This is the first petite fashion challenge I’m posting as The DelectablyChic! Closet. Hosted by Pandaphilia, this month’s challenge asks: Trend Benders. Pick your favourite Summer or Fall 2012 trend and make it work for you, whether it’s going all-out, incorporating it into a professional outfit or using it in moderation…
I’ve picked three trends: peplum, flares and burgundy.
- Top: Twist top in Purple Orchid, Banana Republic (($45 US/$55 CDN (purple orchid sold out online in Canada))
- Skirt: AIME Luxury (old)
- Blazer: Femme de Carriere (old)
- Shoes: Stuart Weitzman “Blog” pumps (between $149 and $259 US/between $199 and $259 CDN depending on style)
This is a harder one for many petites to pull off – especially when it comes to bottoms. It just makes us look wide. The skirt I’m wearing has been in my closet for several seasons. From Canadian designer, Monica Mei’s AIME line, the tiny peplum is proportionately much better for smaller figures. Paired with the berry-coloured top from Banana Republic and a black blazer from Femme de Carriere (holding), this look is most definitely office-ready!
- Top: White House Black Market (purchased in July)
- Camisole (worn under top) from Smart Set
- Jeans: AG Belle Petite from Anthropologie ($164 US)
- Shoes: Bravo Brown’s (old)
- Sunglasses: Kay Tran “Allison” in Golden Maple (currently listed at $0, but other colours in this style are $295) – see write-up on Kay Tran here
Again, difficult for petites to wear unless it is a petite length, I jumped my chance at purchasing these jeans as soon as I saw them online at Anthropologie. These jeans are a bit longer than the typical petite inseam at 32″ and definitely made for heels – they even suggested that you pair them with heels/wedges on the page. I’m not surprised that the model is NOT petite, though. They’re too short and look a little ridiculous on her.
*Yes, I know, the picture is a little too posed, but I was having fun!! :) Here’s another picture with the jeans, but wearing the top from the first photo:
Burgundy cropped pants:
- Top: Jacob, old
- Cardigan: AIME (old, purchased at sample sale)
- Cropped pants: Banana Republic, Sloan Fit Slim Ankle Pant ($89.50 US/$110 CDN, burgundy sold out in both countries (and petite sizes not available online in Canada))
- Bag: Sneha Varna, purchased at Fashion’s Night Out in Toronto (see post here)
- Belt: Part of a BCBG dress purchased this past summer
- Shoes: same as first image
On the Banana Republic homepage, these pants are paired with a grey blazer. Burgundy and grey were (and still are) my high school‘s official colours, and though I graduated some 14 years ago and loved my time there, for some reason, can’t wear the two colours together without thinking “school uniform.” To make it a bit more casual (yet somewhat office appropriate, depending on the kind of business one works in), I paired it with a long AIME cardigan and belted it.
What are your thoughts on these looks? Not much of a “challenge” in the sense that I’m creating a funky-looking outfit, but at my age, being too funky will only get you stares. Besides, it’s better to dress like a grown-up, even though looking “grown-up” dressing doesn’t get you into the street fashion blogs or profiled by more mainstream publications – these people (especially the former) only seem to like WEIRD. Oh well.