I’m excited to share some unique, petite-friendly pieces today that are a few months in the making. I first came across this poppy print dress in April and fell in love, but knew it’d likely require lots of alterations. I reached out to the company, Chicwish, asking if they’d consider customizing it in petite sizing and in a knee length instead of midi. They were very accommodating and we ended up working on a few iterations, tweaking the proportions. The dress is currently available for purchase here in a petite XS, and the skirt version that I’m wearing is available for pre-order in all sizes!
The pattern and the full shape of these poppy pieces are so fun and feminine, perfect for parties, events, or going out to dinner. I honestly get so many compliments and inquiries each time I wear either piece! Most recently, I dressed down the skirt with a cream shell tucked in, and my low, Talbots neutral sandals. If I had to pick one piece amongst the two it’d be the dress, however I suggested Chicwish offer a skirt version as well because dresses can be trickier to fit different body types (torso length, bust, shoulders, armholes, etc). The skirt could also be more versatile for pairing with various style tops…going to try it with a striped, slightly cropped one next.
Fit-wise, I compared the samples against numerous items in my closet and would say XS fits like a US 00/0 or H&M; size 2-4. The waist of this skirt in XS is about 12.5 inches across (a little loose on me), for reference. As mentioned above the dress version currently only comes in XS for the petite length (and S-L in the regular midi length), but if there is interest in S, M, and L as well in the petite length, let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to share with Chicwish.
Compared to the dress in the stock photo, the petite XS dress is not only shorter, but the proportions are also adjusted in the torso length, waistline, armholes, and the width of the shoulder straps as one would expect from true petite sizing. I had photos taken of the dress version while we were in France (some of you may have seen a few previews via my Snapchat!), and will post once we get those back from our photographer.
The material of the skirt and dress feels like a satin-y twill, and has some structure to it to keep that full fit and flare shape. Please note that the material has a shiny finish to it and is non-stretch. There is a fitted waistband and an invisible zipper in the back, with pleats all around plus is fully lined. The workmanship is not high quality (ie. you can see the bottom hem stitch on mine) but I think the prices are very fair for the pieces. Not to mention, the items being available in petite sizing that actually fits saves a significant amount on alteration costs.
A few notes on ordering from Chicwish based on my previous shopping experiences with them:
– They offer free worldwide shipping for all orders which is awesome, however the company is based in Asia so items take a long time to arrive. Their website states 12 to 18 days as an estimate for standard free ship, but my personal experience is even longer.
– They accept returns within 30 days, and customers need to get an RMA prior to mailing back items. An issue I had with my first order was my RMA instructed me to mail the items back to Asia, which would’ve been costly. After contacting customer service (firstname.lastname@example.org), I finally got a US returns address which was more reasonable: CHICWISH, PO Box 3371 Daly City, CA 94015.
– Sizing may run smaller due to Asian sizing, so check the measurements and any customer-submitted photos in the listing page.