Petite Lookbook - Moto pag?

The first time I went into a TopShop, it was a Sat. afternoon in NYC and the store was filled to capacity. The bf gave me a look that said EXIT NOW. I didn't find anything smaller than a 2, and left empty-handed. The second time I went in, I discovered a sign that said "Petites" and followed it gaily to the top floor, and found a tiny corner of pretty clothes in size 0 made for women 5'4" and under. I think I squeeled loudly and started grabbing everything in sight.

In the end I left with just 1 item, because it turns out that this brand is a bit overpriced. $60 for a skirt that looks akin to F21? $40 for a tank top? They do offer a 10% student discount, though, which I shamelessly used despite being not quite in school.

Me trying to look rocker chic and sultry:
 Tank: Forever 21 sz S
Jacket: TopShop Petites sz 0 (similar here)
Jeans: H&M kids skinnies sz 11/12 (similar here in 00 w/ multiple lengths)
Shoes: Calvin Klein ankle booties (similar here)

Some picks available in size 0 that I'm seriously contemplating. That lace-trimmed skirt...want.

Petite Lookbook - The Tailored Jumper

Happy Tuesday, readers : ) Today I am wearing my first Theory piece ever, which almost instantly spurred an ongoing and wallet-draining obsession. Thankfully there is a Theory outlet an hour from my house, so I have not yet had to pay the overpriced retail.

This jumper dress is so simple, but like many of their pieces, it is tailored to perfection. A size 0 fit me with no alterations needed, which was baffling at the time of discovery (2 years ago). Fellow petites should be sure to look for Theory dresses in stretchy fabric and numerical sizes. Their shirtdresses and dresses in letter sizing (P or TP is the smallest) fit quite generously and do not work for me.
Dress: Theory jumper in 0 (similar here in P00)
Blouse: Target Go International in juniors XS (similar here in PXXS)
Shoes: Tory Burch Sophie Wedge in 5.5 (sold here)

In other non-news ... I'm actually wearing "real" makeup! In addition to my plain-Jane routine of Bare Escentuals and black eyeliner, that is. Reading the beauty blogs of some of my lovely readers motivated me to try and glam up, but more on that later.  

H&M Find - Perfect Oversized Tee

Since I live in leggings and skinny pants 24/7, it has been my goal to find more loose and flowy tops that offset the tight bottoms. Most of the time I just end up looking like a frump, but the other day I did have success in the Divided section at H&M ... for only $7.95! Can't beat that!

As soon as I saw the sizing (numerical instead of XS, S, M .. etc) I knew that it would be a great fit. I picked size 2 in a shroomy, taupe-gray color. The reason this tee works so well on a small frame is because it is oversized and slouchy on top, but tapers in at the bottom to fit almost snugly around the hips. The length is also great on petites.
 Top: H&M Divided tee in size 2 (similar here w/ banded bottom)
Scarf: H&M
Bottoms: H&M thick leggings in size 2 (similar here in Girls Large - a steal!)
Shoes: Zara (similar here)

A note about leggings - I started buying mine from the kids department as of late. Their size 12/14 or L hits my ankles at a perfect length. Splendid makes some great basics for kids, from the same soft and comfy materials as their adult lines. Two picks - jersey tuxedo leggings in sz 14 and super trendy tie-waist leggings. Wonder whether I can pull those off...

Theory Outlet Fabion Jacket

...blazer, that is. When boyfriend blazers and jeans rolled around last year, I stayed far, far away. Over-sized, long and boxy blazer on a petite torso? Baggy and cuffed jeans (case in point) on shorter legs? Sounds to me like recipes for disaster.

If any petites are interested in hopping onto the menswear train (which, according to March fashion magazines, are here to stay for at least another season) it's important to keep it in moderation and in proportion to your size. Definitely stay within the petites department to ensure a shorter length and smaller fit. Tuxedo blazers are a little over the top for me, but a slightly boxier / longer wool blazer from Theory? I can entertain that thought. Did you say on sale for over 80% off? Well, I suppose I can try it on...
Jacket: Theory "Fabion" Jacket in 00
Top: Ann Taylor ruffle tank in womens XS (similar here)
Pants: Theory slim pants in 00 (waist taken in and hemmed) - similar here in 00

Naturally, Ann Taylor and Banana Republic each have a rendition of the boyfriend blazer. I find Ann Taylor's (click here) in the Tropical Wool suiting material to be too formal, although the ground pepper color is lovely. The length for the petite sizes is 25 inches, which would hit a little past my hips like a boyfriend blazer should. For reference, the length on my pictured blazer is only about 22 inches.

Banana Republic's version (click here) however, seems to be a more versatile choice. Reviewers complained about how small it runs...which is great news for petites! On sale and still available in size 00 and 0, but the length is not disclosed.

Life with PAG: Blog Changes and More

Changes coming around the corner:

1. New blog layout and design. I'm back in Boston today for the double-holiday weekend (Happy Chinese New Year!) and got a sneak preview of my Valentine's gift from the bf ... a completely new website design and banner : ) There is also a "community" tab which I am not yet sure what to do with yet, so feel free to shoot me suggestions. I love being a part of the petite online community, and appreciate any tips on how to add to it! One idea I had was it could be a small marketplace forum for members to list their petite items for exchange/sale, but that is just a thought (eBay does it better, anyways). On the note of forums - AlterationsNeeded put out an great one just yesterday so be sure to check it out!

2. New blog name and URL. When starting PAG, I apparently overlooked the glaring fact that most internet searches for those three words are seeking something quite different than what my blog has to offer. The number of Google searches for "petite Asian girls with bananas" that end up landing on my Banana Republic clothing reviews have been overwhelming as of late.

With that said, I will be slowly migrating PAG to...
(points off for the lack of creativity, I know) the following weeks, and will be making a conscious effort to stop using pervert trigger words such as "tiny," "(my race)," "(undergarments)" etc. Followers can stay put, since Google will just continue linking to my blogspot page.

And oh, I suppose Valentines day is this weekend. I don't really care much for this holiday, but I do make sure to send three special women a little something every year (mom, grandma, and boyfriend's mom) because every lovely lady deserves fresh flowers on this day!

And in honor of V-day, I will share some pics from a couple shoot that my boyfriend and I did for our 5 year anniversary back in October. Evidently this was before my resolution to learn how to accessorize. Could the outfit get any plainer? No jewelry, no cute shoes, no manicure, and no handbag in sight...oh, dear me.
Top: Theory seamless stretch tank  (sold here)
Skirt: Theory satin belted bubble skirt in 00 (similar here in wool, in 00 - LOVE!)
Shoes: Nine West

Petite Lookbook - Crazy for Paisley

It's no secret that J.Crew petite sizing irks me. Numerous posts have been done showcasing the ill fit... the saggy City Pant and Wool Stretch Jacket in 0P on AlterationsNeeded, and the frump-a-licious Skimmer Pant in 00p on Pint-Sized Musings, just to name a few. Despite all the confirmation that J.Crew is not for tiny petites, silly me ended up impulsively buying a dress on final sale. But worry not ... a quick trip to Hemmingway Tailors was all it needed!

Revealing...the J.Crew Terra Paisley Dress, post-alterations:
Dress: J.Crew Terra Paisley Shift in P0 (alterations : straps shortened, sides taken in, hemmed)
Sweater: Aqua Kids cashmere bolero in girls sz L
Shoes: Aldo satin Arnoldoa pumps (sold here)

This dress has proven to be ridiculously versatile - it looks nice as a "skirt" when peeking out under a black cardigan or jacket, it's classy with heels for dinner, and chic for a night out when worn with ankle booties.

Shop this look in petite-friendly sizes:

The Bold Patterned Dress
I looked long and hard online and couldn't find anything similar to the above dress! Bummer : ( Some other picks, though:

1. Nanette Lepore Exotic Shift Dress in 0 - so $$, I can only dream!
2. Ann Taylor Petite Patterned Sheath Dresses (in leopardgraphic or pink floral) in 00P

I have never tried on anything from Lily Pulitzer so I can't attest to the sizing, but I have a sinking feeling that it's not petite-friendly. I usually do not care for their bright and busy garments, but I rather like this classic sheath with gold lace. Have any petites tried this brand in size 0?

The Kiddie-Department Shrug
1. Nordstrom Girls Bolero Sweater in L or XL
2. Flowers by Zoe L/S Shrug in L or XL (no large sizes left online, but check Bloomies in-store)

Petite Lookbook - Oatmeal for Breakfast

Happy February! I am sad to announce that in the coming months, posting on PAG will be dwindling down significantly due to cramming for the CFA. One part down ... 2 more years to go (fingers crossed). If you are interested in staying up-to-date on new posts, please become a follower : ) A huge thank you to all my current readers for making blogging so fun and rewarding. I really appreciate the comments, tips, and advice from the petite online community...and am thrilled to see more petite blogs popping up!

Today's post is my everyday casual "uniform." Except maybe swap out the skinny jeans for "jeggings," but my bf detests those and rarely lets me out of the house in them. This oatmeal-colored wrap is my only piece from Vince - the maker of all things comfy and cashmere-y. Vince clothing in general is generously sized and not petite-friendly, but I've found that their thicker knit sweaters (with fold-able sleeve cuffs, like this one) in size XS fit okay for an "oversized" casual look.
Tank: F21 basic cami in S (sold here for $2.50)
Cardigan: Vince Cashmere Wrap in womens XS
Jeans: H&M Kids Skinny Jeans in sz 11/12
Pumps: Mossimo Nude pumps from Target in sz 5.5 (sold here)
Necklace: J.Crew Crystal Symphony necklace

Shop this look in petite-friendly sizes:

The Neutral-Colored Wrap Sweater
3. Armani Exchange Plaited Wrap Cardigan in XS. The cropped style looks extra petite-friendly!

The Dark Skinny Jean
1. PacSun Dark Skinny Jeans in 00 - a bargain at only $14.99. These run quite small...I needed a 0!
2. J.Brand 10" Skinny Jeans in 24. They are modeled in a post by AlterationsNeeded and look tiny.
3. True Religion Petite Stella Skinny Jeans in 24. The Stella or the Julie (with flap pockets) are my favorite skinny jeans ever. I own the kids Stella in a girls 12 but the snap button is a b**tch because it always comes unsnapped in public. A 31 inch "petite" inseam is still long, but I suppose these would look great cuffed.

The Nude Colored Almond-Toe Pump
1. Nine West Rocha Pumps in Tan - very popular based on reviews. Also saw them on eBay in sz 5!
3. Aldo Mid-Heel Suede Pump in Taupe - on major sale and perfect for lots of walking.

Skinny jeans aren't for everybody, but I love them for lengthening my short legs. Nude pumps also works wonders when worn with bare legs!

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