The days are now crisp and cool (in Boston, at least…certainly not on the West coast from what I hear!) and off-shoulder sweaters are back with a vengeance. I love that they can be warm and comfortable, yet the shoulder-baring detail makes it chic enough for a date or a night out with friends. I was eying this cute dress for a while and finally ordered it, but the length was several inches too long on me. Typically this would just require a simple hem job, but I’ve never hemmed sweater knits and am wary of doing so (if any of you have, let me know in the comments how it worked out!). I figured my best bet would be to find pieces that are supposed to be longer tops instead of actual dresses!
This sweater comes in three fall-ready colors fit the bill, hitting right around where I’d want for a casual dress (the sleeves are regular length so I have them rolled up per usual). It’s also cute as a tunic with leggings and ankle booties for an everyday casual look. For extra warmth I layered a soft blanket scarf on top, and will probably wear this with navy or gray tights and boots next time. Here’s how the sweater looks un-belted:
I wanted to share a few other Fall finds that I came across at Nordstrom, some of which are on pretty good sale right now. These three types of items come back year after year, and I always get questions on options best suited for petite women!
– Madewell Fleet Utility jacket: I’ve tried on my share of utility jackets, and this one starting in xxs had one of the slimmer fits in the shoulders and throughout the torso. The 100% cotton material is medium weight (thinner than my other army jackets) which makes it less bulky than thicker ones, and the “Military Surplus” color is a perfect weathered olive green. An older color in this jacket just got marked down, and is going quickly!
– Paige Lou Lou Flare jeans in petites (temporarily 40% off): It’s amazing how trends and personal tastes fluctuate over time, as I was obsessed with flare jeans in high school, then wouldn’t touch them with a 10 foot pole, and now am super intrigued by them again because of how flattering they can be. I’ll have more on them in upcoming posts, but I had to mention the popular Paige Lou Lou style is temporarily 40% off right now. These are sold at a variety of stores each year and very rarely get marked down much, especially not this early in the season and with all sizes in stock! I took my regular 24 in these – the darker color, slightly higher rise (these are mid-rise, not really high) and slimming silhouette are super flattering together. Please note the length is pretty long even in petite sizing, so I need about 1.5″ hemmed off.
– Billabong plaid shirt dress – if you’re looking for a comfortable and warm plaid shirtdress, this one fit better than most others I’ve tried on. The “thigh grazing” length looks rather short on the model, which was a tell-tale sign to me that it’d fit petites nicely as a normal length. The 100% cotton material has a slightly nubbly, textured flannel feel to it, and is a little more comfortable against the skin than the Caslon dress I reviewed in this post.
I hope those of you who picked up this blanket scarf love it as much as I do…it’ll definitely be making many more appearances styled in other outfits! I mentioned this before, but it’s a little thinner than most blanket scarves, making it easier to fold and style for those who tend to feel overwhelmed by the truly oversized ones.
Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post!