Spring has me itching for prints and stripes, and there was no shortage of such in my April packages. Although I found just one keeper, there were several decent contenders that I still wanted to share.1. Old Navy wrap dresses (in reg, petite, tall) – 5 color/prints available, use ONSAVENOW for 15% off
I really like my DVF-inspired ON wrap dress from last year, and couldn’t resist trying their current version in petites. PXS fit well off the rack, and the wrap style is forgiving and adjustable. Their regular-sized version last year required so many tedious DIY alterations for me…I’m glad they decided to bring this back in extended sizing!
The rayon material is on the thin side, so I’d recommend wearing a slip skirt underneath (I own this in both colors and wear them all the time). Please excuse the wrinkles in the photos as I forgot to iron.
Verdict: Returned, but would recommend in the various colors/prints. The fit is good for a petite garment and the wrap style is so easy to throw on for work or weekends. I was ready to keep this, but Nick convinced me otherwise – I don’t love this year’s prints enough to justify buying a duplicate just yet.
2. ASOS Dress in Striped Jacquard – free ship both ways, try SALESCORE for 10% off, or CHECKOUTTREAT for 10% off $75+
I love the look and sturdy texture of this black & white dress, but as expected, something was off about the fit of a regular sized garment on a sub-5 foot tall frame…
The shape of the skirt is very full and swingy (made from a full circle), which makes a proportionate fit very important. The dress fit fine on me width-wise in a US 2 / UK 6, but the waistline was an inch or two lower than my ideal placement. The dress looked excellent with heels, but when paired with low shoes, the too-long torso on me became more evident and made legs look stumpier.
I know this issue is barely noticeable in photos, but the belted photo below shows my ideal waistline for a fuller dress. My first thought was to raise the shoulders (see below right with binder clips pulling the shoulders up), but the neckline was then choke-me tight. Due to the thickness of the material and construction of the shoulder straps, it would also not be an easy alteration.
Measurements of a US 2 / UK 6: 15.5″ from top of shoulder to waistline, 14.5″ armpit to armpit, 12.5″ across waist, 17.5″ skirt length. 85% cotton, 14% nylon, 1% elastane.
Verdict: Returned, but would recommend for someone at least 1-2″ taller who doesn’t mind an exposed back metal zipper. The material is of medium-thick weight and good quality, and the silhouette is fun and flirty.
3. Gap Printed Pointy Flats (small sizes no longer available online; in-store sizing starts at 6)
I tweeted excitedly about these when more sizes were available, so I hope any interested readers were able to pick up a pair. I’ve never tried Gap shoes before and had no idea what to expect, but have to say I am very impressed by these. There is cushioning on the inside, the pointy toe is unexpectedly comfortable, and I was surprised to find out these were genuine leather. I was looking for a stylish, inexpensive travel shoe – and these cuties fit the bill.
I got these with a 30% off coupon online for $35, and saw them on sale in-stores for quite a bit less. Unfortunately for small-footed ladies, in-store sizing starts at 6+. There was also a ponyhair brown leopard which I loved, a red with purple polka dot leather, and a black and white spotted ponyhair option.
I was sad to miss out on Gap’s textured stripe jacket, but was subsequently excited to find a similar option at Nordies (down to a size 00P, which I’ve never seen there before). The Halogen petites sale price is the same as Gap’s retail price, but that’s what I get for being late to the game. The fit of this is very similar to 00Ps from LOFT/AT, so slightly roomy for someone my size. The torso cut is straight and the sleeves run on the wide side, as shown below (note: I have the sleeves clipped back in the top photo).
When zipped as shown below, I felt top-heavy like an upside down trapezoid. This jacket looks a lot better open.
The quality of this little jacket is similar to that of Ann Taylor. It’s fully lined in a thin material, has two faux pockets at the top and 2 real zip ones at the bottom. I really liked the texture and weight (light-medium) of the material, as well as the classic navy and ivory color scheme. As with this boxy J.Crew jacket, though, the cut seems to work better with jeans/shorts/slacks than with dresses/skirts.
Measurements of a 00P: 15″ armpit to armpit, 19″ jacket length at the longest point in the front, 17″ length at the back, 13.5″ across the shoulder seams (14.5″ across if including the
shoulder padding), 15″ across the waist when zipped up, 15″ sleeve length, 5″ sleeve width. 68% cotton, 25% rayon, 7% poly. This size is currently sold out online but I keep seeing new sizes pop back every few days.
Verdict: Still undecided. I like the colors and textured material, but feel unsure about the boxy cut. Nick gave it a thumbs up and says the cut is no boxier than my tweed jackets, but I feel the horizontal stripes accentuate the squareness of the shape more. I’d love to hear from anyone else who has tried on this jacket!