Petite Friendly Blazers: Theory Gabe and Sparkle and Fade

Meet Gabe, my new blazer plucked from the Bloomies sale. I wasn’t sure about him at first, but the real bf Nick encouraged me to take him home.

Leggings: H&M; sz 2 
Blazer: Theory Gabe sz 00 (sleeves folded in)
Wedges: Tory Burch Sophia sz 5.5

Gabe is Theory’s most classic blazer – they offer it season after season in their popular “tailor” fabric, in black and at least two other colors. Bloomies online has both the Gabe blazer and Max C. pants in sz 00, as well as the matching Betty sheath dress which is on my work wishlist. 

Continue reading for my review…

Satchel: Speedy 25 w/ DIY pin Necklaces: ebay gray pearls & J.Crew crystal chains



Fit: The shoulders are narrow (but padded) and the torso is cut very slim, but the length and sleeves will be quite long on tiny petites.

For pant or skirt suit purposes, I encourage shorter petites to stay away from Gabe because of the long length. The full suit looked terribly matronly on me, but i think it works as a boyfriend-style blazer.

Measurements: 23″ length, 14″ across shoulders, 13.5″ across the waist, and 24″ long sleeves (I have them folded under in the pics by several inches!)

Quality: I think this jacket is tailored impeccably. 96% wool, 4% lycra – the ultimate, comfy suiting material that never wrinkles. Fully lined with three working pockets. Made in the USA.

Value: The $375 retail tag is steep, but you can find Theory on sale at Saks, Bloomies, Neiman and the like. Or you can wait for one of their Friends & Family sales to get 20% or more off. Theory suiting in their “tailor” fabric is well worth the investment in my opinion.

I’ve been looking for a longer “boyfriend” style jacket for a while, but I actually wasn’t sold on Gabe until I tried on this one from Urban Outfitters:


Yeech! Can you note all the differences? I won’t even go through a full review with this one.
– long shapeless silhouette = lab technician
– too-long lapel draws eyes to the crotch instead of the waist
– lack of shoulder structure makes posture look droopy, etc etc.


Readers – What do you like to pair your longer blazers with?

0 thoughts on “Petite Friendly Blazers: Theory Gabe and Sparkle and Fade

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Tranggy – check out the AN forum in the "introductions" thread … someone mentioned there is a secret Theory store in NYC (139 5th Ave # 2 New York, NY 10010-7134 (212) 398-2777 ) which was originally opened for store employees to shop at. I just called them to see what it's about. They carry current merchandise, not outlet, at 30% off retail prices year round. Anyone can go shop there, but it is unmarked! 30% is pretty decent for current stuff because you're lucky to get 25% with the friends and family sales at BLoomies and other department stores. Good luck at the outlets in Feb! Definitely make sure to go right when it opens lol or else that place gets packed.

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