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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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!
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.
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.