Summer Casual: Lace-Up Striped Dress

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Hollister dress sz S (also comes in black) c/o, Soludos shoes sz 5, AJM sunglasses

Back when we were house-hunting in Boston, outdoor space was a requirement that Nick wasn't willing to give up (especially after letting go of "parking spot," which drives us nuts to this day...oy, those dreaded parking & towing tickets!). The search took us a while but was worth the wait, as we lucked out with a roof deck overlooking the heart of our city. It's a quiet respite where we love to watch the sunset together and unwind after a long day.
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Today's post is in partnership with Hollister, which a few of you have recommended for petite-friendly finds (specifically, skirts that fit narrow at the waist and jeans that come in "short" lengths). If you look past the large logos section, there are finds to be had that fit nicely, and can be both age-appropriate and versatile.
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This knit dress has modest elbow-length sleeves and combines classic stripes with more of-the-moment lace-up and tassel details. Whenever I see the word "bodycon" I automatically order a size up, which can sometimes make the difference between a nightclub dress or one that you can be comfy and casual in. A size S is a shift-style fit on me, so stick to your usual size if you want a more shapely look.
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Here are two other pieces I picked up recently that are petite-friendly (and now on sale):
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I love the idea of a high-waisted short as an alternative to dresses for "going out" outfits. These lace ones come in vibrant colors and have a pretty floral edged hemline. Pair it with a short top or tuck one in - just make sure to showcase the higher waist for a visually longer leg line. The size 00 runs small and measures 12" across the waist and 16.25" across the hips without stretch. These are a snug fit on me at my natural waistline, and I've also worn them casually just with flat sandals and a cropped tee.
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Hollister ribbed wrap sweater (7 colors) sz XS, full outfit details in this blog post

You guys have already seen this wrap sweater blogged, but I'll try to show how it looks un-tucked soon. Despite the long sleeves, the torso length is actually pretty petite-friendly, shorter in the front with a "folded under" look. The XS measures 19" long in the front hitting right by my hips, and also looks cute with ankle pants, boyfriend jeans or distressed shorts.

Thank you to Hollister for partnering on this post.


  1. I love that H&M blouse and get bummed every time you feature it that it's old! Cute Hollister picks!

    Jen | affecionada

  2. Jean, I have been reading your blog ever since you had the old domain name.
    You always look so classy! Do you have any tips on looking classy?
    I notice that some people who dress business casual or professional tend to have the "sexy secretary" look, look plain boring (blacks, greys), look more fashionable than professional, or look distracting (colors too loud, accessories too chunky).
    You have the perfect blend of fashion and business at the same time.
    How do you look fashionable (able to wear different colors, patterns, styles, clothes from fast fashion stores) and classy (professional, modest, timeless) at the same time?
    Could you perhaps do a blog post on dressing classy? Is it the clothes' fit, quality, style, etc?
    I love your blog also! Thanks for sharing your fashion journey from the early days until now!

    1. Haha oh my gosh, don't remind me of the old domain! Thank you for your sweet comment and I can't tell you how much it means to me that you still find the time to stop by after all these years. I will definitely keep your suggestion in mind for a future post. In short, though, I generally stick to a few silhouettes that I feel look mature and work for me (A-line skirts, tapered pencil skirts, skinny ankle pants, cropped blazers). Within those pieces I usually stick to a range of neutrals that feel feminine but classic to me (navy, gray, cream, light pink) while mixing in maybe one bolder pattern or color, like the print on this skirt. Proper fit is also crucial - I think a lot of times the sexy secretary look comes with the wrong fit, like a skirt that hugs the hips and butt too tightly, or a shirt that's too low or popping at the bust, etc. I hope this makes sense and helps a bit!

    2. Thanks so much for your reply Jean! I didn’t expect you to reply so soon! & yes, your answer made perfect sense, thanks so much!
      Also awesome job on all your success – blog, marriage, newspaper & magazine features, & even Loft window ad in Times Square!

  3. La Bijoux Bella | by miaMonday, August 01, 2016

    Love the outfits . . . Always a petite look and beautiful! :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  4. Great style! ;)

  5. Loving the tan wedges Jean and the roundup. I hope you had a lovely weekend.
    MariaOnPoint | Find me on IG

  6. My favorite Hollister outfit of yours is with the lace shorts. It's a pretty color, and it's such a chic look paired with the draped top.

    xo, Suzie Q

  7. I'm surprised that dress came from Hollister. The lace-up neck is cute and it definitely is a modest length. I laughed when you mentioned the large logo section. I don't really like wearing large logos emblazoned on things. Same with words.

  8. Love all of them!!

    will check their website ;)

  9. I've been looking for a pair of white sunglasses, love these!
    I post every Monday and Thursday, I would love it if you checked out my blog!

  10. Such cute outfits! I never think to shop at Hollister but I'm giving it a second thought!


  11. Hi Jane! I heard Soludo shoes tend to be smaller - do you think size 5 would fit for normal size 4-4.5 (EU/China size 34)?

    1. Hi Jessica - their styles are not very consistently sized, unfortunately! What exact style are you looking at? This one says it runs small, but I didn't really think so. The leather stretches a little to fit your feet, so I think it would fit a 4.5 maybe but will be too big on a regular size 4.

    2. Hi Jessica, I wear a 4.5 and purchased the leather Soludos in a 5 and it fit perfectly.

  12. Hi Jean,

    I ordered these lace green shorts but they seem to flare out. Do you notice the leg holes being wide and flared?



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