Instagram lately // lace-up sandals + summer fitting room reviews

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Skirts: LOFT, Ann Taylor (50% off sitewide!)  Pumps: J.Crew, Ann Taylor, M.Gemi

Hello hello! In today’s post I’m answering some of your questions on pieces from Instagram, plus sharing a few quick fitting room reviews down below! This photo above encapsulates so much of what I love – a nice pop of bright color, an oversized print, or a soft all-neutral palette. Each of these pieces above can be mixed and matched with one another. Unfortunately, all the pieces are collected across past seasons, but I always keep my eyes peeled for similar items to post about.
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INC lace-up sandals size 5, DVF dress c/o, Chanel flap, Theirry Lasry sunglasses

I first showed these lace-up sandals a while ago on Snapchat, and have been loving how they add a hint of boho to casual outfits. They take an extra minute to put on, but make such cute walking shoes! Please note they do not stay up laced this high in the photo above, so I usually wear them tied lower around the ankles, like in the next photo.

This wrap dress is a few years old (see original post), but I still get excited to put it on each time. A knit wrap dress is not only timeless, but also very forgiving to accommodate to weight fluctuations over the years! I can’t find anything similar available, but two other wrap dress options that look petite-friendly is this affordable longer one in either classic black or bright coral crepe, as well as this Ann Taylor one from their new arrivals. SALE ALERT – AT is having one of their 50% off everything promos right now with code SUNNY50. I’d recommend this flattering and classic eyelet flare dress.
boston summer casual outfit swing dress gladiator sandals

Here’s another way I’ve been wearing the sandals for exploring around town. True to the reviews these shoes run narrow, both at the front strap as well as the overall width of the soles. I’m wearing my usual size 5. I thought these were pretty comfy as long as you don’t tie the laces too tight around the ankles, and as another note, you do need to double knot the bows so the laces don’t come undone.
mimi chica bell sleeve blue summer romper

I tried on this adorable romper recently and forgot to include it in a blog post! I would’ve gotten it if I didn’t already own a very similar one. The sleeves are a tad long on short arms, but with flowy, flared sleeves I feel there’s more leeway on proper length. There was one issue, and I’m not sure if it was just the one I tried on, but the pocket lining was a little longer than the hem of the shorts so it peeked out. This could be fixed with tiny stitches or safety pins securing them up from the inside. Also I see a reviewer mentioned the front gaped open on her – little safety pins come in very handy for that.

I popped into Banana Republic recently looking for this really pretty floral print they have out this season. It comes in both a light version with white and lilac flowers, and a darker black backdrop. I was specifically looking for this top in white but didn’t see my size, so ordered it online with the extra 40% off promo. It’s hard to see but one of my favorite details are the bows atop both shoulders! It looks like a versatile shorter blouse to pair with pants (I’d style with my blue or pink ankle pants) and top with a cardigan or blazer if needed.
banana republic petites floral midi wrap dress

BP moveover flats (I have both colors!), Banana Republic wrap dress 00p

I did get to try on this wrap dress in the darker floral, and my first thought was it felt well-made. There’s a button on the inner waist to secure the wrap, and then a tie on the exterior side. Size 00p measures about 12″ across the waist without stretch. The skirt has a fairly full shape, and I love that BR has been including pockets on most of their dresses! At midi length it has a retro feel which I typically like, however I felt this particular dress (given factors like the volume in the skirt and larger scale print) would be more classic at a shorter knee length. Or, if it had a demure leg slit! FYI the dress is full coverage and your leg normally would not show – I was just stepping forward and liked how it happened to look at the moment:
banana republic summer 2016 wrap dress review
I also tried on this pleated floral dress which I felt indifferent about. It was feminine and had some movement, and the fit like most BR dresses in 00p was very good on me. I liked the twist detail at the shoulder straps and of course the pockets, but the overall dress didn’t excite me personally like some other ones do.
banana republic petites pleated midi dress review

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  1. Gorgeous outfits! Sophie x

    Posted 7.8.16 Reply
  2. Samantha wrote:

    I'm so happy to have stumbled upon your blog recently! It's sooo nice to see a blog solely dedicated to petite shoppers. I'm only 5'0 and love fashion, but all the blogs showcase styles on "average height" people that I know my body would look silly in. Thanks for providing such great tips for where and how to shop as a petite!

    Posted 6.26.16 Reply
  3. Love your attention to detail – 'the little bows on the shoulders'! So cute yet and understated way to upgrade the overall look. I loved the wrap around but it's so hard to rock SUCH a low midi length in that style isn't it? I think as you're so slender the look could've worked but I would need to resort to heels or take the hem up as you said. The White/grey dress didn't do much for me it her although the fit and pleating is divine. Odd how that happens sometimes. Thanks again, awesome post 🙂 Lucy x

    Posted 6.25.16 Reply
  4. Rachel wrote:

    Lovely outfits! love it!

    Posted 6.24.16 Reply
  5. Jean, just saw a option for a pearl necklace that went on sale at Abercrombie… I have one and its gorgeous and now it's only $20 with extra sale coupon. Thought about posting here so you could share… can be found searching for "Faux Pearl Bauble Necklace" and the item #620943333. 🙂

    Posted 6.24.16 Reply
  6. I love this floral dress outfit, it's so elegant and feminine. top x

    Posted 6.24.16 Reply
  7. I love the first look! Although all of them are really nice ones!

    Posted 6.23.16 Reply
  8. mybeautrip wrote:

    This romper is amazing!

    Posted 6.23.16 Reply
  9. You looked gorgeous in the floral wrap dress! Love the DVF one as well.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 6.23.16 Reply
  10. I love the lace-detailed skirt in the first photo and the printed romper! Such fab finds!

    Posted 6.23.16 Reply
  11. I love that BR wrap dress! Do you think that front slit would be problematic when sitting down, though? I sometimes have problems with wrap dresses falling open too much when I sit down in them.

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 6.23.16 Reply
  12. Love the outfits!

    Posted 6.23.16 Reply
  13. Gorgeous pictures! I love your handbags in these pictures. Sophie x

    Posted 6.23.16 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    Are you able to spot a replica quilted diamond pattern Chanel boy bag by the number of diamonds in a row that span across the bag. I noticed a friends bag the second row from the bottom had 6 diamonds run across the bag horizontally. Online, all the boy bags had odd numbers of diamonds in the second row. So 5 or 7 usually

    Posted 6.23.16 Reply
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    Can you spot a replica Chanel quilted (diamond pattern) boy bag by the number of diamonds that run across the span of the bag?

    Posted 6.23.16 Reply
  16. So many great outfits! Love your style x

    Posted 6.23.16 Reply
  17. Love the wrap dress! By the way, who did you work with at Salon Capri? I've never been there and don't know who I should book. Thanks!

    Posted 6.22.16 Reply
  18. Jenna wrote:

    The white top is going to swallow you. I'm a bit larger than you (and also wear a 00P) and it was too big on me. I can't wait to see what it will look like if you choose to alter it. I too love that print so much I bought the short wrap dress in black and the spaghetti strap midi dress in white.

    Posted 6.22.16 Reply
  19. I love that Banana Republic wrap dress!

    xo, Jo

    Posted 6.22.16 Reply
  20. I've been eying that floral BR dress for some time but was unsure – I think you're right about it suiting a shorter length. Either way, it looks great on! x

    Jen | affecionada

    Posted 6.22.16 Reply
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    Posted 6.22.16 Reply
  22. Keri H wrote:

    Such pretty looks! My favorite is that printed romper 🙂

    Enclothed Cognition

    Posted 6.22.16 Reply
  23. Love this post! Your outfits are so classy and chic. Enjoyed reading your reviews.
    Xoxo, Maggie

    Posted 6.22.16 Reply
  24. Maria Abad wrote:

    The boho dress is super cute, I like the short length.
    MariaOnPoint | Find me on IG

    Posted 6.22.16 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Love how that romper looks on you! Have you come across any good sales on jumpsuits? Am looking for a simple one in a solid color or neutral print, preferably dark but not black, maybe 26-27" inseam? There are some at Loft but mostly not on sale, or some that are with few/no reviews.

    Posted 6.22.16 Reply
  26. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Cute! Love every single look:P

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 6.22.16 Reply
  27. La Bijoux Bella | by mia wrote:

    Beautiful selection of looks . . . Just fabulous a selection! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Posted 6.22.16 Reply

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