Flared tweed shift + styling a too-long belt

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DVF Yvette A-line dress c/o, H&M; belt J.Crew heels (old), Chanel wallet on chain, Banana Republic sunglasses c/o

For my last post in this series with DVF, I chose a third silhouette with this A-line sheath. When browsing stores that don’t specifically offer petite sizing, I’ve learned to look for certain signs of potential. My eyes zoom towards empire-looking waistlines or mini lengths on leggy models, which likely equate to a normal-waisted dress with regular length on me (as was the case here).

Several of you had questions on this belt knot so I wanted to show it closer up. I regularly use the single loop (pictured at Step # 4 below), but for straps that are significantly longer, the excess length dangles reminiscent of male body parts and nobody wants that! This pretzel-style loop results in a clean finish that really highlights the waistline, which I love for dressier looks. When I find cute skinny belts, I don’t mind buying even if they’re a little big. Just punch extra holes and tuck away the extra length like so:
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This dress is intended to be mini-length, which I do prefer for sheath style dresses to balance out a less fitted torso. I was toying with the hem folded up 2 inches:

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  1. akshaya wrote:

    I love you blog.Such an inspiration.Please do check my fashion blog


    Posted 7.26.14 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Can you share how you do that hair up do from this post? Thanks a ton!

    Posted 7.2.14 Reply
  3. Love the belt tying ideas!


    Posted 6.28.14 Reply
  4. Neeli wrote:

    Fellow hole puncher here….you can use a drill and drill bit for sturdy belts. I recommend trying on older belts. My dad has done this for the petite ladies in our family. Now I do it 🙂

    Posted 6.28.14 Reply
  5. Love your style babe

    I am A Love Addict

    Posted 6.26.14 Reply
  6. Gigi Katz wrote:

    lovely look! love the dress. thanks for sharing this! xx. gigi. http://www.gigikkitchen.com

    Posted 6.25.14 Reply
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    That belt tutorial is great 🙂 And lovely, lovely shoes. Thank you, beautiful Jean xo,
    Anu from Finland

    Posted 6.25.14 Reply
  8. Love the belt tutorial, thanks Jean 🙂

    Posted 6.25.14 Reply
  9. sana khan wrote:

    Hello there! I have been following your blog for more than a year now.. big fan I must say! I am myself about your height and weight really find all your styling tips very helpful. btw.. congratulations on your new home and the engagement!! Also, just a comment – I have noticed a shift in your taste over the last few months.. are you leaning more towards darker colours these days? I see a lot of black – which was not there so often earlier… I mean I love ALL your dresses.. but would like to see more experiments with colours! PS: Have you lost weight.. you look thinner in your latest post? Take care babe! xoxo

    Posted 6.25.14 Reply
  10. I like the print and style of the dress. Thanks for the belt tutorial.


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  11. Martha D wrote:

    I love that coat!

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    I like how you styled your hair here — is it the same as your youtube hair tutorial with the bump-it? If not, I'd love a tutorial.

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  13. Giovanna wrote:

    Such a cute look! Loving that belt and your belt how-to! Definitely have to remember this next time!

    Hey Love Accessories Giveaway!!

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  14. Suzie Q wrote:

    I love how you styled the dress with the belt and pearls! The finishing touch with the coat and metallic heels make this outfit sheer perfection!

    Suzie Q

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  15. Such a handy tip! All my belts are long on me,I'll tie them like this now(:

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  16. Love the knot!

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you for the belt tutorial! The dress looks beautiful with the white coat.

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    Where did you get your coat? I love it!

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  19. That pretzel knot is a great tip. And i am going to DVF styling event this week, will look for some of these dresses!


    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  20. tbhypergrl wrote:

    I've been following your blog for a while, you always look so polished and beautiful! I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on hair styling?

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  21. This may be a random questions, but do you think you can do a post just dedicated to cardigans? That may be overboard but I feel like I need to add more to my wardrobe now that I have a different change in occupations and I need to purchase some more. I just do not know where to start.

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  22. I love that belt knot! Great tips as to how to find a dress in a regular fit store!

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  23. Perfect shift dress! And I love it so much how you wear the belt <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  24. Hello from a new reader and commenter! As a fellow petite gal, I am loving and appreciating all your resources and tips!

    Can I also say that I so appreciate your mix of high/low/designer/vintage/DIY? There are so many fashion blogs that trot out a new designer item (or three) daily and seem to be a) completely inauthentic, and b) getting dressed up for the sake of fashion, not to help or inspire anyone in their actual getting dressed endeavors. Really appreciate that this site is useful and beautiful, both.

    Posted 6.24.14 Reply
  25. Nice trick with the belt. It looks so good too. You look beautiful classy girl!


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  26. I love the pearls. The belt knot tutorial was very helpful!


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