Extra Petite

extrapetite.com · Apr 4, 2016

Rainy Day Patterns + Tip for getting more wear out of dresses

True Decadence petites dress (sold out), Ann Taylor sweater (similar) Tri-Coastal Stripe Umbrella, Madewell bag (also sold here), Talbots sandals
I get so many questions on these old Talbots sandals, I'm excited to share what looks like a very close dupe! Unfortunately no customer reviews yet, but small sizes are already going quickly. In the world of flat shoes, I also like the look of these cute studded espadrilles in the neutral "light camel" color.

Here we have a dress I bought over a year ago (see on me), back when either my weight was distributed differently or perhaps I liked my clothes much tighter. Either way, I can't zip it up all the way anymore and my bust looks a bit indecent in the V-neck. I couldn't bear to part with it yet, so re-styled it simply in a way that concealed both of those issues.
I've shown styling a "dress as a skirt" several times now - it doesn't work with all dresses like bulkier ones, but I do love it in general as a way to stretch more wears out of some pieces. There are several ways to create this faux look:
1. Wear a cropped-length top or cardigan over the dress that ends right at your natural waistline, as shown here in the last photo.
2. Wear a button-up blouse over the dress, with the ends of the blouse knotted at your waistline (belt and additional tucking-in optional) as shown here.
3. Tie a pullover top or sweater by your waistline and tuck the excess end in underneath. This last way works best with looser, lightweight tops or knits that don't button down. As demonstrated above, gently loop a hair tie or elastic around the excess fabric at your waistline, then loosely tuck the knotted part in. This will result in a little bulge at the waist which is why it works best with looser, airy tops that would billow a bit anyways. This brought me back to high school days when I used to do this with my oversized tops (since Mom was always buying me 2 sizes up, anticipating growth that never happened ; )

I found this navy striped umbrella at a local store but they have the exact same one by Tri-Coastal Designs at Nordstrom for a steal and free shipping. When opening it, you do need to give it a firm push for the umbrella to lock into place and also a firm tap to collapse it back down...but I'm not complaining given the cute print and price point!

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