ASOS little red dress at the Boston Public Library

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Off-Shoulder Midi Dress c/o ASOS (3 colors, wearing a US 4/UK6 with DIY alterations)
Valentino rockstud heels (4 colors, wearing sz 35), DIY clutch, H&M; stole (similar), vintage ring

Today’s post is my entry in a fun little contest, for which I was asked to style an Oscars-themed outfit using an ASOS brand dress. I’m happy that a large international retailer like ASOS doesn’t forget about its shorter customers–I appreciate their petite-friendly options and am excited to be part of this feature.
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When I think of celebrities at the Oscars, I picture gorgeous, elaborate gowns, and dramatic silhouettes. As most of us won’t be sashaying down the red carpet anytime soon, I wanted to find a dress suitable for the life of an everyday woman, but still nothing short of stunning for a special occasion. I ended up choosing a fitted little red dress that enhances even negligible curves, and styled it with a mix of accessories ranging from DIY to Valentino. This look was inspired by old Hollywood glamour and is true to my classics-loving style.
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In addition to an outfit, I also wanted to share with you guys one of the most historical buildings in this city that I love. These photos were taken in the older half of the Boston Public Library, which was built in the 1800s. This room above has two levels of tall bookshelves, complete with little spiral staircases and ladders – it felt like I had strolled right into Belle’s library!

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Another favorite room of mine is the recently-restored reading room, where locals have been studying under the majestic arched ceilings (shown in 1st photo) for over a hundred years. Oak bookcases filled with rare collections line all of the reading room walls:

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I didn’t have the right bag for this ensemble, so made one to keep with the bold red and soft taupe color scheme:asos red dress boston public library
For anyone who’s interested, I’ll be doing a review on the sizing and fit for this dress in a later post. I tried my luck outside ASOS’ petites section, and was pleased to find that this dress in regular sizing ran small. I ended up sizing up to a US 4 (for reference, I typically take XXS/00 or H&M; sz 2) and performing some at-home alterations, but in hindsight, a US 2 may work better for someone my size if you don’t mind a snug fit (which this dress is intended to be). Both sizes need a hem job if you’re on the shorter side.
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214 thoughts on “ASOS little red dress at the Boston Public Library

  • Katherine February 20, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Just voted for you! You're gorgeous 🙂 We had our formal at the library and it was such a fun setting, it's one of the prettiest libraries ever.

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 2:30 am

    I just voted for u too! I'd love it if you could show how you made your clutch…so pretty!!!

  • chocolatefashioncoffee February 20, 2013 at 2:41 am

    amazing pictures! love the dress and the Valentino shoes!

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 3:32 am


  • Carol Li February 20, 2013 at 3:35 am

    I love this dress on you. You look amazing!

  • oksanaarmee4ka February 20, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Beautiful pictures!

  • WendysLookbook February 20, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Just voted!!! Amazing pictures and styling Jean!

  • KDot February 20, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Wow! Beautiful!

  • OohLookBel February 20, 2013 at 5:19 am

    You look so old-school glamorous. Just perfect!

  • Shortiee31 February 20, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Voted! You and the pictures look stunning! Xx

  • Rachelle February 20, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Voted! you look amazing, and you have a perfect figure.


  • Lindsay February 20, 2013 at 5:48 am

    You look absolutely stunning! Great dress- bold but versatile and definitely makes the wearer look special. Had to vote for you 😛

  • Anastassiya Bergem February 20, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Your look is the best! Hope you will win!

  • Box Full of Pleasure February 20, 2013 at 6:31 am


  • QueenLina February 20, 2013 at 7:16 am
  • mary @ BG JOURNALS February 20, 2013 at 7:47 am

    boston public library is definitely gorgeous, and nick takes such great photos of you. how did you get in there when it was empty? every time i go its packed…

  • Theresa February 20, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Very elegant!!

  • kellyshealthykitchen February 20, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I am relatively new to Boston as a graduate student, and I love the Boston Public Library! It almost makes studying enjoyable!

  • thebeautifulfaith February 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Just voted for you! You looked really old school Oscar (I hope I read that correctly). Very elegant and Very beautiful photography by Nick too

  • Nicole February 20, 2013 at 8:20 am

    WOW! WOW! You look amazing! Stunning! Will definitely vote for you!

  • mingming February 20, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Voted! You look amazing Jean. And the backdrop is amazing – this feels just like an editorial out of Vogue.

  • Chrissie February 20, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I voted! You look absolutely stunning! And Nick did an amazing job with the photos.


  • Laura February 20, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Jean! These pictures are phenomenal and you look absolutely stunning! I just voted! Good luck!

    xo Laura

  • February 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I love that you decided to take these photos in the Boston Public Library. It's an amazing backdrop worthy of those Valentino heels.

  • Cris Cee February 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Elegant! You have my vote, too!

  • Bára Rektorová February 20, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Just voted and shared with friends. You look stunning in that dress!

  • Fine Design February 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I voted; Good Luck!!!

  • Joanna Le February 20, 2013 at 9:58 am

    You chose such a beautiful setting, and it matched your reasoning behind your outfit choice beautifully! Love that you kept the hem at knee level. Very classy but the silhouette and bright colour kept it modern.

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 10:01 am

    voted. does nick usually take your blog pics? these looks grainier than your others.

  • Ritu February 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Voted! Go Jean!! You look stunning!

  • Aishoo February 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

    love the outfit and the setting… the pictures are beautiful.. voted for ya

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Very beautiful! I love the whole outfit and the backdrop. Good luck!

  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) February 20, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Wow Jean, you and the photos are stunning!!!!! Good luck!

  • Roxanne February 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Looking at your pictures just make me wanna get another dress from ASOS! Loving everything about this shoot.


  • Jenna February 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Voted! I saw some familiar faces and other bloggers I follow also on the list, but you get my vote hands down. Good luck Jean!!

  • Min February 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Just voted for you! You look fantastic 😀 I love the Boston Public Library – the 'hidden' courtyard is one of my favorite spaces. Maybe you can do a photo shoot there one day when it's warmer out!

  • Chrissy February 20, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I just voted for you. You look stunning and pictures are amazing!

  • Ale February 20, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I just voted for you, I hope you win!! you are my favorite look in the contest. The second was the long black lace dress.

  • Natasha Campbell February 20, 2013 at 10:21 am

    You look gorgeous!!!

  • Ly February 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Voted for you! I just bought this dress but the version where the skirt is full and not fitted. Was set on returning it and now see you in this and so I'm going to have to rethink the return 🙂 Good luck in the contest.

    Also. I LOVE the Boston Public library and really miss it. Thanks for posing there 🙂

  • lisacng @ February 20, 2013 at 10:26 am

    STUNNING! You look amazing and the dress accentuates all of the right places. Even though it's body-con, it's so classy! Love the styling with the stole and DIY clutch! I wish I could make one! And kudos to Nick who took some amazing photos! I thought they were professional because I thought an artificial light was used in the 2nd photo, guess it was natural light. Great job both of you! Shooting and posing, to make the perfect shots! So amazing!

  • Angie February 20, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Jean, you look really gorgeous! I wanted to vote for you but it asked for my state, and I'm outside of the US so I'm not sure if I'm allowed to do that?
    In any case, gorgeous pictures! The dress looks great on you. I love your shoes too. Very elegant.

    Also, off topic, but I just wanted to say I LOVE your blog, and I hope nobody discourages you from quitting blogging (well, you know who I mean…) because seriously, this is such a sincere, quality blog and I'm always so excited when I see a new post from you! Thanks for that and keep up the good work!

    xoxo Angie

  • My Dressy Ways February 20, 2013 at 10:38 am

    So beautiful Jean! You look so glamorous and the library is the perfect backdrop! I went and voted for you, good luck!

  • laniza February 20, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I am voting right now! Love the dress and the library!

  • pretty little things February 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

    this is simply stunning. both the dress and those heels! xo

  • Ashley February 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Voted! Love and miss the BPL! So gorgeous!!!

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 10:55 am

    You're so beautiful and gorgeous with this outfit ensemble! Also, I love the background was the library. Although, all your posts are wonderful, this is by far one of my favorites. I will vote for you, too. Good luck!

  • SewPetiteGal February 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Voted! All I can say is "geez". Beautiful everything!

  • Meechelle February 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Can you make a post about the DIY clutch please? 🙂

  • ChooChoo February 20, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Voted. I love public libraries (used to work for them back in high school), but have yet to come across such as pretty one! The elegance of the backdrop fits your outfit perfectly! You look gorgeous.


  • ♥ Natalie February 20, 2013 at 11:13 am

    oh my god, wow! amazing dress!

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I voted, your outfit is just so gorgeous and amazing! Good luck! Also, do you think you could make a DIY post about how you made your leather clutch and this red clutch?

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Oh, you look so beautiful! Voted!


  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Just voted for you!! Your silent admirer.. I am not at all into fashion or brands… I love reading your blog as you come across as a very genuine and honest girl. I have never thought of leaving a comment on your blog but you really look Oscar worthy in this outfit. Keep it up.

  • Angie | February 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

    wow jean i'm blown away by these classic glamour photos. nick has quite the eye for indoor composition! i'm a big fan of old architecture and books and you really delivered.

  • Lana L. February 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

    All I could think throughout this whole post was "Damn girl." Seriously though, you look amazing, and kudos to Nick for taking such fantastic photos!

  • Gwen F February 20, 2013 at 11:47 am


  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Absolutely stunning! I had voted for you yesterday! Loving your DIY clutches, maybe a tutorial pretty please?

  • Elle February 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    The photos are just stunning so props to you and Nick! So glam and truly Oscars worthy! 🙂

  • JJ Houston February 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    You're so beautiful Jean. The dress, the styling, the photos…everything perfectly reflected the old Hollywood style. I voted for you! Keep up the great work! I truly enjoy your blog.

  • Kay February 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Stunning STUNNY photos! You look amazing. I love how you've styled the dress. Very glamorous and timeless.

  • DSK Steph February 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Beautiful everything!

  • February 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I have no words for these photos. Absolutely stunning, Jean! Nick did a fantastic job taking these pictures. So classy and timeless!

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    What a fun opportunity to get all dolled up for a glamorous event! After every awards show, I always look through all of the pictures of the actresses and vicariously choose the dress I would've worn if I were to have attended. (Fave this year so far is Kate Hudson's Golden Globes dress.) And out of all of the entries for ASOS, I absolutely love your look the best. You've altered that dress to fit you perfectly and accessorized it in ways I never would have even considered (AND custom-made a clutch to finish the outfit no less!). Also, great setting and photography. If you don't win, I demand a re-count! 😉

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    voted for you, gorgeous!

  • Emily L February 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    these pictures are gorgeous! voted! 🙂

  • February 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Gorgeous and stunning!!! You look incredibly, and classically elegant.

    I was married at the Los Angeles Central Library, so I share your appreciation for grand old libraries. The Boston Library looks incredible! Great job to you and Nick. I really enjoyed this post.

  • Kathleen Lisson February 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Lovely look. I have driven past the library so many times, but never went inside. Beautiful backdrop!

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Voted for you! Good luck. 🙂

  • Ana February 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Wow, Jean! You look stunning! And how creative to make your own bag when you couldn't find what you needed. I really love this look and it's perfect for a glamourous evening out. Plus your library! GORGEOUS!

  • Always Maylee February 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    You look absolutely stunning and gorgeous in this dress! And I LOVE the boston public library. It is seriously breathtaking in there!

    xo, Yi-chia

  • hugstiem February 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Oh, fashion shoots in libraries. Reminds me irresistibly of the beginning of Funny Face.

  • Sabrina February 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Jean, this is INCREDIBLE! And being a writer/former English major, the fact that you chose the Boston Public Library as your backdrop just makes my heart palpitate with joy. What gorgeous and classic architecture! Love that LRD on you (the bandage-style/ruching is perfection) and I especially love your Valentinos (because–and I really hope you don't take this the wrong way–I feel like you're taking a style risk and succeeding)!

    Voted for you! And props to Nick as well for the amazing photography! 🙂


  • Stephanie Lam February 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    You look so gorgeous!!! You chose the perfect backdrop for these photos!!


  • Arts February 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Voted for you Jean. You look absolutely gorgeous!

  • Blue Dog Belle February 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Wow. These pictures are really stunning. You look gorgeous!

  • February 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    That dress is perfection on you! and the setting is to die for! I hope you win.

  • Candice February 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    You look stunning, Jean! I voted for you. Good luck! =)

  • Sing of Singature Style February 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Wow you look great!

  • bibi February 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    you look gorgeous in that dress and the heels are stunning 🙂

  • Nandar February 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Voted for you!
    You look red carpet stunning. X !

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    You look divine! I love the look. Keep up the great work!

  • February 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Stunning photos–love the juxtaposition of the red dress against the BPL's historic splendor!

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Jean,
    You look super lovely in the dress & heels!! Everything about this – from the outfit to the background & lightning is truly breathtaking ;). Hope you do well on the contest!

  • melanie February 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Voted for you too! yours was the best and only one I can actually see walking down the red carpet.
    question about this dress, I'm debating getting it… is it thick and heavy, sucks you in like Herve or more like BEBE quality?

  • Julie Huynh February 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    The library does look like the one Belle was in! You look beautiful in the dress and have my vote!

  • Rosie February 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Stunning! You look red-carpet worthy, and kudos to Nick for amazing photos.

    If I had a million dollars, I would get married at Boston Public Library (yes, they do weddings!). It is magically beautiful, and sitting in the reading room always added a little glamour to studying for exams.

  • V GPetite February 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Stunning pics! I just voted for you as a small gesture of saying thank you for the wonderful blog content : ). Good luck Jean!

  • Ann February 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm


    Voted 😀

  • FashionEdible February 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Beautiful, classy and elegant. Well done Jean! Gorgeous dress and setting.

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  • M February 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    These pictures are stunning. I love everything from the dress, accessories, location…etc !! I vote for u also. Great job.

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    What a dress… fits you like a glove! Beautiful detailing and color… looks amazing on you. And thanks Nick for the great photography!

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    and I voted for you!

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Professional work! These photos are sooo beautiful… just as you & your outfit 😉

  • Petite-ish February 20, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I voted for you too. Absolutely love this look and location (of course). I think you really elevated the dress from meh to meow! haha

  • cindspectus February 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Wow, beautiful! Voted for you, I love the dress (and I love the library shots!).

  • Stylejourneys February 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    You loo stunning!!!



  • Jessy February 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Jean, you look amazing in red! I love the library interior. It's a beautiful setting to showcase your Oscar look. You've gotta show us how you make your clutches. : )

  • say aubergine February 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I love the BPL, I used to go there on weekends and stock up on books. I've seen wedding photos in the gorgeous courtyard as well. I love that you paired red with the Valentino heels.

  • Carolines Day February 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Flawless photos, and you look gorgeous! Voted!

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