I got this shift dress from Wasteland about a year ago. The length is just right for wearing flats and a bit short to pair with heels. Though it’s a large print/pattern, I think it works quite well.
Looking for petite tips online always frustrate me. Sometimes, they’re spot on with advice and other times, they’re way off base. I tend to read the rules and adjust according to my situation. There are always exceptions to rules, especially when it comes to fashion.
The rule that I’m breaking this time….
If a print is larger than your fist or if stripes are large and wide, it’s not flattering and can be overwhelming for a petite.
This dress was just too cute and I went with my instincts to keep it.
A simple belt in an accent color provides some emphasis to the waist and gives me an hourglass shape. Since the stripes are at a diagonal, it creates the illusion of a more curvaceous figure instead of just making the body look wide (horizontal stripes) or lean (vertical stripes).
At first, I paired my black flats with this outfit, but it didn’t look right so I switched over to gladiator sandals and I think it works a lot better since it doesn’t chop off the line of the foot.
Outfit Details: Collective Clothing shift dress – S, Martin + Osa belt – S, Muzina sandals, Ross flats
What do you think? Can petites wear larger prints and stripes without looking overwhelmed?
Weekends are usually pretty hectic for me, but it’s nice to relax and catch a movie with my friends.
Oddly enough, I tend to go for the action/horror flicks when it comes to going to the theaters, but everything else, I wait for the DVDs.
I guess it comes with the territory…I’m just one of the guys.
I have this wrap shirt, but I don’t wear it that often because I’m not sure how to style it.
It has that military detailing which makes it challenging to layer since it has so much going on. Two details on a shirt is more than enough for a petite…three is pushing it. Needless to say, if I was taller, all these details wouldn’t make this shirt look so busy.
Anyways, I have two basic outfits that go with this top, but I need some fresh ideas.
The first outfit is pretty boring I must say. I might add a small pendant necklace, but other than that…maybe some colorful pumps? I tried a chunky necklace or a longer chain one, but it doesn’t go.
How can it look more interesting?
Outfit Details: Banana Republic Military Wrap Shirt – XSP, Theory Kissan Pant – 00p, H&M bracelets, Payless pumps
What about the second outfit?
I was cleaning out my inspiration folder and I came across this photo of Michelle Williams. I love her outfit and I adore her bandage skirt. It’s different yet flattering, but I can’t figure out where it’s from!
I have a bandage skirt of my own, but I don’t wear it very often because I’m self-conscious of my hips and thighs, which is exactly the area the skirt accentuates. To me, they’re humungous and for a while, I was a size bigger on bottom than on top. Since I’ve been exercising more regularly, the “fatness” has slimmed down some. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to bust out wearing short shorts and such.
The beauty of camera angles is that you can “hide” your flaws but when you’re romping around town, you can’t hide anything. There is no “good side” when you’re on the street.
So how did I wear the bandage skirt?
If anyone knows Modcloth, they know that this online boutique has a large selection of dresses.
I’m not quite sure about the quality because like Fred Flare, they procure their products from other manufacturers.
Still, I wanted to take a chance since I’m always on the lookout for dresses. Especially since it’s graduation and wedding season, I wanted to find a nice dress for those occasions and I decided to purchase the Earth-Shattering Dress in Small from Modcloth.
It looks like it would be a great sheath dress since it emphasizes the waist and it has an A-line skirt that floats away from the body.
The dress would be perfect in a more conservative environment and you won’t have to worry about any major wardrobe malfunctions, unless it’s really windy.
Plus it has subtle beading around the neckline as a cute detail.
When it arrived, I was excited to try it on. And once I did…
Some say yes and others say no.
While doing a brief scan though the net, I found a couple of DON’Ts when it comes to choosing maxi dresses for petites. Here’s MK Olsen and Rachel Zoe showing how NOT to wear a maxi dress or a kaftan for that matter.
More fabric + Larger prints + Shorter stature = Overwhelmed Frame
Still, there are several maxi dress styles that DO work for petites.
It’s been about a year since I bought clothes from H&M.
I had a notorious addiction to H&M for a while because it was relatively cheap, trendy, and available. When I noticed that I was buying things on a whim instead of really loving a piece, I had to put an end to it. So, I refused to go into the store for a few months and pretty soon, I almost forgot that H&M existed.
Still, I needed to confront my shopping demon vis-à-vis. After all, what’s the use of being a “recovered addict” if you still have an unhealthy attraction for your past temptation? The true test comes when you can still retain your senses and make good decisions despite being in a high-risk situation.
For me, I needed to go back to H&M and see if the pull to purchase could be tamed. If I could walk away from the store with nothing in hand, it would be a victory. But even if I did purchase something, it had to be something of value, quality, and would stand the test of time. I don’t want to buy any more clothes that will look ridiculous to wear five years down the road. It sounds a bit excessive, but I think it’s proper planning for my wardrobe.
After all, I don’t want to be one of those people who wear only 20% of the items in their closet on a regular basis. I prefer to maximize my clothing “investments” and make sure that I’m getting the most use out of it. What’s the point of having beautiful clothes but it never gets worn?
But anyways, back to H&M.
What did I get?