Spring green

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Ann Taylor sheath dress 00 petite (2 colors; also in regular and tall), Azra suede pumps 5 (2 colors), mother of pearl look stud earrings

My wardrobe is undoubtedly neutrals heavy, but one color that’s always had my heart is a good green. When done right in the right tone, I feel like it’s vibrant yet not too bold for a professional setting, and flattering against so many different skin colors! I’m partnering with Ann Taylor on their latest collection, which features a couple chic pieces in this color and more. Here’s a few items I’ve tried on and would recommend (bonus: each of the garments are listed as machine washable!):

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1. Foldover neck dress in green or black (machine washable!)
Great example of a classic everyday work piece elevated by color and details – in this case, an elegant foldover neckline with flattering cap sleeves. The top portion of this dress is reminiscent of a popular higher end piece that some of you may remember from a few years ago. The true color of this green in my opinion is definitely less teal than the stock photo shows and closer to an emerald (anyone else who’s seen or owns it, please chime in!).

The material feels like a medium weight crepe-like fabric with a hint of stretch, and is fully lined with a back zipper. I’m currently 5′ 98lb and the xxs petite fit pretty well, but check the measurements. If you want an additional layer for the office, I’d style this with a light khaki, linen, taupe or navy blazer. 00 Petite measures: 15.5″ across the underarms, 13.25″ across the waist, 17″ across the hips, ” total length.

2. Maternity-friendly pick in another gorgeous green: Jersey shirred waist dress.
A super comfortable and stretchy, good quality (torso and skirt are fully lined) jersey dress in a more modern silhouette that hits right below my knees. The top portion has a blouson-style fit with drop shoulders, and sleeves that taper to a more narrow fit at the wrists and is adorned with small fabric covered buttons. The skirt portion below the blouson waist is a little more fitted, for contrast against the top.

I tried this dress on (in 00 petite) and immediately thought what a great bump-friendly piece it’d make that can also be worn normally before and after pregnancy. The shirred waistline can be shifted to worn above the bump on expectant mamas, and I think the stretch in the skirt could accommodate up to a late second trimester belly. I compared the shades “green meadows” vs the “alpine green” I’m wearing in this post under natural lighting. Both hues are beautiful in my opinion – green meadows has just the slightest more yellow tone to it than the other, but still not what I’d consider yellowy!

3. Spotted print skirt (petites going quickly)
One ongoing trend over the past year that keeps catching my eye are slip dresses and skirts. I got to try on this option and it’s nice quality with good weight to it and full lining(fabric is a medium weight crepe-like material and not thin or clingy/staticy at all), and I think the asymmetrical front slit is very flatteringly placed and helps this stand out from standard slip skirts. The silhouette is a gently flaring A-line. A skirt like this would look great paired with a silky cream or black cami, a simple black turtleneck, or juxtaposed against a more slouchy, oversized sweater half tucked in the front. 00 Petite measures: 13″ across the waist, 24.5″ length.

4. Azra suede pumps
I’ve raved about these sculpted pumps in black over the past year, and finally got a second color after eyeing it for a while! “Posh camel” is a bit of a misnomer – I’d describe the actual color as a light taupe, about a shade or two lighter than in the stock image. Amongst my shoe closet, taupe is one of the most leg flattering and versatile hues, since it can read warmer or cooler depending on the rest of the outfit. 

5. Pearl bobby pins
I picked these up in my recent sale order and are very happy with them. They’re lightweight but have little grippy knobs at the tips which help them stay put. One of my favorite easy hairstyles is doing an off-centered part and sweeping all my hair over to one side (kind of like here), then adorning the other side with a 2 or 3 rows of these pearl bobby pins. 

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10 thoughts on “Spring green

  • Reply Mireia March 10, 2020 at 3:06 am

    Such a beautiful colour to wear during spring!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Reply Annaliese March 10, 2020 at 6:13 am

    This dress is absolutely stunning on you!! This has to be one of my favorite outfits of yours. 🙂 Ann Taylor has such chic dresses!

    xoxo A

  • Reply linna March 10, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Ooh the green looks incredible on you! Looking forward to checking out the dress in-person!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 12, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      THanks, Linna! I hope you love it!

  • Reply YY March 10, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Hi, I love the look!! What sunglasses are you wearing? I want them!!
    Thanks.

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 12, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      Hi! They are by Theirry Lasry but are an olderstyle (lively)

  • Reply Petite Picks March 10, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve given up sheath dresses but I really like the neckline detail and just the overall design of this one is nice. The leopard skirt reminded me of this woman’s lovely dress: https://www.kiva.org/lend/1936056

  • Reply MM March 11, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Gorgeous!!!

    • Reply Allie C March 11, 2020 at 8:57 pm

      What bag are you wearing ?

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite March 12, 2020 at 4:25 pm

        Hi Allie, it’s the sole society tote I wrote about in the recent blog post on the handbags I use the most!

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