Review: Petite Suiting Under $500 - Theory sz 00

This is my last post in the petite-friendly suiting series. I rushed to put this up today, because there are two Theory sales going on this weekend - rare! The most classic suit from this brand retails for about $620 (jacket + pants), but this weekend you can grab it for $465 after sales.

Since the items are still quite expensive, my picks from this sale are Theory's most classic items in their popular "Tailor" fabric. They make new items in this fabric season after season, so it's the perfect choice for an investment suit. The suit is currently available in 4 colors:

1. Gabe B. Blazer in sz 00
2. Max C trouser pants in sz 00 (view here on AN post-alterations)
3. Betty Sheath Dress in sz 0 (view here on DiaryofaShopper and here again styled differently - #15)

And just for fun, a slim work pant that I loved here on Stylepint: Theory Ibbey Pant in sz 00.

Now for my review:
Jacket: Theory Branden Jacket, sz 00
Pants: Theory Mark B pants, sz 00
Blouse: Ann Taylor sz XXSP
Patent pumps: Nine West sz 6

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Alterations done: sleeves shortened ($24), pants hemmed ($10) and legs slimmed ($15). 

These pics were taken a few weeks ago (I miss you, long wavy hair!) when I was making my blog banner. Most readers know of my love for Theory by now, so I will keep this review brief.

Pros: Great fabrics that I can wear over and over again without steaming/ironing, tiny blazers, and impeccable tailoring. I've had coworkers who are completely disinterested in fashion compliment me on my basic black Theory pieces. Jackets in sz 00 and sheath dresses in sz 0 usually fit me perfectly.

Cons: Length (the brand is not made for petites, so a pants hem is a must and sleeve shortening a costly maybe), price, and frequent lack of lining. I have several items from Theory that really need a lining (itchy tweeds, wool, etc) but don't have one.

Consensus: Despite all the "cons," Theory is my favorite suiting brand out of all the ones I reviewed. In person, the quality and cut are noticeably better than BR or AT, and most definitely Express. Also, even though I have to hem off what looks like a foot of fabric, the fit still comes out looking normal. To avoid alterations, look for items that look "shrunken" or cropped on the models.

I wanted to show how the pants fit pre-leg slimming alterations. The Mark B cut I am wearing is similar to the Max C, except with wider legs:

Other Theory shoppers out there - what are some of your fave pieces? Any qualms or dislikes about the fit/quality? I'm interested in hearing your thoughts.

19 comments:

  1. Oh so that's where the banner pic is from! The fit on that jacket is superb... anything that fits that well is worth the investment.

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  2. That Theory suit is definitely the nicest of the three price ranges. It looks awesome on you! Theory is rapidly becoming my favorite brand for work basics. The cuts are just right, and the I love that they are made of real wool. If only the Theory pieces were lined- then they would be PERFECT. I think I will be wearing a slip with my Theory Betty dress, due to the unlined wool being a bit scratchy.

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  3. You really do know what fits well on you. Love the suit and you look gorgeous as always :)

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  4. The suit looks AMAZING on you but then again- what doesn't? LOL I for some reason cannot seem to look "right" in a any pants or a pant suit so its nice to see it on another petite. I finally hunted down the Theory Gratian Lecture skirt suit!!!! OMG- it was a challenge but I did it!! :)

    The fit of Theory is undeniably really nice for us petite ladies. The price tag still scares me :)

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  5. Ahhhh...so those are the infamous Mark B pants! I remember you mentioning how small they run. I've been looking for them ever since you first told me about them...but I haven't seen them at all!

    The suit looks great on you. Tailored to perfection. =)

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  6. The suit looks great on you. I always shy away from blazers and suits because it's so hard to find. I imagine it's even harder for you as a super petite gal but even for me, shoulder width is the main concern for me. I don't have broad enough shoulders to fit in what I think is my size and I'd probably rip the petite blazers up :p

    Anyway, the pants look really great on you!

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  7. What a great suit! I've only recently looked into Theory so I still need to explore some more. I did find out that if you go to the Theory store, they do free hemming...but I'm not sure about the details.

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  8. Your suit looks great! I'm just wondering: when you had the sleeves shortened, did you have the tailor shorten from the cuffs or remove the entire arm?

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  9. this suit is so flattering on you!

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  10. nice suit you soo much.. u looks pro here :)

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  11. Thank you ladies! Anon - Sleeves are taken up at the cuffs. Sometimes the buttons need to be moved up and inch or two.

    DiaryofaShopper - I bought a slip just for wearing under my unlined Theory dresses. Esp. for when I wear tights because the unlined skirt will ride up. Unfortunately my slip from Target is ugly and flesh colored, so when it slips out people inquire about it (so embarassing!). I need to find a pretty black one - let me know if you come across one.

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  12. It's been SO long since I've worn a suit. This one is really cute. Very strong yet feminine. I like it!

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  13. This suit looks great and fits you perfectly!

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  14. You look absolutely STUNNING! It's strange--I am 5'1", I weigh 92 lbs, but I look waaay bigger than you. You take photos soo well! You are such a natural beauty!

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  15. you are so pretty!!!!
    that suit looks great :)

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  16. damn you know how to make a pantsuit look really good! I love the charcoal colour of it too, it looks great against your complexion and is softer than a black pantsuit.

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  17. I REALLY want to buy a Theory suit, ever since I started work a couple years ago, but now that I saw this, I think I need to wait b/c I've gained weight and these suits are so unforgiving.. hopefully there will be a sale when I am ready to commit!

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  18. As a first Theory suit what suit style/cut/color would you recommend?

    Also, is the Max B you mentioned earlier the bootcut and the Max C is the flared pants? I can only readily find the Max C pants available on the theory.com website. Thanks for your help.

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