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Eva Franco petites maxi dress xsp c/o (fit info below), similar headband, Ann Taylor belt (similar)

Thank you all so very much for love and well wishes on my last post! We’re stoked for Nori to be a big sister, though she doesn’t quite understand just yet (she keeps on pointing to Nick’s quarantine belly and exclaiming “baby” too, to his dismay ; ).

I’m looking forward to continue sharing non-maternity finds (esp forgiving, flowy ones like this dress!), and wanted to pop in and mention a few very good deals going on this week!

1. Ann Taylor

The deal: Update – As of 5/12, deal is select dresses & shoes for $50 (quite a big discount off retail), skirts for $35, and up to extra 70% off sale items. They’re also offering free shipping on orders of $49+ as well as free returns!

  • Liv Leather block heel sandals (now $50; originally $138). Been getting requests lately for low slip on sandals (some of you specifically wanting a touch of gold) so I thought these were the perfect pick. I ordered the brown and find the fit to be TTS and comfortable.
  • Soludos Ibiza Sneakers (now $50; originally $129). I think this is a glitch as 3rd party brands like Soludos are always excluded from AT’s promos! Still left in sizes 5, 5.5, 8 and up.This is a very popular leather sneaker option that’s been around for years, although personally I prefer the Everlane Court Sneaker.
  • Smocked waist skirt (now $35; originally $89). Love the different “marsala” color and can easily see this as a fall piece too. Looks lightweight with pockets and a good knee-midi length, and elastic waist = all day comfort and should be early bump & postpartum bump friendly.
  • Gingham pleated dress (now $50; originally $159). Not something I can fit in now but very pretty with good reviews.
  • Azra suede pumps (now $50; originally $128): This classic with a slight sculptural cut style just got restocked in “posh camel” which is actually a versatile taupe grey. They’ve been my favorite staple suede pumps since last year, so much that I have both colors! See them on me in these previous posts.

From the sale items selection, below are a few picks on extra sale that I either own or that have great reviews. Just FYI though a few items are final sale!

  • Knit Bootcut Trousers (now $20; originally $119) see on me here. Mixed reviews but personally I thought the material on these are unique and wonderful – thicker, stretchier knit that’s comfortable for prolonged wear and not too restricting. Length of petites needed no hemming on me even with lower heels!
  • Floral Skirt (now $28; originally $120) – gorgeous color and print with great reviews + fully stocked.
  • Fold Neck Sheath Dress (now $53; originally $140) see on me here for more accurate color.
  • Pull on Spotted Print Pants (now $35; originally $90) – elastic waist style and cropped fit will transition well from quarantine wear now to work wear later.
  • Eyelet flare dress (now $70; originally $180) – I can’t fit in dresses like this now but love the sunny color. 100% cotton with good reviews.

2. Express

The deal: 50% off dresses and jumpsuits!

Petite black Express jumpsuit sale

  • Pleated wrap jumpsuit – Very forgiving, comfortable jumpsuit that’s easy to dress up or down. Stretchy waistband, wrinkle resistant pleats, and removable sash belt. Fabric is lightweight with a full lining. XXS petite measurements: waist is 11” across when un stretched and easily stretches up to 16” across. Inseam is 19,” and distance between the crotch and waistline is 13” (making this second trimester friendly for me). This has an easy pull on and off style for bathroom breaks with no zippers or clasps to fumble with, though if you wear the sash belt you’d need to re-tie that.
  • Floral twist back dress – in regular or petite. How pretty is this print for a summer event? Wear with adhesive nippies.
  • V neck jumpsuit – haven’t tried this on, but love the color, and stretch ribbing has been my friend lately.
  • Off the shoulder maxi dress – great reviews, stretchy bodice, and comes in petite & regular.
  • Smocked waist midi dress – pictured below in xxs petite – very stretchy mid section, lined upper, and wrap style bottom.

Express spring dress sale petite little black dress


The deal: Update – $35 full priced dresses and 40% off other full-priced items with code CHEER

I also want to mention that LOFT has a decent maternity and maternity petites selection, however their regular clothes tend to be generously cut and can sometimes work on an early or postpartum bump.

  • Floral linen top: I was so surprised to see this!! I have a LOFT top in the same print from SEVEN years ago and wear it quite a bit – see it on me here, here, here just to name a few. I love the easy-to-pair vibrant colors and breezy linen fabric. Also available in a short sleeve top.
  • Ribbed long cardigan: Nice length and texture, and taupe color looks versatile for year round pairings.
  • Elastic waist pleated floral shorts with a little retro vibe. Elastic waistbands and pleats are also two keywords I look for in maternity pieces that can accommodate an early bump (or postpartum bump)!

4. Anthropologie

The deal: Update – Weekend deal has ended so below apparel picks no longer apply. Current promo is extra 25% off sale items and 30% off swimwear.

  • Byron Lars lace dress (petite & regular) – a longtime Anthro classic. Got mine a couple years ago. Romantic with a vintage vibe, and petites fits perfectly! Would also be perfect for a courthouse wedding, which I know some of you are doing this year.
  • Eva Franco printed maxi dress (petite & plus) which I’m wearing in this post. Love the vibrancy and breezy comfort of this one. Fit is generously cut with no waist shape (fits me in my second trimester with room to spare), but you can add some definition with a skinny belt. Material is wrinkle resistant and fully lined, and the neck sash can be tied in the front or back. XS Petite measures: 18″ across the armpits and waist, and 51″ long, which is short enough for me to wear with flats. Note: This was originally listed as a “tunic” which is what the two online reviews are referring to, but they’ve updated the listing to a maxi dress which is much more accurate! 
  • Petite olive jumpsuit – looks like it can easily be dressed up or down, and is short enough to wear with flats.
  • Yellow floral lace midi skirt (petite & regular) – longer 32″ length. Would be so pretty with this simple sweater tank or a draped cami (see Ann Taylor below).
  • Their popular Lauren knotted headband in several colors!

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  1. Anna wrote:

    Wow, beautiful! Definitely in love with the Lace Dress.


    Posted 5.22.20 Reply
  2. cinny wrote:

    Congrats again!

    Post request: Can you share how you chose your hospital and doctor? Did you look into using a dula?

    Posted 5.11.20 Reply
  3. Hayley wrote:

    Hi Jean! Silent fan for years. I admire your bravery to share your journey to motherhood and want to wish you a happy Mother’s Day.

    Also, on a selfish note, I’d like to make a content request. I’m a curvy petite and am desperate to find a more professional look while endlessly surfing the internet in quarantine. If possible, can you make a post dedicated to blazers for petites? I have been looking everywhere but I can’t find a good resource for fit, quality, style, and value in one place. I’ve been searching Nordstrom, J Crew, BR, H&M, Macy’s, Loft, Ann Taylor, and outlet versions of these sites. Any recommendations or insight would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks and have a wonderful day!

    Posted 5.10.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Haley! Thank you for the kind words. Have you tried the Gibson knit blazer I’ve mentioned often from Nordstrom? The other sites you mentioned are often changing their cuts and fabrics so it’s hard for me to order and try on pieces as they tend to not be back season after season. In general, for more professional wear I’ve found Ann Taylor doubleweave fabric or seasonless stretch suiting blazers to be pretty good in cut and fabric, and the petites usually fit without alterations.

      H&M blazer fabric is a little lower quality but I love the narrow fit and low price point, although I’ve generally had to get the sleeves shortened on their blazers unless it’s a 3/4 style sleeve.

      For a more casual to business casual option I love the Gibson.

      Posted 5.12.20 Reply
      • Hayley wrote:

        Hi! Thanks for the reply! Actually I just ordered two of the Gibson jacket and I’m waiting for them to arrive. I can keep hunting. I just hoped you’d have a more general overview of fit aspects I should look for and maybe some pros/cons of the styles, cuts, and details common to particular brands. I totally understand that might not be practical. Thanks anyway and have a great week!!

        Posted 5.12.20 Reply
        • Kate wrote:

          I’m a curvier petite and the petite knit loft modern blazer is my absolute favorite. I buy them in multiple colors and wear them into the ground. They tend to be cut generously enough when you are a bit better endowed and have a bit of a tummy like I do. But they’re still really well structured and the knit fabric is oh so comfy. They also run long enough to be lengthening but not too overwhelming. It looks like they are sold out right now in the basic colors but they have been making it for awhile now with new colors each season.

          Posted 5.14.20 Reply
        • Anonymous wrote:

          I’ve found M/L petite sizes at nords to not work as well (too boxy/big) but Jean’s H&M blazer advice is spot on on though they do run a size or two small. At the time I was taking an 8-10P and H&M 12 was perfect. Great fit and entry price point but the sleeves are long … which I just rolled

          Posted 5.14.20 Reply
  4. Beth wrote:

    That’s hilarious about Nori thinking the quarantine belly is a baby too!

    When I was pregnant with #2, my then 2 yo would point to my belly and say “baby” then point to my chest and say “another baby and another baby.” 😂

    Posted 5.10.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Oh too funny! Can totally see that happening (and to strangers too lol)

      Posted 5.12.20 Reply
  5. Patricia wrote:

    WhAt exciting news! Congratulations to the growing family

    Posted 5.10.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thanks, Patricia! We are so stoked.

      Posted 5.12.20 Reply
  6. Catherine Couture wrote:

    Congratulations on the new addition to your famimy!

    Posted 5.10.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you, Catherine!

      Posted 5.12.20 Reply
  7. Just ordered the Azra pumps, draped cami, and a blazer in seasonless stretch! Thanks for the recommendations – on point, as always!

    Posted 5.10.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hope you love the pieces, Alyssa!

      Posted 5.10.20 Reply
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    This isn’t a knock on you Jean, but it would have been nice if the AT sale actually extended to today… actually Mother’s Day??
    I got your email about the post today and the sale is already over.

    Posted 5.10.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Aw man I’m sorry, they had a flash promo yesterday and I tried to get word out on IG stories early on Saturday : / My new post emails are set to go out early morning the next day unfortunately!

      Posted 5.10.20 Reply
      • Anonymous wrote:

        I’m more annoyed at AT, it’s not your fault at all. It just would have made more sense to have a weekend sale so us moms could treat ourselves. Babies and toddlers don’t understand a flash sale.

        Posted 5.11.20 Reply
  9. Mireia wrote:

    Love the colourful dress you’re wearing! It is really pretty!

    Mireia from TGL

    Posted 5.10.20 Reply
  10. annie wrote:

    congratulations on baby 2! can’t wait for gender reveal!!

    Posted 5.9.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you, Annie xx

      Posted 5.10.20 Reply
  11. Mrs Chung wrote:

    Where did you get those gold shoes with your Byron Lars lace dress?

    Posted 5.9.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi there – they are old Kate Spade “licorice” style pumps!

      Posted 5.10.20 Reply
  12. Demi wrote:

    I love Ann Taylor! Been spending all of my money on there, haha.


    Posted 5.9.20 Reply

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