Midnight Lace with LUISAVIAROMA

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The whirlwind of weddings last year in our circle of friends has given way to a steady stream of babies this year. It's incredible how life events come in such close waves, and my fear is it all goes by too quickly! We're trying to take it slow and enjoy the few weddings we do have this year, including an upcoming one next month. I'll be wearing this dress, which has transitional midnight tones but is still heat-friendly with lace cutouts all around the torso.
luisa via roma self portrait lace dress
Today's post is in partnership with LUISAVIAROMA, an Italian-based retailer with a huge assortment of handbags, shoes, and apparel from top designers around the world. They offer free express shipping and return shipping internationally, plus cover all taxes / duties which can be significant on big purchases.self portrait blue lace dress fall wedding_extra petite blog
I found several pieces from my wardrobe available at their store, including this Gucci soho disco bag (still available in the popular tan color), the classic Ferragamo Varina flats and Vara low pumps, the smaller version of my beloved Saint Laurent bag, and no shortage of Valentino studded pumps. As a sidenote I wanted to mention Ferragamo now makes a wider "C" width for their popular Varina and Vara styles starting in smaller sizes (before, it was only for sizes 6 and up)! Mine in a regular 5 B width were painfully narrow to break in - I finally got to try on a pair in their size 5 C recently and it made quite the difference in comfort. I only wish they had offered it sooner!self portrait navy lace short dress_extra petite blog boston
I've gotten a few questions from readers on the sizing & fit of Self Portrait pieces and whether they are petite-friendly. I've admired the stunning, intricately-detailed dresses from this brand on others many-a-times, but usually on tall and leggy ladies so wasn't sure what to expect. After trying on several styles including their signature Azalea dress, I'd say the lace pieces definitely run on the smaller side with size US 0 / UK 4 fit more like a 00 (measuring 12" or smaller across the waist). In some of them, a size up was more comfortable on me for extra breathing room in the torso! I haven't yet tried on their non-lace styles, but heard those may run bigger.
gianvito rossi plexi pumps self portrait dress outfit
The midi dresses that look below-the-knee length on the models are closer to mid-calf length on someone my height (about 5 feet tall), and the slim shoulder straps are not adjustable, so may need to be shortened on petites. The above-the-knee ones like the Louisa dress I'm wearing however fit shorter ladies well right off the rack. This one looked very mini on the model and fit me as shown in a US 2 / UK 6 with no alterations.
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Thank you to LUISAVIAROMA and Shopstyle for partnering on this post.
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  1. La Bijoux Bella | by miaMonday, July 25, 2016

    Such a cute look! :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  2. Oh I am so in love with this dress.. It looks amazing on you!!!! This confirms my desire to find a self portrait dress for my upcoming engagement shoot...!!!

    Jessica || Cubicle Chic

  3. The dress looks absolutely beautiful on you. I'm a lot curvier so unfortunately I don't think the gorgeous Self Portrait dresses would work on me but my wallet is definitely happy haha!


  4. This dress is SERIOUSLY swoon-worthy. I've been dying over the Self Portrait pieces because they all look so intricate and delicate, in such a beautiful way.


  5. Thank you for the information on the SP sizing. I actually heard the dresses run huge so never purchased even though they make my DREAM dresses.

  6. This post is gorgeous all around - the dress, your hair and makeup, the setting, and of course you! :)

  7. That is such a beautiful dress! The detail is so beautiful and I love the way the blue lace pops against the nude slip of the dress.

    Sweet Helen Grace

  8. Love the dress! It's so stylish and cute.

  9. Love this look and the lipstick! What lipstick are you using?

  10. This is such a gorgeous dress on you!!! I love self portrait dresses!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

  11. The dress is drop dead gorgeous! Sigh !

  12. The dress is so pretty. I adore the lace detail and the color combination of navy blue with the blush pink slip underneath. You look lovely!

    xo, Suzie Q

  13. I love this dress!!! It fits you like a glove!! ❤️

  14. Amazing dress!

  15. Love this dress!


  16. You look gorgeous! Love the color of this dress.


  17. I love the look! Could you please do more posts on clothes for work? Especially for a conservative environment.

  18. This dress is gorgeous! Perfectly styled!

  19. Love your hair in these images, I have been a self-portrait fan for ages now.


  20. I have adored Self Portrait for the last few months and this confirms that SP is one of my favorite brands! #swoon

    You look amazing, Jean! xo

  21. Simply stunning. Effortlessly elegant and graceful.

  22. Wow, that dress is just stunning! x


  23. Hi Jean! I'm from Boston too. I was wondering where you generally take photos, as the backgrounds you have are so beautiful. I really like taking portraits of people and was hoping to use a few spots that were similar. Thank you!! =)

  24. You look stunning, Jean! I love Luisa Via Roma! x

    Jen | affecionada

  25. Beautiful dress!!!


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  27. Thanks for the review of a shorter Self Portrait dress! I tried the Azalea and it was just too long, and seemed like it would be difficult to hem since it has such intricate detailing.
    - D

  28. This dress is so pretty! I love the navy color and the delicate lace. Self Portrait's designs are gorgeous, and I think they are definitely worth the price!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  29. I have a thing for lace, it always looks amazing.

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  30. Love the dress, however, it is extremely pricey despite I am a well-paid working girl. Can you find us something that's more reasonably priced? Like less than $200?

  31. Hi Jean!

    Can you please do a review on the Plexi heel?


  32. Did you find the 0 or the 2 a better fit in the azaelea dress? I've been waffling between sizes before ordering online. Thanks!