As my fellow Nordstrom shoppers may know, early access starts tomorrow (Thursday 7/13) for their biggest sale of the year! I’ve been getting your messages all month about sale reviews – you guys are on top of it! For those who aren’t familiar, Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is when they launch brand new arrivals for next season (not old merchandise) at discounts of up to ~40% off, and prices go back up early August. There’s usually great deals on staple jackets, sweaters, boots, and jeans, which I’ll be combing for the best fitting options! Check back tomorrow morning for my blog post – I’ll share the best deals that might sell out first plus what I ordered, and this weekend I’ll post fit reviews from the sale!
Today’s reviews are a bit of an odd combination. I get requests for leather jacket recommendations, so wanted to share a recent find while sizes are still in stock. Since we’re in the heat of summer, I also wanted to include some reviews on swimsuits that are petite-friendly!
For an edgier look, I usually turn to my trusty faux leather jacket (runs small; see my review), but this genuine leather option jumped out at me with its simple, elegant style and gorgeous “toffee” color. It looks effortless layered over a basic cami and jeans, and the drape detail makes it easy to transition over dressier looks, too.
Fit & Sizing: This jacket feels tailored and on the slim side, but is a little big on my frame. The shoulders of my other jackets measure 14 – 14.5″ across, and this one was about 15″ including light padding. I hemmed and hawed over it for so long, because the overall look is right up my alley. In the end, I decided that at this price point, I need more fitted shoulders. The sleeves when unfolded are about an inch or two long on me (no surprise, as I usually get my sleeves shortened), but are slim throughout and are also soft enough to be scrunched up.
I’m trying on XS regular and it feels true to size for that. If only this jacket came in xxs!
Material: Lined and is made of a soft, thinner leather that drapes and moves along with you, without excess bulk. There’s also well-placed side angled pockets with zippers. Even though the XS is big on me, it doesn’t look as obvious because the pliable leather conforms more to the figure.
Measurements: XS measures 15” across the back shoulders, 17” across armpit (hard to measure due to the open front), 24” sleeve length, 18.5” back center length. I’d recommend this to someone who usually wears 0P / XS and up.
Jumping back to summer now with some swimsuits! These didn’t work out for me personally, but have potential so I thought were worth sharing.
This one piece has a lot going on in the body-flattering arena: wrap style neckline, ruching on the lower side (always appreciated for concealing trouble areas), and a waist tie belt to help make that area look narrow. It ties behind your neck halter style, which helps adjust the fit per your own torso length. This suit is lined throughout but note it doesn’t have any padding at the bust.
Although the fit on me was pretty good, I just felt the overall style and coverage was a little conservative for me. With one-pieces, I don’t mind more sex appeal with a higher leg cut, a cheekier behind, or some other detailing like cutouts. I think this might look more exciting on someone a little curvier. Here’s the same suit on me in floral print:
This below was a wildcard – I actually liked it more than I thought I would, and the fit is great for petites. I’m just not sure it’s my style. With ASOS one pieces, I’ve had varied experiences on the torso being too long or too short, but this in size US 0 felt right for someone my height. Typical of ASOS this suit doesn’t have bust padding, however the black color, ruffles and tassels together make it unlikely to notice anything poking through! In contrast to the suit above, this also has pretty cheeky butt coverage on the backside.
As a lover of almost all things retro style and palm print, I was naturally drawn to this last suit. This bikini bottom is cut lower on the legs and rear end, so is good for someone looking for full coverage all around. The XS is pretty snug on me in both pieces, except in the bust cups, which had some gapping on me.
An XS top is listed by the brand (Kingdom & State) to fit an A to B cup. More specifically, I think the XS might be best suited for a fuller 32B to mayyybe a 34B. It’s always tricky when tops with cups are generalized in letter sizing like xs /s/m, instead of by band and cup sizes!
Sadly I’m sending this suit back to spare my swim neighbors of nip slips, but on a positive note, these wedges are keepers! They look super cute on, as platformed wedge versions of my Soludos flats. These did not require breaking in for me like the flats did (and boy did they), but I do feel the wedges run at least half a size big. I’m usually between 5 and 5.5 – I took a 5 in these and still have room for a toe pad cushion insert so that my heel can fit firmly against the backside.
That’s it for today! Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for Anniversary Sale goodness!