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 (see my past looks in their wrap or lace dresses), 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, 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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This post was sponsored by DVF.


27 thoughts on “Flared tweed shift + styling a too-long belt

  • Reply Dorcas Paulino June 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

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  • Reply Dorcas Paulino June 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

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


  • Reply Mei Fleming June 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

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


  • Reply gourmetstylegirl June 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

    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.

  • Reply Dressed with soul June 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm

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

  • Reply fromacoffeeshop June 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I love that belt knot! Great tips as to how to find a dress in a regular fit store!

  • Reply InspiringNancy June 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    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.

  • Reply tbhypergrl June 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    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?

  • Reply A Golden Tulip June 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm

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


  • Reply Anonymous June 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Where did you get your coat? I love it!

  • Reply Anonymous June 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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

  • Reply Liz | Shopping My Closet June 24, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Love the knot!

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com

  • Reply Courtney Dunsmore June 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

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

  • Reply Suzie Q June 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    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

  • Reply Giovanna June 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

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

    Hey Love Accessories Giveaway!!

  • Reply Anonymous June 24, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    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.

  • Reply Martha D June 24, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I love that coat!

  • Reply Miss Hot Couture June 25, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I like the print and style of the dress. Thanks for the belt tutorial.


  • Reply sana khan June 25, 2014 at 12:50 am

    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

  • Reply TaraMixandMatch June 25, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Love the belt tutorial, thanks Jean 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous June 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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

  • Reply Gigi Katz June 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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

  • Reply I am A Love Addict June 26, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Love your style babe

    I am A Love Addict

  • Reply Neeli June 28, 2014 at 11:54 am

    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 🙂

  • Reply KarynaIsabelle June 28, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Love the belt tying ideas!


  • Reply Anonymous July 2, 2014 at 1:16 pm

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

  • Reply akshaya July 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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


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