Soft pink + florals: ASOS petites fit and flare dress

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True Decadence petites dress sold at ASOS (runs small)
Kate Spade watch, Ray-Ban sunglasses in gold/brown (nose pads self-adjusted)

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I saw this dress pop up months ago on asos.com and kept coming back to it. The shorter length and lower neckline are undoubtedly a little “young” compared to what I typically wear. Also, I find it very hard to gauge materials when online shopping, and thought the floral print material of this dress in-person could either be stunning or be like grandma's curtains. Nevertheless I ended up ordering it, and am happy to report it’s a gorgeous, textured material (wish it came through more clearly in photos!). It feels and looks high quality in my opinion, and the construction is also well thought out with a built-in tulle layer to keep the skirt’s shape. Not to mention, the silhouette is very fun and feminine. Just while taking these photos, I were stopped three times by strangers asking where they could get this dress, so it’s definitely a conversation piece!
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Fit & sizing: I’m wearing a 0 petite (no alterations) which I would say runs 1 to 2 sizes smaller than American petite brands...

For reference, I typically buy 00P in LOFT/AT dresses and alter the torso, however this dress was a snug fit without much give. As you can see, the neckline is on the lower side, however not as low as this Asos dress I reviewed here. I feel a benefit of having a smaller chest is that lower necklines such as this don’t look as scandalous. I wouldn’t recommend this dress for those who are curvier at the bust. The chest area is cut snug and the material doesn’t stretch – a 0P had no room to give on my 30a bust. The waistline of this dress is also on the higher side. It hit around my natural waist, but may be too high on someone a few inches taller. The sizing for ASOS’ brands is tough to nail down, but they at least offer free shipping & easy free returns which is pretty awesome for an overseas retailer.

Measurements of a 0 petite: 14.5" across the armpits, 12.5" across the waist, 31" length.
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Material: Non-stretch, linen-like poly textured fabric that doesn't wrinkle much. I had this dress pretty much crushed in a small carry-on suitcase, and it popped back to life with the tulle petticoat and was pretty much wrinkle-free. It's fully lined in 100% cotton.
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^ tulle half "petticoat"
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I also thought the pieced construction was a sign of quality. This gives the dress nice curvature and helps it taper more closely against your body before flaring out. Back when I took sewing lessons, I was always much too lazy to make a dress involving cutting out and sewing together so many pieced panels!

PS - I recently made my Snapchat stories public to share some fashion snippets (like a behind-the-scenes clip from this photoshoot) and also Nick & my daily shenanigans. Feel free to find me there @extrapetite ! For those who aren't familiar with Snapchat stories yet, each snap or video expires in 24 hours so I check in to view my favorites at least once a day!
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48 comments:

  1. This dress is from Asos? It's so lovely and I want to own it immediately, too, as I have a huge weakness for floral dresses in general :) You look really adorable <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  2. This is absolutely something I would wear! Love it!

    olce Kisses ♥

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  3. The built-in tulle gives the dress such a cute flare structure, very lovely! The floral prints are gorgeous too, such a pretty dress!

    Prudence
    www.prudencepetitestyle.com

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  4. How sweet that dress is, just awesome. You are like a fairy tail princess in that floral print. Pity, it was sold out of smallest sizes, otherwise I would have ordered it right away :) Best wishes from Finland --Anu

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  5. Super cute look! I love this flirty silhouette! You look great!

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  6. I saw this on your Insta and thought it was so cute! It's one of those items though that I think looks absolutely lovely on others but not so much on myself. I'm still tempted to buy it, that cut looks so great and I think we're the same size (I may be a little taller) but I'm soooo used to dark colors that I'd feel so strange in florals! If they made this in a wine or deep purple color, I'd be all over it. You look gorgeous!

    coffeeslag

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  7. Such a beautiful & feminine dress! Love it for Spring! =)

    ~Alyssa~
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  8. Love it...and thanks for all the sizing information. I'm always a bit cold in the spring - do you have suggestions for something cute to wear over it that might not come off but still show off the lines?

    mystyledouble.com

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    1. Depending on the occasion, a cropped blazer or a shrunken fit denim jacket would be cute!

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  9. Oh my gosh I WANT this dress!!
    I'm a fellow petite blogger :)
    http://dinkydanni.blogspot.co.uk/
    x

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  10. So pretty! You look like a piece of art. No lie! <3

    Enclothed Cognition
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  11. I love this so much but it would never fit my 28FF bust. SIGH. Looks gorgeous on you though.

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  12. love this gorgeous dress on you! I'm petite as well, so I'll definitely check this out!

    xoxo
    Karen
    http://kensingtonwest.me.uk

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  13. The dress looks lovely on you! Love the structure and print:)

    www.vanessasrunway.com

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  14. Love this look!
    The dress is super cute and it fits you perfectly!

    Xxo
    Jessi Malay
    http://www.mywhitet.com/

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  15. I love this dress! I've been so obsessed with florals lately. Great look!

    www.vanitysalad.com

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  16. Jean, Love your photos and dress as always. Can you please explain the ASOS sizing to me. Last time I was there they had 00, 0, 1, and 2. Do you typically take the 0P? Would the 00 (not sure if it is petite or regular?) work for you? What is the 1? (When they rolled that out, I completely gave up.)

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    1. It's so confusing...this is actually not ASOS brand, but True Decadence which is a brand that they just sell. I just tried the smallest size offered which was a 0P for this brand, and it was snug.

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  17. Your floral dress is so refreshing to see now. And your clutch is adorable! x

    Cynthia
    www.pinchofchic.com

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  18. That is such a pretty dress! I actually was browsing through ASOS recently because I've been on a hunt for floral fit and flare dress since I think it would be perfect for spring/summer weddings, and I can't believe I didn't see this one! You look lovely in it!

    xo, Suzie Q
    StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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  19. Such a lovely dress Jean. I love the floral print. Unfortunately, the dress would be too short for me, and I don't have nice legs so I don't like wearing dresses or skirts that are too short haha. Btw, those sunglasses make you look chic and cool at the same time :)

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment! Honestly this is short even for my preferences...ideally it'd be a knee length dress in the same pretty print! I figured it doesn't hurt to go outside my comfort zone once in a while though...

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  20. Love it, but it's sold out :( how can I get them to restock?

    xoxo,
    Patty

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  21. I love floral prints, your dress is beautiful

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  23. Wow that dress looks so beautiful! I think asos is really on point with their style atm!
    Ellie x
    http://therawstylist.co.uk

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  24. Excellent look! xoxo

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  25. Love floral prints and the dress looks lovely on you. A question-- when taking pictures in public, do you ever feel self-conscience? I've been stuck on my balcony these days because I feel so awkward snapping outfit photos in public!

    comfychicblog.com

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    1. Yes, definitely, but it's something I think every blogger needs to get used to! We sometimes work around it by shooting very early, when there isn't too much foot traffic yet in the city.

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  26. Gorgeous dress!
    Irene
    blameitonstyle.com

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  27. You look so gorgeous every day, I can't imagine what your engagement/wedding photos will be like! Do you have any outfits in mind for engagement photos? Or have you already done that?

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    1. Thank you, Van! We haven't taken engagement photos yet, but I'm thinking something like the Eliza J blue/white maxi would be perfect!

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  28. hi Jean, do you mind sharing what brand of sunscreen you use for a sunny day at the beach or beach vacation. Do you wear make up over sunscreen or you make already have SPF? thanks in advance Jean !

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    1. I just looked in my bag and have three different brands, so I really am not brand-loyal! I like the spray kind but sometimes it's tough to get really even coverage. I do put makeup on over sunscreen if I'm going to the beach, because I like to use 50 or higher SPF and most makeup does not have that much coverage.

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  29. This dress is just darling on you, Jean! What a great find for spring!

    XO Courtney
    www.colormecourtney.com

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  30. Hi Jean!

    I'm about to order from Asos for the first time, but not sure what size to get. Would you say their sizing is similar to Topshop?

    Thanks!
    Diep
    www.serendiepity.blogspot.com

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  31. Hi, To be honest the print is quite bold which in my mind makes the dress look cheap... The accessories are nice.

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  32. I ordered the dress immediately after reading your post. It just arrived today, and I am so happy with it. It looks gorgeous, but sadly I think I need to return it because the waistly is a bit too high for me (I'm 5'2"). And the armpit is a bit too tight to my liking. Other than that, the material feels high quality and it does look very beautiful!

    Amadea
    heyamadea.com

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