Petite-friendly summer outfit staples + leopard flats reviews

casual wardrobe outfit staples

RayBan 58mm aviators, Sole Society bag c/o (review), pearl necklace c/o (review), H&M; hat

I’ve been all about comfort dressing this season and this outfit is no exception. Each piece individually is a versatile basic, great for mixing/matching and for travel. If you’re just starting to build a wardrobe and want mostly staple pieces, I’d definitely suggest starting with a few of these!

I brought everything but the hat to France and was tempted to repeat the same outfit each day. While there, I was interested in adding a classic Saint James nautical tee to my collection, but couldn’t find one that wasn’t boxy on me (browsing limited inventory boutiques reminded me of why I love online shopping!). This Caslon tee serves well in its place and is so very soft against the skin. I’m wearing xxs petite which is a slouchy but not baggy fit. Here I have the side zippers unzipped for a more casual tunic look.
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I love my leopard smoking slippers and wanted to find a lower cut version in a similar pointed silhouette. I’m partnering with Nordstrom in this post to share some of my recommended flats, and figured I’d review all three leopard options that I had tried on before getting these…

1. BP Moveover flats (solid colors here) (sizes 4 – 12)

I own two pairs of the BP Moveover flats and really love the low-profile cut, the light weighted-ness, and how they mold to my feet. However I must reiterate the soles are very thin with no support or cushioning. As mentioned in my past reviews on these, I suggest sizing up and inserting a full insole pad for comfort. Before getting my cognac brown and blush patent pairs, I had tried on other high quality options that were genuine leather with lots of cushioning, but made my foot looks like wide boats. The BPs get poor reviews for the thin soles, but if you really like the cut, the sole is an easy fix using inserts.

Anyways, on to the leopard print…unfortunately the shoe is what you pay for and just animal print on faux leather. I was not impressed like I was with the solid options. This may be a good alternative if you want faux-material shoes, which in that world this is not a bad leopard. Personally, I didn’t love it and much prefer the leopard look on calfhair.

2. Sam Edelman flats (sizes 5 – 12)

My favorite aspect of this shoe is the large scale leopard spot pattern. The quality felt nice and the material was exactly the same as their d’orsay leopard pump that I reviewed previously. I’m usually between a size 5 and 5.5, and a 5 was the better fit on these. There is a black triangle on the back of the shoe which I didn’t care for personally (also on the d’orsay pump version), but I didn’t think it was distracting nor a dealbreaker.


*Please note, my phone photos show the leopard coloring to be more blown out & yellow than how it looks in-person. Refer to the outfit photos here for a closer representation!*

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Top: Sam Edelman, Bottom: Ivanka Trump

3. Ivanka Trump chic3 flats (sizes 4 – 12)

This third option features a medium scale animal print with a thin black stripe down the back. These were a touch more comfortable for me than the Sam Edelmans and the pointed toe area looked a little shorter. There is also a difference in the tiny heel, where the SE’s have a thin black flat heel and the Ivanka’s have a self material-covered heel. Both pairs show the same amount of toe cleavage – just a peek.
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Left: Sam Edelman,  Right: Ivanka Trump

It was real a toss up for me between these options as there were features on each style that I liked marginally better than the other. Nick’s eyes were glazed over when I kept asking him for his opinion because he kept thinking they were the same shoe : ) For the slightly improved comfort and fit on my feet, I bought the Ivanka Trump version in a 5.5. Another bonus is they start in a hard-to-find size 4 for any of you ladies who need that. I wore mine for a few hours the first day and did not feel irritation like one of the reviewers mentioned. Please note both the Ivanka Trump and Sam Edelman options feel stiff out of the box, similar to how Ferragamo flats feel. I hope they become more pliable with continuous wear!summer casual outfit staples2
My friend ended up giving me her pair of these jeans, so now I’m a happy owner of two and can wear white jeans to my heart’s content. I ended up getting
one pair hemmed and left the other pair long for wearing cuffed. Since most white jeans do not require the original hem to be left on, it was a very affordable alteration (usually $10 or less). If these stretch out at all with wear, machine washing them and drying on medium/high heat shrinks them back down for me every time.

summer casual outfit staplesThank you to Nordstrom flats for sponsoring this post!

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68 thoughts on “Petite-friendly summer outfit staples + leopard flats reviews

  • Jean June 18, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Hi there – I don't tease for this look, however, each time I get out of the shower and after towel-drying my hair, I always clip up the top crown area with a butterfly clip and let it dry poofed up like that. I have a flat head, so if I let it dry naturally without clipping it up the end look is much flatter…

  • Jean June 18, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Oops! Thanks for pointing this out.

  • Jean June 18, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Nina! Yes I tried three lens sizes in the RayBan aviators and liked the 58mm best. Both my blue and brown ones are the same size. I like larger lenses to keep my eyes and the surrounding area fully shaded, but it's just personal preference!

  • Jean June 18, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Hi there – thanks for the suggestion! yes it's definitely on my list to find good petite-friendly activewear to share about. Currently I've just been wearing old items to work out in so just haven't gotten to it.

  • Jean June 18, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Hello – I think any brand that makes full-length cushioned insole will be effective for bringing a pair of flats down a half size. I've tried on a couple and they generally seem to fill up the same amount of space. For general insoles, Target has some in their shoes department, drug stores carry them, or many shoe stores sell them too.

  • Jean June 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Hi there – they are the brand linked above! Articles of Society "Sarah" jeans. It's the same brand that I bought because I liked them so much after borrowing from my friend.

  • Jean June 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    …it's a weekender bag as mentioned above, for travel.

  • Anonymous June 18, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I will definitely do that with my hair from now on, a much healthier way to add volume than teasing. Thanks for the tip =)

  • Snowinluxury June 20, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Ciao! Bello! Bello! I like so much your blog! Outfit very nice!

  • bella Angel June 20, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Elegant,Enchanting……………..
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  • Jessica Broyles June 21, 2015 at 7:14 am
  • Heavona H June 22, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I absolutely love this paring, it's the perfect weekend getaway outfit… 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽
    Heavona.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous June 24, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    thanks for your reply!! i'm even more excited to get it now!!

  • Atul @ CharuFashions July 1, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Highly attractive outfit. And yeah the perfect one too.

  • Anonymous July 8, 2015 at 4:34 am

    Hi Jean, I'm from Asia. I love your blog and style, and love the BP flats in nude that you've been wearing. However I see that they only carry size 5 onwards for the solid colours. Not sure if a size 5 would fit me. I've tried searching for the size chart on Nordstrom but to no avail 🙁 Hoping that you can help me with the size. I wear EU35 or smaller depending on cutting of shoes. Will be really happy if you can help as return outside US can cost quite a bit. Thanks in advance, Jean. And congrats on your marriage with Nick 🙂

  • Karen Who July 13, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Jean! I bought two pairs of BP flats on your recommendation and love them, so that you for the review! I was interested in adding inserts now but they didn't fit in the two pairs that I currently have, and you mentioned sizing up for inserts in this post – could you tell me how much you sized up from your usual shoe size? Thanks!

  • Vemula Madhu September 14, 2015 at 2:40 am

    perfect matching
    http://www.unnatisilks.com/

  • Michelle B. October 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Hey Jean! Will you be doing a Fall Outfit Staples? It'd be great to see your go-to's for this season.

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