I wore this dress in NY on a pleasantly mild day, and again last weekend with black tights and ankle booties. When I first posted it on Instagram, I could tell the bell sleeves were an instant love-it-or-hate-it feature. I personally love them and thought they were a romantic nod to fashion from another era without being dated. This dress is fully (actually doubly) lined though the torso and skirt, but I like how the sleeves are unlined to show off some skin that's only noticeable closer up.
I got to try on both the white and navy as spring samples from the Eliza J team...here's how the navy looks on me off the rack in 0P:
I didn't mind the length as-is, but liked it a tiny bit better on me shorter. It was so minor, but I showed Nick two pictures with the hem pinned up vs. unpinned and he agreed. I rarely attempt alterations myself, but this looked easy enough! The lace had a thicker border right where I wanted to shorten it to, so I simply cut off the bottom-most part and then did a normal hem job on the two layers of lining underneath.
Measurements of a 0p: 13.5" across shoulders, 15.5" across armpits, 13" across waist, 33.5" total length. If you are my size exactly, the waist will be a little loose. I keep hoping Eliza J will add size 00p since I'm sure there'd be demand for it...maybe if they hear the request from enough potential customers! Here are some of their other pretty dresses that do come in petite sizing, starting in either 0p or 2p (ps - my floral maxi dress from this blog post is back in stock once again!).
These pics were snapped at the Refinery Rooftop in NYC, which was a cute place with nice views for brunch. It's thankfully enclosed by a clear tent during winter, with space heaters a-plenty. Seems like it'd be a cute shower or event venue too at night, with all the city lights glimmering!