Review: Petite Suiting Under $500 – Theory sz 00

This is my last post in the petite-friendly suiting series. I rushed to put this up today, because there are a few sales on Theory this weekend – rare! The most classic suit from this brand retails for over $620 (jacket + pants), but this weekend you can grab it for under $500 after sales.

Since the items are still expensive, my picks from this sale are Theory’s most classic items in their popular “Tailor” lightweight wool fabric. They make new items in this fabric season after season, so it’s the perfect choice for an investment suit:

1. Gabe blazer in sz 00 (sleeves need shortening on petites)
2. Max C trouser pants in sz 00 (update: sold out)
3. Betty Sheath Dress in sz 00
And just for fun, a slim work pant: Theory Ibbey Pant in sz 00.

Now for my review:

Theory Branden Jacket, sz 00
Pants: Theory Mark B pants, sz 00
Blouse: Ann Taylor sz XXSP
Patent pumps: Nine West

Alterations done: sleeves shortened ($24), pants hemmed ($10) and legs slimmed ($15)

These pics were taken a few weeks ago (I miss you, long wavy hair!) when I was making my blog banner. Most readers know of my love for Theory by now, so I will keep this review brief.

Pros: Great fabrics that I can wear over and over again without steaming/ironing, narrow-fitting blazers, and impeccable tailoring. I’ve had coworkers who are completely disinterested in fashion compliment me on my basic black Theory pieces. Jackets in sz 00 and sheath dresses in sz 0 usually fit me perfectly.

Cons: Length (the brand is not made for petites, so a pants hem is a must and sleeve shortening a costly maybe), price, and frequent lack of lining on dresses or bottoms. I have several items from Theory that really need a lining (itchy tweeds, wool, etc) but don’t have one.

Consensus: Despite all the “cons,” Theory is my favorite suiting brand out of all the ones I reviewed. In person, the quality and cut are distinctly better than BR, AT, and Express. Also, even though I have to hem off what looks like a foot of fabric from their pants, the fit still comes out looking normal. To avoid alterations, look for items that look “shrunken” or cropped on the models.

I wanted to show how the pants fit pre-leg slimming alterations. The Mark B cut I am wearing is similar to the Max C, except with wider legs:

Other Theory shoppers out there – what are some of your fave pieces? Any qualms or dislikes about the fit/quality? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.