Alterations Hacks + Farm Rio Reviews

farm rio summer garden maxi dress

Dress: Farm Rio xxs, fit adjusted. Worn with nippies.
Sandals: Schutz sz 5.5 (also at Nordstrom)
Bag: Petite Naghedi c/o. My main bag is their Mini
Earrings: Amazon raffia + Sezane gold

This has been one of my favorite brands over the few years for infusing color and vibrant prints into my wardrobe! Their pieces are usually designed for a taller frame, so I’ve learned to make a few small DIY adjustments that make a big difference.

1. Farm Rio Garden Maxi Dress

This stunning maxi dress above has been on my radar for a while now and did not disappoint. If you love this print but want more coverage at the neckline and sleeves, check out this sleeved maxi dress in the same print. I reviewed a similar piece before in the same style bodice and voluminous sleeves, and think xxs in a midi/maxi style would be a good fit.

In person, there’s lots of detail for the eye to behold …the main printed fabric has a swiss dot texture, eyelet trim at the shoulders and waist, colorful beaded tassels, and is made of a breezy 100% cotton with cotton lining. The smocked waist is very comfortable and helps this be bump friendly, and the length after adjustments is a maxi on me with 2.5″ heels.

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Adjustments Made

On my 5′ tall frame (shorter torso, smaller chest), the neckline is very low and slightly gaping so I decided to take the dress up at the shoulders. This type of adjustment usually fixes several issues all at once – it brings up the neckline for a closer fit against the chest, raises the waistline, and shortens the overall dress length in one swoop. I’d recommend getting this professional done or sewing it down with a needle and thread, but as a super quick DIY fix, I just use a large safety pin at each shoulder!

Farm Rio Macaw Romper

I also tried on this fun romper (15% off with FRL15; also sold at Saks, Bloomies and Shopbop), which I own in a different print from prior year. The fit is exactly the same as my older one, with a slim narrower fit throughout the bodice. I have a smaller chest and usually an xxs in tops, and an XS in this romper fits me at the chest, torso and hips so I would say it runs small.

farm rio macaw romper petite
Romper xs (runs small), Naghedi bag c/o, $15 earrings, Schutz sandals 5.5 (also sold here)

The straps fit long on a petite frame so I used a different safety pin trick here to just fold the straps shorter and pin them at the back. This is another adjustment that I make VERY regularly to shorten shoulder straps, and it works especially well on busier prints since it camouflages the safety pin.

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  1. Vancouverite wrote:

    thanks love these tips! they make or break outfits! would appreciate more on rule of 1/3 or 2/3 & tips on the most flatter lengths to alter dresses to. When I hem a dress up to make it hit an more flattering length I struggle knowing if I should take it up a couple more inches or drop it down etc. :DWould appreciate some more experienced tips

    Posted 7.15.23 Reply
  2. Nook wrote:

    Hi Jean,
    Dress and romper looks stunning on you. My body measurements is 30 x 25.5 x 34.5 inches, may you please advise the size of dress and romper for me? Thanks!

    Posted 5.1.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi there, I’d recommend maybe try their smallest sizes (which I’m wearing above) though they might still be a little loose on you

      Posted 5.1.23 Reply
  3. Rachael wrote:

    Love this dress, thinking of buying for a summer outdoor wedding in upstate NY. Is it breastfeeding friendly? Does it have pockets? I am small, 4’11, so would get professionally altered also.

    Posted 4.18.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Rachael, I don’t think the dress would be nursing friendly unfortunately! I don’t see how it would pull down easily. It also does not have any pockets.

      Posted 4.19.23 Reply
  4. April Barnes wrote:

    Ooohhh Jean, I LOVE this on you!!! It’s elegant but not overly formal and I love that deep v neckline! Is the tie front functional or is it just for looks? Love the earrings, I have some almost identical:) I will definitely be eyeing this for purchase, thanks so much, looking wonderful as usual!!!

    Posted 4.11.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you April, this one definitely made me excited for summer events! It’s a functional front tie! Love these rattan earrings for the warmer months xx

      Posted 4.13.23 Reply
  5. Esther wrote:

    Hi Jean,
    Thank you for the post. I like the Farm Rio romper. Can you share your safety pin trick for shortening long straps? Thank you.

    Posted 4.10.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Esther, so sorry for my delayed reply! I just added a close up photo to show how I shorten long straps with a safety pin. I hope that helps!

      Posted 4.13.23 Reply
      • Anonymous wrote:

        Thank you for the pics! I got the romper and I love how it fits.

        Posted 4.14.23 Reply

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