Do or Don't: Wide-Legged Pants on Petites?

My mom gave me these LOFT pants a while ago (see alterations post) and I haven't broken them out yet. It's really too bad because I love the lightweight linen fabric. I'm just a slim/skinny pant kind of girl, because I feel that wide pants make me look...frumpy dumpy.

In Boston, most women commute to work in flats or flip flops, which makes it even harder for me to pull off the wide pant look. Who wants to be seen wading/flopping over their clown pants while boarding the subway?
Blouse: H&M ruffle top sz 2
Pants: LOFT sz 00P (waist taken in)
Heels: Banana Republic sz 5.5

I wish I took another full-body shot to show the billowing pants, but I was in a rush. What do you guys think about wide pants on petites? 

Summer Work Outfit Giveaway

**The giveaway is now closed. View all the outfit entries here**

Happy Monday, readers! I'm super excited today to announce another work outfit giveaway. I love doing this every season to see what you ladies are wearing to work. Now that it is officially summer, I'm feeling lightweight fabrics, vibrant colors, and bold jewelry (none of which I really own...rats!).

Giveaway prizes courtesy of:
The marketing manager of LOFT recently came across my blog, thanks to AlterationsNeeded (check out her post for a preview of LOFT's Fall collection). It feels great that such a large retailer has become aware of the petite community online.

How to enter:
- Email me (petiteasiangirl(at) a photo of you in a favorite summery work-appropriate outfit, and list where the items are from. Please also feel free to share your field of work.
- If you are petite, please feel free to share the sizing info and your measurements for reference.
- If you have a blog, feel free to include your link. 

- To be fair to all participants, please submit a photo taken just for this giveaway. ie: If you are a blogger, please no photos from previous posts.
- Although "work-appropriate" dress codes can really vary, please use business casual as a baseline.
- Entries will be accepted until midnight EST on Monday, July 12th.

There will be 2 winners chosen by readers.

I did a quick video to show the awesome prizes LOFT sent (please bear with me as this is my first "talking" video and it's a bit choppy : P ). Thank you, LOFT! I know whoever wins these are going to love them. 

The accessories shown in the video are no longer available, however be sure to check out LOFT's current collection. I've listed my favorite items below:

Can't wait to see everyone's outfits! I remember the first time I held this contest in Fall 2009, I was so excited to get three entries. Funny thing is, 2 of the three ladies now have their own petite fashion blogs!

Petite Lookbook: Old Bananas in the Closet

Last week I dug out an old Banana Republic dress from the back of my closet, blew off the layers of dust, and tried to breathe new life into it. I ended up pairing it with two other BR oldies. This ruffled cardigan is from Fall/Winter '09. You may remember seeing it on AlterationsNeeded here ... it's so loose on her in comparison!
Ruffle Cardigan: Banana Republic XXSP
Woven Belt: Banana Republic XS
Silk Dress: Banana Republic 00P
Pumps: Aldo sz 35

I've had a lot of ladies ask me where to buy small belts, and I always recommend BR XXS. Here is a pebbled black leather belt, on sale. A fellow petite recommends Boden, who also makes several belts in sz XXS. Here is a snakeskin skinny belt that comes in several colors.

20% off at Urban Outfitters - ends tomorrow!

Thanks again to Chloe, here is a coupon code for U.O. that ends tomorrow - WELIKEYOU gives you 20% off your entire purchase of $50+ including sale items. U.O. offers free shipping over $150 AND free return shipping, which I love.

As an update from my last post - thank you everyone who gave me feedback. After hemming and hawing, I am keeping .. the cream lace panel blouse ($16) over the skirts. The blouse is more versatile than I thought, and I am actually wearing it today to work tucked into a black suiting pencil skirt, cream open-toe pumps, and pearl studs.

I also wanted to share this pretty summer dress on sale in sz XS (click to shop):

Another item I'm eying is this ruched sleeve dress (just $24!) modeled here by PetiteXXS w/ a belt. She's wearing a sz 0 and it's a teensy bit loose, but she is extremely petite so anyone a size up (like me) would probably fit in it perfectly. She also reviewed several other items from U.O. so be sure to check them out.

For more U.O. reviews, check out Janice and Michelle are both petite young professionals who have reviewed some cute stuff from U.O. recently. Refer to this post and this post.

Urban Outfitters XS Review - Help me decide!

**Henrietta Pertuz Petites is having 40% off all items w/ code" summer40" to make way for her Fall collection. Two things left in sz 0: this gorgeous cream/navy silk blouse, and the Newport Dress **

So last Friday I ordered a few things from Urban Outfitters after discovering that they had free return shipping. The items came so fast (2 days), and those who chat with me on Twitter already know that I am pleased with the haul. It's really rare for me to find items that satisfy the categories of fit, style, AND price!

First up, this Kimchi Blue lace skirt in sz XS, $29.99:

Pros: Super feminine and flirty, great details, fits me perfectly both waist and length-wise.
Cons: SHEER! I am wearing a nude slip skirt from Target. Also, I wish the lace paneling went all the way around, instead of just on the front.

Continue reading to see more items...

Life with PAG: A Lobster-y Weekend

Saturday was beautiful so we spontaneously decided to go to Rockport, MA for some fresh lobster. Rockport is very quaint, with some small beaches and art galleries, but it boasts an amazing lobster shack. I knew I was going to be covered in crustacean juices, so I chose a simple outfit:
Tee: H&M sz 2
Military skirt: H&M divided sz 
Sandals: Miss Trish of Capri seahorse sandals for Target, sz 5.5
Earrings: H&M Divided,  Bag: LV Speedy 25

Nick and I parked the car and pretty much sprinted to Roy Moore's Lobster Shack. This place is a true "shack" with lobster traps out back, and a big vat of seawater where the lobsters are boiled by the dozen then whacked by a cleaver for easy cracking. Below left: photo taken 1 year ago. Below right: photo taken last weekend. Prices did not change - 3 lobsters for $35. Man, I want my old hair back!
Continue reading for more photos...

Review: Rachel by Rachel Roy sz XXS Skirts

A few weeks ago, I ordered two Rachel Rachel Roy skirts during the friends & family sale online. I had been eying this brand for a while, wondering whether it was petite-friendly. I ended up picking out two items that I hoped to incorporate into my summer work wardrobe. I envisioned wearing both skirts with a black blazer and black pumps on "casual Fridays."

First up, Elastic Gathered Skirt sz XXS, $89:
Wearing: Cheapie Mossimo nude pumps in 5.5 (sold here)

Pros (+): elastic waist fit me snugly, length was good
Cons (-): skirt was much too poofy and not tapered at all, print looked gaudy in person, scratchy material w/ no lining
Verdict: Return.

Petite Lookbook: Floral & Linen

As temperatures dipped into the 50's last week, I was thankful for this linen scarf from H&M. I'm not entirely sure how to wear it, though, because it's bigger than I would like. In the photos it is wrapped twice then knotted in the front - feels like I have a donut around my neck. I might try taking off some volume by cutting it in half lengthwise.
Cardigan: J.Crew lightweight bling sz XS (similar here)
Skirt: Ann Taylor Tropical Wool in "Soft Pewter" sz 00P (sold here)
Pumps: Ann Taylor Perfect Exotic Pumps sz 5 (sold here)
Akoya pearl necklace: 35" long 7-8mm, from eBay
Scarf: H&M

Overall this is a very non-exciting, but comfortable outfit. The Ann Taylor skirt has become my seasonal favorite - I wear it probably once a week. I think I lost a few lbs since my NYC overeating days, so the hips are now baggy on me. Nevertheless the fit is still acceptable, and I can't wait to pick up more non-black colors. I was eying the Ground Pepper but it is currently out in 00P.

I'm also trying out new makeup products in an effort to update my 5-minute work face for Spring. New items I'm wearing: Rock & Republic blush in Spank (my first blush) bought thanks to a review by Jen of Frmheadtotoe, and Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout - a creamy lilac pink. A little color goes a long way in adding life to a dull face!

New Purchases & Summer Business Attire Inspiration

I apologize for not sharing any work outfits as of late. I have some posts lined up though, promise! To compensate for my recent lack of work focus, I'd like to share some pics from my iPhone files for inspiration. I'm currently working with a fashionable friend, who shows up every day in outfits oozing of Spring/Summer. She's not petite, but may of these items below did/do come in petite sizing.
1. Crisp White Suit with Rust Ruffles
Suit - Ann Taylor, Blouse - J.Crew (avail. here in 0P), Pumps - Unlisted
AT has a white pencil skirt here avail. in 00P

DIY Nautical Dress Step by Step

Thank you everyone for your kind comments on my last post. I didn't document the steps very well at all, but hopefully these photos help a little. I would say this project is simple enough for beginners who have a sewing machine. The tees were 100% cotton so I shrunk them before cutting or sewing. To prep, cut the second tee into three components: 1. A bottom piece to attach onto the first tee for some extra length (if the tee is too short to be a dress); 2. a rectangle piece (material is thin, so I double-layered it) for the ruffle bib, and 3. thin strip for the center of the ruffles (not pictured).

Petite Lookbook: DIY Inspired Nautical Dress

A few weeks ago, I fell in love with a See by Chloe dress worn by Tiffany at I-am-stylish. It was a short-sleeved shift dress with nautical stripes and feminine ruffles...simple, but perfect. The price however was a bit outside my budget. Inspired, I dusted off my sewing machine and set out to create a DIY version.
Dress: DIY from H&M sz 2 tees
Ankle-Strap Wedges: BCBG 5.5
Bangles: H&M sz XS/S w/2.5" diameter
Above Left: The inspiration - See by Chloe nautical dress, $267 (photo credit

Above Right: "Before" shot of my raw material. Bought two of these oversized 100% cotton tees at H&M for a grand total of $8. I tried on numerous striped tees before finding these perfectly airy and lightweight ones.

 This dress is so easy to wear under cardigans or blazers. Khaki jacket: Theory sz 00
Also goes well with my nude pumps from Target, sz 5.5 (sold here - now on sale!)
The back (I love the slouchy fit for hot summer days), and ruffle detailing:
All I did was use the second tee to make a ruffled bib, as well as add a few inches of length to the original tee shirt. Since I haven't sewn for years, I had several trial-and-errors on what should have been a simple project. Overall, though, I was quite pleased with the the time spent was worth it!

***Addendum - posted step by step pics here***

Giveaway! Win a petite-friendly strapless bra from TLBC

**The giveaway is now closed. Thank you everyone for entering and stay tuned for the winner!**
The Little Bra Company (TLBC) graciously offered to sponsor a giveaway for my readers. TLBC is a maker of petite-friendly lingerie for A and B cups, in band sizes ranging from 28 to 36. They specialize in strategic push-up bras that give smaller "goods" a boost. The winner of this giveaway receives a convertible Sascha strapless bra ($60) in her choice of size and color - perfect for summer!

I had the chance to try on the Sascha in this post and loved it. A 32A fit me like a glove - like a strapless should - and the cups gave me just enough lift.

 Sascha bra photos above credit TLBC

Giveaway rules:
- open to followers in the US and Canada
- ends Sunday, June 13th at midnight EST
- winner will have 1 week to claim prize after being announced

To enter (mandatory):
This giveaway is open only to public followers of You don't need a blog to be a follower! Click "join this site" on my right sidebar and sign in via a variety of account types.
(+1) Visit TLBC's website and let me know your favorite item in the comments below. Please leave your comment under your Google follower account.

For extra entries (optional):
(+2) Blog about this giveaway or post the below button in your sidebar, and leave me your link. Blogs made just for giveaways will not be accepted, as this is a giveaway for actual readers.

(+1) Tweet the following and leave me your twitter ID:

"Petite ladies - enter the @petiteasiangirl and @thelittlebracom giveaway to win a special bra for summer! Visit"

Max total of 4 entries per reader. If you blogged or tweeted, you can either leave additional comments or just 1 big comment. Good luck everyone, and thank you TLBC for offering such a great prize!

***PS: TLBC coupon from AlterationsNeeded: 15% off your purchase w/ ANBRIDE15***

Life with PAG: Memorial Day Weekend

I just returned from my bi-annual trip home, where the bf and I had a relaxing few days filled with non-stop eating. Traveling home always brings back a flood of memories. We had very humble beginnings when we first immigrated to the US. My entire extended family lived in a dingy one-bedroom apt, and my parents worked multiple jobs to stay afloat while my dad was in grad school. We grew our own produce and raised our own poultry...imagine all the stares from neighbors and inquiries from the kids at school!

Whenever I spend time with my family in their (current) beautiful home, it's hard not to remember those times and to be thankful for everything that we have now. And of course that includes living in a country where those things are possible.

Some snapshots from Memorial Day weekend:
Eating BBQ ribs with my baby brother

Korean BBQ (beef shortribs) hot on the grill - so good

Grill master Dad (left) and Mom posing for her cooking blog photo (right)

Helping Mom with her homemade buns (roast pork, and sausage/chive/cheese)

Looking back, though, I wouldn't trade my childhood for the world. I've met many people who don't understand the meaning of hard work and ambition, or the value of money. I just hope that I can pass down such values to my own children : )

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!
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