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WHBM white dress with bowPetite (detachable) bow sheath, clutch, and scarf thanks to White House Black Market, Kate Spade heels

I hope each of you had a wonderful weekend! I spent mine with some girlfriends down in Newport, RI, a charming town which I’d highly recommend to those visiting New England in the summer. There’s wineries, waterfront activities, seafood, shopping, and of course the stunning historical mansions just within ~1.5 hrs of Boston. We made the most of the trip despite rain, which has been in the forecast all too often this month! WHBM white dress7Rain or shine, I’m teaming with WHBM today to share one of my favorite pieces from their current petites collection. I first suggested this dress while it was on pre-order, and now that I’ve tried it on, the fit and quality does not disappoint. It’s elegant in its simplicity with a hint of retro which I love. Only select WHBM stores carry petite sizing (two of which are in the NYC area), but they do offer free shipping & return shipping on full-priced petite orders online. WHBM white dress2This dress pairs easily for work with a cropped blazer / cardigan or shirt layered underneath, and is dressy enough to serve as cocktail attire with a wrap and fun clutch. For a more casual setting, I’ve added a gauzy, patterned scarf and broken-in denim jacket. I also wanted to show this dress both with and without the detachable belt, or with an alternate belt.
WHBM white dress1 smallThis dress in 00 petite fit me well as shown without any alterations. The torso and waist were fitted with a little extra room at the hips (typical of many items I try on, probably due to my straighter hips). The belt measured a little wider in circumference than the waist of the dress – it fits fine as-is, but I shifted the snap closure buttons over about 2″ which resulted in a more slimming look.
WHBM white dress For those interested in this dress, I want to note a few other fit points. The black band on this dress hits 1-2″ above my natural waist, so in-between where an empire and a regular waist band. The bust of this dress is shaped by curved seaming into a cup-like silhouette, which may result in extra space for those below a full A cup. The length in petite is spot-on for me right at the knee. Quality in my opinion is very good in a thicker, stretchy ponte-like material with full lining and invisible back zipper.

Measurements of 00P, for reference (material has stretch): 15″ across armpits, 12 3/8″ across waist, 16.5″ across hips, 12″ length from shoulder to center of black waistband, 35″ total length. Detachable bow belt is 12 3/4″ across when lying flat and stretches.
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  1. Love this outfit, Jean! Hope you had a wonderful weekend in Newport!

    Posted 5.18.14 Reply
  2. Thank you Jean, next thing to do – find a trusty and not expensive place to alter my clothes. I would love that shops had clothes to real women…and shoes for small feet.
    XoXo from Portugal 😀

    Posted 5.14.14 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Sara, I have many friends who are blessed with a curvy figure like yourself. You have already discovered the shape that works best for you (I imagine those A line pieces look stunning on you and i'd stick to that). For fitted items they always size up to the piece that fits the widest part of their body (ie hips), then alter down the rest (the waist and bust).

    Posted 5.7.14 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    I used to recommend TPF, but I heard they stopped authenticating Hermes belts on eBay (not positive though) so unfortunately I don't have valuable guidance…there are so many fakes in the secondhand market I would hate to misguide someone and have you end up with a replica : / My bf got this one through one of the second hand luxury item sites which I don't remember exactly (now there is LXR & Co, fashionphile, yoogi's closet, Malleries, etc) which I would feel more comfortable buying from since they hire experts to authenticate.

    Posted 5.7.14 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    Thank you for your kind words & for taking the time to stop by… I really appreciate it!

    Posted 5.7.14 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Hi Amy, I looked online and think the scarf sold out over the past week. Usually I search floral scarf and it comes up…perhaps your local stores may still have it in stock?

    Posted 5.7.14 Reply
  7. Amy Luo wrote:

    Hi Jean! I usually don't comment but that scarf you have on is amazing. Where did you get it? I clicked on the link and it doesn't bring it up nor does the White House Black market site.

    Posted 5.5.14 Reply
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    I am not a fan of commenting, but find myself having to chime in on your blog regularly. Your photos are amazing! That dress is absolutely incredible on you. You had to have stopped traffic there. Totally stunning. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work of art, which has lifted my spirits, and for giving a voice to not only petite women, but also to Asian women, who are so underrepresented in the media and fashion.

    Posted 5.3.14 Reply
  9. Unknown wrote:

    Any guidance on your Hermes belt?

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    Julie & Emilia below -Umbrella was provided by WHBM but unfortunately they don't sell it : / The brand is Peresotti I believe!

    Posted 5.2.14 Reply

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