Jewel Tones // Fall Date Night or Holiday Party Dress

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Express ruffle dress xs petite (runs short), Cole Haan boots (similar), TDE Box bag, Baublebar necklace

I know, I know – it feels too early to be talking about holiday party outfits, but it’s almost that time of year! And this little dress might be one of my favorite pieces to date from Express Petites (it’s great for a Fall date night too, if you want to delay thinking about the holidays). The wrap style with ruffle trim is flirty and feminine, while the deeper jewel-toned hues are sophisticated. It’s also available in regular sizing (XXS – XL) if you want a little longer length. As a bonus, all the colors pair easily with tights for winter – personally I’d do gray tights with the chrome yellow dress, and black tights with all the others!

petite fit and flare wrap dress fall fashion

Fit / Sizing

I tried on both my usual size xxs petite (see it on me in red, below) and xs petite, and ended up keeping the latter. They fit very similarly, but an xs petite had just a little more room for me to move around in, and about an inch longer in length (note: both sizes were a shorter “mini” length on me, and I’m under 5 feet tall). The fabric itself does not stretch, but the waist and the sleeve openings are elasticized for a comfortable fit. I did find the neckline clasp to be too low for my tastes on both sizes, so I secured it a little higher with a small safety pin.


This dress is made of a machine-washable poly fabric, which has a slightly silky, satiny feel to it. It’s lightweight so the ruffles flow as you walk. Because of the shorter length and airiness of the fabric, I wore my usual bike shorts underneath…just in case I found myself caught in one of Boston’s notorious gusts of wind! If your dress has wrinkles coming out of the package, a quick steam did the trick for me (I use this portable steamer).

burgundy red flare dress christmas party outfit

Trying on Express ruffle dress in xxs petite, in “desire red” (a deep wine color)
Steve Madden sandals 5.5 (runs narrow)

how to style over the knee boots for petite women

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  1. Joanna wrote:

    I mike the dress but i am more curious about the boots. Ive been looking for a narrow opening over the knee boots. But I can’t find one that higs my petite legs perfectly and not to pricey

    Posted 11.18.17 Reply
  2. FC wrote:

    I bought this dress and I love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  3. Anin C. wrote:

    Stunning! Love all the outfits. You look gorgeous in all of them.

    Posted 11.11.17 Reply
  4. Kelly wrote:

    Love this look! I ordered the dress in green for the holidays!! Do you have any tips or recommendations for OTK boots for thin legs?? All the brands I’ve tried so far seem to slide down even when tied. I was thinking about trying fashion tape to see if that helps?!

    Posted 11.5.17 Reply
  5. Jaime wrote:

    The details on the dress and the color are amazing! Love how it’s styled here!

    ♡ Jaime

    Posted 11.5.17 Reply
  6. alice wang wrote:

    end up ordered both green and red <3

    Posted 11.5.17 Reply
  7. Serena Liu wrote:

    Hi Jean!

    The dress looks amazing! Does the material wrinkle as you wear it throughout the day? Thank you.

    Posted 11.5.17 Reply
  8. At this time of year, combining a cute dress with OTK boots is the perfect pairing for so many occasions. I love your cute frilly dress!


    Posted 11.5.17 Reply
  9. Esther wrote:

    This look is so stunning.
    Have a nice Sunday.

    Love, Esther

    Posted 11.5.17 Reply
  10. What a fantastic feminine dress. I have got a similar one (style-wise) for summer and with a top under it I could even wear it to school. The red one looks like a winner for the holiday season. Love, Lieske

    Posted 11.5.17 Reply
  11. In love with this dress! I love the green one and it looks gorgeous with the boots!

    Posted 11.5.17 Reply
  12. Jane wrote:

    What shorts to do find work best to not be too bulky and discreet?

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  13. Mireia wrote:

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  14. Diana wrote:

    I’ve been eyeing this dress – it looks so amazing on you and great for holiday parties for sure!


    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  15. Mizeats wrote:

    These pics are gorgeous! You look amazing in that dress! Great look with the bag and boots!

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  16. Jandrew wrote:

    Darling this dress is perfect for the holiday season. Fun and festive !
    Dress The Part

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  17. I love it in green, just fantastic!


    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  18. Elizabeth wrote:

    This jewel tone holiday party dress is gorgeous <3 🙂 I love the girly silhouette and the fun ruffles! Absolutely perfect for the holiday season!

    XO, Elizabeth

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  19. Tomi wrote:

    I’m obsessed with this dress! This is so perfect for the holidays.

    xx, Tomi

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  20. What a pretty holiday look! I love wearing jewel tones to get in the holiday spirit!

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  21. Vivian wrote:

    Pretty Dress! and it’s a beautiful green color.

    Vivian |

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  22. Em wrote:

    Love the color and the sleeves! I don’t own any long sleeved dresses, but this has to change now 🙂

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  23. Michela wrote:

    i prefere this dress in red, is amazing!!
    miki x

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  24. Meera wrote:

    So beautiful! I especially love it paired with the knee boots.

    LoneTeenTraveller | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  25. This dress is so pretty! I absolutely love the colour, Jean!

    I hope you’re having a wonderful Saturday!

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  26. I love the dress in red, and it pairs so nicely with the boots. A classic look for fall! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng

    Posted 11.4.17 Reply
  27. Pam wrote:

    I have been waiting for a suggestion on thigh high boots! I can never find any fitting ones for my 5 foot self 🙂

    Posted 11.3.17 Reply
  28. such a pretty green on you! i love how it looks with the high boots too!

    XOXO //

    Posted 11.3.17 Reply
  29. Ali wrote:

    So Pretty! Crazy December and Holiday parties are right around the corner.

    Posted 11.3.17 Reply
  30. Adore this beautiful, fun dress. The ruffles are so pretty.

    Posted 11.3.17 Reply

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