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!

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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

Thank you to Express for partnering on this post.


30 thoughts on “Jewel Tones // Fall Date Night or Holiday Party Dress

  • Reply Doreen's Style Diary November 3, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Adore this beautiful, fun dress. The ruffles are so pretty.

  • Reply Ali November 3, 2017 at 10:37 pm

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

  • Reply Sincerely Ophelia November 3, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    such a pretty green on you! i love how it looks with the high boots too!

    XOXO //

  • Reply Pam November 3, 2017 at 11:58 pm

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

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog November 4, 2017 at 4:17 am

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

    Charmaine Ng

  • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses November 4, 2017 at 6:35 am

    This dress is so pretty! I absolutely love the colour, Jean!

    I hope you’re having a wonderful Saturday!

  • Reply Meera November 4, 2017 at 7:35 am

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

    LoneTeenTraveller | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

  • Reply Michela November 4, 2017 at 7:47 am

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

  • Reply Em November 4, 2017 at 8:17 am

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

  • Reply Vivian November 4, 2017 at 8:58 am

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

    Vivian |

  • Reply Samantha Sheinson November 4, 2017 at 9:11 am

    What a pretty holiday look! I love wearing jewel tones to get in the holiday spirit!

  • Reply Tomi November 4, 2017 at 11:25 am

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

    xx, Tomi

  • Reply Elizabeth November 4, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    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

  • Reply Peppermint Dolly November 4, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I love it in green, just fantastic!


  • Reply Jandrew November 4, 2017 at 2:33 pm

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

  • Reply Mizeats November 4, 2017 at 4:08 pm

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

  • Reply Diana November 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm

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


  • Reply Mireia November 4, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Reply Jane November 4, 2017 at 9:33 pm

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

  • Reply AN A - THE BODYSHAKE November 5, 2017 at 5:55 am

    In love with this dress! I love the green one and it looks gorgeous with the boots!

  • Reply Petite Teacher November 5, 2017 at 9:32 am

    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

  • Reply Esther November 5, 2017 at 10:11 am

    This look is so stunning.
    Have a nice Sunday.

    Love, Esther

  • Reply Dolce Petite November 5, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    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!


  • Reply Serena Liu November 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Jean!

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

  • Reply alice wang November 5, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    end up ordered both green and red <3

  • Reply Jaime November 5, 2017 at 8:21 pm

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

    ♡ Jaime

  • Reply Kelly November 5, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    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?!

  • Reply Anin C. November 11, 2017 at 3:58 am

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

  • Reply FC November 15, 2017 at 5:38 pm

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

  • Reply Joanna November 18, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    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

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