Maxi dress re-styled + Kate Spade metro watch for petite wrists

how to style a floral maxi dress

I got this maxi dress back from the tailor and have been determined to find more ways to wear it! Yes it is a statement dress, but layering and/or accessories can help tone it down a bit for more regular wear. When worn by itself it’s very soft and romantic, so I loved the sharpness that a moto jacket and jet black accessories adds.
floral maxi dress leather moto jacket2 For a casual Sunday getting donuts with friends, I also wore this with an easy denim jacket and comfy wedge sandals. Because the skirt of this dress is so flowy and voluminous, a cropped, shrunken-fit layer up top works best for balance. And to break up the continuous floral pattern, a waist-cinching belt (worn a little higher up for long torso’d ladies) does visual wonders.
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On to the accessories front, Nordstrom asked me to share my favorite timepieces for spring. After trying on dozens of styles & brands (I was particularly intrigued by Shinola’s brand, but didn’t find a design yet that strongly resonated with me), this Kate Spade “Metro” watch (multiple colors) was the best fit for my daily style. The 34mm face was also good for my wrist size, and the strap did not require any extra holes punched in order to fit comfortably.
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I love the feminine pairing of soft peach leather, gold hardware, and sleek mother-of-pearl dial which are all elements that’d be right up my alley individually. Kate Spade also makes a “tiny Metro” which piqued my interest, but boy it is truly tiny (10 mm in diameter) like a small coin, and I personally prefer a bolder face. The strap measures about 6 to 8 inches in length from the buckle to the closest and furthest prong holes, respectively, but keep in mind the actual fit around the wrist is narrower due to the thickness of the leather strap.

For anyone considering one of these watches, I noticed the beige/gold, black/gold, and also some fun “dot dial” 34mm Metro options on temporary sale for 25% off, ending tonight (Monday)! Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring the watches portion of this post – as always, opinions are my own. 
floral maxi dress denim jacket

Jumping back to this Blank NYC moto jacket, I’m happy to see that all sizes have been re-stocked since the last time I blogged about it. If interested, please check out my old review because sizing runs small, and the shoulders are padded. I love and wear this little jacket year-round, even though strong shoulders are outside of my typical comfort zone. This season they also made this in a pale pink – see my friend Ping try on both colors. For reference, she’s approx. the same size as me but about 2 inches taller.
floral maxi dress leather moto jacket1 And for fit and sizing info on this dress, please also refer to my past review. Since that post, my tailor hemmed the dress approximately 2 inches for a length that hovers just above the ground. And instead of taking in the torso from both sides, he added a thin band of elastic gathering on the interior right along the waistline circle. The dress fabric is non-stretch so I thought this alteration was genius – the gathered elastic allows the waistline to look like a closer fit, but also stretch comfortably with my tummy after meals.

Here is the dress worn yet again (love getting a real bang for my buck!) simply with a contrasting colored belt for a dinner party:
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51 Comments

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    I took a look at the picture that you provided but I don't understand 🙁
    The inside waistline circle does not look like there is an elastic on it. i.e.: I was expecting to see gathering and I do not.

    Would you be able to give a more detailed picture of what was done (I love the ones where you circle the actual change in your alterations).

    Sorry Jean but I am such a visual person and I am trying to understand. I have a very similar dress and think that this would be a great alteration to do (once I understand it so that I can explain to the tailor lol).

    Thanks for your patience!

    Kia

    "…added a thin band of elastic gathering on the interior right along the waistline circle …"

    Posted 7.29.15 Reply
  2. Kiran wrote:

    Hi Jean, I don't understand what the tailor did with the elastic band. Would you be able explain and post a picture and explain again? Thanks!

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  3. KA wrote:

    Hi Jean! Is your Hermes belt a "mini" or regular Constance? I can't tell by the photos. I'm interested in getting one like it. Thanks!

    Posted 5.14.15 Reply
  4. What a beautiful dress. Love how you dressed it up and down!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  5. Posted 5.7.15 Reply
  6. Stunning look! Great colors on you

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    Posted 5.7.15 Reply
  7. Stunning look! Great colors on you

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    Posted 5.7.15 Reply
  8. Gigi jay wrote:

    ブランドバッグコピーLove everything you’re wearing – and I love those extra photos!

    Posted 5.7.15 Reply
  9. Petite-ish wrote:

    Thanks so much, Jean! 🙂

    Posted 5.7.15 Reply
  10. Beautiful dress!
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    Posted 5.6.15 Reply
  11. That maxi dress is just gorgeous. I love the color of it. So lovely.

    Diary of Elegance
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    Posted 5.6.15 Reply
  12. Tian wrote:

    This dress is so beautiful! I love the idea of an elasticized waist.

    Would you happen to have any recommendations for tailors in Boston, especially in the Chinatown/Downtown Crossing area? (I speak some Mandarin but not Cantonese) I have some dresses I've been meaning to get slimmed for a while but never knew where to go.

    Posted 5.6.15 Reply
  13. Your dress is so pretty, I love the print
    xo
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    Posted 5.6.15 Reply
  14. adrienne wrote:

    i'm so in love with this dress! so pretty!!

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    Posted 5.6.15 Reply
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    Posted 5.6.15 Reply
  16. Jean wrote:

    Thank you! My jacket is from H&M; but old…I did try on LOFT's petite one recently and liked the fit! It was actually a shrunken, cropped fit which I love for pairing with dresses.

    Posted 5.6.15 Reply
  17. Jean wrote:

    Hi there! My how time has flown : ) I really don't think there's a rule to tucking! With high-waisted bottoms I generally tuck so the waistline is visible, and I generally leave shirts un-tucked for a more casual vibe either with skinny jeans, shorts, shorter skirts, etc. For the office I almost always tuck as well just for a neater look.

    Posted 5.6.15 Reply
  18. Jean wrote:

    Here you go : ) https://flic.kr/p/rxDk68

    Posted 5.6.15 Reply
  19. Jean wrote:

    I tried on LOFT's petite one and it was a nicely shrunken fit!

    Posted 5.6.15 Reply
  20. Jean wrote:

    Was visiting in the Bahamas! Our host had a gorgeous home.

    Posted 5.6.15 Reply
  21. Jean wrote:

    It's the pearl jam necklace from Accessory Concierge : )

    Posted 5.6.15 Reply
  22. Adore the print of this dress!
    Kisses, Lidia

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    Posted 5.5.15 Reply
  23. Suzie Q wrote:

    I love the various ways that you styled the maxi dress! Such a pretty dress, I absolutely adore how it flows!

    xo, Suzie Q
    StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

    Posted 5.5.15 Reply
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    Beautiful dress, Jean! I especially like the casual pairing. Where is your denim jacket from? I usually wear xxs/xs petite and am trying to find a good denim jacket for Spring/Summer. Thanks!

    Posted 5.5.15 Reply
  25. Banessaliu wrote:

    Long time follower of yours since freshman year in college, now I'm a working professional, and you're getting married in 2 months!! Time has passed!

    I was wondering if you can do a post on when to tuck or not tuck in button ups! I never know! That would be super helpful if you can do a post on it!!

    Thank you and can't wait to see if you post about your wedding details 🙂

    Posted 5.5.15 Reply
  26. Gorgeous dress! Love how you styled it <3

    Julie
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    Posted 5.5.15 Reply
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    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  28. Keri H wrote:

    Lovee this maxi dress (and those donuts..hehe) <3

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    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  29. Lynn wrote:

    I like the pieces individually but I feel that pairing a belt along with such a busy pattern is distracting and breaks up the "flow" of the outfit. Sometimes I think that you default to wearing belts since it's supposed to raise the waistline visually on shorter women, but it really isn't necessary with certain silhouettes. Maxi dresses are already very elongating by themselves 😉

    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
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  31. mybeautrip wrote:

    This dress is perfect and I love the floral print!
    xx

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    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  32. Mel Hwang wrote:

    Adoring the print on this dress! Maxi dress season wahoo! … and those donuts are making me drool hehe

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    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  33. Anu-J wrote:

    I love the way you paired a statement hermes belt with a low priced but gorgeous dress! 🙂
    xoxo

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    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  34. Petite-ish wrote:

    Love these both, Jean! Will you post a photo of what the dress looks like underneath the belt – I'm curious if your tailor made it smocked? I have a silk peplum blouse that is a bit too loose in the waist that this solution might be perfect for! Thanks so much!

    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  35. Trou Vang wrote:

    I love these two looks! They look so different with just a few accessory changes.

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    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  36. So pretty! This looks amazing on you.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  37. Diana wrote:

    I love your dress!! So pretty.

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    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  38. Amanda wrote:

    Love this floral dress! I also love how you created 2 different looks by just changing your jacket (:

    Amanda
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    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  39. Two gorgeous ways to wear this lovely maxi!

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    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  40. Van wrote:

    Very elegant! I don't normally spend more than $100 on a dress, but I really considered buying that one.

    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  41. Anonymous wrote:

    Any recommendations for a denim jacket? I am having difficulty finding one that fits well

    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  42. love the print on this maxi! I usually shy away from them b/c I'm so petite, but you've pulled it off so well, I may have to give them another try!

    xoxo
    Karen in London
    http://kensingtonwest.me.uk

    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  43. Anonymous wrote:

    That dress is just great. So, it seems that maxi length suits us small women very well, too. 🙂 And what a beautiful room you are in, are you at home or visiting somewhere? 🙂 Best wishes –Anu from Finland.

    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  44. coffeeslag wrote:

    That dress is GORGEOUS and you do such a great job of shouting out sponsors but showing that it's your opinion also. Some people's posts are completely sponsored and it's kind of a shoutout at the end but then it makes you wonder how much of it is really genuine. Really enjoying your posts!

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    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  45. Paola wrote:

    You look great with both the outfits!

    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  46. Both looks are so awesome and a super easy way to take the dress from day to night!
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  47. Kristyn wrote:

    i love it styled with the denim jacket!

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  48. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Love your maxi dress! XO

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    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
  49. Really love this dress on you, maxi dresses can be so hard to find!

    Posted 5.4.15 Reply
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  51. The pearl-y necklace! Where can I get one like it?

    I love the idea of an elasticized waist for this dress. That IS brilliant!

    Posted 5.4.15 Reply

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