Petite-friendly statement dresses: Clover Canyon (Taj Mahal)

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Clover Canyon Taj Mahal Dress (XS here, other sizes here), Philippines clutch, eBay heels (similar)

I first came across Clover Canyon via Blair, and was interested to learn that the line is designed and produced in Los Angeles using original prints. I then got to try on a dress during vacation, and fell in love with the bright colors and surprisingly petite-friendly style. After returning home (to lower domestic pricing), I pored over all the print options available and had a tough time deciding what to try in the right size.
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I was most drawn to the Indian-inspired prints, with their vibrant and whimsical designs. I ordered this Taj Mahal sleeved dress and another sleeveless one (not yet arrived), and plan on keeping my favorite one. I wanted to snap some quick photos to share the sleeved option in detail, as the cut seems to be a Clover Canyon classic and the fit has been fairly consistent for me across different patterns I’ve tried.

In-person, I thought the print was striking with a little surprise on every corner. Up-close with unedited colors:
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Material: Interior, unlined white backside of the neoprene (90% poly/10% spandex with wetsuit-like feel), which is one of Clover Canyon’s signature materials. Likes: The weight of the neoprene does a bit of shapewear work but holds its structure, unlike bodycon styles that would be inappropriate at work. Dislikes: Not sure how this will feel in stiffing hot weather. There’s a short zipper at the upper back neckline. All the raw edges were serged except for the lengths down both sides – I thought this was unusual.
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Fit: The fit of this dress off-the-rack is very similar to one of my all-time favorite ponte pencil dresses. That old dress was an H&M; sz 2, and I had done extensive alterations customizing the shoulder width and hemming the length. The Clover Canyon in size XS requires no alterations for me. The shoulders and back armholes are a little big on someone my exact size, but not enough to get tailoring done. I look forward to trying the en route sleeveless dress to see if armholes are an issue.

The neoprene dresses are probably designed to be very snug and mid-thigh length, which translates into a slightly snug fit and knee-length for smaller-framed ladies (not a bad thing if you plan on wearing this to work too). I also tried one size up while in London. The S did not hug my butt at all which is ideal for work, but the shoulders were noticeably wide, and the neoprene material just looks better with a closer fit.

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Measurements of an XS (stretchy): 13.75″ across shoulder, 15″ armpit to armpit, 12″ across waist, 15″ from top of shoulder to printed waistline, 14.75″ across widest part of hips, 34″ length.

From Clover Canyon’s website, “the team design original prints, and hand-engineer them to frame and enhance the body….garments are designed, patterned, cut and sewn in-house.” I did notice deliberate placement of prints to enhance the figure (ie. hourglass bamboo lines along back sides), and (probably unintentional) petite-friendly proportions. Both styles I tried on have a horizontal waist band print that hits right at my natural waistline. This placement is ideal for a lengthening look, and is usually a deal-breaker for me when trying regular-sized garments. The dress length also hits at my current favorite right-above-the-knee, which makes fitted styles more demure.
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Value: Retail price points are higher than those where I usually shop, but I don’t think they are unreasonable given the domestic design and production, and no alterations to be done. This item passes my versatility test for work (colleagues loved it out of the box and voted it’d be appropriate w/ neutral shoes and blazer), a night out as shown, and can be toned-down for casual wear with a denim jacket and flat sandals.
clover canyon taj mahal dress I purchased through Revolve Clothing and had a very good experience. They offer 2-3 day free shipping and free returns, plus an awesome 30% refund on your first item for new customers (not sure how long this offer is going on for, and there may be brand exclusions). Email sales@revolveclothing.com after purchasing with “New Customer Discount” as the subject and your order/invoice number to get the refund.

 

63 thoughts on “Petite-friendly statement dresses: Clover Canyon (Taj Mahal)

  • Closet Struck June 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Love the dress. You are very talented in altering!!!

    Karin

  • Anonymous June 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    she didn't alter it..

  • Ann June 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Rofl, I'm guessing CS just scrolled through the pics without reading the post.

    Anyway, love the design of the dress Jean! Amazing how it fits you so well without altering it at all!

  • TheOfficeArmoire (Nailah) June 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    My gosh this is simply gorgeous!

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  • Carla Krae June 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Shame it's neoprene. Gonna be hot in hot weather unless you're wet.

  • Amanda June 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I really like that dress. Good choice.

  • Jen Lavenders June 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    You look beautiful. That dress is so tasteful 😀

  • Anouka K June 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    The dress is so pretty! You look great in it.

  • Meghan Silva June 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    This dress is so gorgeous on you .

  • the-glitter-life.com June 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Obsessing over this dress! Love love LOVE! X0

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  • SincerelySammie June 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    This dress is stunning on you!

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  • Life's too short...buy the shoes June 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    The dress is beautiful and looks amazing on you Jean!

  • Anonymous June 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Jean,

    You look beautiful – love your hair and makeup! If you don't mind me asking, are you wearing falsies in the pictures above? I have such a hard time finding natural-looking ones and would appreciate any recommendations. Thanks!

  • lamariposablog.com June 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Amazing pattern on this dress- looks beautiful on you!
    -Rachel

  • Cindy Ann June 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Wow, that's beautiful. If I had a place to wear it I'd put it in my closet right now.

  • SydneysFashionDiary.com June 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    What a beautiful dress, Jean! It’s like wearing a piece of art. Even though I adore the dress, I can’t imagine getting a lot of wear out of it. It is such a recognizable piece since the print is so bold and dramatic. Regardless, the dress is stunning and you wear it beautifully. BTW, loving your makeup in this post. You look so fresh =)

  • Michelle June 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Great find!! The arm length is perfect. I cannot stand when an item hits halfway on my armpit. Love the fitting room pic! I should be getting a new phone this summer, so I will be joining Instagram soon. 🙂

  • Crimarisabel Carpenter June 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    i like this dress!
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  • Anonymous June 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    why does everything you post/wear have to be either expensive or DIYed =T

  • Suzie Q June 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    The dress is beautiful! I love the vibrant prints, and how the prints are so different but all fit so well together on the same dress. It looks great on you!

    Suzie Q
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  • Petite-ish June 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Gorgeous, love the vibrant colors on you! (Although loved the print on the one you tried on in London even more).

  • Beeba Ademowo June 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    what a beautiful dress and you wear it so well. stunning

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  • Chloe Zee June 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Its perfect on you Jean! Turquoise toes matches so well 🙂

  • Sunday Desire June 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Wow, stunning dress! loving the fit and print

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  • Christine June 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    The dress looks stunning on you! What an amazing array of patterns and colors. I've been so attracted to the beautiful pieces from Clover Canyon as well but haven't had time to go try on any in person – so this helps a ton! 🙂 Your pictures are colorful and bright as usual – love it! Have a great week!

    Christine
    thefashionpledge

  • Anonymous June 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Wow what an amazing print! I love all the different colors/designs. Like another commenter said, its like wearing a piece of art. So I was looking at one of your older posts (http://www.extrapetite.com/2010/06/life-with-pag-lobster-y-weekend.html), and I had a question. So I've been looking for a bikini that would fit (and flatter) a small-framed, small-chested girl like me. I liked the one you wore in that post and it seemed to fit you well, I think it was a 32b. Anyways now I'm curious (and hopeful) that maybe a 32a/b would fit me but I have a small underbust (26 inches) and am not sure if it'd work. Just for sizing reference, would you mind telling me what your underbust and bust measures?

  • Yuen Lim June 25, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    That is one insanely gorgeous and unique dress!

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  • jules June 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    beautiful dress, love the print!

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  • AlexisB June 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Love it! Makes you look very sophisticated.

  • pumpkinmommy June 26, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Beautiful dress! I checked out the website and it says dry clean only. Do you plan on following that? Also, I hope you do a follow-up post on how the dress does in hot weather. Neoprene is a warm fabric, which can be a good thing and a bad thing…

  • Victoria June 26, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I love the dress!! You wear the print so well. I love the shoes too, they are so simple and chic for the summer. Would you mind doing a quick review of them? I am also petite and have narrow feet.

  • Fictitious Fashion June 26, 2013 at 3:30 am

    woww.. the dress looks fab on you! Beautiful Taj Mahal 🙂

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  • katattack2000 June 26, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Really pretty dress Jean 🙂 Suits you perfectly 🙂

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  • Jeetly Petite June 26, 2013 at 5:11 am

    A really nice dress, gorgeous patterns. Fits well on your frame.
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  • Carla Krae June 26, 2013 at 6:31 am

    If you want to get a swimsuit top in a bra size, measure yourself the same way you would be fitted for a bra, so if you wear a 32 bra normally, go try on swimsuits in that size. Victoria's Secret offers a TON of separates tops starting at 32A with removable padding.

  • drama June 26, 2013 at 8:12 am

    WOW! Amazing dress! And you're so beatiful =*

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  • Tanya June 26, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Cute dress! I'm new to blogging and would appreciate any advice you can give. How did you get such a great following? Thanks!

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  • SIYAAM June 26, 2013 at 9:41 am

    This looks absolutely stunning on you!!
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  • Dice June 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Cute dress! You look great, Jean!

  • lisacng @ expandng.com June 26, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    What a great fit and the Thai clutch goes perfectly. The options you mentioned for work, casual, and night are great too. Hope to see the dress a lot more on the blog or instagram!

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