Sleek LBD + Comfortable Summer Sandal Finds

petite black summer midi dress

Open Edit midi dress xxs (3 colors; fit info below), Quay sunglasses (longtime fave), CL sandals 5.5

The LBD is a closet staple for a reason! A sleek black dress like this is eye catching yet understated, not to mention slimming in the right places. It can easily be transformed from a daytime brunch look with friends to a night out with a change of accessories. I’m partnering with Nordstrom today to share details on this flattering find and some on-trend summer sandals that start in smaller shoe sizes. Also, their Half-Yearly Sale just kicked off with up to 50% off tons of styles!

Affordable On Trend Sandals in sz 5 +

I also wanted to share a few summer sandal options with on trend, yet wearable details!

Wedge: how comfy do these these wedges look? Stretchy straps should help with a closer fit for wider feet.

Flat knot sandal: these knotted slides are so cute for summer with the fray edge detail and more squared off toe, and more importantly are comfortable with a padded insole (which a lot of flat slides are lacking these days).

Flat strappy sandal: these minimalist strappy slides also have a padded insole and come in 3 neutrals!

Adjustable heels: For something with a mid-high heel, these adjustable strap sandals I tried are very on-trend, and would work well for those with normal to wide width feet. Both of the straps are velcro so can be adjusted to a comfortable width for your foot, and the straps are padded for a comfortable fit. If your feet are on the narrow side, you may end up with too much strap left hanging over the sides.

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The best way to shop this sale is always to filter by size and your price point!

Open Edit Nordstrom dress review try on

Scoop Neck Midi Dress

This LBD is by Open Edit, a new-to-me brand that offers a wide range of sizing from xxs – 4xl. I’ve been gravitating towards midi lengths over recent years, so was drawn to this dress with a leg-flattering slit that doesn’t hit too high.  The fabric is mid-weight (not too thin) with stretch to it and is slim fitting without being too “bodycon.”

Fit wise, I am 5 feet tall, got xxs and sewed the shoulder straps about 1 inch shorter on each side. Unaltered, the scoop neckline fits a little lower cut on my frame. I went with black as it’s the most camouflaging at the tummy area, but was seriously tempted by the bright pink option! This also looks so cute with flat sandals and a straw summer hat.

If you’re looking for a more nighttime, head-turning LBD, the same brand also makes this sultry dress with a sweetheart neckline, thin spaghetti straps and corset style cups (best suited for smaller busts).

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Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post. 

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2 Comments

  1. Valeri A Pighini wrote:

    Jean. Every time I get a shirt or dress with a neckline like this it’s too low cut for me. Unless it’s Petite it simply hits me at the wrong line across my chest and it’s too low cut. This looks like it fits you just right. They don’t have it in Petite, and you’re only 5′ tall -just like me. Did you do an adjustment?

    Posted 5.29.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Val, so wonderful to hear from you! I do run into the same issue with lower cute necklines. For this dress I made adjustments to the straps by sewing them to be about an inch shorter on each side, which was a fairly quick fix!

      Posted 6.1.21 Reply

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