Belted Sheath Dress at Citrus and Salt Boston

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This belted sheath dress from Express features a slightly retro vibe and is right up my style alley. It flatters even my minimal curves, so I can only imagine how smashing it’d look on someone more voluptuous. Although the black color is sharp and more versatile for year-round wear, I was drawn just a little more to the soft pink (which is also lovely for Valentine’s Day)! Express is having 30% off dresses right now – also check out this work-appropriate twist front dress or this simple sheath in a sunny hue, both available starting in xxs.

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Which color do you like best? Trying on Express dress xxs, Manolo BB pumps, Chanel bag

This dress fits narrow however doesn’t come in petites, so I’ll be hemming mine 2 inches (to hit right below the knee) but wanted to show the original length. Also note the button down front is a faux feature and stitched shut. This is a bummer for nursing mamas, but good news for others since there’s no risk of an inadvertent peep show! I ended up sliding the dress off one shoulder at a time to breastfeed. The fabric is very stretchy with a crepe-like feel, and a full stretch lining and side zipper. Measurements of xxs: 12.25″ across the waist, 15″ across the armpits, 16″ across the hips, 14″ from top of shoulder to waistline, 38″ total length.

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We took these photos at Citrus & Salt, one of the prettiest pink spaces in Boston for brunch or girls night (and an Instagram’er favorite, for obvious reasons!). We usually get their guacamole, fish tacos, and either dole whip or the daily soft serve to share.

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  1. kristine j.fisher wrote:

    Really this pink dress looks absolutely stunning on you!! I adore the soft pink one, suits you so well and I am really really jealous of that pink YSL clutch with gold hardware hahaha!

    Also, i want to mention that how amazing does that restaurant look – loving that interior!

    Posted 2.17.19 Reply
  2. Ruth Josey wrote:

    What a great dress and I love the pink most! You look gorgeous in both and I love your pumps! The restaurant is the perfect backdrop and the food looks amazing….especially the ice cream.


    Posted 2.16.19 Reply
  3. That pink one is perfect for Valentines! But it’s sold out now 😢You look great and that ice cream looks too delicious!

    Posted 2.13.19 Reply
    • Skip wrote:

      I love this dress, it looks even better on you than the model on the official website! Thanks for showing the difference with the hemming on the pink vs. black too, that illustrates the difference well for those of us trying to figure out alterations.

      Posted 3.24.19 Reply
  4. Jess wrote:

    Jean, a bit off tangent, but have you tried the retailer It keeps coming up on my Google shopping. Styles are cute and prices (and reviews) are right. Still, would be good to get your honest review of it. Thx

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Jess! Yes, I have. They have cute and affordable options but some of the items I ordered in the past ran a little big and usually very long. Petite ladies will just need to hem most of the longer styles.

      Posted 2.14.19 Reply
  5. Helena wrote:

    Hi Jean! It was so great meeting you at Citrus & Salt. You were so nice and looked gorgeous! Thanks for taking the time to chat!

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Helena, thanks for taking the time to say hello! It was lovely chatting with you.

      Posted 2.14.19 Reply
  6. That pink dress is so cute! X

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
  7. Malu Swartjes wrote:

    Gorgeous outfit! I love the color
    BLES Magazine

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
  8. Mireia wrote:

    This dress suits you really well! Love the color!

    Mireia from TGL

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
  9. Roses for Fridays | by mia wrote:
    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
  10. Jae wrote:

    The dress looks so timeless. I think I’d prefer the black one on myself.

    Posted 2.10.19 Reply
  11. Absolutely in love with this classy dress <3 🙂 Soooo pretty!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 2.10.19 Reply
  12. Miriam Bennett wrote:

    I love the pink. Thanks for sharing your timeless style.

    Posted 2.10.19 Reply
  13. Rachel Rosado wrote:

    Love love love this look!! You look absolutely stunning!! Love both colors but the pink is so pretty! Express is one of my fave stores! You look so amazing after having your daughter!

    Posted 2.10.19 Reply
  14. Maureen wrote:

    It’s a beautiful dress Jean. I love the buttons and the color!

    Maureen |

    Posted 2.10.19 Reply
  15. Chris Harrison wrote:

    If you are offering I will definitely take you up on that ice cream cone?

    Posted 2.10.19 Reply
  16. May wrote:

    What a beautiful outfit for Valentine’s Day! I love the restaurant setting that you are in too! Picture Perfect!

    May ||

    Posted 2.10.19 Reply
  17. briana wrote:

    The pink is just my favorite!


    Posted 2.9.19 Reply
  18. Valeri Pighini wrote:

    Your minimal curves are perfection! Love this dress, the handbag, the shoes. So chic, as always.

    Posted 2.9.19 Reply
  19. Rachel I Johnson wrote:

    The dress looks great in either color, there is a nice spring look to the shape of the dress. It looks good for special events.

    Posted 2.9.19 Reply
  20. Young wrote:

    I definitely like the pink one on you more than the black one. So pretty!

    The Style Intermission

    Posted 2.9.19 Reply
  21. Angie wrote:

    Hi Jean! Seriously, you look way better in the dress than the models on the website! You gave it more elegance and style. I just love how you put outfits together.

    Posted 2.9.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      You are so sweet, Angie – thank you for the kind comment!

      Posted 2.14.19 Reply
  22. Nana wrote:

    Review of the Gianvitto Rossi pumps, please!

    Posted 2.9.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Nana – they are some of my favorite pumps ever! I thought the PVC would be too trendy when I got them and that they’d potentially fall out of style but I don’t care . the clear front is super flattering and elongating in my opinion and they are not uncomfortable for the height, especially compared to shoes from brands like Louboutin.

      Posted 2.14.19 Reply
  23. Both pink and black dresses look beautiful! I’m not so much of a pink girl so I prefer the black dress more. Such a beautiful look for Valentine’s Day! 🙂 ❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 2.9.19 Reply
  24. Janine wrote:

    Oh that dress looks absolutely stunning on you!! I adore the soft pink one, suits you so well and I am really really jealous of that pink YSL clutch with gold hardware haha!
    Also, how amazing does that restaurant look – loving that interior!
    Have a great weekend gorgeous!
    xx Janine

    Posted 2.9.19 Reply
  25. Aki wrote:

    That ice cream looks exquisite, as do you!

    Posted 2.9.19 Reply
  26. Annabel wrote:

    Oh no! They only offer the black in XXS, not the pink! Do you know if this is a new item? The pink is stunning on you!

    Posted 2.9.19 Reply
    • Amanda K. wrote:

      Too late; it’s gone in XXS black too!
      I like the dress in pink – from the online stock photo, it looks more like ballet or nude pink, which is a work appropriate neutral color. My only concern is how deep is the v-neckline (both front & back), but with a cardigan to throw on, I’m thinking of trying it out since it’s on sale with complementary shipping.
      Thanks, Jean, for sharing this sweet V-day outfit with us 🙂

      Posted 2.9.19 Reply
      • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

        Hi Amanda! The neckline might be a little low in the front for work, but I have a shorter torso so am not always the best judge! Let me know what you think when it arrives!

        Posted 2.14.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Annabel, it is a newer item and I’m bummed the xxs sold out so quickly : ( However, I often see smaller sizes pop back in Express due to returns so it doesn’t hurt to check back!

      Posted 2.14.19 Reply

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