Extra Petite is a fashion and lifestyle blog by Jean that provides styling ideas and shopping information. This blog also aims to share fashion suggestions and solutions for women who want to look stylish and feel confident at any height or size. Her style is still very office friendly most of the time, while also being very colourful and on-trend.
Who else is just a little excited about Adidas' comeback over the past year? I remember begging my parents for those clamshell Superstars in middle school, and when they finally caved, they of course bought them several sizes too big for me to "grow into" (which never happened). Nevertheless, I roamed the halls proudly in my clown-sized striped kicks. With the brand's resurgence (sure wish I had the foresight to invest a year ago), I finally picked up some cute pieces, in sizes that actually fit this time around!
I'm partnering with Nordstrom today to share some chic workout pieces, that can also be integrated into everyday athleisure outfits. This cotton Adidas tee is just the right amount of cropped on me. When paired with high-waisted bottoms, it shows only a sliver of skin, and is a sporty little top for running errands in before or after the gym.
I hope some of you were able to pick up Zella leggings at a great price during the Anniversary sale! They've been a longtime favorite of mine for both active and regular wear. I wanted to recap two high-rise styles that I own and love, and review a third, low-rise option in kids that's a good length for petites (plus is on sale and well-stocked!): - Womens: Zella high-waist Live-In leggings (needs hemming on petites; see 3 ways to style them, wearing XXS). This is the best starter pair in my opinion, and the most versatile. I wear mine on repeat for travel, running, and so much more. The material doesn't pill or stretch out, and sucks you in without being restricting. I got mine hemmed by my tailor, but if you have a zig zag-style stitch on your sewing machine, that should work for the stretchy ankle opening.
- Womens: Zella high-waist Turning Point crop leggings (see the black on me above and the gray on me here in XXS). Love these so much as an alternative to my solid leggings! They have the comfort and hold of my live-ins, while the mesh paneling adds something extra. I read through all the online reviews - the lower ratings relate to the mesh panels being unflattering or restricting (or the overall sizing running small), which I honestly didn't find to be the case. But it might be more so if you have muscular thighs. These have been restocked in a few sizes each afternoon, so keep an eye out if interested!
- Kids: Zella girl freedom leggings: After going high-rise I simply can't go back, but I wanted to review these for ladies who want low-rise! Kids size Large (10-12) fit me like a glove and the length is great for shorties, without hemming needed. The material feels similar to that of the popular adult live-in leggings - the kids' is slightly thinner, but still opaque with a similar finish. Aside from that and the rather low rise, another difference is a tiny little slot pocket in the front waistband, versus a very generously-sized one (that almost fits my iPhone!) on the adult Turning Point leggings.
This is another petite-friendly Adidas top that I picked up, in a sturdy but breathable cotton mesh. It's listed as a crop tank, but hits at a flattering regular length on someone my height. There's a split hem, and I like that the back is a little longer with tush coverage.
In the world of streetwear sneakers, Adidas Tubulars have been giving Nike Roshes a run for their money. Nick is more into sneaker trends than yours truly, and actually picked up these kids Tubulars for me (the womens version sold out in a jiffy during early access) at a great sale price! These are a lightweight fabric sneaker with a slightly retro-inspired silhouette.
Size-wise for sneakers, I'm a womens 5.5 to 6 or a kids 4 - the rule of thumb for converting to kids is usually to subtract 2 whole sizes from womens. I took my typical size 4 in the kids Tubulars with a little room to spare, and might've been able to do a 3.5. The material is a gray knit fabric with small white speckles (not sparkles, which I was worried about based on the stock photo) that actually works well for both genders. If you have extra petite feet, these also come in smaller sizes here - a kids 3 should be equivalent to womens size 4.5/5.
One thing to note, fit-wise: if you have lower ankle placement or if you usually find shoes to rub up against the bottom of your ankles, then this style might not be for you. This is a common issue for one of my feet, so I stock up on heel lift inserts (see what they look like) which help elevate the foot (and reduce ankle rubbing). These sneakers come up close to my ankles so I have my inserts in, but it didn't seem like an issue for anyone else based on the reviews.
Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post.
PS - This leather moto jacket (save $100) has just been fully restocked in petites! See my review - in my opinion this is the best quality leather jacket from the sale, and is well-made with a heavier weight to it. The leather texture might look odd online, but is nice and soft in-person.
Saint Laurent bag (review), Steve Madden heels 5.5, Quay sunglasses (older style)
Statement sleeves have been riding the trend wave for some time now - they're one of the more wearable trends, in my opinion, and can easily spruce up a plain outfit! This lightweight blouse has a double ruffle at the sleeves and a playful, swingy silhouette that floats when you move. For a summer date or party look, I paired it with this scuba skirt in coordinating colors. For work wear, I'd style it un-tucked over high-waisted pants, but with a camisole layered underneath and tucked in for extra coverage.
Today's post is in partnership with ASOS, one of my go-to brands for trendier pieces that fit without alterations. Their petites collection runs small compared to most American brands, and I occasionally even prefer their regular sizing, like with this skirt! I tried this skirt on in both regular and petites, and the regular US 0 is pretty snug on me throughout the elongated-style waist. The petite version, in comparison, is a touch smaller and shorter in length. The skirt is in a medium-weight, unlined scuba fabric and is stretchy with a back zipper. Size US 0 regular measures 11.5" across the waist when un-stretched, and is 17" long.
I post about ASOS quite a bit, but here are a few tips if you've never shopped there before:
- The brand is UK-based, but offers free shipping on orders over $40 and free returns for many international countries. Returns are quick and easy with an included USPS label and a self-sealing shipping bag. They have a pretty good deal where for $19 a year, you get unlimited 2-day international shipping on all orders (and of course I take advantage of this deal, but be warned - it can be a little too convenient!)
- I make frequent use of the video feature on each item page, where you can see the garments modeled "in action" from a 360 angle. They also use petite models for many of the petite items, which makes a big difference in knowing what to expect with the fit!
- ASOS offers an intense range of sizing, including swimsuits starting at bra sizes 30A to 30I (yes, I), maternity and petite maternity, tall, fuller bust, the list goes on.
I'm usually all about tucking blouses into skirts (to highlight the waistline), but experimented both ways here and the un-tucked look is growing on me! The shorter blouse doesn't cut into the leg line as much, and the swing shape melds with the skirt to create a continuously flowing A-line. See the photo directly above vs. below - would you do tucked or un-tucked?
Thank you to ASOS for partnering on this post.
Last week, Nick and I had the opportunity to travel with the L'Occitane team to Provence, France where the brand was born. I'm going through all our photos, and it's hard to put into words the natural beauty of this rural region, as well as the kindness and humility of everyone we met along the way. I'll be posting a few different outfits from our travels, and can't wait to share about the trip itself in a comprehensive post next week!
I wore this look for a dinner with the L'Occitane founder, Olivier Baussan, at his friend's darling French countryside home. I'm a big fan of jumpsuits for special occasions, and you can easily fake the look with a monochromatic top and pants. It's also a great way to remix pieces you already own for a totally different vibe - try styling those boring ole’ black work trousers with a tucked-in halter top like this one and statement earrings (both of which I own and wear often)!
The draping crepe fabric on these trousers paired with satin and lace accents helped elevate the overall look, but I also kept things functional for the countryside setting with a pair of low slide sandals. I love pants like this for professional wear, too, paired with a simple chambray top tucked-in to accentuate the waistline. Wide-leg pants usually aren’t as versatile as skinny ones, since you typically need high heels to keep the sweeping pant legs off the ground. However, since this pair is cut very high-waisted, I was able to hem them shorter (enough to wear with flats or low heels) without truncating the long lines too much.
I’ve mentioned before that Missguided (like Boohoo) is a trendy UK fast-fashion brand, where you usually get what you pay for in terms of quality. I don’t often shop there unless they have something specific that I’m looking for, which in this case was a lightweight wide-legged trouser in petites. These were still way long on me, the but 0P fit decently at the waist (better than most US 00P), so it was nothing a DIY hem and waist belt couldn’t fix. The lightweight crepe fabric has a little texture and stretch to it, and the pants are fully lined. I'd also recommend these trousers in pink, but note they will also need a hem on someone my height!
Which of the two looks with these pants did you like better?
Even though Newport, RI is just a hop and a skip away from Boston, Nick and I have rarely visited! (save for bachelorettes and the Newport folk festival, which I associate with the one weekend each year when Nick comes home from camping looking and smelling like a wet dog) It's our goal to explore more locally in New England, so we recently drove down for a weekend getaway and to see some friends!
The area must've been at peak hydrangea season. I had my camera out and mouth agape at literally every turn. I mean, how spectacular are these ombré ones!? I inadvertently matched in my summery madras plaid dress, which got quite a few compliments. It's probably my favorite find yet from Modcloth - it's adjustable at the shoulder straps, at the back tie, and is made in a very comfortable and lightweight 100% cotton with lining. I hope some of you were able to pick it up back when I first Instagram'ed it!
For dinner and drinks, our local friends pointed us to the popular hill of white chairs at Castle Hill Inn. This was actually one of the venues we considered for our wedding. Ultimately it was nixed as we had no personal connection to the area, but what a gorgeous, relaxing spot to catch the sunset by the water!
The next morning we hit up the 3.5 mile coastal Cliff Walk, lined by the larger-than-life, historical summer mansions circa the Gilded age. As a kid living in the south, I was awed by the Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate, so would love to tour their "modest" 70-room summer cottage the next time we visit Newport again. I think the Cliff Walk would be a little boring to walk all the way since you can't see much of the mansions, but it makes for a fantastic run with the changing terrains and ocean breeze (do go earlier before the crowds hit)!
We then headed to one of the few nearby beaches to catch some vitamin D. As early birds, we were able to avoid the typically pricey parking and had the beach mostly to ourselves! My swimsuit is part of my talented friend Khatu's collection on Etsy. She designs, patterns, and sews each one of these as a working mom. As a fit-tester, I've seen firsthand just how much work goes into each handmade garment! Her swimsuits in either petite or regular sizing have a full lining, adjustable straps or ties, and a cutout slot if you want to insert bust padding (she sells these cups separately, as well). If you have a little one, you'll also have to check out the "mommy and me" options that are too cute for words!
Brunch at Corner Cafe afterward was the perfect end to this morning. Their omelette with shrimp, avocado, and bacon was just chock-full of good stuff.
There's about 3 to 4 wineries in the area which become a mecca for bachelorette parties on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons (single guys, take note). We went to Greenvale Vineyards on a Sunday and it was pleasantly peaceful! Sure it doesn't compare to Napa, but not bad for being in this region. They had a tasting of their 12 wines (mostly summery whites) for $8, and a live band in the afternoon.
We can't wait to go back to this darling city soon, and would love any recommendations on spots to hit up next!
Happy happy Friday! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally open to the public! I've rounded up several new reviews (including a fab petite leather jacket find below!), along with some more pre-Fall outfit inspo. If you're not familiar with this sale, these are sizable discounts on new merchandise for the upcoming seasons, and prices go back up in 2 weeks! Please also refer to my first post of reviews - there's several work-appropriate designer deals like these beautiful, slender Tory Burch flats and Kate Spade leather tote (fits a laptop) still in stock!
Judging by the madness that was early access, if there's any pieces you're mulling over I'd recommend moving quickly (domestic shipping and return shipping are always free)! Several items are now on backorder, which isn't terrible since they should arrive in time for cooling temps. And definitely bookmark any sold-out items that you love, since I've seen many items pop back in various sizes.
BP Tale suede mules sz 5.5 (under $50!) These were mentioned in my original review, and are still well-stocked! They do run a little small - I'm usually between 5 and 5.5 and found the latter to fit me best, after trying on a few different sizes.
Halogen cashmere vest, one size Note the "one size" shoulders are a little wide on someone my size, but overall not too noticeable due to the light-weightiness and drape of the cashmere. I can see this layered over a tee with pants, skirts with boots, skinny jeans, and of course...leggings! I grabbed this camel one for my mom, who usually wears XSP.
I'm lucky to have my cousin now living in Boston - although we're the same size, we tend to gravitate towards different looks (with hers being a little edgier). These slip-on mules are not my typical style, but I loved them on her with this tunic and wanted to share!
Caslon tunic top xxsp (I got the pink!) This comfy knit tunic looks so much better worn & "styled" than it does in the drab online photo! I disagree with the 1 reviewer so far, and thought the dolman sleeves were actually what made this top. Fit is true to size and I love that the back length covers the tush, for wearing with leggings. Tuck in the front center and scrunch up the sleeves for an effortless look.
Halogen leopard loafers sz 5.5 (also in solid black or tan) These run about half size small/short in length. My cousin's size 5.5 fit me well. I also tried on a 6 which were fine in length, but a little too wide on my feet.
Leopard scarf - this sold out quickly and just got restocked on backorder for early August. If you missed out the first time ... do. not. hesitate!! This was one of my favorite finds, and at under $12 it's a no-brainer. I was iffy about the leopard print since it can easily go wrong down tacky avenue, but this one exceeded my expectations. It's lightweight in a gauzy, linen-like blend (looks better in-person), is the perfect size for tossing around your neck, and the print goes with so much.
Halogen wool cashmere poncho in petite length Fit: As a poncho enthusiast (all the drapey knits, please!), I was stoked that this was part of the sale and comes in a petite length. I still think it's little long though on my 5' tall frame. The 70% wool, 30% cashmere blend is just wonderfully soft and cozy (not itchy like some wool blends), so I'd highly recommend the petites size to someone a little taller. I can see this looking super chic with tall boots, ankle booties, flats, and loafers alike! FYI, double check in your cart at checkout that it says "petite" after the color name, since the regular length listing looks identical.
Halogen Scarlett OTK Boot 5.5 Fit: True to size, shaft is on the slim side but isn't fitted against the legs like SW boots. I own last year's version of these (see them on me), which is pretty similar except those have a higher heel and almond-shaped toe. Like my old pair, the shaft is cut fairly straight up and down, different from the Stuart Weitzman styles which are made of stretchy, fitted suede that hugs your leg curves. I agree with fellow reviewers that the suede quality is what you pay for at the sale price, also I'm not a fan of round toe shapes personally.
DL1961 Ankle Skinny Jeans sz 23 ($78 off!) I've posted about DL1961 before - they make great stretchy, skinny jeans but note I usually size down to a 23 with their denim. This pair in size 23 fits like a glove and is just ~ 1.5" long on me, so the hem is cuffed up here. I already have an olive pair of jeans, but would recommend this to anyone looking for a versatile color to add to their collection.
Halogen 3/4 Sleeve Cashmere Cardigan This sweater is another one of those pieces that I thought looked better on the body than in the stock photo! The first pic online makes it look straight and rectangular cut, whereas it's actually more of a stylish cocoon shape (better depicted in the last pic online). The 3/4 sleeves means full-length on petite ladies (with no rolling up needed), and the cashmere is light and comfortable.
While I was trying this on in-store, several ladies flocked over to come check it out, and I thought it looked nice on a variety of body types! It's a good layer to keep around in an AC'd office. Note if you wear a patterned shirt underneath like I did here, the pattern might show through the thinner sweater material.
Gibson ruffle hem top xxsp Gibson has churned out some solid quality tops this year for both work and casualwear (the knotted one is still one my all time faves - see it on me). This swingy, ruffle-hem top is so cute, and would be business casual appropriate worn with slim ankle pants. This is not a thin or flimsy top - it almost feels like ponte but lighter in weight. Unless you like a looser fit, I'd recommend trying a size down because my usual size here felt roomy (especially when compared to their knotted top)!
Petite-friendly leather jackets are always a big reader request, come Fall. My cousin was shopping for one, so I got to try on quite the variety to review and compare for you guys!
Halogen Leather Jacket xxsp ($100 off!!) This first one was the winner for her - it was the weightiest, thickest and warmest leather jacket out of all the ones I tried on, and very nice quality! The online photo looks shiny and almost scaly, but in-person the leather is matte and supple. My iphone selfie photos above really don't do it justice. I love the matte black zippers instead of traditional metal, and the collar can be worn upright (forgot to take a photo) or more folded down like I have it here.
Overall fit of an xxsp was pretty good on me (sleeves are surprisingly not too wide which is usually my peeve), and would be perfect styled over a mock or turtleneck sweater and skinny jeans or leggings. My only qualm would be that the pockets felt a little small for my hands. This is one of the few items that actually just got fully restocked this morning (including in xxsp) after selling out earlier, so don't linger on this one for long!
Caslon Leather Jacket xxsp This next jacket is medium in weight, lighter than the Halogen one above but not thin or flimsy. The leather is a little more soft and pliable. The sizing feels similar to the Halogen one, but because the leather isn't as thick, the sleeve width feels roomier on me. The pockets here are placed comfortably, also the lapel backside is also lined in leather (I've seen some brands take a shortcut and line it in fabric, which cheapens the look with a fold-over lapel like this one).
Halogen Leather Moto Jacket xxsp (also in black) Next up we have this leather jacket in a straighter, more cropped silhouette. The leather is in the same weight and softness as the one above. Note this one does not have pockets, as the zipper detailing that looks like pockets is actually decorative and goes all the way around the backside. The soft pink is very pretty, but I'd stick to black for lower maintenance!
BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket xs As a budget-friendly "vegan" leather option, this is the Blank NYC jacket that I've feature regularly on here in black. Black is still available (read my review) at regular price, while this pink and taupe are shades included in sale.
Olivia Moon Knit Tie-Sleeve Blazer xxsp I'm bummed this blazer just sold out, but it doesn't hurt to check for pop backs! I love a good knit blazer with the comfort of a sweatshirt, and the tie sleeve detail here just takes it to the next level. This is in a thicker weight knit and lined, and the overall cut is sleek, flattering and boyfriend-style in length (a little longer). The few reviews mention it runs big but I actually thought the petites was true to size. Here's another sale knit blazer by the same brand with preppy elbow patches, currently stocked in small petite sizes.
Caslon Knit Blazer xxsp Another comfortable knit blazer option in 100% cotton - this one is a good basic, but feels plain in comparison next to that cute tie-sleeve one above. Note this one is unlined and is machine washable. It's an open front style, so size down for a more fitted and tailored look.
On the beauty front, there's SO many good value sets & exclusives still in stock! Except for the Nars lip set, most of the products above are in my regular rotation and were reviewed at the bottom of my original post, so please read there! My favorite Stila set didn't make it to public access last year, so I'm glad they made enough to go around this time!
Nars Velvet matte lipstick pencil set (2 color scheme options) The Nars limited edition lip pencil set was something I treated myself to after testing out all the colors. Both bold and neutral options were beautiful, but I went with more vibrancy for summertime. I have difficult, dry and flaky lips and their velvet matte pencil formula is one of the best I've found for a matte but non-drying look and a precise application (a favorite of mine is "red square," the perfect, punchy red-orange). The regular price tag of $27 per pencil is painful and I much prefer a twist-up lipstick over something that needs to be sharpened, but trust me, it's good! The pencils in this reds and pinks set come out to about $14 and change each (and includes a sharpener), so nearly half the price. I brought this on our recent travels, and will show some of the colors on me soon!
I restocked on some Estee Lauder skincare for my mom and aunts, and wanted to point out a double gift with purchase situation! You get a free 6 piece gift set with any $45 purchase (it comes with one of my favorite creamy nude lipsticks which I actually purchased standalone for $32!), plus a few bonus gifts for purchases over $100.
I got one of these sets as a gift and another for our home. The packaging is so pretty, like a macaron box. Yes these candles are small, as some reviewers mentioned, but what I love about Diptyque is that their scents really fill and penetrate the area. I burn my candles for a short period each time, and the scent lasts for hours! These are 1.2 oz and $11 each, compared to Diptyque's regular 2.4 oz candles that are $34 each.
Hinge Square Silk Scarf in pink, J Brand jeans 24, Baublebar necklace, BP cami xxs Hinge Square Silk Scarf (2 colors) This generously-sized, 100% silk scarf was love at first try-on and would also make a great gift. It works as a wrap, too, to keep your shoulders warm at weddings or parties. The slightly muted "vintage blooms" pattern is gorgeous, reminiscent of designer silk scarves at several times the price. And those little navy tassels!
I hope these reviews are helpful! I got several requests for menswear, so stay tuned for Nick's picks and reviews next week. I also know several of you shopped early and got your orders in already, so please share in the comments about any noteworthy hits and misses!
*I've seen sold out items popping back in various sizes, so it doesn't hurt to check back*
I loved reading through all your comments in my Nordstrom Sale reviews post! It gave me a better idea of what types of pieces you guys are interested in (comfy athleisure and work-appropriate items for the win), and I'll definitely be sharing more reviews on those fronts. If you had left a question about something, I'm having some technical difficulties responding on my last post, so please just let me know again below!
Amongst your comments, one of the most mentioned pieces by far was Barefoot Dreams cardigans. This brand has an avid following for their oh-so-cozy plush cardigans that "feel like you're wearing a hug," in the words of a reader! Their materials are more casual like loungewear, but you can dress it up a bit with jeans and a pretty cami. For our flight last weekend, I swapped in my trusty Zella live-in leggings and flat loafers, and got the workout of my life sprinting like a madwoman through the Amsterdam airport (the terminal transfer line there is no joke!). Another thing I love about the live-in leggings is that the knees do not stretch out on me, even after a long day of sitting. So many of my other, older leggings have baggy pouches around that area - never again! Barefoot Dreams cardigans especially make a great gift for busy moms or expecting moms - my friends in those categories basically live in them, plus the Bobeau fleece wrap (last styled on me here). Fit wise, however, many of BD's styles are oversized and and unfortunately don't come in petite sizing like Bobeau does. Their cozy chic circle cardigan included in the sale is the only style I've tried that wasn't overwhelming, although some petite ladies may still find this to be too long in size XS/S (note I have the sleeves cuffed up).
A quick note about this satiny cami - it's a simple but elegant top that's good for layering. I have another outfit coming showing how I've styled this differently in a more refined look. The cream is a little sheer (so wear a nude bra or pasties under), but the other colors don't have an issue. The straps are adjustable which I always appreciate, and it's actually machine-washable but I would handwash to prolong the life of the lace trim. I hope some of you were able to grab it after my Instagram post, before sizes dwindled down!
Stay tuned for a few more "hits and misses" reviews from the Anniversary Sale!
It's that time of the year again! Early Access for Nordstrom's Anniversary sale has begun, and I'm here to help navigate and share some detailed reviews! I've combed through thousands of sale items for the best finds, from seasonal staples to shoes in small sizes and beauty must-haves. Read on for more info, and be sure to enter my giveaway at the end of this post!
What: During Nordstrom's Anniversary sale, brand new arrivals from popular designers are introduced at heavily discounted prices (sometimes 40% or more)! Prices go back up before Fall begins. As always, hooray for free shipping & return shipping on all online orders, and for a big range of extended sizing (shoes starting in sz 3 or 4, clothing starting in xxs/00p)!
When: July 13: Early Access begins for Nordstrom cardholders! July 21: Public Access begins. August 7: Sale prices go back up for Fall. How to shop Early Access: Popular items often sell out within a day or two! If you see something you love and don't want to wait, you can apply here for a Nordstrom card. If approved, you can login and start shopping the sale immediately online. Other cardholder perks include $100 in credit for alterations, and bonus reward notes!
Below are all items that I've either tried on for fit, or already own (and love) a version of!
Item:Stuart Weitzman Elevated boots - save $300! Sizing: 4 to 12; calf fits narrow but foot runs 1 size big Yay to Nordstrom for finally including an OTK boot by SW in this sale (in past years it was always an oddball shorter shaft)! This is a gorgeous boot, if you get the sizing right. They have SW's signature slim-fit, beautiful stretch suede uppers paired with a stable low block heel. Although the shaft is narrow (size 5.5 measured 12.75" around the calves - and yes, I do whip out my handy measuring tape while shopping ; ) these felt a whole size big in the foot area. I'd probably need to size down to 4.5! Also, note the 22" shaft height comes up one inch higher on my thighs than the Highlands or Lowlands.
Item:Tory Burch Claire ballerina flat - save $93! Sizing:4 - 13; fits TTS to half size big This might be the sleekest flat I've seen by TB. The combination of an almond toe, a slightly lower cut front (just a hint of toe cleavage), and a smaller medallion come together to make this shoe more flattering and lengthening on short legs. See comparison photo below showing the difference! The pebbled leather with piped edges is nice quality, and these did not feel like they'd need breaking in like notorious Revas. Size 5 was the best fit on me. Here's a low 2" pump version, with a similar toe shape and similarly steep savings!
Left: almond toe Claire vs. rounder toe Minnie // Right: pair of Claires
Ted Baker makes some beautiful, tailored coats that run on the slim side. I get so many compliments on my long navy wrap coat, and this looks to be a lighter-weight option. This is the only item in this top list that I haven't tried on personally, but I've tried several other Ted coats and the fit was pretty consistent (I take sz 0 and shorten the sleeves + raise the belt loops). FYI, Ted coats in their smaller sizes always sell quickly! Here's another style included in sale, with a skirted bottom.
Item:BP Tale Slides - under $50 Sizing:4 - 12; runs 1 size small Comfortable, genuine suede mules for under $50? Yes, please! These run small per the listing - I tried on size 6 and thought they fit. Just ordered the gray, which wasn't available at my local store.
Item:Vince Camuto split bootie - under $100 Sizing:4 - 11; fits TTS These are a super cute twist on a standard bootie, and were also flattering and comfortable! The split design and cutouts also help make it more cool & breathable to start wearing during summer. Ordered these in taupe, but the gray I tried on was very pretty, too.
Item:Stila Stay All Day Liner & Lipstick Duo - $20 (usually $22 just for the eyeliner!) My go-to eyeliner AND liquid lipstick in one value set - a no-brainer to stock up on! This also makes a great little gift. The black liner is waterproof, the brush is precise and easy to use, and it really does stay all day. The lip color "Patina" is what I'm wearing in the vast majority of my posts. It's such a pretty and wearable mauve color, with good lasting power!
Item:Zella live-in leggings - just $35! Sizing: starts at xxs; 29" inseam needs to be hemmed on petites Despite needed a hem, these leggings are still my most favorite pair. The fabric has good weight and stretch, and the higher waist sucks everything in without being too restricting. I have two pairs which I wear on heavy rotation for working out, travel (doesn't cut off my circulation on flights), or running errands. Zella did make a live-in midi legging with a shorter inseam, but it's been sold out for a while now (here's a different midi legging included in the sale). The discounted price can help make up for an easy and inexpensive hem job!
Zella high waist crop leggings - these in a crop length are more midi on me. Loved the design and colors! One note is the bottom opening is not tapered enough to be a snug fit on my calves, but it's not bad and not really noticeable from afar.
Item:Topshop ruffle crop jacket - under $55 Sizing:sale version starts at US 2 (fits like a 00 / 0) This is such a chic little navy jacket, stylish from all angles! The peplum + mini ruffled detailing and deep navy color make it look more expensive than it is. A size US 2 is not super fitted on me, but it's also not too big. Topshop has a similar version on their own website at full price, available in one size down starting at US 0.
Item:AG legging ankle skinny jeans - save $75 Sizing:starts in 23; true to size w/ 28" inseam A great price for a staple pair of designer denim. I've tried on several AG jeans in the past (including at prior year Anniversary sales), and thought these were more flattering compared to their other legging jeans. The 28" inseam is a tad long on me, but the bottoms have a raw hem so it's super easy to make them shorter (cut, fray the edges a bit with scissors, then throw in the washer & dryer). I got a size 24 which has a small waist gap on me, but should be gone after a machine wash and dry.
Item:Fresh Sugar Lip Romance Set - $26 (a $38 value) Fresh products are my little guilty pleasures. This set has two of their best sellers for basically the price of just their Sugar Advanced Lip Treatment. I apply the white stick (read customer reviews) nightly before bed, and always have it with me on drying flights. I also regularly use my tinted treatment sticks before running out the door in lieu of lipstick.
Item:Longchamp expandable tote - save $65 Signature Longchamp nylon totes that expand from a regular everyday size, to a roomy travel bag. How cute is the new "pinky" shade? These sold out so quickly during last year's sale!
- Burberry funnel neck coat ($400 off) - Similar to Burberry funnel neck styles that I've reviewed in the past, updated in a rich Fall hue. Burberry's size 0s usually run narrow and fit more like a US 00, so petite ladies may just need sleeve shortening and raised belt loops. Nordstrom does complimentary alterations on full-priced Burberry just like at the brand's boutiques, though I'm curious whether they would still do so for Anniversary sale items! If not, you can always apply your alterations credit benefit that all cardholders get.
- Halogen loafer slides (sizes 4 - 12; runs one size small) or a fun jeweled version by Kate Spade (sizes 5 - 11). As a trend alert, these loafer slides are everywhere for next season, and are also practical for easy sliding on and off. The overall look is edgier, so those dipping their toes in the trend can stick to neutrals like tan for a safer bet.
- Aquatalia Genna Weatherproof Boot (sizes 5 - 11, fits TTS on the slightly narrower side). Aquatalia makes the best weatherproofed, Italian boots that don't at all look like they'd be "weather" shoes. I have a pair that still look great after a few Boston winters. This Genna style is pretty similar to mine in terms of fit. Please excuse how ridiculous they look with my summer dress (should be much better over skinny jeans)! I'm trying on a 5.5 - there's a stretch back panel that helps these conform nicely to narrow calves, but FYI just like on my pair, the very top opening still has a small gap on me.
- kate spade new york pebbled leather tote - ($100 off). If you're looking for an everyday leather tote that will fit a laptop and look professional when necessary, this is a good option that isn't too large at 13"w x 11"h. The pebbled leather is soft, and can look more structured or slouchy based on how filled up the bag is. There's a zipper across the top, and a floral lining with several pockets on the inside. For a higher-end option with thicker leather, the Longchamp leather tote is also on sale!
- Halogen scarlett over the knee boot - save $70 (sizes 4 - 11). Halogen has been coming out with an affordable tall suede boot each year during this sale! The measurements on this one look bigger in the calf (listed at 15" circumference), so could be better suited for ladies with slightly wider calves.
Definitely check out the beauty exclusives tab, as there's a lot of name brand products and beauty tools in either value packs or exclusive sets!
- Diptyque mini candle set, $55 for a $75 value - this makes a great gift, and sold out in about a day during last year's Anniversary sale!
- La Mer mini miracles set, $85 for a $140 value - buying this one as a re-stock for my husband, who in his own words "I'm very into skincare this year" and claims La Mer makes a difference (okay Nick). This is another one where the price of the set is the same as just one of the items normally. But be warned, the jar of La Mer is tiny! When I first bought a standalone jar for $85, I thought there was some mistake, but no. I've never seen the cream on sale, though, so a duo set like this is a rare deal!
- Clarisonic mia ($37 off) - I've used this exact one for a while now, and order a value set of the sensitive replacement heads each year to split with Nick.
- Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, set of 2 for $29 (typically $22 each) - wanted to point this value pack out for anyone who uses the gel regularly! If I have the extra minute in the morning, I'll brush this through my unruly brows after filling them in, to help set everything in place.
- Barefoot dreams cozychic circle cardigan - I have this filed under gifts, because who wouldn't want to receive a super cozy / cuddly circle cardigan? I might've caved and gotten one as a gift-to-self for upcoming travels. Sizing is more generalized at "xs/s" and up. Barefoot dreams in general is not very petite-friendly, but this particular style is more so!
This Leith circle cardigan below is very popular amongst others, but I found it to be too big on someone my height. I usually don't mind an oversized fit on some pieces, but the pockets on this hung so low my hands couldn't even reach them (and I want to be able to utilize those pockets!). I don't have a photo yet of the Barefoot Dreams circle cardigan, but it fits a little smaller than the Leith and has a thicker, more plush texture (plus also has pockets!).
Whether you're shopping for a little one or just need a good gift for a baby shower, these are trusted picks by either my "mom friends" or their babies (how cute is that "breakfast at mom's" necklace bib?!):
And now for a fun international giveaway to celebrate the sale madness! I wanted to give 4 lucky readers a $250 Nordstrom gift card to shop once Public Access opens on July 21st! Simply follow the Rafflecopter giveaway instructions below, and good luck! giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveawayIf you're shopping the sale this year, please let me know what your favorite finds are! And don't forget to check back for more fit reviews later this weekend!
As my fellow Nordstrom shoppers may know, early access starts tomorrow (Thursday 7/13) for their biggest sale of the year! I've been getting your messages all month about sale reviews - you guys are on top of it! For those who aren't familiar, Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is when they launch brand new arrivals for next season (not old merchandise) at discounts of up to ~40% off, and prices go back up early August. There's usually great deals on staple jackets, sweaters, boots, and jeans, which I'll be combing for the best petite-friendly options! Check back tomorrow morning for my blog post - I'll share the best deals that might sell out first plus what I ordered, and this weekend I'll post fit reviews from the sale!
Today's reviews are a bit of an odd combination. I get requests for leather jacket recommendations, so wanted to share a recent find while sizes are still in stock. Since we're in the heat of summer, I also wanted to include some swimsuit reviews that are petite-friendly!
For an edgier look, I usually turn to my trusty faux leather jacket (runs small; see my review), but this genuine leather option jumped out at me with its simple, elegant style and gorgeous "toffee" color. It looks effortless layered over a basic cami and jeans, and the drape detail makes it easy to transition over dressier looks, too.
Fit & Sizing: This jacket feels tailored and on the slim side, but is a little big on my frame. The shoulders of my other jackets measure 14 - 14.5" across, and this one was about 15" including light padding. I hemmed and hawed over it for so long, because the overall look is right up my alley. In the end, I decided that at this price point, I need more fitted shoulders. The sleeves when unfolded are about an inch or two long on me (no surprise, as I usually get my sleeves shortened), but are slim throughout and are also soft enough to be scrunched up.
I'm trying on XS regular and it feels true to size for that. If only this jacket came in xxs!
Material: Fully lined and is made of a soft, thinner leather that drapes and moves along with you, without excess bulk. There's also comfortable side angled pockets with zippers. Even though the XS is big on me, it doesn't look as obvious because the pliable leather conforms more to the figure.
Measurements: XS measures 15” across the back shoulders, 17” across armpit (hard to measure due to the open front), 24” sleeve length, 18.5” back center length. I'd definitely recommend this to someone who usually wears 0P / XS and up.
Jumping back to summer now with some swimsuits! These didn't work out for me personally, but have potential so I thought were worth sharing.
This one piece has a lot going on in the body-flattering arena: wrap style neckline, ruching on the lower side (always appreciated for concealing trouble areas), and a waist tie belt to help make that area look narrow. It ties behind your neck halter style, which helps adjust the fit per your own torso length. This suit is lined throughout but note it doesn't have any padding at the bust.
Although the fit on me was pretty good, I just felt the overall style and coverage was a little conservative for me. With one-pieces, I don't mind more sex appeal with a higher leg cut, a cheekier behind, or some other detailing like cutouts. I think this might look more exciting on someone a little curvier. Here's the same suit on me in floral print:
This below was a wildcard - I actually liked it more than I thought I would, and the fit is great for petites. I'm just not sure it's my style. With ASOS one-pieces, I've had varied experiences on the torso being too long or too short, but this in size 0 felt right for someone my height. Typical of ASOS this suit does not have bust padding, however the black color, ruffles and tassels together make it unlikely to notice anything poking through! In contrast to the suit above, this also has pretty cheeky butt coverage on the backside.
As a lover of almost all things retro style and palm print, I was naturally drawn to this last suit. This bikini bottom is cut lower on the legs and rear end, so is good for someone looking for full coverage all around. The XS is pretty snug on me in both pieces, except in the bust cups, which had some gapping on me.
An XS top is listed by the brand (Kingdom & State) to fit an A to B cup. More specifically, I think the XS might be best suited for a fuller 32B to mayyybe a 34B. It's always tricky when tops with cups are generalized in letter sizing like xs /s/m, instead of by band and cup sizes!
Sadly I'm sending this suit back to spare my swim neighbors of nip slips, but on a positive note, these wedges are keepers! They look super cute on, as platformed wedge versions of my Soludos flats. These did not require breaking in for me like the flats did (and boy did they), but I do feel the wedges run at least half a size big. I'm usually between 5 and 5.5 - I took a 5 in these and still have room for a toe pad cushion insert so that my heel can fit firmly against the backside.
That's it for today! Don't forget to check back tomorrow for Anniversary Sale goodness!
In my early 20s I went through quite the slip-on sneakers phase. It was likely influenced by my laid-back southern Californian boyfriend, now husband, who usually showed up in skateboard shoes and surfer shorts. Although our styles have since matured, I still appreciate a chic slip-on, especially for travel or casual everyday outfits. These M.Gemi Cerchios are the grownup version of our sneakers from the past, handmade in Italy with woven leather uppers and generously cushioned, removable insoles. Even though they have the comfort of flats, the platform sole and cushioning lend a little extra boost for shorter legs. This particular style sold out within a week of launch, and was just recently re-stocked!
Some of you might remember my previous post with M.Gemi highlighting a few classic leather flats (the Felize and Pastoso loafers are still hands-down my favorite), and I'm partnering with them today to celebrate their first Boston store location! Fellow Bostonians may have already spotted their new storefront at the Prudential Center mall, located next door to Eataly. It just opened today, so be sure to stop by if you're shopping in the area! This M.Gemi location is a fit shop, so they have each current style available in every size (EUR 35 to 43) to try on for fit and sizing. Your purchase will then be shipped to you and arrive in about 2 business days. For those of you interested in the brand but can't get to a fit shop, they have free shipping and free returns for online orders, and each style also has fit notes online if they run smaller / bigger, or narrower /wider. I usually wear between a 5 or 5.5 in American brands, and consistently fall between 35 and 35.5 in their Italian sizing.
The Cerchio leather sneaker runs on the bigger side and can accommodate wider feet, so I went down to a 35 (online suggests those with narrow feet to size down). For the Felize and Pastoso loafers, I own mostly 35.5 but can go either way - if they're a little snug on you in the beginning, genuine leather or suede should stretch a bit with wear. With pointed toe heels, I almost always go up to 35.5 in most brands to give my toes some room, and it's no exception with M.Gemi pumps sizing.
This look is one of my recent favorites - I love remixing older pieces in my closet and experimenting with print pairings! I've shown this skirt here (read my fit review) with a button-up blouse and blazer, here with a ruffled sleeve top, and wanted a slightly cleaner, more elegant pairing for an event last month. The higher neckline and angled shoulders on this sweater top created sleek lines that help balance out the fullness of this skirt.
To quickly make this appropriate for a business casual office, I'd add my trusty cropped cardigan to cover up the shoulders and swap out the sandals for closed-toe pumps. My faux leather scalloped tote bag (which fits a laptop and much more) is a complete steal right now, on sale for 50% off and currently stocked again in all three colors!
I'd typically go safe with neutral sandals for this look, but couldn't resist working in a little whimsical mixed print with the gingham and floral. The rule of thumb is simple for mixing and matching - stick with prints in a similar color scheme, but with noticeably different pattern sizes!
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