Martie Pants

jcrew martie petite pants valentino rockstud nude

I love a good versatile ankle pant, especially one that fits without any alterations! I also greatly appreciate the range of colors these come in, so work-appropriate doesn't have to mean boring. J.Crew bottoms have always run big on me but this particular Martie style in 00p fits like a glove, better than any ankle pant I've tried off the rack. I would say this style definitely runs small compared to other American brands as well as J.Crew's other bottoms. Looking at these photos I might prefer my ankle pants to be a tad longer, so FYI those who are even a little taller than me (I'm 5 feet tall, and these have a 24" inseam) may want to try the regular sizing.
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My WHBM convertible sweater from this blog post quickly became a go-to piece this winter, as you guys are probably tired of seeing on Snapchat by now. It's hard to make a thick warm sweater feel sultry, but the off-shoulder style here does just that. I wore this same outfit with the cowl neck pulled up covering my shoulders and my nude pointed flats (which now come in real leather & more colors!) for business casual meetings, and swapped the shoes and yanked down one shoulder for a speedy transition into drinks with friends. Here's another way I've styled these pants warmly with a cardigan and my big scarf as a wrap:
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Floral Flare at San Francisco City Hall

asos floral fit flare petites dress spring outfit

Some of you may remember this bright pink floral number which was one of my favorite purchases from last year. The quality is very nice in-person, and the silhouette is just one that makes you feel good once you put it on. Either I liked my clothes a lot tighter though in the past or I've put on some lbs, as that dress is now too snug and short for comfort! Nevertheless I can't bear to part with it so it's hanging pretty in my closet. I was thrilled to see the same style come back this year in a new, beautiful iris print and softer color palette. I went one size up which turned out to be a more comfy fit on me throughout.
petite spring fashion_floral dress wrap belted coat outfit
A tip about shopping on ASOS - I often see sold-out sizes come back in stock, likely due to their brands' inconsistent sizing (runs about 1 to 2 sizes small compared to American brands) and easy returns policy. If you really like something that's currently gone in your size, it doesn't hurt to check back in the mornings when their inventory refreshes.
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Waterfall Drape Wrap Coat (& Boohoo petite shopping experience)

boohoo petites waterfall drape wrap coat
Boohoo wrap jacket in UK 4P (in camel), J.Crew tee xxs, Sole Society heels (similar)
Boohoo Loren skinny jeans in UK 4P (too small for me; also in regular sizing)

I’m always looking to try new petite-friendly brands, since variety is the spice of life! I’ve come across Boohoo petites several times before, but was hesitant to order since they’re internationally-based (was unsure of customer service policies), and also because their name makes me a little sad. I finally pulled the trigger on some pieces recently and figured I’d share my shopping experience!

In short: Boohoo is a UK-based brand that offers a range of regular and extended sizing down to petite size UK 4 / EUR 32 / US 0. Sizing runs pretty small compared to American brands. Quality is very fast fashion and the price points reflect that. There’s free, trackable shipping to the US on orders over $50. Returns are accepted (customer pays return shipping) within 28 days for a full refund, and there is a US-based return address available.

The Little Black Dress (using separates!)

classic date night valentines day outfit black pleated skirt
Hermes belt, Manolo Blahnik BB pumps

I don't have many LBDs in my closet, but I love mixing and matching pieces to create my own versions of the timeless style. Aside from the pairing shown here, I've also worn this skirt simply with my black off-shouldered tee (reviewed here) as some of you saw on Snapchat. I was scrambling to get dressed for a party that night, and all black felt easy yet classic.
classic date night valentines day outfit black flare skirt
This skirt is my first piece from Modcloth's in-house label, which a friend had mentioned to me runs on the smaller side. The XS fits like a 00 regular in most American brands, measuring 12.5" across the waist.
 
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