The days are now crisp and cool (in Boston, at least…certainly not on the West coast from what I hear!) and off-shoulder sweaters are back with a vengeance. I love that they can be warm and comfortable, yet the shoulder-baring detail makes it chic enough for a date or a night out with friends. I was eying this cute dress for a while and finally ordered it, but the length was several inches too long on me. Typically this would just require a simple hem job, but I’ve never hemmed sweater knits and am wary of doing so (if any of you have, let me know in the comments how it worked out!). I figured my best bet would be to find pieces that are supposed to be longer tops instead of actual dresses!
This sweater comes in three fall-ready colors fit the bill, hitting right around where I’d want for a casual dress (the sleeves are regular length so I have them rolled up per usual). It’s also cute as a tunic with leggings and ankle booties for an everyday casual look. For extra warmth I layered a soft blanket scarf on top, and will probably wear this with navy or gray tights and boots next time. Here’s how the sweater looks un-belted:
Leith tunic sweater xs, Vince Camuto booties (old, similar avail. in 8 colors & sz 5 – 12)
I wanted to share a few other Fall finds that I came across at Nordstrom, some of which are on pretty good sale right now. These three types of items come back year after year, and I always get questions on options best suited for petite women!
– Madewell Fleet Utility jacket: I’ve tried on my share of utility jackets, and this one starting in xxs had one of the slimmer fits in the shoulders and throughout the torso. The 100% cotton material is medium weight (thinner than my other army jackets) which makes it less bulky than thicker ones, and the “Military Surplus” color is a perfect weathered olive green. An older color in this jacket just got marked down, and is going quickly!
– Paige Lou Lou Flare jeans in petites (temporarily 40% off): It’s amazing how trends and personal tastes fluctuate over time, as I was obsessed with flare jeans in high school, then wouldn’t touch them with a 10 foot pole, and now am super intrigued by them again because of how flattering they can be. I’ll have more on them in upcoming posts, but I had to mention the popular Paige Lou Lou style is temporarily 40% off right now. These are sold at a variety of stores each year and very rarely get marked down much, especially not this early in the season and with all sizes in stock! I took my regular 24 in these – the darker color, slightly higher rise (these are mid-rise, not really high) and slimming silhouette are super flattering together. Please note the length is pretty long even in petite sizing, so I need about 1.5″ hemmed off.
– Billabong plaid shirt dress – if you’re looking for a comfortable and warm plaid shirtdress, this one fit better than most others I’ve tried on. The “thigh grazing” length looks rather short on the model, which was a tell-tale sign to me that it’d fit petites nicely as a normal length. The 100% cotton material has a slightly nubbly, textured flannel feel to it, and is a little more comfortable against the skin than the Caslon dress I reviewed in this post.