• Closet favorite: Uniqueen Tweed Dress w/ Faux Leather Trim

    uniqueen tweed dress1Uniqueen Laila Tweed Dress (3 sizes) c/o – use EXTRAPETITE through 5/2 for 10% off your order
    Ann Taylor perfect pumps (40% off w/ APRIL40), pearls from a friend, J.Crew bag

    Earlier last year, I met up with Anna of Uniqueen who was visiting town from Toronto. Uniqueen has given me some jackets that I love to pieces (see the No.5 jacket in brown (review), No. 5 jacket in white, and the Malang jacket which is a little roomy/long, yet still gets plenty of wear), but what I like most about working with them is how receptive the small retailer is to feedback and suggestions. I mentioned to Anna that I’d love to see more elegant, quality pieces that are petite-friendly, and also brought up reader feedback about inconsistency amongst sizes. She responded that they would do the best they can to monitor fit consistency (as materials for each piece are cut by hand and not machine), and also offered to manufacture a custom size for my extra petite readers.
    uniqueen tweed dress 5Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Uniqueen’s team to tweak this “Laila” dress and make it available in a new size XS (fits similar to H&M; sz US 2 / EUR 32, and a tad smaller than American sz 00P). The end product is a classic piece that I see suitable for women of various ages, and can be worn three out of four seasons. The trim adds a tiny bit of edge but is still conservative, and can even be concealed by a collared shirt with the sleeve cuffs folded up. I’ve worn this a few times already to work, and nearly all the women on my floor have asked where they could find it…

    Sizing and fit: This dress is available in XS, S, and M, and runs smaller than western sizing. I am wearing an XS here, and provided Uniqueen measurements for this pattern based on some BR size 00P / ASOS size 0P dresses in my closet. For reference, I am about 5 feet tall, ~92lbs with 30A bust, 24 inch waist and 32 inch hips. Since the fabric has no stretch, we left a little extra room in the hips to accommodate usage of the pockets and for comfort when sitting down. We debated on the sleeve length, and ultimately settled on “bracelet” length for a few reasons. I know not everyone is a fan of this, but I’ve come to like it for more arm coverage while showing off bracelets and watches. A full length sleeve would also pose issues for women with shorter arms, because the faux leather trim makes it very hard to alter.
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    Measurements of an XS: 15.7″ (40cm) armpit to armpit, 13″ (33cm) across the shoulder, 12.6″ (32cm) across the waist, 17.1″ (43.5cm) across the hips by the base of the pockets, 18.9″ (48cm) sleeve length, and 34.6″ (88cm) total length. Sleeve width 4.75″ (12 cm) across when measured at the upper arm – fairly narrow. Also factor in a few millimeters for the thickness of the tweed and a layer of full lining.

    As with all Uniqueen items, I can’t emphasize enough to please check the measurements on their site against items in your closet. Their products come from a number of sources, so S, M, etc. could mean different measurements for each of their designs. For example, the S in their No. 5 jacket fits smaller than the same size in the Malang.
    uniqueen tweed dress 4 Quality & Value: When producing samples for this dress, Uniqueen sent me some material swatches to see and feel in-person. I liked this medium weight black and ivory tweed paired with a dark navy faux leather trim. The navy goes surprisingly well with the tweed, plus adds one more neutral color into the mix for easy pairings. I tested the materials to find one that doesn’t wrinkle through long work days/lots of sitting, and also suggested adding functional pockets and getting rid of extraneous fringe. Four sample dresses and numerous rounds of feedback later, I feel the quality and design is fair for the price ($133 w/code EXTRAPETITE + ship). It’s more expensive than the deals I normally post on here, but is an amount I’d willingly shell out at the Theory outlet for a good work piece, before factoring in alteration costs.
    uniqueen tweed dress3Shipping & Returns: Items are shipped from Korea, and in my experience arrive in about a week. The shipping cost is 10.99 USD to Canada, and 13.99 USD to most other countries (see details here). For apparel returns, customers need to contact info@myuniqueen.com within 2 days of delivery to obtain a return code, and shipping fees are non-refundable. Uniqueen mentioned that many returns are due to items fitting too small, so again please check their listed measurements against your clothes.
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    I’m not affiliated with this company and don’t receive commissions for sales – I just had fun helping out on this and am excited to share unique, grown-up options for women who are typically “sized out” by retailers. For tweed-loving ladies who are a little taller, I suggest checking out the 2012 Malang jacket which I just can’t get enough of on Cee (5’4″) – see all the stylish ways she’s paired it so far.

    Readers – Do you own any items from Uniqueen? If so, please share your thoughts and any fit/sizing tips.

    60 thoughts on “Closet favorite: Uniqueen Tweed Dress w/ Faux Leather Trim

    • Ella Pretty Blog April 2, 2013 at 12:33 am

      Love the dress design – it's so timeless and elegant! It must have been fun to collaborate on it.

      I do like a lot of Uniqueen's tweed designs – I've ordered and returned from them before…the whole process was a lot easier than expected.

      However, when it comes to pricier items – I think I'd prefer to try them on in store before committing. Especially because you're out shipping if you don't love it.

    • Tara April 2, 2013 at 12:48 am

      This dress is lovely and I've been looking for something just like this to begin my new work wardrobe!
      I love reading about all of the opportunities you have to work with retailers to make petite women look great, and it's something I dream of doing myself someday.
      You look fabulous!

    • Anonymous April 2, 2013 at 12:51 am

      Meh.. It's a nice dress but not sure if its worth the price tag. $133 plus shipping is too steep for me. I'd buy this if it was under $100.

    • Julie April 2, 2013 at 2:23 am

      This dress is gorgeous! I would definitely buy if I worked in a professional environment.

      xoxo, Julie @ OBSESSED

    • Carla Krae April 2, 2013 at 2:31 am

      Awww, you were their muse!

    • Carolyn April 2, 2013 at 2:42 am

      loving that tweed! i like how the leather offsets the femininity

    • ZxM Style-Squared April 2, 2013 at 2:57 am


    • Carolines Day April 2, 2013 at 3:01 am

      So chic and $133 really is a decent price for a classic, sophisticated piece like this rather than, say, 6 of the same blazer from H&M.; 😉

    • Anonymous April 2, 2013 at 3:39 am

      Overall good, but look wide in the waist from the back.

    • R.L. April 2, 2013 at 4:35 am

      Gorgeous! I'm so glad you gave the suggestion of less fringe! Are there any sparkles in the tweed? For some reason I can't see those details on my screen and I ended up having to return a Malang jacket (their spring version) for that reason. I'd be more of a fan of Asian clothing if they were designed with less frills and embellishments, but I suppose that's the style.

    • UniQUEEN April 2, 2013 at 6:14 am

      Hi R.L
      It's Anna from UniQUEEN.
      No, there is no any sparkles. Jean particularly asked me to look for the tweed material without sparkles.
      Thank you so much for your feedback and interest!

    • Rachelle April 2, 2013 at 6:18 am

      What a beautiful dress, love that it has an edge with leather trims.


    • Anonymous April 2, 2013 at 6:32 am

      It's feminine, classic, and sophisticated (just like you). I love the color, and it looks like it's a high quality piece. However, from the back view, it looks like the band at the waist sits too low, and makes you look wide, or waist-less. From the front, it looks just right. It must have been fun to collaborate with a designer and create something together.

    • Anonymous April 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Wow, this one is breathtaking! The leather point is very clever and neat.
      Uniqueen should collaborate more with people who are alienated from the resellers and I am glad to see clothing like this.

    • Jay April 2, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Hi Jean, am a big fan of your blog, love ur style especially helpful someone like me who is conservative and mainly buy clothes for work. I rrecently got ann taylor pump and it's slipping off even with heel grip. Any suggestion? This only happen when i wear stocking. Do you wear stocking in your pump?

    • pretty little things April 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

      love the tweed dress — its such a classic and ladylike look! xo


    • Fauxionista April 2, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Classic yet on trend with the leather trims. Love this dress. Sadly, I'm usually sized out by retailers as I have broader shoulders and have difficulty finding jackets/outerwear and in this case, dress to fit. 15" shoulders with XS sizing on everything else isn't fun. I've checked out Uniqueen's site in the past and I've sadly concluded that I'm not their target audience, no thanks to my height and broad shoulders.


    • chocolatefashioncoffee April 2, 2013 at 10:34 am

      you look amazing, love that bag 🙂


    • LL April 2, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Hi, Jean! I've just ordered this elegant dress. If the fit is right (I'm not quite so slender as you), it'll be a great item for teaching!

    • AlexisB April 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

      What a beautiful, timeless dress. I think it looks great on you. Good job!

    • QueenLina April 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm
    • Jenny @ stuff-i-love.com April 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      I love this dress and I've been waiting for it to come out ever since you posted it on Instagram! I love that the waist fringe hits at the right spot above the hips. Love the leather piping details too. Can't wait to try this on! Thanks Jean.

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    • Anonymous April 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Where did you buy the blue coat? How much? I have been admiring the nude colored shoes you wear. Can you please do a post on how to shop for nude colored pumps, sandals, wedges, flats?

    • Vogue Wagon April 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Love this look! the tweed looks amazing 🙂

      so proper and lady-like!

    • Julie April 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Hi Jean, what price did you get this Jcrew bag? What price do you think is suitable for it?

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      You look really nice, love your dress 🙂

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    • Steffi April 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      As I mentioned on IG, I would love it if it were white with black trim since I'd look washed out in this color. But still, I think you nailed it with your suggestions as it fits perfectly. You just look so classy (but when are you not? 🙂 )

    • Suzie Q April 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      This seemed like such and fun and fruitful collaboration! I love Uniqueen's No 5 and Malang blazers (thanks to your recommendations) and this one is also elegant. I adore the leather trim details.

      Suzie Q

    • Christy April 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Glad to be introduced to Uniqueen today! I've never heard of it until today. I visited the site and was admiring the Holley Jacket, but wasn't sure if the quality of the tweed is worth 124 dollars. Based on your reviews, it sounds like pretty good pieces? Would love to try them one day!

      Sunny with a side of…

    • Ashley April 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Wow, Jean thanks for all your hard work on this dress and for sharing with your readers. I purchased this dress and can't wait to get it. It will be perfect for formal business meetings which are often hard to find clothes for. Thanks for being the voice of us petite gals!

    • Anonymous April 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      ^ agreed! definitely a pretty dress and i would be more inclined to purchase this if it was at a slightly lower pricepoint. $95? sure. retail price $150 plus shipping? =/ i think i'll pass and look for a dupe somewhere else.

    • Sincerely Sammie April 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Very classy look, Jean! You look like a Chanel model. 🙂


    • andrea April 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Love this dress…so lady like! Very Jackie O 🙂



    • lisacng @ expandng.com April 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Fits great on you, love the bracelet length, and also pairs great with the navy trench. The photo with the navy trench is so wonderfully super sharp!

    • trulyou April 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm


      I was wondering if you could do a guide on 2013 business casual looks or a business casual style guide/guideline. I'm always so confused when someone tells me business casual. I think you'll be the perfect person to put it together. 🙂


    • Olivia J April 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Love the tweed on you. Very professional and sleek.

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    • Anna Black April 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Love your look, you're adorable!!


    • Anonymous April 3, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      I think it is only fair to mention that return shipping fees to Uniqueen in Canada will cost you about $35. Buyer beware!

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