bell sleeves

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

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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.

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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!


43 thoughts on “bell sleeves

  • Reply Helen's Collection Statement Jewelry February 25, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Cute dress! Love the bell sleeves, so feminine.

  • Reply Avanti Gomes February 25, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Love the lace dress! It is gorgeous.


  • Reply angelina February 26, 2016 at 12:19 am

    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'

  • Reply Dressed With Soul February 26, 2016 at 2:15 am

    Your lace dress with the bell sleeves is simply adorable!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Reply Raspberry Jam February 26, 2016 at 2:29 am

    This is such a beautiful lace dress!

    Raspberry Jam

  • Reply Petite-ish February 26, 2016 at 5:46 am

    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!

  • Reply Petite Mom February 26, 2016 at 6:27 am

    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?

  • Reply Sasa Zoe February 26, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Beautiful lace dress with bell sleeves! <3

    Shall We Sasa

  • Reply Gwen Kennedy February 26, 2016 at 9:30 am

    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…

  • Reply Anonymous February 26, 2016 at 9:33 am

    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 🙂

  • Reply Thuy | Dress Up, Chow Down February 26, 2016 at 10:36 am

    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!

  • Reply Maggie Zemanek February 26, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Oooh this is so pretty!! I love it!

  • Reply Julie Hiller February 26, 2016 at 11:12 am

    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.

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  • Reply Andy February 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

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

  • Reply Diana at The Chic Diary February 26, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Your lace dress is so cute! Loving it in white <3

    Diana |

  • Reply Deasy Noel February 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    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.

  • Reply Rachel February 26, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    You look so stunning! Pretty dress!

  • Reply Anonymous February 26, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    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.

  • Reply Debbie February 26, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    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.

  • Reply Anonymous February 26, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Unfortunately 0P is not available in either color 🙁

  • Reply Linda Tran February 26, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Love the dress! You look so amazing!

  • Reply Anonymous February 26, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Your new hemline is actually prettier! Lovely as always

  • Reply Valeri February 26, 2016 at 9:10 pm

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

  • Reply Cassie Le February 27, 2016 at 1:35 am

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

  • Reply Dolce Petite February 27, 2016 at 6:26 am

    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

  • Reply IH February 27, 2016 at 11:45 am

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

  • Reply Charitie Martino February 27, 2016 at 2:56 pm

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

    Vis à Vis

  • Reply mybeautrip February 27, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    This lace dress is awesome!

  • Reply Nicole E February 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm

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



  • Reply Alex February 28, 2016 at 12:12 am

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

  • Reply Lauren Lalicon February 28, 2016 at 1:41 am

    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

  • Reply Poshnessary com February 28, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Beautiful beautiful dress!

    Kisses from

  • Reply Leanne February 28, 2016 at 9:28 am

    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

  • Reply Jean February 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    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!!

  • Reply Jean February 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    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!

  • Reply Jean February 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    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!

  • Reply Jean February 28, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    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.

  • Reply Jean February 28, 2016 at 5:37 pm

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

  • Reply Jean February 28, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    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.

  • Reply Jean February 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I saw! I love that dress they have out though

  • Reply Jean February 28, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    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

  • Reply Yana Kasekamp February 28, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Such a beautiful dress. 🙂

  • Reply AlexisB February 29, 2016 at 1:46 pm

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

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