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

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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. 
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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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  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!


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

    Posted 7.29.15 Reply

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