The Little Black Dress (using separates!)

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Imperative Narrative pleated skirt XS + The Answer is Sheer top S c/o Modcloth, Hermes belt, Manolo Blahnik BB pumps

I don’t have many LBDs in my closet, but I love mixing and matching pieces to create my own versions of the timeless style. Aside from the pairing shown here, I’ve also worn this skirt simply with my black off-shouldered tee (reviewed here) as some of you saw on Snapchat. I was scrambling to get dressed for a party that night, and all black felt easy yet classic.

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This skirt is my first piece from Modcloth’s in-house label, which a friend had mentioned to me runs on the smaller side. The XS fits like a 00 regular in most American brands, measuring 12.5″ across the waist.

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The length of mine measures 23.5″ and is labeled a “midi-length” skirt. Please note I have it worn higher up on my waist here cinched by a belt, otherwise it normally hits an inch lower in length. The material is medium in weight with side pockets, concealed back zip, and a full lining – all in all good quality. The best part is you can machine wash it, and I can attest the pleats surprisingly did not even require ironing afterwards. This top is also listed as machine washable, but based on the very thin and delicate material, I would only hand wash it and lay flat to dry.

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Here’s a few other skirts from Modcloth that may run on the smaller side (love it when reviewers share their measurements!):

Ikebana floral skirt – loove the print. Reviewers say XS measures 24″ around the waist. Length is below the knee at 25″
Bugle Joy skirts in several solid colors & prints. XS measures 24″ around the waist and also 25″ long.
Navy dotted skirt – no reviews yet, but model is listed to have a 25″ waist and wearing a sz S, which sits high up on her waist. Comes in XS as well which is 18″ long.


Thank you Modcloth for partnering on this post! Photos taken at Banyan Boston.


46 thoughts on “The Little Black Dress (using separates!)

  • Anjiline Sirsikar January 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm

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  • Joyce Pak January 28, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    What a cute pairing! I love the skirt and how it makes an unexpected and unique LBD!

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  • Amy Lana January 28, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Can you pls pls show us how you do your hair?? =)

  • THE NEON FACTOR | Diana January 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Lovely photos!

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  • Sasa Zoe January 28, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Beautiful LBD! I love it<3

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  • ayme nicole January 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Very cute chic look. Reminds me of a sleek '50s housewife but modernized. Love the sheer shoulders on the top!


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  • Keri H January 28, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Such a classy LBD. Love the silhouette and sheer panel. You look amazing 🙂

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  • Jenny Kim January 28, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    That length of skirt always looks frumpy on me, but you look like a million bucks.

  • savorytouch January 28, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Cute LBD creativity! Love the green suede pumps..
    I immediately thought of tapioca balls in your peachy-color drink lol.

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  • rockinstrawberries January 28, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    THAT DRESS!! I love how it flares at the waist 🙂
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  • Jessica January 28, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I have a somewhat similar shirt from Banana Republic (same sheer dots, different neckline). I've only ever paired it with a pencil skirt or suit but I'm loving this combo! Thanks for helping me see my shirt through fresh eyes!

  • Veronica V January 28, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Love this blog! It's my go to whenever I need a new outfit 🙂 Has made finding petite friendly clothing SO much easier! I tried to buy the Ann Taylor Crystal Drops Statement Necklace featured in an earlier post, but it's sold out! If anyone here has it and is interested in selling it to me or has come across it somewhere – I would be eternally grateful. It's for my bridal shower 🙂

  • Nicole's Novel Reads January 28, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I love this look, Jean. The top and the skirt pair well to make a unique LBD.

  • jennifer January 28, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Jean, can you provide a tutorial on how you do your hair? I love it with this look!

  • Anonymous January 28, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Nice outfit but the top looks too big on you and needs to be taken in at the shoulder seam. The bust portion is sitting too low on you and the yoke looks too long.

  • Deasy Noel January 28, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    This is such a cute outfit. I absolutely love the sheer polka-dotted top, and the skirt is so versatile <3

  • Trang Do January 29, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Beautiful dress!! Love this look!
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  • ho_con986 January 29, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Love the look. How wide is your belt?

  • Esraa Bassiouny January 29, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Beautiful. I love how you got this dress look from separates.

  • Lo January 29, 2016 at 9:50 am

    TOTALLY unrelated, but can you do a post sometime (or maybe I should search back if you already have) on tailoring recommendations? I'm trying to be more diligent about getting my clothes altered to fit me, and the woman who hemmed my pants to my short legs urged me to get them just longer than I had cuffed them to, so I went with her recommendation, assuming she knew more than me. I now regret it as they bunch just a bit at the ankles and don't fit exactly into my booties. Since your clothes look impeccable and I know you treat them as such, do you have recommendations for where exactly your pants should hit your ankles and how to tell the tailor that, etc.? Is this something I should just be googling? 🙂

  • Jothi January 29, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Hi Jean! What bra did you wear with that top? Thanks

  • Gwen Kennedy January 29, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I was also going to ask about your hair. The whole look is so polished and chic! I'm always iffy about Modcloth, as sizes normally run large… so thank you for the tips!

  • Gwen Kennedy January 29, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I was also going to ask about your hair. The whole look is so polished and chic! I'm always iffy about Modcloth, as sizes normally run large… so thank you for the tips!

  • Julie Hiller January 29, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Gorgeous look! I saw it on insta and never would have guessed it wasn't a full dress. That top is super cute and the skirt fits you perfectly!

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  • Jenn January 29, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I love how classy this is and recreating it with separates is a wonderful idea!

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  • Art Adorned January 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Very cute pieces they make the perfect dress, you look amazing.

  • Julia Mazzucato January 29, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I love the swiss dot illusion top. Modcloth is usually my go-to for unique and ladylike pieces like this dress. That length is so flattering too!
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  • Rachel January 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    You look stunning ! Perfect combo 🙂

  • t'sshania January 29, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    You put this outfit together so beautifully, love the touch of green.. you look stunning.

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  • MarianneSophia January 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    This is so beautiful!! Your outfit looks so glamorous! 🙂

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  • Mei Liang January 29, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Such an elegant look! Black is my go to color when I don't have time to put an outfit together. Always timeless and stylish.


  • Vera January 29, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Beautiful look!

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  • Poshnessary com January 30, 2016 at 9:52 am

    So so chic!

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  • Poshnessary com January 30, 2016 at 9:53 am

    So so chic

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  • Jen K January 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    You look beautiful! I love my Bugle Joy and Profound Pizzazz skirt…though it'll be awhile before I can fit into them again, lol.


  • Marina Summers January 30, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    These separates really made a gorgeous dress!

  • Camila January 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Hi I just find your blog, and read about wearing skirt if you are extra petite, I saw that we are almoust the same mesure. I wanted to ask, maybe a personal question, if you can respond me by mail its better, what its your BMI, because I'm not sure if it is the same for tall person, I have always had this question.

  • Made in Mauve January 30, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Love! You have such a great style and love your idea. Sometimes it's hard to find a great dress that fits.

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  • mybeautrip January 31, 2016 at 5:03 am

    That top is so chic!

  • January 31, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Love your pairing here, definitely very classy!


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  • Chase Amie February 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Why was this comment necessary?

  • Anca February 7, 2016 at 7:51 am

    I love how you matched those two items. It looks as a single black dress. Just lovely.

  • Kim Evangelista February 11, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Like another poster, what bra did you wear with your top! I love your look and classy style. You look wonderful!

  • Anonymous March 2, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I loved this outfit from your photos so much that I bought the outfit but only to find the quality to be very disappointing. The top is so thin that I thought I was going to rip it trying it on and the construction quality was pretty poor with the sweetheart part of the top to be uneven. I ended up buying another black skirt but was disappointed in the quality as well. All in all, my first and only shopping experience with ModCloth was not good.

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