• Altering a trench coat from regular to petite sizing

    I often get questions on whether coats can be altered from regular to petite sizing. Fact of the matter is almost anything can be altered if you have a skilled tailor and unlimited budget! And after a costly and irreversible mis-alteration by a Burberry tailor, I’ve learned that pretty much all alterations also come with risk, regardless of tailor reputation. For those who’ve requested alteration examples, this is the Banana ...

    Altering a trench coat from regular to petite sizing
  • DIY Alterations Tutorial: Taking in an exposed elastic waist skirt

    I’ve been reaching for this skirt all summer (first reviewed here) because you just can’t beat the comfort of an elastic waistband. It’s now on final sale for under $15, but please read all reviews as it’s more of a crinkle texture than soft, pliable pleats. This top is an oldie from H&M;, but it leads me to mention that this popular crossover drape blouse has been fully restocked in ...

    NY & Co skirt (altered, see below), H&M; top (old), necklace borrowed from friend (similar), Old Navy hat, AT tote (old), Jenn heels c/o Sole Society, BR sunglasses c/o
    DIY Alterations Tutorial: Taking in an exposed elastic waist skirt
  • LOFT redesigned pants & new Zoe petite trouser fit

    I received a gift card from LOFT (and asked for a few to share!) to try on their new pant styles. This was timely, as I’ve been looking to expand my wardrobe beyond my usual skirts and dresses. According to a booklet that came in the mail, their pants were redesigned this season after research with over 10,000 women. Changes based on feedback included lifting the rear/back rise, slimming the ...

    LOFT Zoe bootcut pants c/o, top altered from Kate Spade dress, J.Crew Everly pumps, Parentesi bag (sold out), Ann Taylor necklace c/o
    LOFT redesigned pants & new Zoe petite trouser fit
  • Complex Alterations: Kate Spade dress tailored into separates

    I rarely come across a garment and am completely smitten by it, especially if it won’t fit without a lot of work. This last happened with this coat, and again when I saw this Kate Spade fan print dress at an online sample sale. There was only a size 8 left at half off, but I later found a size 2 for much less. Having never tried on Kate Spade before, ...

    Kate Spade dress from eBay, altered & separated into 2 pcs, vintage bracelet & earrings, Coach Legacy "Penny" bagNana sandals (in 3 leather colors, or colorblock suede)
    Complex Alterations: Kate Spade dress tailored into separates
  • Leather trim + leopard linen (& all-over coat alterations)

    This outfit features pieces that have trendier details, but have nevertheless become classics in my fairly conservative wardrobe. Last October, I saw this leopard linen coat on Chloe and didn’t wait five minutes before messaging her about the quality and fit. A leopard print coat may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved the more wearable textured linen unlike the usual faux fur. After trying on so many ...

    Emerson Fry coat (from last season, altered), Gap petite sweater, J.Crew bag - 25% off everything w/ SPRINGBEST, Ann Taylor leather trim skirt (similar), YSL heels
    Leather trim + leopard linen (& all-over coat alterations)