Cobalt blue lace

nordstrom petites cocktail party lace dress

Lace is one of my favorite textures for all year round, and especially during the holiday season! Today I wanted to show some elegant options that either come in petite sizing or are petite-friendly in fit. I love my DVF Zarita lace dress (shown here along with my mom’s more affordable version), and thought this Eliza J one was similar but with a swingy flared skirt. I really wish this brand would make more extended sizes, because I’m a big fan of their quality and feminine designs but the items are a little roomy on me. I loved my blue/white maxi from this post enough to get alterations, so wanted to give this highly-reviewed dress a try.
nordstrom petites blue fit flare lace dress
This is a 0P which is a size up from what I usually wear – the color is absolutely gorgeous but the fit is roomy throughout the torso on me and also at the sleeve width. I’m doing one of my favorite sewing-less shortcuts here by folding excess fabric over a thin belt, but for someone my size, alterations are needed for the dress to fit like it does on the model. For smaller-framed ladies, I found a few other options that were more snug in fit…
Nordstrom Lucy Paris lace dress

This burgundy lace sheath (also comes in navy and ivory) has reviews all over the place, so I wasn’t sure what to expect! Turns out the fit runs super small – an XS regular fit very narrow and was too snug for me in the shoulders and chest (I wear a 30-32A bra for reference). The entry is via a side zipper under the armpit which is a little more troublesome than a back center zip. The proportions work for petites as the waist placement is a little higher, hitting near my natural waist.
Glamorous lace dress

The pretty open back of this dress reminded me of Wendy’s gorgeous one that I borrowed in this twinsies shot! The quality of course is not the same given a big price difference. This one in XS fit me comfortably with a little stretch to spare.
Nordstrom glamorous lace dress review
My main concern was this is labeled as a fit and flare style, but the skirt was not as full and flared as I had hoped. It can be boosted with a tulle slip which I have, but to avoid that trouble I’d only recommend this to those who don’t mind a less-full skirt. Suggested bra for this one is the stick-on Nu Bra I discussed in this post.
eliza j blue lace dress petite
And here is how the Eliza J dress in size 0P looks on me with no adjustments or styling. Please note the listing indicates that regular sizing runs on the smaller side, however with petite sizing, it suggests ordering down if you’re usually in between sizes. I feel this size would best be suited for those who are usually between a 0P to 2P.
nordstrom petites blue lace dress

The belt trick makes a big difference in my opinion…I love using it to transform some pieces in my closet that are a little roomy and longer than I’d like! Below, I styled this dress with my trusty BlankNYC jacket (runs small) and H&M; faux fur stole (similar). 

cocktail party outfit lace dress moto jacket

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom to share holiday style ideas.


30 thoughts on “Cobalt blue lace

  • Sasa Zoe November 25, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Always love cobalt blue! The dress looks beautiful on you:P XO

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  • Poshnessary com November 25, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Love the dresses <3 Lace dresses are just amazing!


  • Anonymous November 25, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Would have passed on the cobalt blue dress had you not stylized it with a belt. Pure genius!

  • THE NEON FACTOR | Diana November 25, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Super cute dress!

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  • Anonymous November 25, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Lovely, lovely color 🙂 This dress is so sweet but with your jacket it starts to rock. Wow, wow, wow. Hugs from Finland –Anu

  • Maggie Zemanek November 25, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Love that cobalt dress!! Gorgeous! Love how lace never goes out of style 🙂

  • Irene Thayer November 25, 2015 at 4:34 pm

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  • Alyssa Renee November 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Love the way you styled that blue lace dress with the belt! =)

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  • Chicago Petite November 25, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    THK U for posting I was recently looking at exact dresses on the N site. Nice to see them on someone same size and height as me. Also thx for posting your bra size 🙂 I'm a 30dd which adds another layer of challenge in finding clothes. I usually avoid backless dresses/tops but may consider trying the NU bra. Although my "girls" need strong support 😉
    -Chicago Petite

  • Bella B November 25, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    All three are os beautiful!! I love how vibrant the cobalt blue is!!

    xoxoBella |

  • Julia November 25, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I love the royal blue color on you. However, I still think lace dresses should be designed in a way that will show your curves. There are definitely some lace dresses that are more loose fit, but in my opinion they look better in lighter summer/spring colors.

    The black dress is gorgeous thought! Beautiful design on the shoulders.

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  • Aubrey Yandow November 25, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I love the blue dress.

    xx. The Coastal Confidence

  • Doreen S November 25, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I love how the belt gives this dress a total new look. It's a beautiful lace dress.

  • Ana P November 25, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    So pretty! I love the burgundy color, but I like the way the cobalt dress looks better. Pretty choices!!

  • Helen Veyna November 25, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I love wearing lace all year round. That dress looks so lovely on you and I appreciate that you went into so much detail about the fit.

    Sweet Helen Grace

  • Elizabeth November 25, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Love all these dresses on you!!!

    Could you post a review on the J. Crew wintress puffer coat?

  • Aisha S November 25, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    The belt really helps eh. The dress looks even better in the complete look with the jacket.

  • Patricia November 26, 2015 at 1:19 am

    So glad to see the Glamourous dress on you. The Nordie pic looks so dreadfully shortwaisted,that I've been avoiding it even though I loved the backless look. have you tried the BB Dakota's? The Cobalt is perfection. Decisions, decisions.

  • Trang Do November 26, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Love this cobalt blue dress! Lovely color!
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  • prudence yeo November 26, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Lace dresses are perfect for that feminine yet classy vibe! The cobalt blue version is a really flattering design suitable for more conservative events in my opinion.


  • Eden Mint November 26, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Such a pretty dress, I love the lace details! Beautiful all year round 🙂

  • Laetitia Deletraz November 26, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Fabulous dresses ! I love cobalt blue too. Kisses

  • clickhappy November 26, 2015 at 9:09 am

    i bought the blanknyc jacket on your rec. the style is great, but i find the pleather in the arms "squeak" when i bend them. is there anything to be done or will it get better w/time? thanks!

  • November 26, 2015 at 10:03 am

    That cobalt blue lace dress is like a dream!


  • THEDASHINGRIDER November 26, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Adorable look – you look absolutely stunning <3
    xx Fiona

  • Lauren Lalicon November 26, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I love the belt look! It gives a different, little bit more casual feel to the dress rather than if it had been tailored. Plus, the thin belt makes the outfit feel more complete with those heels! How would you tailor a lace dress? I'd imagine it would be difficult because of the fabric.

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  • Vera November 26, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I love the cobalt dress! You look gorgeous.

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  • Minau November 26, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Great dress!

  • Jada Nicola November 27, 2015 at 11:07 am

    The color of that dress is so beautiful!

  • Magdalena Fenzl November 30, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Love the dresses! I especially love the color of the blue dress!

    xxx, Lena

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