April Showers

WHBM white dress with bowPetite (detachable) bow sheath, clutch, and scarf thanks to White House Black Market, Kate Spade heels

I hope each of you had a wonderful weekend! I spent mine with some girlfriends down in Newport, RI, a charming town which I’d highly recommend to those visiting New England in the summer. There’s wineries, waterfront activities, seafood, shopping, and of course the stunning historical mansions just within ~1.5 hrs of Boston. We made the most of the trip despite rain, which has been in the forecast all too often this month! WHBM white dress7Rain or shine, I’m teaming with WHBM today to share one of my favorite pieces from their current petites collection. I first suggested this dress while it was on pre-order, and now that I’ve tried it on, the fit and quality does not disappoint. It’s elegant in its simplicity with a hint of retro which I love. Only select WHBM stores carry petite sizing (two of which are in the NYC area), but they do offer free shipping & return shipping on full-priced petite orders online. WHBM white dress2This dress pairs easily for work with a cropped blazer / cardigan or shirt layered underneath, and is dressy enough to serve as cocktail attire with a wrap and fun clutch. For a more casual setting, I’ve added a gauzy, patterned scarf and broken-in denim jacket. I also wanted to show this dress both with and without the detachable belt, or with an alternate belt.
WHBM white dress1 smallThis dress in 00 petite fit me well as shown without any alterations. The torso and waist were fitted with a little extra room at the hips (typical of many items I try on, probably due to my straighter hips). The belt measured a little wider in circumference than the waist of the dress – it fits fine as-is, but I shifted the snap closure buttons over about 2″ which resulted in a more slimming look.
WHBM white dress For those interested in this dress, I want to note a few other fit points. The black band on this dress hits 1-2″ above my natural waist, so in-between where an empire and a regular waist band. The bust of this dress is shaped by curved seaming into a cup-like silhouette, which may result in extra space for those below a full A cup. The length in petite is spot-on for me right at the knee. Quality in my opinion is very good in a thicker, stretchy ponte-like material with full lining and invisible back zipper.

Measurements of 00P, for reference (material has stretch): 15″ across armpits, 12 3/8″ across waist, 16.5″ across hips, 12″ length from shoulder to center of black waistband, 35″ total length. Detachable bow belt is 12 3/4″ across when lying flat and stretches.
WHBM white dress6


61 thoughts on “April Showers

  • Julie April 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

    You look stunning! I love this classic look–and the stripes with the polk dots is adorable. Where is that umbrella from?

    Style by Joules

  • Dressed with soul April 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

    So sorry that you had so much rain! My weekend was great, thanks for asking although it rained here in Bavaria on Sunday, too. And I adore your outfit, you look simple wonderful with this perfect white dress and the denim jacket.

    xx Rena


  • Mei Fleming April 28, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Gorgeous dress! Such a ladylike loo and so glam! Love it dressed up.

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  • Emilia Jane April 28, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Ditto Julie! LOVE the whole post but I'm dying to know where the umbrella is from!! <3

  • Soy April 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    absolutely love your style so much!

  • Le monde des petites April 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    In love with your dress and your outfit!!!
    You are beautiful!!! <3


    Le monde des petitse

  • Berty Morales April 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Very stunning!

  • Suzie Q April 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Such a cute photoshoot in the rain! The dress is so classic and elegant, I love the way you styled it both formally and casually!

    Suzie Q

  • Helen Veyna April 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I absolutely love this outfit. You always have the greatest finds for petite women! I really love how you styled it with the jean jacket. It's great for when you want to transition from day to night.
    -Helen Grace


  • Meg Sylvia April 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    So pretty & classy! I love it dressed down a bit with the jean jacket.

  • Sheez Petite April 28, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Love the scarf and blue heels!

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  • Almeida April 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    What a pretty dress! / almeidas.se

  • Jennifer Mc Beal April 28, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I love your blog, I like the way you mix expensice and low cost brands!

    I've opened a blog, if you like to check that out! http://ecochicmuse.blogspot.it/

    Ciao from Italy!

  • andrea April 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Love this dress…you've styled it perfectly!



  • Anonymous April 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Hi, What kind of shirt do you recommend to wear underneath for work? I alsolove the umbrella. If WHBM gave it to you tell them to sell it!! I want one.

  • EM April 28, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I'm really in love with that dress, it's such a great cut and fit on you.


  • Ann April 28, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I love every single pic in this post <3333333

  • Miss Hot Couture April 28, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Very classic dress!

    Cheresa @ http://www.misshotcouture.blogspot.com

  • dm April 29, 2014 at 2:15 am

    That first picture is PERFECT!

    I am almost hysterical with desire for this dress too. Seriously, this blog is full of most beautiful outfits but THIS one?? It's too much!!

    ~From an admiring reader in India.

  • Janna Dana April 29, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Very chic outfits ! I love your hermes belt and your shoes !

  • TaraMixandMatch April 29, 2014 at 6:28 am

    This dress is perfect on you, I love the bow!

  • Annaizzie April 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I love black and white! So classic and timeless. We have been having a fair share of rain in Wisconsin too, where did you get that adorable umbrella?

  • Champagne Star April 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Very cute dress! It's so hard for me to find sheath dresses that actually fit me perfectly (usually the fit in the chest but are too loos in the shoulder and arm areas), but this petite one looks like it fits great.

  • Sandy a la Mode April 29, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    in love w/ all the black and white details here!!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  • Martha D April 29, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I love the bow on the first picture!

  • Christine de Leon April 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm
  • Happiness at Mid Life April 30, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Great dress on you! I am a huge fan of WHBM quality – I have pieces from there that I've had for years and still looks as good as they day I bought it.


  • Anonymous April 30, 2014 at 4:15 am

    I have been looking for a dress like that for several years! There was always something wrong in color (light in the middle and dark top and bottom made me look square) or muted colors that would ruin the idea or something wrong with the design, but this one looks absolutely like my dream dress (and comes with a bow!)
    So thank you so much for this post, bought it immediately online. Hope the size is right.
    And they have f&f; for 20% off with code 16278 so I didn't think even a second. 🙂

  • Window On My Wardrobe April 30, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I absolutely love that dress, so pretty!

    X Sara

  • Graciela April 30, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Love all possible options, dress is absolutely beautiful and you look stunning in it!
    Thanks for sharing!


  • Petite-ish April 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Great styling with the umbrella – a perfect retro look! All it needs are some black and white t-strap or wingtip heels!

  • Reike April 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    the dress is beautiful and you look stunning in it!
    Thanks you very much

  • Giovanna April 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Such a cute look! Love how you added the jean jacket and scarf for a more casual touch!


  • yennie April 30, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    love the look! have been a follower of your blog.
    I was wondering if you could do a post on styling with rain boots – I always have trouble finding a pair that is not too big in the calves. Thank you!

  • iDreammart May 1, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Ya, it's really perfect for summer time. Short, simple just awesome in looks and comfy too. Great design, absolutely pretty one.

  • Anonymous May 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    cute outfit, but the bust of the dress comes down too low. it's particularly noticeable in the second and last photos.

  • Sue May 1, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Jean, I am a long time reader of yours. Love your blog! I am taking a one-day trip to Boston in about a month. Since you are in Boston, would you have any recommendations of must-go? We will have midmorning to early afternoon (about 4 hours) of wondering around time before taking a flight at the Boston Logan airport. We are hoping to get a car service (trying to find one who is not expensive) to take us to a few places/stops prior to dropping off at the airport? Any recommendations will be great, e.g. MIT? Sorry to be writing you here but I can't find a contact us page. Hope this is okay.

  • Wesley Ramirez May 1, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I love your posts! I was horribly lost when it came to nice styles for work and play, but you have shown me the way!

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award. It's a form of recognition for new up-and-coming bloggers. I know that you are very experienced and have many followers, but I cheated and added you because I enjoy your posts so much. You can see my post at: http://workingnerdalert.blogspot.com/2014/05/nostalgia-moment-liebster-award.html

  • heyxgrace May 1, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Jean! Have you been to Prada lately? They've changed the shape of the double zip Saffiano totes! I got sent a damaged one so I exchanged it but I couldn't quite put my finger on what was off. Now, they're more on the square side instead of the former rectangular shape they were known for. I'd love to get your opinion on them?


  • FaFoFi May 2, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Hey Jean,

    Sorry for being such a creep! It was nice seeing you outside of Copley. I'm pretty socially awkward normally, but it really came out in that interaction. I've been a fan of your blog for a long time. =) I was excited to talk to you and it all came out wrong. I hope you and your friend weren't too creeped out!

  • william May 2, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Simply Superb

  • Sara Girão May 2, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Problem of my life. Hips! I would say I'm a petite on my torso (size S or 34 EU size) and a normal size on my bottom part (hips – M/L or 38 EU size). So nothing that fits me on my upper part will fit me on the bottom…. :/ and if I get the size that fits on the bottom it will look super big on the upper part.. I always go for A-line skirts and dresses. I feel sad for not wearing those silhouette dresses but I look so disproportionate..

    Any tips for what can I do to look good in fitted dresses?

    Love your blog! xD

  • Jean May 2, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Ah not at all! I was so excited to meet you – hopefully next time we will get to actually chat : ) Enjoy what seems to be the beginning (finally!) of Spring in Boston!

  • Jean May 2, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Hi Sue! Please shoot me an email (under my "Advertise" page) and i'll try to compile you some ideas!

  • Jean May 2, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Uh oh…I have not, but what a bummer when they change the design of items in their classic line!

  • Jean May 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Hi yennie! if you search rain boots in my side bar I have reviewed and shown a few options…I usually wear hunters kids with a liner sock.

  • Jean May 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Please keep me posted on how it works out! The F&F; is great timing : )

  • Jean May 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Annaizzie – it was provided by WHBM but unfortunately they don't sell it : /

  • Jean May 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I wore this the other day with black & white gingham, and have also done just a simple black short sleeve tee – just make sure the neckline of tee is low enough to not show.

  • Jean May 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Julie & Emilia below -Umbrella was provided by WHBM but unfortunately they don't sell it : / The brand is Peresotti I believe!

  • Unknown May 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Any guidance on your Hermes belt?

  • Anonymous May 3, 2014 at 3:30 am

    I am not a fan of commenting, but find myself having to chime in on your blog regularly. Your photos are amazing! That dress is absolutely incredible on you. You had to have stopped traffic there. Totally stunning. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work of art, which has lifted my spirits, and for giving a voice to not only petite women, but also to Asian women, who are so underrepresented in the media and fashion.

  • Amy Luo May 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Jean! I usually don't comment but that scarf you have on is amazing. Where did you get it? I clicked on the link and it doesn't bring it up nor does the White House Black market site.

  • Jean May 7, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Hi Amy, I looked online and think the scarf sold out over the past week. Usually I search floral scarf and it comes up…perhaps your local stores may still have it in stock?

  • Jean May 7, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Thank you for your kind words & for taking the time to stop by… I really appreciate it!

  • Jean May 7, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I used to recommend TPF, but I heard they stopped authenticating Hermes belts on eBay (not positive though) so unfortunately I don't have valuable guidance…there are so many fakes in the secondhand market I would hate to misguide someone and have you end up with a replica : / My bf got this one through one of the second hand luxury item sites which I don't remember exactly (now there is LXR & Co, fashionphile, yoogi's closet, Malleries, etc) which I would feel more comfortable buying from since they hire experts to authenticate.

  • Jean May 7, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Sara, I have many friends who are blessed with a curvy figure like yourself. You have already discovered the shape that works best for you (I imagine those A line pieces look stunning on you and i'd stick to that). For fitted items they always size up to the piece that fits the widest part of their body (ie hips), then alter down the rest (the waist and bust).

  • Sara Girão May 14, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Thank you Jean, next thing to do – find a trusty and not expensive place to alter my clothes. I would love that shops had clothes to real women…and shoes for small feet.
    XoXo from Portugal 😀

  • Trendy On A Budget May 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Love this outfit, Jean! Hope you had a wonderful weekend in Newport!

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