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spring white lace dress fit flare petites1

Eliza J lace dress (also in navy) on sale! c/o, altered- see below, Zara heels (similar)

Eliza j petites white lace dress nordsdtrom1

I wore this dress in NY on a pleasantly mild day, and again last weekend with black tights and ankle booties. I personally love the bell sleeves and thought they were a romantic nod to fashion from another era without being dated. This dress is fully (actually doubly) lined though the torso and skirt, but I like how the sleeves are unlined to show off some skin that’s only noticeable closer up.

refinery hotel rooftop bar brunch nyc

spring white lace dress fit flare petites

I got to try on both the white and navy as spring samples from the Eliza J team…here’s how the navy looks on me off the rack in 0P:

eliza j petites navy lace dress nordstrom

I didn’t mind the length as-is, but liked it a tiny bit better on me shorter. It was so minor, but I showed Nick two pictures with the hem pinned up vs. unpinned and he agreed. I rarely attempt alterations myself, but this looked easy enough! The lace had a thicker border right where I wanted to shorten it to, so I simply cut off the bottom-most part and then did a normal hem job on the two layers of lining underneath.

eliza j lace dress hemming alterations

Measurements of a 0p: 13.5″ across shoulders, 15.5″ across armpits, 13″ across waist, 33.5″ total length. If you are my size exactly, the waist will be a little loose. I keep hoping Eliza J will add size 00p since I’m sure there’d be demand for it…maybe if they hear the request from enough potential customers! Here are some of their other pretty dresses that do come in petite sizing, starting in either 0p or 2p (ps – my floral maxi dress from this blog post is back in stock once again!).

spring white lace dress fit flare petite fashion

These pics were snapped at the Refinery Rooftop in NYC, which was a cute place with nice views for brunch. It’s thankfully enclosed by a clear tent during winter, with space heaters a-plenty. Seems like it’d be a cute shower or event venue too at night, with all the city lights glimmering!

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  1. AlexisB wrote:

    Love the dress! If anyone here watches Wendy Williams, she is wearing the dress in navy on today's show.

    Posted 2.29.16 Reply
  2. Such a beautiful dress. 🙂

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    I LOVE lace-up heels…don't own a pair but just bc i haven't found the right ones yet. I think nude is the right color to get since that color will be the least visually truncating on your legs

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    I saw! I love that dress they have out though

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    Hi – the ankle strap is not the most comfortable (typical of a lot of ankle strap shoes) but not terrible. Yes they are true to size.

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    It sold out earlier in the week…I hope they will do a restock!

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    I don't love exposed zips, but I've asked brands about it and they say customers seem to love it so they continue making them with it. I've had my tailor replace exposed ones with invisible ones if I think it'll make a big enough difference.

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    Hi Gwen, mine is from Nordstrom – I don't know why they made the 0P disappear instead of just graying it out like other sold out sizes. They originally had both colors in stock there in 0P so hopefully will do a restock!

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    Hmm..I wasn't wearing heels when I tried it on, but everyone's body type is different so I can definitely see how it'd vary on others!

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    Ah..congrats!! How exciting. Hmm for inspo I love that huge restoration hardware in Copley. I've been buying from all over the place…the usual suspects Pottery Barn, Ikea, etc but I also like Cost Plus World Market (in Natick but most furniture is online) and Home Decorators Collection (mostly online) and One King's Lane (all online). Have fun decorating!!

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  11. Leanne wrote:

    Hi Jean! Love your blog! I was wondering what your opinion is on short girls and lace up heels, I found a pair of nude ones that I love but I'm scared they'll make me look even shorter than my 5'2. What do you think? I'd love you get your advice

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  12. Beautiful beautiful dress!

    Kisses from

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  13. When I first saw the dress in white, I wasn't that into it, but omg, the dress in navy totally changed my opinion on bell sleeves. They seem so PRETTY! Very playful and vintage!

    Lauren Lalipop

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  14. Alex wrote:

    BCBG Max Azria is using that exact same lace in dresses that are 2x the price!

    Posted 2.28.16 Reply
  15. Nicole E wrote:

    Such a pretty dress and perfect for when Spring comes. Love the heels you paired with it too!



    Posted 2.27.16 Reply
  16. mybeautrip wrote:

    This lace dress is awesome!

    Posted 2.27.16 Reply
  17. I particularly like this dress because it's romantically sexy, not dicey or bawdy. Beautiful!

    Vis à Vis

    Posted 2.27.16 Reply
  18. IH wrote:

    Love your zara heels, are they comfortable and true to size?

    Posted 2.27.16 Reply
  19. Such a cute dress! I agree on the shorter version. By the way, I love those Zara PVC heels – I have the same in white and styled them here: Dolce Petite

    Posted 2.27.16 Reply
  20. Cassie Le wrote:

    Love the dress…very sweet. The black pumps are gorgeous. Where did you get the black pumps!

    Posted 2.27.16 Reply
  21. Valeri wrote:

    I can't get over how tall you look in photo number 2.

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    Your new hemline is actually prettier! Lovely as always

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  23. Linda Tran wrote:

    Love the dress! You look so amazing!

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    Unfortunately 0P is not available in either color 🙁

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  25. Debbie wrote:

    You make every outfit look beautiful! Both colors are just lovely but I especially adore the white dress and I personally love the bell sleeves.

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    I actually think I like your "hemmed" version better! The border at the hem mirrors the border at the sleeves. Adorable dress! I'm tempted to buy it.

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  27. Rachel wrote:

    You look so stunning! Pretty dress!

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  28. Deasy Noel wrote:

    Such a pretty dress! I am always amazed when you alter clothes, and especially this lace dress. I mean, it's lace O_O I didn't think that was possible, haha. And I'm on your side – I love the flared sleeves. It's such a romantic look.

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  29. Your lace dress is so cute! Loving it in white <3

    Diana |

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  30. Andy wrote:

    That's a beautiful dress and you model it well. And in the "back view" image, your legs look sensational.

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  31. That dress is lovely! I personally love the bell sleeves–I agree that they're a nod to more romantic looks. Very pretty!

    I'm curious what you think of the exposed zip in the back. I'm personally not a huge fan of exposed zippers, but I'm wondering what you think.

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  32. Oooh this is so pretty!! I love it!

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  33. I think I'd like the darker version better. In general, I can't see myself being comfortable wearing that and I also don't think I'd like bell sleeves but I think I like the darker one better on me because the colour is more grounded!

    You look amazing, though!

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  34. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for the post Jean! Firstly, that dress is gorgeous and the navy is stunning. I was wondering about bell sleeves… I'm petite in height and I couldn't help but to think that bell sleeves were for people with longer limbs XD I guess I'll have to make sure to get petite sizing if I try this trend 🙂

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  35. I love this dress in the white! Would have made the bottom hem edit too! The Nordstrom website only has a 2p as the smallest size. Did the Eliza J team recommend where the 0p might be available? A quick google search didn't turn up the size…

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  36. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Beautiful lace dress with bell sleeves! <3

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  37. Petite Mom wrote:

    The Drew looks gorgeous on you but I had ordered it and found it to be overwhelming on my petite frame (I'm 4'-11"). Just a heads up to the smaller petite. Maybe the heels make a big difference?

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  38. Petite-ish wrote:

    Love this, jean! So romantic and what a nice dress it would be for a boho bride to be.
    In other news, n and I are in the process of buying a condo! Any tips for home decoration, places to get inspiration and where to shop for furniture? Thanks!

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  39. This is such a beautiful lace dress!

    Raspberry Jam

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  40. Your lace dress with the bell sleeves is simply adorable!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  41. angelina wrote:

    You look amazing in this dress, it reminds me of the Self Portrait Azalea dress with the lace, but more affordable haha! The hemming looks great, and I definitely like it a bit shorter as well.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

    Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  42. Love the lace dress! It is gorgeous.


    Posted 2.25.16 Reply
  43. Cute dress! Love the bell sleeves, so feminine.

    Posted 2.25.16 Reply

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