Summer Favorites Video, Part 1 – White dress + bold prints

After taking a 6 month hiatus from YouTube, I felt so encouraged by some of your messages that I decided to try again. My friend Jimmy generously opened up his bright space to me so that I can fit more than a head and chest into the frame. I felt a mile away from the camera and tried using a mic (gifted by my thoughtful little brother), so please bear with the severe volume swings. This was also my first time recording with friends present, thus was a nervous chatterbox. The multitude of challenges faced while filming a basic video make me really appreciate YouTubers like WendysLookbook who produce amazing ones, time and time again.

*Note: Change video to HD (4th button in from the bottom right) for the original quality*

Items shown (I will share more details about fit, quality, and alterations performed in future posts):

White Dress Outfits
– BR Factory white pencil dress (similar), $99 got on sale for $60 and altered at home
– H&M; blazer, Forever21 necklace & striped belt that came w/ shorts (this year’s version)
– Hermes belt, Aqua shrug, random double pearls ($12 option here), Chanel WOC, Spotted pumps c/o a+o

Printed Skirt Outfits
– Amazing world map skirt with detachable peplum custom made by the talented SewPetiteGal. She has limited material available for custom, made-to-measure orders.
– H&M; ivory shell, Hermes belt reversed
– H&M; basics burgundy tank, Christian Louboutin simple 85 pumps, H&M; clutch

Readers – What are your favorite summer pieces?

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62 Comments

  1. Michael Kors jet set tortoiseshell watch : )

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  2. H&M; always has some options – my second most favorite belt is a brown faux-leather with gold buckle belt that I wear in many posts. It comes with a $35 sleeveless shirtdress, which is back in stock again in stores.

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  3. FastFoodandFastFashion did a quick tutorial on the tucking. I only did the last step slightly different and will try to show it some time in the future : )

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  4. Thank you – yes I did, it was just getting too raggedy and long.

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  5. I got 00 Petite and did some alterations which I will share in a bit.

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  6. Hi Megan – the width is about 1" (it's the more narrow option out of their options..sometimes called the mini). I got it as a gift, but the ones I was watching and bidding on before that went for about $300-$400 pre-owned.

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  7. Megan Le wrote:

    Hi Jean, I really love your style. Do you mind if I ask how much is the Hermes belt and what is its width?

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  8. lin wrote:

    great video. it's very informative. you look nice in the br dress. 😀

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    What size is your BR dress? Is it petite?

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Great video! I'm not trying to be mean, but where you're pointing to at 5:28 is really awkward. You could've point to another wine color on the map. Please don't be discouraged, I really love and miss your videos.

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  11. L in Brooklyn wrote:

    Wonderful video, Jean! I love how professional and pretty your pieces are!

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, did you get a haircut? (: And your video was so informational and great as always!!

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    your personality reminds me so much of wendyslookbook! you two must be friends!

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  14. cheryl wrote:

    love this video Jean, and always appreciate your blog posts.
    "channel the pilgrim look" – that made me rofl.
    Happy 4th of July!

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    Would appreciate if you could include a tutorial on tie & tuck in your blouse over a dress as shown in http://www.extrapetite.com/2012/06/signature-style-classic-tweed-pencil.html & http://www.extrapetite.com/2011/12/h-spring-review-emerald-green-pencil.html.

    Posted 7.3.12 Reply
  16. Brenda wrote:

    Love the outfits! Especially the one with the Peplum Skirt! I'm also on the petite side as well, but can never find any Peplum Skirts that can fit.

    I have just recently joined the petite blogger community ~ http://www.perfectinpurple.com.

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  18. Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you so much for the video. Not sure about the fish background, but loved your outfit ideas.

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  19. Jackie wrote:

    Very nice! Makes want to get a white dress!

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  20. Ann wrote:

    Don't ever ever quit blogging Jean… you give such inspirational ideas and you motivate me so much!!!

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  21. It's nice seeing a video from you… it was great, really liked your map skirt. Keep up the great work!! 😀

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  22. Annia wrote:

    Hello!!!
    I love your blog!!!
    I just found it!

    I made a blog a couple of months ago too.
    I would really appreciate if you could check it out and follow if you like it!
    Thank you!!!

    http://newfashionorder.blogspot.com/

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    I think you did a fabulous job with this video. I do the same thing when I'm trying to coordinate new prints (hold the garment up to my wardrobe). Also, you are extremely articulate, which made this video very easy on the ears. 🙂 keep up the great work.

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  24. Jane wrote:

    Jean, It's obvious that you're becoming more comfortable in front of the camera! Great video. I especially love the white dress and how you accessorized it.

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  25. Ahhh SPG's skirt looks fantastic on you Jean!

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  26. Shelley A. wrote:

    I've just recently found your blog and have learned so much already. Thanks for sharing your style and expertise! Love the video, please keep doing them.

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  27. What an awesome video, I love it. You look gorgeous in that white dress, loved that first outfit and the last one.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  28. girly girl wrote:

    I'ved missed your videos! Thanks for posting again. Love your personality on camera Jean! 🙂

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  29. Excellent job! You're so brave.

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  30. Vivian wrote:

    The white goes so well with those belts. Do you have any more price-friendly options for the belt instead of Hermes?

    js-go.blogspot.com

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  31. Great job styling! Love SPG's map skirt!

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  32. Great video, you've done a lovely job!

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  33. Kristi wrote:

    Thanks for posting another video! Very stylish and well filmed.

    Also I'm a bit late on this, but your earlier post from when you bought the white dress was very helpful. I didn't notice the things you mentioned about the fit (off the rack) until you pointed it out. I find myself examining clothes a little more closely before I purchase them since I started reading your blog!

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  34. I am so very honored to have my skirt in your video! That pilgrim collar? Total DO! The peplum can also be worn as an in-your-face sash (which is what my toddler was prancing around with the other day, LOL).

    Loved your pairings for everything, but especially the preppy look! What kind of watch are you wearing? I think my next DIY will be a slim, white dress 🙂

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  35. Great video, and I do love that white dress x

    http://dancing-in-high-heels.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. Priscilla wrote:

    amazing! I loved it!

    blowarainbow.blogspot.com

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  37. Amazing video! you did such a great job and your tips are perfect too! Can't wait for the next one!

    Marisa
    http://brokewithdesignertaste.blogspot.com/

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  38. I´ve missed you Jean! I am so happy you are planning to make more videos. Keep it up and thanks!

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  39. newpetite wrote:

    Gorgeous pairings and that skirt by SPW is gorgeous!!

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  40. Megan wrote:

    I love the added humor and of course I love your style. 🙂 I'm so glad you're back on YouTube! keep it up! 🙂

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  41. Anonymous wrote:

    Loved your video! Keep them coming, please!

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  42. I love all your suggestions. Very classy yet feminine.

    octoberchic.com

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  43. Michelle wrote:

    Glad the videos are back! 🙂 Those dotted/animal print pumps are great! Loving your peplum attachment suggestions :p SPG did a great job with that skirt!

    I love the background image at the start and end of your video!!

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  44. Kay wrote:

    Love the outfit suggestions! Great video too 🙂

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  45. Anonymous wrote:

    I love your hermes belts. you are my favorite blogger. Please alert if you see a similar cognac cluch that can be used as a crossbody bag like yours. This is a great video

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  46. whooo girl, look at you showing us that burgundy pump. bendy!

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  47. Anonymous wrote:

    love your striped dress! (and all your pairings) where is it from?

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  48. Cari wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    You were the first blog i found browsing the web and the reason why i started blogging.I'm not a petite girl but i love your sense of style. I'm glad you doing videos again since they always been so helpful.I love the peplum skirt print and all the options of colors there is to style it with with.

    xoxo
    carina
    myfashionarchive.blogspot.com

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply
  49. Personalitea wrote:

    I've missed your videos! Thank you for posting. I'm inspired to use your ideas towards my summer work outfits. II don't usually post comments too often on your site but definitely wanted you to know that I appreciate all the hard work you put towards your blog and videos … I hope the next video is soon?!

    Posted 7.2.12 Reply

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