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.

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

    xxx, Lena

    Posted 11.30.15 Reply
  2. The color of that dress is so beautiful!

    Posted 11.27.15 Reply
  3. Minau wrote:

    Great dress!

    Posted 11.26.15 Reply
  4. Vera wrote:

    I love the cobalt dress! You look gorgeous.

    Blonde in Cashmere

    Posted 11.26.15 Reply
  5. 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.

    How To Be More Like Lauren

    Posted 11.26.15 Reply
  6. Adorable look – you look absolutely stunning <3
    xx Fiona

    Posted 11.26.15 Reply
  7. That cobalt blue lace dress is like a dream!


    Posted 11.26.15 Reply
  8. clickhappy wrote:

    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!

    Posted 11.26.15 Reply
  9. Fabulous dresses ! I love cobalt blue too. Kisses

    Posted 11.26.15 Reply
  10. Eden Mint wrote:

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

    Posted 11.26.15 Reply
  11. 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.


    Posted 11.26.15 Reply
  12. Trang Do wrote:

    Love this cobalt blue dress! Lovely color!
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    Posted 11.26.15 Reply
  13. Patricia wrote:

    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.

    Posted 11.26.15 Reply
  14. Aisha S wrote:

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

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  15. Elizabeth wrote:

    Love all these dresses on you!!!

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

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  16. 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

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  17. Ana P wrote:

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

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  18. Doreen S wrote:

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

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  19. I love the blue dress.

    xx. The Coastal Confidence

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  20. Julia wrote:

    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.

    Julia || Closet de Jules || Recent Post – The story behind the Meteorologist Dress

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  21. Bella B wrote:

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

    xoxoBella |

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  22. 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

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  23. Love the way you styled that blue lace dress with the belt! =)

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    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  24. Amazing post dear! You have a wonderful blog:)
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    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  25. Love that cobalt dress!! Gorgeous! Love how lace never goes out of style 🙂

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  26. Anonymous wrote:

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

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  27. Super cute dress!

    || D I A N A ||

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  28. Anonymous wrote:

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

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  29. Love the dresses <3 Lace dresses are just amazing!


    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  30. Sasa Zoe wrote:

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

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply

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