Saturday Shopping Roundup - Petite Friendly Finds

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Went Spring casualwear shopping at the mall this weekend and found several petite-friendly options. I avoided my typical pit stops (Ann Taylor, H&M, BR and Theory) in an effort to diversify my wardrobe. Here are a few items that I did not end up getting, but they fit pretty well so I wanted to share with fellow petite shoppers:

1. Zara Woman navy striped grosgrain skirt with elastic waist, sz XS ($39)
I've never shopped in the Zara Women section because their smallest size is a US 4 - one size up from H&M's 2. I remember trying on a pair of pants and a jacket in 34 and they were humongous. This time, however, I found several skirts in size XS that fit great! This one was decently made and fully lined (work-appropriate too), but I ended up passing on it for another blue and white skirt.

2. Zara TRF (juniors line) chiffon skirt dress in sz Small ($39)
I almost didn't even bother trying on this dress because it did not come in XS, but the sales associate told me that the TRF juniors line runs small. Was very surprised at how snugly this fit. The bf really liked it, but I couldn't think of any occasion where I would wear this.

3. Forever 21 Zip Linen Dress in sz Small (sold here)
Ah, F21. How I dread that store. I like how they have online shopping, however you really can't trust what you see in the photos. I ordered several items that looked decent online that turned out to be quite shoddy in person. 

This dress in a size Small was very snug, due to the ruched middle. Forgive the shoes...I am sure this would look much nicer with the proper heels. I was a fan of the lightweight linen fabric and side pockets, but not so much of the emerald color against my skin tone.

4. Forever 21 Linen Skirt w/ Ribbon Tie in size Small (sold here)
Linen again! This skirt in sz Small was so tiny that I could barely zip it up. It has a slightly ruched waist underneath the grosgrain ribbon tie, and two side pockets.

5. Forever21 (Heritage 1981) vintage print knot back dress in sz Small ($19.99)
Can't find this online anymore, but they had tons of this dress in store. Again, forgive the shoes here - I thought this would look great on a warm casual day with strappy cognac colored sandals. This was my favorite out of all the F21 items tried on, but I ended up getting something else in a very similar print.

46 comments:

  1. i love the second outfit! so fun and colourful:)

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  2. Ooh i love the ribbon tie grey skirt and nude pumps :)

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  3. loving all the outfits! i agree with your bf...the second dress is nice! LOL maybe he thought it'd be a nice dress to wear for a saturday lunch date...

    <33 rena

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  4. I NEVER would have picked up the orange and white dress to try on, but it looks SO cute! Makes me want to get out of my comfort zone and try on something different and fun!

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  5. Love that first skirt. Are you going to show us what you *did* get?

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  6. @Julie - I agree...I really need to step out of my comfort zone as well! Hence...orange dress is still on rack...

    @Me in Millions - haha, was hoping no one would notice - I was hoping to save those for outfit posts later on : )

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  7. Love all the outfits! My favorite is the orange dress- so cute!!! :) Good picks!!!

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  8. I especially loved 1. and 5.

    I have such troubles finding skirts and dresses. Mainly because I don't have the patience and I don't know what I am looking for. Bad combination.

    I need to get myself a pair of nude pumps!

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  9. Outfit #2 is my fav! It looks so fun and different from your usual work wear type clothes. I also really love that last floral dress on you, although I'm not a fan of the cut-outs on the back as it adds too much of a sexy appeal to a rather sweet dress.

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  10. The first and the fourth items are my favourites. :) I love neutrals and black/white/grey combinations.

    I just discovered your blog and I am loving it!

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  11. OoO I love them all but the first one really caught my eye ^_^. Very pretty outfits girl!

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  12. Wow! I'm loving your blog. Really good usable information.

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  13. All cute dresses! I usually have no luck with F21 because that store just overwhelms me and I have no patience to sift through the racks. I actually like that green dress on you (I know you said you didn't like the color, but I'm a big fan of bold colors).

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  14. omg love all ur buys...the one from zara... the striped skirt... and then the heritage dress from forever 21. and the zara dress.. u have such nice style! wow! love it!

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  15. I love the first skirt! Classic and fun at the same time.

    The orange dress fit you well, and I liked the emerald one's fit too. Did they have it in another color?

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  16. Wow all those things fit so well on you! I probably would've bought half those things just because they fit and look so flattering! If those were the rejects, I can't wait to see what you actually got!

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  17. which mall do you shop at? i've never seen a junior's line at Zara's!

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  18. Me either, come to think of it. Where is the Zara's Juniors around here?

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  19. They actually have it at every zara I've been to... Just look or ask for the "TRF" label instead if zara woman. It's just like H&Ms Divided line.

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  20. Love the 2nd outfit too. It's so bright and cheery. I could imagine wearing it to a weekend bbq or a beach day trip. Love it. Also, I kind of like the green #3 dress on you - IMHO the color works on you!

    Question: where'd you get the nude heels? I've been looking for a similar pair to wear in spring/summer. TIA!

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  21. I like the striped ZARA skirt. I can see myself wearing that.

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  22. The 2nd dress is so cute :)

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  23. Ahhhhh! I just bought that last dress last week and I love it so much! Fits great. :D

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  24. You look stunning! I don't know how you appear to be tall when you're only as tall as I am. After reading your blog; I have been following a few of your tips and such but, I still don't think I can "look" professional and sophisticated due to my height and awkward waist/torso.
    I have a question: How can I still appear "tall" when wearing a pencil skirt with having a high waist? My body is so weird because I lack a general length in my torso AND I have very wide hips which makes me look odd when wearing any other skirt than organzas (which I think masks my short torso and wide hips)?
    I want a pretty waist like yours -____-;;

    XOXO

    Miss. P

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  25. I LOVE the ZARA juniors line dress...we have Zara's here in TX, but I'm pretty sure we don't have that line? *sigh* It's such a cute dress too! x_x

    I am done with online shopping too w/o trying things on. Things are so deceiving! Thanks for sharing your finds!

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  26. Oh boy! You were a busy bee this weekend. Lookin' forward to your outfit posts with the items that passed your discriminating taste! =)

    My fav. is the first Zara skirt.

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  27. I love the first skirt most. Can't wait to see what you bought!

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  28. forever21s sizing confuses me in store. i never know when they have xsmalls or not ;P

    i like the green on you!

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  29. the zara skirt is adorable i love the colors perfect for summer!! The f21 vintage dress is cute too (love the back) but i fear something like that would look disasterous on me lol


    <33

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  30. Bahh, I so want the Zara dress, like now! Lovely items!!!

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  31. @DianaDraws - my nude pumps are from Aldo. They look deceivingly comfy, but felt like clogs after a long day of shopping. I'm on a new hunt for comfy, low heeled nude pumps for everyday wear - let me know if you find any!

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  32. Those dresses look gorgeous on you! I am loving your blog :)

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  33. Oooh! Thank you for your response! I guess it pays to be more professional :)

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  34. noooo why didn't you get the zara outfit posted in your #2? the one your bf liked! it looks great on you! you could wear it out to a lunch date during summer :)
    and i kid you not about the Banana thing .. i'm in the marketing field and found out that my zip code's favorite store is banana! lol

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  35. OMG, glad to meet another fellow (petite) Canto blogger ;) I wish I could cook congee, still learning the ins and outs of Chinese cooking :) Seriously love your sense of style, and REJOICE, just read your response to comment above, maybe they will have the 'teen' Zara line at the regular Zara at the mall, just have to check it out!

    BTW, so thankful for your blog - it's inspirational and informative = BIG ♥ !

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  36. Oh also, Wilfred is a brand from Aritzia ;)

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  37. LOL your zip code says Banana as a favorite store TOO .. and it also says you guys enjoy playing frisbee ... Banana and frisbees! good luck with that. hahahahaha :) btw your follow up comment made me crack up!!! chicos lol lol

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  38. Woooowww, love the outfits you tried on! You have great willpower.. if I were you and the clothes I tried on looked like that on me, they would have all gone home with me. Hehe.

    My favourite on you is the first Zara skirt. And I actually really like the emerald colour on your skin tone!

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  39. saw those skirts today!!! <3 bought something similar :) cute looks. SO wanting spring to come. it's technically spring but it's been raining so much here..

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  40. I love zara and forever 21! Forever 21 has such cute things at great price :D I sooo want summer to come so I can start wearing dresses

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  41. I agree with a few others who like the emerald color :) that dress is my fav for sure, but both skirts are really cute too.

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  42. Thank you so much for my babies comment your so sweet ^_^ I'm Mexican and their daddy is Caucasian, when people first meet me they always think I'm Asian they never peg me for Mexican lol everyone that I know says they get their Asian looks from me lol.

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  43. lvoe the outfits, especially the first b&w skirt!

    xo

    justyna

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  44. I loved the second dress so much I went to Zara's to try it on. The fit is great except that it's too short on me...I'm contemplating whether or not I can pull it off with tights or leggings. Let me know if you have any suggestions. :)

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