Midnight Lace with LUISAVIAROMA

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The whirlwind of weddings last year in our circle of friends has given way to a steady stream of babies this year. It’s incredible how life events come in such close waves, and my fear is it all goes by too quickly! We’re trying to take it slow and enjoy the few weddings we do have this year, including an upcoming one next month. I’ll be wearing this dress, which has transitional midnight tones but is still heat-friendly with lace cutouts all around the torso.
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Today’s post is in partnership with LUISAVIAROMA, an Italian-based retailer with a huge assortment of handbags, shoes, and apparel from top designers around the world. They offer free express shipping and return shipping internationally, plus cover all taxes / duties which can be significant on big purchases.self portrait blue lace dress fall wedding_extra petite blog
I found several pieces from my wardrobe available at their store, including this Gucci soho disco bag (still available in the popular tan color), the classic Ferragamo Varina flats and Vara low pumps, the smaller version of my beloved Saint Laurent bag, and no shortage of Valentino studded pumps. As a sidenote I wanted to mention Ferragamo now makes a wider “C” width for their popular Varina and Vara styles starting in smaller sizes (before, it was only for sizes 6 and up)! Mine in a regular 5 B width were painfully narrow to break in – I finally got to try on a pair in their size 5 C recently and it made quite the difference in comfort. I only wish they had offered it sooner!self portrait navy lace short dress_extra petite blog boston
I’ve gotten a few questions from readers on the sizing & fit of Self Portrait pieces and whether they are petite-friendly. I’ve admired the stunning, intricately-detailed dresses from this brand on others many-a-times, but usually on tall and leggy ladies so wasn’t sure what to expect. After trying on several styles including their signature Azalea dress, I’d say the lace pieces definitely run on the smaller side with size US 0 / UK 4 fit more like a 00 (measuring 12″ or smaller across the waist). In some of them, a size up was more comfortable on me for extra breathing room in the torso! I haven’t yet tried on their non-lace styles, but heard those may run bigger.
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The midi dresses that look below-the-knee length on the models are closer to mid-calf length on someone my height (about 5 feet tall), and the slim shoulder straps are not adjustable, so may need to be shortened on petites. The above-the-knee ones like the Louisa dress I’m wearing however fit shorter ladies well right off the rack. This one looked very mini on the model and fit me as shown in a US 2 / UK 6 with no alterations.
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Thank you to LUISAVIAROMA and Shopstyle for partnering on this post.

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37 thoughts on “Midnight Lace with LUISAVIAROMA

  • Reply La Bijoux Bella | by mia July 25, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Such a cute look! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Reply Cam Nguyen July 25, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Love this!

  • Reply Jessica C July 25, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Oh I am so in love with this dress.. It looks amazing on you!!!! This confirms my desire to find a self portrait dress for my upcoming engagement shoot…!!!

    Jessica || Cubicle Chic

  • Reply Shira July 25, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    The dress looks absolutely beautiful on you. I'm a lot curvier so unfortunately I don't think the gorgeous Self Portrait dresses would work on me but my wallet is definitely happy haha!


  • Reply Deasy Noel July 25, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    This dress is SERIOUSLY swoon-worthy. I've been dying over the Self Portrait pieces because they all look so intricate and delicate, in such a beautiful way.


  • Reply Anonymous July 25, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you for the information on the SP sizing. I actually heard the dresses run huge so never purchased even though they make my DREAM dresses.

  • Reply little random happiness July 25, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    This post is gorgeous all around – the dress, your hair and makeup, the setting, and of course you! 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous July 25, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    what a gorgeous detailed dress!
    Fash 'n' fudge
    Fash 'n' fudge

  • Reply Helen Veyna July 25, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    That is such a beautiful dress! The detail is so beautiful and I love the way the blue lace pops against the nude slip of the dress.

    Sweet Helen Grace

  • Reply A.B July 25, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Love the dress! It's so stylish and cute.

  • Reply Alina Ermilova July 25, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Such a gorgeous dress, I'm in love!


  • Reply Anonymous July 26, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Love this look and the lipstick! What lipstick are you using?

  • Reply Meghan July 26, 2016 at 2:02 am

    This is such a gorgeous dress on you!!! I love self portrait dresses!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

  • Reply Suzie Q July 26, 2016 at 3:25 am

    The dress is so pretty. I adore the lace detail and the color combination of navy blue with the blush pink slip underneath. You look lovely!

    xo, Suzie Q

  • Reply Verra Kay July 26, 2016 at 3:35 am

    I love this dress!!! It fits you like a glove!! ❤️

  • Reply Ev July 26, 2016 at 6:42 am
  • Reply Beckie July 26, 2016 at 8:12 am

    This is an amazing look!

  • Reply Alexa Johnson July 26, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Love this dress!


  • Reply Sharan Kaur July 26, 2016 at 10:44 am

    You look gorgeous! Love the color of this dress.


  • Reply Aditi Kalra July 26, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I love the look! Could you please do more posts on clothes for work? Especially for a conservative environment.

  • Reply Becca @ Lexi and Lady July 26, 2016 at 11:56 am

    This dress is gorgeous! Perfectly styled!

  • Reply Rosa Fairfield July 26, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Love your hair in these images, I have been a self-portrait fan for ages now.


  • Reply Huong July 26, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I have adored Self Portrait for the last few months and this confirms that SP is one of my favorite brands! #swoon

    You look amazing, Jean! xo

  • Reply Andy July 26, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Simply stunning. Effortlessly elegant and graceful.

  • Reply Vera Sawicki July 26, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Stunning photos!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  • Reply A July 26, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Wow, that dress is just stunning! x


  • Reply Anonymous July 26, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Jean! I'm from Boston too. I was wondering where you generally take photos, as the backgrounds you have are so beautiful. I really like taking portraits of people and was hoping to use a few spots that were similar. Thank you!! =)

  • Reply affecionada July 26, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    You look stunning, Jean! I love Luisa Via Roma! x

    Jen | affecionada

  • Reply iZ91 July 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm

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  • Reply D July 27, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for the review of a shorter Self Portrait dress! I tried the Azalea and it was just too long, and seemed like it would be difficult to hem since it has such intricate detailing.
    – D

  • Reply Julia Mazzucato July 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    This dress is so pretty! I love the navy color and the delicate lace. Self Portrait's designs are gorgeous, and I think they are definitely worth the price!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  • Reply Georgiana July 28, 2016 at 3:18 am

    I have a thing for lace, it always looks amazing.

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  • Reply Anonymous August 1, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Love the dress, however, it is extremely pricey despite I am a well-paid working girl. Can you find us something that's more reasonably priced? Like less than $200?

  • Reply Catherine August 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Jean!

    Can you please do a review on the Plexi heel?


  • Reply Anonymous March 28, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Did you find the 0 or the 2 a better fit in the azaelea dress? I've been waffling between sizes before ordering online. Thanks!

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