White summer: Ann Taylor eyelet shirtdress

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Ann Taylor dress c/o, vintage Hermes belt,
Dune shoes (search for “Harah”) (gold version), AT scarf & tote (current version)

Just a short post for today, as we’re currently up to our necks in last-minute wedding tasks! I’ve been posting snippets of our planning via Snapchat stories (FYI for those who aren’t on there yet, each story expires in just 24 hours) so find me there at username: extrapetite.
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I brought this dress to Paris and wore it casually here with sandals and denim, but you can dress it up for the office with a cardigan or blazer, and flat shoes or closed-toe pumps. These photos were snapped at a charming little junction in the 7th arrondissement. It was hard for Nick to focus on taking photos, with the aroma of fresh chocolate croissants wafting from the bakery next door! I turned around for a split second to pick out some flowers, and he had already wandered off to load up on treats and baguettes.ann taylor white eyelet dress2
I have been loving these Dune sandals (search for the “Harah” style in the site searchbox) and wish they made extended sizing. On their site I was excited to see US 5 as an option, but when the shoes arrived, the size on the label is actually EUR 36. Some brands say EUR 36 converts to a US 5, but I found that these fit more closely to a roomy US 5.5 or true 6. I kept these nevertheless because the feminine styles they offer felt compared to my usual US brands, and the quality is good for the price.
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Please note I am wearing an underskirt with this dress, not for sheerness coverage but for fuller volume. I’m wear the same one I made for this knit dress back in this post. The natural cut of this dress is an A-line silhouette that falls a little closer to the body, poofing out less than as shown in these photos. The natural A-line silhouette is more office friendly – I like lots of fullness for a casual setting thus experimented with my DIY underskirt.
ann taylor white eyelet dress5Love the eyelet details on the bottom and the upper back! For sizing reference, I’m wearing a 00 petite with no alterations. As mentioned before, the waist has about an inch of room on me, which can be easily cinched with a belt if you want to accentuate that area. Dress is 97% cotton / 3% spandex, is lined on the bottom half and has an invisible side zipper for entry.
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  1. Nahoula wrote:

    Hi Jean, I just got these sandals and was wondering how comfortable they are. Are you able to walk long distances with them or is it more for a little bit of walking. The last thing I need right now is a show sitting in my closet. Did you have to break them in a little?

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    hi jean! thanks so much for your helpful and stylish posts. they're such a pleasure to see. i was wondering if you had an opinion on the prada saffiano double zip tote vs the prada saffiano cuir double bag. i don't live near a store to try them on / check them out first and am your height and frame (and taste it seems!), would love to know your thoughts! thanks in advance.

    Posted 7.17.15 Reply
  3. Such a pretty dress and lovely photos!♥

    My Notebook of Style

    Posted 7.4.15 Reply
  4. Congratulations! You look beautiful!


    Posted 7.2.15 Reply
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    There was a time when The Little Bra Company sent out several styles to bloggers about. Jean did one (YouTube, I think) and so did Jen from Fromheadtotoe (love that lady's sincerity and genuine personality). Once you find one blogger, you should be able to find others easily

    Posted 6.29.15 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    He's part Filipino

    Posted 6.29.15 Reply
  7. You can never go wrong with a little white dress for summer! I'm loving how you paired it with some pretty heeled sandals, so chic!

    XO Courtney

    Posted 6.27.15 Reply
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Is Nick mixed race? Asian? Italian? Now I think maybe French.

    Posted 6.26.15 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean Have you ever purchased anything from Aritzia.com? It's so petite friendly. I'm a bit shorter than you and bought the grenville jogger pants in the xxs and they fit perfectly! Not sure if they have Aritzia stores in Boston.

    Posted 6.25.15 Reply
  10. That is a gorgeous dress and you look beautiful

    Posted 6.25.15 Reply
  11. Love your shirtdress and your shoes! =)

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    Posted 6.25.15 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, this is such a summery post … but I wanted to let you know that Stuart Weitzman is having their 50% sale on winter boots. $363 is a steal for a pair of these awesome boots (they still have size 5 available). http://www.stuartweitzman.com/products/coolboot/?DepartmentId=707&DepartmentGroupId;=-1&SelectedItemID;=93463

    Posted 6.25.15 Reply
  13. Elizabeth wrote:

    I love this dress! Looks so good on you 🙂

    Posted 6.25.15 Reply
  14. Great and Outstanding Look. Awesome Design.

    Posted 6.25.15 Reply
  15. Kim wrote:

    Love your dress! Thinking of snatching up one for myself 🙂

    Posted 6.25.15 Reply
  16. A very lovely look, Jean. Haven't seen as many formal work-wear ideas on your blog lately – are you starting to pull away from that look?

    Posted 6.24.15 Reply
  17. mybeautrip wrote:

    Gorgeous lady dress!


    Posted 6.24.15 Reply
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, that is a gorgeous dress! Can I ask what type of bra do you wear with this? Strapless? White straps? I never know. Thank you!


    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  19. This news is very interesting, I am very happy to read a good article like this

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  20. The Dune sandals are gorgeous, but are they comfortable? I know they're not too high of a heel but I find with a chunky raised heel and thin sole, my feet get achy quite fast

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  21. Wonderful post ! I have to say I love your blog and I am not even that "petite" your tips can apply through the spectrum of various body types I think.

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  22. Paola wrote:

    What a beautiful dress!

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  23. Hi Jean! Love your site. I was wondering if you would do a post about petite undergarments. Specifically, bras. I have tried to find a petite bra that fits nicely to no avail. Your input would be greatly appreciated!

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  24. What a cunning idea to make an underskirt to add some volume to this beautiful dress! I am following you for a while now and I really have to say, that I love your blog! My daughter an me are also petite, she more than I am but we both find so many useful ideas concerning alterations or "what works best with" Thank you very much and keep on!
    Gros bisou from Belgium

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  25. Trang Do wrote:

    Love your dress!! Very beautiful!!
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  26. I have this dress and love the idea of wearing an underskirt for more volume. Thanks for the idea!


    Would love to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    Posted 6.22.15 Reply
  27. Suzie Q wrote:

    This is such a cute day dress! I love the idea of an underskirt to have more of a skirt volume. Good luck with the last minute wedding tasks, hope things aren't too stressful!

    xo, Suzie Q

    Posted 6.22.15 Reply
  28. Just gorgeous. That dress looks stunning on you.

    Diary of Elegance

    Posted 6.22.15 Reply
  29. Nicola J wrote:

    Your dress is beautiful.


    Posted 6.22.15 Reply
  30. Mia Lian wrote:

    Second on the comment relating to a post on the belt.
    Also – a tutorial on the underskirt? or where to buy one possibly? I am getting this white dress after work today haha.

    Posted 6.22.15 Reply
  31. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    So pretty! <3

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 6.22.15 Reply
  32. Danielle wrote:

    You look lovely. Great pictures! I am glad you had a great time in Paris. It is a dream city.


    Posted 6.22.15 Reply
  33. SKB wrote:

    Another great post! Could you perhaps do a post about belts? I love your Hermes and the way you pair it with so many of your outfits, but financially an Hermes isn't feasible. Can you recommend anything like it to your readers? All of my belts are very long and some are too sturdy to fold over into a triangle/heart shape that you showed us. 🙂

    Posted 6.22.15 Reply

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