too long for me; however, they look great cuffed and I can roll them to whatever height I need depending on my shoe for the day. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, buying capri jeans usually work best, because they fit just like regular skinny jeans for us shorties J
OUTFIT DETAILS – CLICK THE LINKS BELOW
BodySuit by Boo Hoo Petite
Trench Coat by Forever 21 
Glasses by Target
Hair by Bellami Hair (*Use my code STEPHMORGAN for a discount on your first set)
Photos by Rubin Roche of Ross Images 
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I’ve been obsessed with city street style athleisure looks lately. Not only is this look sporty chic (and a little badass), but its super comfortable, and easily transitions from the street to the gym!

I paired an Adidas crop top with ripped leggings, and black sneakers for a sporty chic twist on a gym classic. This top can also easily be paired with high waisted jeans for a casual, laid back urban look.

I finished this look off with a black baseball hat.  Hats are lifesavers for covering sweaty after-class hair – You can throw your hair up in a ponytail, or even keep it down for more of a street ready look.

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Adidas Crop Top by Akira | Similar Black Ripped Leggings by Alo Yoga | Similar Hat by Lululemon | Photography by Zmuda Photo

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The Urban Petite Fashion Blog by Stephanie Morgan - 10M ago

I’m so excited to share my latest collaboration with Maven Thread!  They are an online company that specializes in high-end fitness headbands, without the high-end price. These headbands are super cute, comfortable to wear, and SO soft! The second you touch them, you will feel the difference in quality.

It’s always been difficult for me to find good headbands for working out because they usually slip out of place, or fall off my head every 2 minutes. These are different – they are perfect for any type of exercise, and the special nonslip fabric won’t budge, no matter how long or intense your workout! From handstands, to jumping jacks, my headband stayed exactly where I wanted it.  I also love that they don’t give me headaches, or leave marks on my forehead & hair after I take them off.

Each pack comes with two separate headbands with different prints, so you can pick which one goes best with your mood or outfit. I got the “Slate” Headband 2 pack, which comes with a solid gray headband, and a white and gray geometric shape pattern headband.

They are very reasonably priced, and you can get free shipping with Amazon Prime! I definitely recommend trying these headbands. Shop this look in the link below & check out the rest of the Maven Thread Collection HERE

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Slate Headbands by Maven Thread | White Sports Bra and Black Leggings by ALO Yoga | White Cross Back Sports Bra by Victoria Secret Sport | Photography by Zmuda Photo

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I am in love with this trend of duster coats trend for spring! They help accentuate any outfit, and (if it fits properly) helps elongate the body and makes you appear taller. The one I’m wearing is chiffon, so it flows with you, rather than weighs you down. I’ve seen a lot of sweater material duster coats, and I much prefer the chiffon look, especially for spring. It adds a perfect layer for any occasion that adds a bit of modesty, and a touch of sophistication.
I wore a white bandage dress with nude heels, a taupe duster coat, and my favorite nude bag for a sophisticated yet sexy look. These neutral colors together are ALWAYS in style, so you can wear these pieces separately for years to come. This specific duster coat is great too because it comes with a belt, so you can leave it open, or accentuate your waist and provide a bit more coverage if necessary!
When looking for a good duster coat for petites, I always like coats that hit just below the calf to create the illusion of a longer line. Some duster coats I tried on were way too long and almost dragged on the ground. Make sure to look for specific length measurements if buying online so you can avoid having to visit the tailor!
OUTFIT DETAILS – CLICK THE LINKS BELOW
Dress by Bebe
Shoes by Charlotte Russe
Duster Coat by Verdusa
Hair by Bellami Hair (*Use my code STEPHMORGAN for a discount on your first set)
Photos by Ross Images

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The Urban Petite Fashion Blog by Stephanie Morgan - 1y ago

Happy Monday friends! I’m so happy its finally starting to feel like spring in Chicago! We had such a beautiful weekend –  the weather is getting warmer, the flowers are blooming, and Summer is well on its way.

I’m really loving this trend of ‘Cold Shoulder’ tops for spring – especially in this gorgeous blush color. The detailed ruffles on the sleeves add a perfect feminine touch, without being overpowering for my small frame. This is also a great cut to accentuate your shoulders! I paired this top with white jeans, nude heels, a nude bag and rose-gold jewelry for a fun accent.

I’m so excited to collaborate with J&J Petite Boutique for this post! They are an online store catering specifically for petite women who are 5’4” and under, so no need for a tailor! Their clothing line is very affordable, and made with great quality fabrics. As a petite woman myself, it’s always exciting to find stores that not only make ‘true to size’ clothing for petites, but also use all petite models for their website! This is my new go-to store for all things petite!

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Chandler Top by JJ Petite Boutique | Jeans by Target | Bag by Michael Kors | Necklace by Touchstone Crystal | Bracelets by Dainty Wrist Jewelry | Shoes by Target | Hair by Bellami Hair | Photography by Sandy Zmuda

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I’m so excited to share some of my favorite workout clothing brands for petites! As an avid yogi, runner and boxer, I am always on the lookout for cute and affordable workout outfits for us shorties. Let’s be honest – it’s way more fun to work out when you love your outfit!

Most of my “regular” length tights bunch up at the bottom and look awkward when I’m working out. That’s why I was SO excited to find out that Victoria Secret Sport now provides “Short” lengths for their workout tights!! Victoria Secret always has the cutest and latest styles for sport outfits. They also make a variety of sports bras for a wide range of bust sizes, so you can find something for every type of body. I am wearing a size small legging in “short” and a size medium sports bra.

I also love Victoria’s Secret because they have incredible sales! I bought this outfit half priced during their semi-annual sale, but they also have lots of random sales throughout the year. I would definitely recommend signing up for their mailing list so you can be the first to know when their sports section goes on sale!

Another store I would recommend for cute and affordable workout clothes is Kohl’s! I have found some of my favorite leggings and sports bras there. They have a large collection of petite workout pants that fit well for shorter legs. They have a great selection of Nike, Underarmour and other large brand names, but without the brand name prices.

I would love to hear where you guys shop for petite workout clothes. Let me know in the comment section below!

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Black Sports Bra by Victoria Sport | Black Sport Pants by Victoria Sport | Pullover Under Armour Jacket from Kohl’s | Nike Hat from Kohl’s | Running Shoes by Target | White Leggings by Victoria Sport | White Sports Bra by Victoria Sport | Yoga Mat by Gaiam | Pink Nike Sports from Kohl’s | Gray Crop Leggings from Kohl’s | Photography by Ross Images 

Note: This is not a paid post. These are all purchased items that I love with an honest review.

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With Lollapalooza right around the corner, I teamed up with Blowtique Salon in Chicago to give you guys some major hair inspo for festival season this Summer!

For those of you who don’t know, Blowtique is Chicago’s first blow-out hair salon! This first-of-its-kind salon has evolved into a full-service experience for men and women offering customized haircuts, coloring, and makeup while perfecting an exclusive “brush only” blow-out technique.

They have two gorgeous locations in downtown Chicago – one in the Gold Coast and the other on Michigan Avenue. The Blowtique experience is a must-have for every Chicago woman looking to perfect the hottest hairstyles!

For my hairstyle, I was inspired by my favorite heroine and alter ego, Daenerys Targaryen (Khaleesi) from Game of Thrones. Her hair is GOALS, and I wanted to do a modern twist on her iconic look. I showed my hairstylist, Nikki, a few images of what I wanted, and we got straight to work.

This salon gives you the full VIP treatment! We began by washing my hair and blow drying it for maximum volume and shine. She then used an anti-frizz treatment and shine spray, and curled my hair using a 1 inch barrel.  After my hair was fully curled, she French braided the top two sections like a crown and pinned them to the back of my head. From there, she braided the two end pieces, and incorporated an extra few braids down the middle for that full Khaleesi effect.

I was obsessed with the final product!!  My hair stayed put all day, and the braid didn’t fall out or get frizzy in the summer humidity. I was really impressed by the quality of the products used in my hair, and the talent of the stylists. If you are looking for a salon to get your hair done for festival season, I would highly recommend Blowtique!

If you are interested in booking my stylist, here is her information:

Name: Nikki Coen| Instagram: @NikkiCoenHair | Location: 520 N Michigan Ave

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One of the questions I get asked most is how to break into the modeling industry as a petite model? Let me start off by saying that it is not an easy task, but it is definitely possible. Agencies are becoming more and more accepting of different body types and industry standards are changing. People realize women of all different shapes, sizes, and heights deserve to be represented; not just models who are 6 foot and 100 lbs.

If you are a petite model (under 5’6” is the technical height in the industry) and you are interested in becoming a model, there are several things you can do to get your start in the modeling industry. You may not be able to walk the runways in Paris or New York, but there are still plenty of opportunities available for you. Here are my top suggestions:

  1. Get A Solid, NATURAL Portfolio Together

One of the first steps to breaking into the modeling industry is to put together a solid portfolio. Agencies want to see what you really look like, not what you look like after 2 hours of hair and makeup with fake eyelashes and extreme contour. Anyone can look good with Photoshop and a professional hair and makeup team, but agencies want to know that you can look good naturally.

I recommend getting a variety of images ranging from clean headshots, fitness, business/industrial, and casual. You want to show range in your portfolio so that you can be booked for an assortment of jobs. If you just have images of you in swimwear, it is unlikely that a company will want to hire you for a business shoot. Get the idea? Once you have these images you can put together what is called a Composite Card or a “Comp Card”. This is your modeling business card. It usually has a headshot on the front side and 4 or 5 images on the back that shows you in a variety of poses and outfits. You can use these to give to agents or potential clients when at auditions.

  1. Submit To Agencies With PRINT Divisions

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of agencies that won’t even consider models that are under 5’8”.  However, these agencies primarily represent runway and editorial models. Petite models tend to get the most work from “print” jobs (catalogs, ads, etc.). Although runway agencies such as FORD and ELITE book print jobs, there are also agencies that specialize in booking print models. These are the agencies you want to apply to.  They help book anything from parts modeling, fitness, swimwear, catalog work, ads, and more!

Many print agencies don’t even have height requirements. All they require is a portfolio (see tip #1), and a good personality. Acting experience is a plus if you are interested in doing commercials, as many print agencies also help models get non-speaking or small speaking roles in TV ads.  If you Google search “Reputable Print Agencies” in your area, you can search their websites for ways to apply. Many agencies have open calls where you can go and audition, or you can submit images via email or regular mail.

If you don’t get accepted into one agency, don’t give up. The rule of thumb is to apply every 6 months. Agencies change their needs as their clients request models of different shapes, sizes and ethnicities. Just because they denied you last year doesn’t mean they won’t need someone like you now. Also, be sure to diversify yourself and apply to a variety of agencies. The more agencies you are with = the more work you can potentially book.

  1. Promos and Tradeshows

I started my modeling career by doing promotions and tradeshows. It’s a fantastic way to get your foot in the door and to network with other models. There are many companies that specifically hire promotional and trade show models and book really fun events all over the country. I’ve worked everything from the Motorcycle Grand Prix in Indianapolis to Dos Equis samplings and Red Bull promos. Print agencies also book tradeshow models from time to time, so having experience is a huge plus!

  1. Social Media Is Your New Best Friend

Outside of agency work, I book a lot of my freelance modeling gigs via social media. Over the last 5 years, I have grown a large following on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram which has opened a lot of doors for me.  I’ve had several clients hire me so that they could be seen by my social media network.

There are also a lot of companies that now scout models on Instagram. Paul Marciano is the owner of Guess Jeans and has stated multiple times that he finds his models and photographers via Instagram. Even magazines like Maxim and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit have had contests via Instagram to find models. Case in point: If you are not on social media (or if you refuse to have a public profile) – you are in the wrong industry my friend. Plain and simple.

Of course, you do have to be careful booking jobs through the internet. This goes without saying – but please check references and make sure you are safe before meeting random strangers who want to shoot you. I have worked with some of the most amazing photographers that I met via Instagram and Facebook but I have also had some bad experiences as well.  I would like to say everyone has good intentions, but that is not always the case. Use your best judgement.

  1. Submit – Even if There Are Height Requirements

This one is important. I have had many instances in my career where I applied for a modeling gig which had a height requirement of 5’8” and above, and I still got the job. Now I’m not saying you should lie about your height, but don’t be afraid to try and apply to opportunities just because you are a few inches short of the cutoff. Sometimes you will have the perfect look and the client will be willing to overlook the height factor.

At the end of the day, the worst that can happen is the client says no. At least you tried and at least you put yourself out there. If you don’t try, the answer will always be no.

There are many things you can do to start your journey as a petite model, but it will take work. Don’t expect anything to happen overnight and be prepared for a solid amount of rejection. If you are truly passionate about it, no amount of rejection will stop you.  I would love to hear your thoughts – let me know if you have any other ideas in the comment section below

PHOTO CREDITS: Photography by Ethan Alex | Hair and Makeup by Kelly Marie 

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