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Insomniac Sale Picks: Petite Shift Dresses

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Carolyn requested a few picks for petite shift dresses, so here we go:

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Banana Republic T-Back Shift - was $120, now $72 – $90
with code BRWEEKEND

Hurrah for pockets! This drapey triacetate shift has a T-shaped cutout in back so it’ll require a strapless bra or cardigan/jacket for coverage in most cases. Hot pink is great with darker colors including black and the rich burgundy shown here in the shoes, so this dress can be layered up for fall wear. Available in this pink as well as black in petite sizes 00 – 14. Also available in regular and tall sizes. Size availability and and price vary by color. This similar dress is available in sizes 14 – 22.

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Pendleton Petite Animal Print Shift - was $159, now $96.99

This dress is a linen/rayon blend so might feel a little to summery to wear through fall. But a timeless print in a darling shape – love that folded collar – and knee length. (An attribute Carolyn was hoping for, and having trouble finding.) Available in petite sizes 2 – 18, sold out in 4P and 14P. Also in regular sizes 4 – 16. This similar dress is much shorter, but available in sizes 14 – 24.

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LOFT Petite Lace Stripe Shift Dress - was $118, now $59.88

Carolyn was also hoping for solid colors, but they were in seriously short supply. This Eileen Fisher dress comes in black and this Land’s End Tee Dress might pass for a shift, but neither is fabulous, in my opinion. This layered lace shift is definitely summer-appropriate, but I can see toughening it up with a black blazer and ankle boots once the weather begins to cool. Available in petite sizes 00 – 16. Also available in regular sizes. This similar dress is available in sizes 14 – 24.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for petite shift dresses:

  1. ASOS - This art deco print shift is lovely. Also bear in mind that ASOS cuts dresses very short, so some non-petite options may work.
  2. Macy’s – It’ll take some digging, as many sheaths aren’t labeled as such, like this striped 3/4-sleeve dress.
  3. Modcloth - An awful lot of sheaths come up when you search for shifts, but options like this fun plaid and this darling Peter Pan collar shifts are mixed in. As with ASOS, most of these are not technically petites, but they are incredibly short in the hem. With shifts, waistline placement isn’t an issue but sleeves/armholes may need adjustment to fit some petite frames.
  4. And, of course, THRIFT STORES! Shifts are a little tough to style, so they often end up getting donated. Truly petite ones may be rare, but some may work after alterations. (thethriftshopper.com can help you locate stores near you.)

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Classy Backpacks

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Gwynne requested a few picks for professional-looking backpacks, so here we go:

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Sherpani Click Vertical Tablet Shoulder Bag – was $64.95, now $29.99

Gonna be a lot of black tonight, friends, as I found relatively few colorful packs that looked truly professional. This one has a sleek, pared-down look but is still plenty roomy at 16″ x 4.5″ x 18″. As you may have gleaned from the name, this bag includes a padded table sleeve and band that can accommodate up to a 16″ laptop. Sherpani also makes a smaller, slightly more casual pack in plum or olive that has a similarly minimalist design.

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eTech 2.0 Downloader Laptop Backpack – was $90, now $59.99

Slightly roomier at 18″ x 12″ x 6.5″, but still compact-looking this was one of the only backpacks I found that offered subdued, potentially office-appropriate colors like this burgundy. This guy features a fully padded laptop pocket (with removable pillow-foam pad for added protection), AND an open-top pocket for iPad/tablet storage. If the burgundy doesn’t send you, it also comes in indigo, olive, and black.

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Nixon Platform Backpack II – was $40, now $31.99

In case you DON’T need to haul around your tech on your back, this simple, classy pack is basically just an upgrade of the typical bookbag. At 11″ x 6″ x 17″ it’s roomy but manageable, and features a PU-coated 1200D rip stop bottom for added protection and scuff resistance. Also comes in a cool but splashy camo print.

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Kenneth Cole Reaction From The Top Backpack – was $119, now $62.99

And finally if you’re looking for a backpack with purse-like attributes, this is a winner. It’s faux leather so still vegan-friendly, and large enough for books and a mini tablet at 12″ x5″ x 12″.  (Though it’s not padded, so if you’re carrying tech you might want to add a sleeve.) The studs add a little bit of edginess, but aren’t over-the-top. Would work for school, the office, or even a casual night out.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for professional-looking backpacks:

  1. eBags – Always, always eBags when you’re in the market for a bag, especially a backpack or briefcase. In addition to the one above, love this gorgeous leather laptop backpack.
  2. Herschel - Some of these may feel a little rugged to fall under “professional,” but they’re certainly classier and more grown-up than your average Jansport. This minimalist pack comes in solid black or gray. Also check 6pm.
  3. Dakine - Although there are lots of florals and plaids, backpacks in simple solid black are in the mix, too. Also check eBags.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Plus Sized Summer Wedding Attire

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Diane requested a few picks for plus sized summer wedding attire, so here we go:

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Igigi Braelyn Dress - was $108, now $94.99

SO PRETTY, right? And with all the drapey elegance of a wrap but construction that doesn’t make it too revealing. This dress gets high marks from all customers, and that color will be great for year-round wear. Take it to a summer wedding as-is, then add a blazer or cardigan once fall hits. Available in sizes 14 – 32. Also love this 3/4 sleeve diaphanous dress and this tie-sleeve surplice dress, also from the fabulous Igigi. (This similar dress is available in sizes 2 – 16)

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Kiyonna Luna Lace Dress - was $158, now $94.99

Possibly even prettier. Gah, I love this dress. Although the color and lace make it a little formal for an outdoor summer wedding, it would be fabulous for indoors and especially evening and cocktail events. Available in sizes 1X – 5X. This dress has similar design details and is available in sizes 2 – 16 including some petite sizes.

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Calvin Klein Side Ruched Sheath Dress - was $99, now $59.40

Do you guys think separates for summer weddings? I did all dresses here because I feel like they’re the most common choice, but all the resources below will offer you some separates options if that’s what you’d prefer. As for this dress, I just adore that sculptural neckline. I’d skip a necklace here – often nice for summer weddings, since necklaces can stick to your collarbone – and do larger earrings and a cuff bracelet. Available in sizes 14W – 22W, sold out in 16W. This dress is also available in sizes 2-14 in black or cobalt.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for plus sized summer wedding attire:

  1. Nordstrom - Definitely my top pick. Under “dresses” you can narrow down to “wedding guest” options. This black and white print dress is stunning.
  2. eShakti - I know I plug them all the time, but seriously: SO many cute dress styles in sizes through 36W. This draped knit dress would be comfy and elegant.
  3. Igigi – Very few options from this plus-only retailer will be inappropriate for weddings. LOVE this flirty printed floral dress.

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