Pleated Florals + Ruffled Off Shoulder Stripe Top

navy floral skirt blazer business casual spring outfit
Jasmine night floral skirt xxs c/o Chicwish (use code SPR20 for extra 20% off)
Ann Taylor heels sz 5, H&M blazer sz 2 altered, Express top c/o xsp

As someone who gravitates towards all things feminine and elegant, it's no surprise how much I love a good floral fit & flare skirt. You can pair one simply with a tee for brunch with friends, dress it up with a lacy or silky top for special occasions, or style it more formally with a blazer for business casual attire.
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This skirt has a navy backdrop with shades of neutral gray and beige, plus a hint of pink throughout the floral pattern. It has a smooth, satiny finish (but is not shiny) and is fully lined with an invisible back zipper. The color scheme is easy to style with spring tones, and looks classic and crisp with just a white blouse. I also love deeper-hued prints, since they can be carried through to cold-weather seasons with tights and a sweater.
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Chicwish makes some of my most favorite (and most affordable) flared skirts that fit with no alterations needed in xxs. See their teal floral skirt reviewed in this blog post and this vibrant red poppy skirt featured in this blog post (note that one is only avail. starting in xs, which should fit a 25" waist). Not every style fits the same, so definitely check the listed measurements for each style and size, especially with non-stretch materials like this one. This particular style in size xxs measures 12" across the waist and 22" in length, which for me sits perfectly at the higher waist and hits at a flattering point right at the knees.
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I've posted about this brand several times before, and want to remind readers of a few things about shopping there. I work with them and accept gifted pieces on occasion, and also regularly order from them on my own to test out their shipping, returns, and customer service (as I do with all sponsors) and provide feedback on those fronts. Chicwish is based in Asia so shipping can take several weeks - in the past I've had some shipping delays on my orders, but I did always receive my purchases. Return shipping costs are at the buyer's expense, and they do have a US-based returns address. To help minimize the need for returns, I always recommend looking for items that already have reviews and customer photos posted at the bottom, so you can see how that piece looks on others fit and color-wise. Shopping at international retailers can be hit or miss, but the hits can result in unique, less-mainstream pieces (not to mention, pieces that might fit better off the rack).
chicwish blue white stripe off shoulder ruffled top
striped top xs c/o, Paige petite jeans (old), Ann Taylor heels, Le Specs sunglasses

I also wanted to share fit info on another Chicwish piece that I got a lot of questions on, both in-person and on IG! This striped ruffle top is SO cute and very on-trend, and is comparable to similar tops that are several times pricier. It's a dramatic piece that's full in the ruffled area and really stands out - the perfect "going out" piece paired simply with white or blue jeans. Note the XS is loose on me so I've tucked it in, and the sleeves are a little long so I wear them folded or rolled. I also carefully snipped off a third partial row of ruffles to make it slightly less full and more proportionate on someone my size. The material is nice quality and wrinkle-resistant (plus stays wrinkle-free after machine washing & drying), and there's a good amount of workmanship to it with all the ruffles and stitching on those ruffles.


Thank you to Chicwish for partnering on this post.

47 comments:

  1. Love the setting of these photos. You look so pretty in the different outfits!

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  2. Gorgeous looks! I am yet to order from them as I have been burned in the past with an international order from Asia, but I look forward to my first purchase whatever it may be.:)

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  3. The first look makes for a great outfit to wear to the office for spring. And the second look is such a statement look which would look great for a classy dinner.

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  4. I love that you're so honest with your sponsored posts. I appreciate that you took the time to test out their shipping when items aren't being sent for review.

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    1. Thank you, Tiffany! I learned the hard way after working with some brands that had terrible customer service and didn't care for feedback. I'd hate for anyone to waste their money because of something I recommended. Chicwish isn't perfect but I've seen their CS improve quite a bit over the years, and hope other brands will follow suit so we can have more options as shoppers!

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  5. Hi love your blog so much as I am a petite person myself and have always had problems trying to find the right size for cloth.

    I have a question. Would you recommend the jasmine floral skirt for a July wedding? Especially for a 4"10 person like me, or would it fall too long?

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    1. Hi Kat! The skirt would be very pretty for a wedding. I'm 2" taller so I imagine it'd be slightly longer on you, however I also love midi-length skirts and wear them quite a bit with skin-toned shoes.

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  6. I love seeing this ruffled top. I've been curious about these styles but as a smaller person I wasn't sure if I could pull it off. You look so great here that it's inspired me to try something along these lines for a fun spring look. Thank you. Xoxo

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    1. Hi Michelle - I think fashion is all about experimenting! The top definitely is more dramatic on a petite frame but I like that it's a statement piece and can jazz up a simple pair of jeans.

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  7. That ruffled top is seriously calling my name! I love that Chicwish skirt too. They have such amazing pieces!

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  8. I really appreciate the suggestions for styling this type of skirt for business casual! Thanks, Jean! Xo, Rebecca

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  9. La Bijoux Bella | by miaMonday, March 06, 2017

    Love the floral skirt ... such a charming style for Spring. :)

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  10. You look perfect with the midi floral skirt!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  11. The dress is so beautiful!
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  12. This skirt is lovely, i love the print on it!

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  13. this is such a pretty skirt, it looks lovely on you.

    xo
    Pinksole

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  14. Gorgeous look, I've been looking to pick up one of these full skirts for the office because I agree, they look really nice with a cropped blazer (never would have guessed yours is from H&M btw!)
    Have a great Monday!
    Much Love, Karen
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  15. Hi Jean,

    THANK YOU for providing us petite girls with additional resources to shop for clothes. It's super difficult to find clothes that fit when you are 5 ft tall, esp jeans or dress.

    A few question if you have time to answer,
    * What is your experience with sizing for petite at Club Monaco and Zara? I love those 2 brands but always find it hard to find the right size for me. It's a hit or miss (sizing wise) for me.
    * What is your favorite petite friendly jeans?
    * Any recommendations for a wedding guest dress?


    On a side note, I've found Chicwish (and other greats brands) through you and love the items so far. The items are much better compared to other Chinese website like Shein (terrible fit and quality).

    http://www.chicwish.com/prairie-check-rabato-coat-by-chic.html
    http://www.chicwish.com/textured-belted-trench-coat-in-grey.html


    Once again, thank you and keep up the great work =)

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    1. Hi Thao - I love both Club Monaco and Zara but usually need to get things altered. They're both definitely designed for taller ladies. For jeans I swear by J.Brand's cropped jeans, but every wash and color is different so not all the denim is of the same thickness and quality. If you go through my blog you'll see my favorite styles on repeat.

      I'm so happy to hear that you loved the two coats! And I'll be doing a lot of posts over the next few weeks on wedding guest wear, so stay tuned!

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    2. Thank you for the thoughtful response ^_^
      I'll definitely check out Jbrand jeans and will be on the lookout for future posts. (I'm always lurking on this blog anyways)

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  16. Thanks for sharing some different brands! I do have a hard time buying things from places I haven't tried when return shipping is not free, but maybe I'll check them out anyway. It's always nice to find good petite stores.

    -Kirsten // pork & cookies

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  17. This is why I love your blog - you've always been upfront and honest about your partnerships and the experience you've had with them! Love these outfits, especially with spring just around the corner!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Mckenzie! And sigh...Spring can't come soon enough. There's snow in our forecast again this weekend : (

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  18. This skirt is so lovely and so is this striped top! I'm seeing so many versions of this striped top with the off-the-shoulder look! Love it! Definitely going add a couple to my wardrobe for spring!

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  19. This is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for spring!

    Katie | Willow and White

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  20. Always love your posts ;)

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  21. I'm dying over that ruffled one shoulder! And I LOVE your honesty! You're such a breath of fresh air, and I'm sure companies appreciate that too! Curious to see your video about snipping off the third layer, I might do that too! Even though I'm no where near as small as you lol.

    xo, jess

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  22. The oversized floral print is gorgeous!
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  23. Such a pretty skirt! And love the top- you are so brave to alter it yourself but it was a great decision!
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  24. I love your skirt and that ruffled stripe top!
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

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  25. I love those shoes and your hair!

    xo,
    Jane Northey
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  26. Lovely outfit. That skirt is so beautiful!
    xx

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  27. I absolutely love the ruffled top. I love that dramatic top details are still going on strong this season!

    Suzie Q
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  28. Love the skirt, perfect for spring.

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  29. Hi Jean!
    I never knew such a European-like city existed in US until your first post about Charleston. I am just wondering if you think that it would be a safe destination for a single female traveller? How many days do you recommend someone stays there? (Now that you have been there twice.) And what you would recommend in terms of a budget? I am usually a budget traveller. Thank you and I check for new posts everyday. I couldn't care less about social media but I only check your blog. Love your outfits and travel posts!

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    1. Hi Susan! Charleston is definitely safe in my opinion for an independent female traveler. I'd recommend 3 to 4 days, depending how much you want to see and do. It's a small city which I love, but some activities and historical sights are outside of the downtown area and would require a car / Uber. I feel it's a little harder for a budget trip just because lodging within the city is on the pricier side, and they have a 10% tax on top of everything which can really add up. However I'm sure with your travel experience you can be resourceful (I haven't checked out air b&bs and such in the city yet). Hope that helps!

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    2. Hi Jean - Did you get a chance to visit Xiao Bao Biscuit, which you listed as a place to visit in your Charleston guide? If so, how was it? Can't wait to see your updated Charleston guide! You always choose the best restaurants!!

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    3. To anonymous - yes we finally got to visit! We'd say Xiao Bao is best for those going in with an open mind and not expecting traditional, authentic Asian food. It's a little pricier for the small-plate portions but we did appreciate some of the spins on traditional flavors. And they have a big focus on their cocktail menu (which most Asian restaurants do not), so do check it out if you enjoy a good mixed drink with your dinner.

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    5. Thank you Jean for responding ! This place sounds excellent!! Can't wait to try it!!

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  30. Thanks for another great post Jean!! Is there a link to the IG video story you did about the ruffled shirt? Is it no longer available? Thanks again!

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    1. Hi Olivia - I think I responded to you in a newer post, but let me know if you have any remaining questions!

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  31. Hi Jean, the sales tax is a minimum of 13% in Toronto (this is at an all-time low, I might add), so 10% is good news to me. =) I am a budget traveller, but also not afraid to splurge here and there. What would you say is a good budget for a comfortable 4 day trip there? I just don't know anyone who has been to South Carolina, it doesn't seem like a very popular destination for us Ontarians.

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    1. Hi Susan - oh man, that's really tough for me to estimate and I don't think there's one number I can give you in general. The restaurants vary significantly in terms of price (I tried to denote the range using $$ in my Charleston travel guide last year). Also, we opted to just walk around leisurely vs do a lot of the popular activities like visiting historic sights or taking guided tours, so am not sure what admission fees are for those. I think the best way to estimate your budget is pick the places you want to eat at and the activities that interest you, and add it up from there.

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    2. Thank you for taking the time to respond. =)

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  32. I'm in love with this skirt! I really, really am

    Greetings from France

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