Dressed for: Back and Forth

Already Pretty outfit featuring leather jacket, striped tunic, leggings, high top sneakers, Palladium shoes, Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody handbag, long pendant necklace

Jacket – Wilson’s Leather (not available online) – similar
Tunic – Comfy courtesy LISSA the Shop
Leggings – Hue (no longer available) – similar look
Sneakers – Baggy courtesy Palladium
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan (no longer available) – similar shape
Earrings – Betsey Johnson (no longer available) – similar look
Necklace – Kali Butterfly

Yep, more snow. It’s been coming down on and off for several days now, though I’m told it will be marvelously warm by next week. Spring in the Midwest, I tell ya. You can have snow on Thursday and 65 degrees and sun on Friday. So much back and forth.

This tunic hails from LISSA the Shop, a fantastic online boutique that focuses on comfortable, stylish clothes made by designers who insist on ethical manufacturing, fair trade practices, design using sustainable fabrics and coloring methods, and/or create their items here in the U.S. Just about every piece on the site is eye-catching and funky in the best possible way. I was familiar with Comfy already, but am excited to learn about some of Lissa’s other lines, including Raw Earth Wild Sky a brand that purposely leaves sleeves long and hems unfinished so you can customize lengths using just your scissors. BRILLIANT. I’ll have a coupon code for LISSA the Shop in my next newsletter, so if you’re not signed up already, now’s the time!


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Reader Request: How Does Petite Sizing Work?


Reader Wendy emailed me this question:

I was wondering if, at some point, you could discuss the particulars of petites. I’ve never understood whether it just applies to the length of the clothes or whether it affects the overall garment in some way. Does that make sense? I am short, but not necessarily “petite” in my frame, so sometimes petites work, but sometimes they don’t. I’d certainly appreciate it.

Great question, and one that isn’t often addressed directly. We associate the word “petite” with height, and that’s certainly a factor. But clothing that is designed for petite frames isn’t just shorter, it’s designed for a set of proportions that diverges from standard sizing in several ways:

Hems: This one, most of us know. Petite dresses and skirts have slightly higher hemlines, petite pants have shorter inseams.

Arms: Most petite clothing is designed with shorter sleeves.

Rise: Many petite pants and jeans will have a slightly shorter rise than regular sizes.

Waist: To accommodate a frame that is often more compact, petite dress waistlines are often a little higher than those of regular sized dresses.

Knees: If you’re working with a really good petite line, designers will have adjusted knee placement to suit shorter legs.

So if you’re a regular height person with a short waist, you can try buying petite tops. They’ll certainly be shorter in the body, but shortened sleeves may look a little odd on you. And if you’re over 5’4″ and your long-waistedness affects your pant hems, you might want to go with a short inseam instead of switching over to petite sizes.

My favorite resource for all things petite is Alterations Needed, followed closely by Extra PetiteCurvily and Petite Plus Meow offer great inspiration, but not as many tips and tutorials.

Let’s hear from the petites: Any other design details that are specific to petite clothing? What’s your greatest fit challenge? Which regular size garments can you wear, or tailor to wear? Let us know in the comments!

Image courtesy Old Navy.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Sophisticated Easter and Spring Holiday 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?*

Stephanie requested a few picks for Easter and spring holiday dresses for grown women, so here we go:

jcrew bridesmaid dress

J.Crew Heidi Dress in Silk Chiffon – was $250, now $119.99 – $200

Starting off with the most expensive pick of the night as a reminder that the J.Crew Wedding section is a fantastic place to shop for sophisticated but simple dresses for just about any dressy occasion. This gorgeous silk dress will be great for the upcoming spring holidays, but will also serve you through any summer weddings you might be attending. You could probably even dress it down with a contrasting cardigan and flats and wear it to the office. Available in 19 mouthwatering colors in sizes 00 – 20, as well as some petite and tall sizes. Size availability varies by color. Couldn’t find a similar shape in a formal material, but Land’s End has several lovely surplice dresses in sizes 1X – 3X.

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Land’s End Sleeveless Welt-pocket Dress – was $79.99, now $59.99

Florals are fab for spring celebrations, and this one has a great mix of colors – robin’s egg blue and lavender can be pulled out for parties and family gatherings, but you can mute the print by pulling out tan or navy to take this dress to work. I own this same style of dress in solid navy, and it’s comfortable, versatile, and washable. Available in sizes 2 – 18 as well as petite and plus sizes. Also love this similar print faux wrap skirt sheath in sizes  0 – 36W.

retro fit and flare dress

eShakti Amelia Dress – was $69.95, now $50.95

This dress may aggravate anyone whose figure rebels against Designated Boob Room, but always remember that you can customize eShakti dresses for a small fee, right down to bust measurements. I’d pair this with a cropped jacket or floaty wrap, festive necklace, and simple sandals. Also available in pale blue, Prussian blue, or green in sizes 0 – 36W. Of course, if you’re doing Easter and want to go literal, there’s always this bunny-print shirt dress.


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Other not-currently-on-sale resources for Easter dresses for grown women:

  1. J.Crew Wedding – The bridesmaid dresses are classy, simple, and elegant – and gobs are in pastels right now, which is great for spring holidays.
  2. Talbots – The Events and Occasions section is filled with lovely frocks, like this timeless floral sheath.
  3. eShakti – Shipping takes around three weeks, so timeline might be too tight, but this site offers great options in sizes 0 – 36W, including this scallop-trim dress in four lovely colors.

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