Ladylike Puff Sleeves

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 Castañer wedges 35, Express dress xxs (old; similar), Janessa Leone hat

One of my favorite fashion forward details is a “strong” shoulder, but being petite it’s not a look I get to dabble in often! It can easily channel linebacker chic and make me appear as wide as I am tall. With this dress from Express, however, I feel the slight padded puff sleeves are enough to elevate a simple sheath yet keep it subtle. It comes in fresh white as well as black and a wine color, which would be beautiful for heading into the next season! 

Although this piece is in regular sizing, it fits better than some petite pieces! The xxs regular is fitted on me, with a well proportioned waistline and hem that hits above my knees. The medium weight material feels similar to a stretchy crepe knit with lining, and note it’s pullover style with no zipper entry and the front buttons are faux (stitched shut). The bottom skirt has a gently flaring A-line shape.

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12 Comments

  1. Charlie wrote:

    Looking to treat myself to a pair of castañer espadrilles. I wanted to know what the style name and color of the pair you have pictured on? Mahalo 🙂

    Posted 6.11.21 Reply
  2. Sol wrote:

    Do you also have issues with the heel of the wedges? My order (Carina) just arrived and my heel is slipping a little bit as the fabric at the back is a bit loose. I’m a size 35 so there’s no option to size down anymore.

    Posted 6.10.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Sol, I know that their different styles can fit a bit differently but I haven’t had this issue with mine. My best suggestion is to put an insert in the front of your shoe – padding the front a bit should push your foot back and help it to fit a bit more snuggly.

      Posted 6.16.20 Reply
  3. You look so charming in this dress. I love how you styled it with the espadrilles and cute straw hat. It’s a perfect look for vacation! xo

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
  4. Nga wrote:

    Hello. I’m not sure why my Instagram is blocking your page and I can’t view it anymore. What should I do? I love following your IG for helpful baby stuff bc I have a daughter myself. Boooo!

    Posted 8.17.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Nga – so sorry I just saw this, did you get it resolved? I think my husband mentioned fixing it! Sorry about what happened I have no idea how either.

      Posted 8.24.19 Reply
  5. This dress is the cutest <3 🙂 I love this color on you!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 8.16.19 Reply
  6. Love the look! The strong shoulder looks really look on you! 🙂

    Posted 8.16.19 Reply
  7. Marta wrote:

    The dress is so gorgeous and yet so simple. It looks very flattering and the hat only contributes more to the whole vibe of the outfit.

    Posted 8.16.19 Reply
  8. Love ♥️these cute puffy sleeves look, so adorable!

    Posted 8.16.19 Reply
  9. Janine wrote:

    I agree, I love the puff-sleeves/ strong shoulder trend yet I have a difficult time pulling it off I feel like, haha! This dress looks amazing on you and the shoulder details are just perfect! Thanks for sharing these pieces.
    xx Janine

    Posted 8.16.19 Reply
  10. Love your dress, Jean! Those sleeves look fantastic!

    I hope you have a great Friday,
    Michael

    Posted 8.16.19 Reply

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