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Career Fashion, Fashion

Get Vested in Fall Fashion

Long vests & sleeveless coats styled in this blog post
These long vests and sleeveless coats are styled below

Yesterday’s “How to get away with Murder” showed Liza Weil (who you may know from Gilmore Girls) wearing a beautiful trench dress. I love pieces that work double-duty and this dress would also work worn open, like a vest. It is no wonder why it is almost sold out (on sale here).

Long vests and sleeveless coats are great cold weather transition items. I live in Northern California and travel a lot so I like layering with long vests to help me get acclimated to varied temperatures. 

How to style a pink long vest:

Young professional styling w/ Marissa Webb pink vest and Delvaux purse
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Using colored suits can easily reflect 80s attire. Similarly, shopping vintage but not modernizing looks will make you look outdated. When I track down my dream Thierry Mugler suit I will at least remove the shoulder pads. This pink Marissa Webb vest (also available in gray) is an easy and sophisticated way to add color to your wardrobe.

How to wear bright outerwear like a lime vest to work:

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Career Fashion, Fashion

The Limited brings you a closet filled with Scandal

The Limited has a Scandal collection worth checking out. The collection has great attention to detail and is available in regular, petite, and tall sizing.

The Limited's Scandal Business Attire
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Scandal stylist, Lyn Paolo, mixes suiting separates to style Scandal’s main character, Olivia Pope. The Limited’s Scandal collection contains 78 pieces that you can mix and match.

Traditional suiting is an essential base for a professional work wardrobe. Pieces with character are also great. Non-traditional suiting pieces that are conservative but feminine are a great way to build on your professional attire. Pieces that are structured and feminine are great choices. The key to keeping your look professional is to keep non-traditional suiting in neutral palettes. Mixing prints and using multiple bold colors should be done with classic suiting.

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Altuzarra for Target | Petite fashion fitting room review

High-low fashion collaborations provide luxury design without high fashion price tags but is construction compromised?

I was hopeful that the Altuzarra for Target collection would feel as good as it looked. Altuzarra wished for the same; he noted wanting the collection to be a true reflection of his usual work. And this collection does have more tailored construction details than previous Target designer collaborations.
Altuzarra for Target fashion fit review for petite women.
Altuzarra for Target may work in pictures but is it good on petites?

Still, while Altuzarra is a French designer this collection is unsurprisingly made in China. Material selection (of rayon and polyester) aside, I have been liked this collection on some (taller) women:

Altuzarra for Target fit of dresses review
Example photo of 5’7″ (potential future blogger) bobearahlife in Altuzarra for Target

Should Target add petite sizing to their designer collections?

For reference, my current measurements are 35-25-34 and I tried the collection in size 2. Clothes are normally cut to fit women 1/2 foot taller than me so it was no surprise that the collection is generally ill fitting on my figure. Please excuse my iPhone photos, the fitting room was low lit.

Altuzarra for Target Banker Stripe and Python Print dress review Altuzarra for Target Banker Stripe and Python Print dress Altuzarra for Target Banker Stripe and Python Print dress

To the far right you can see I overlapped the extra material on the dress (to imagine it altered). This piece did not work on me but I love the idea of a pinstriped white collared blouse with animal print skirt. I will likely recreate the look using the Altuzarra snake print skirt and one of my own blouses (like this one).

Altuzarra for Target
The beautiful bobearahlife in Altuzarra for Target Banker Stripe and Python Print dress (showing how the outfit should fit)

Although the dress was not a win for me, the skirt worked better. I already own a bow blouse so I did not pay much attention to this one but thought it was priced well and felt more expensive than priced.

Altuzarra for Target Python Print Stretch Pencil Skirt & Bow Blouse Altuzarra for Target Python Print Stretch Pencil Skirt & Bow Blouse

The Python-print pencil skirt would work well with minor alterations: Instead of just hemming the skirt, I would take it in at the waist to make it a high waisted skirt and additionally slim or hem it as needed to keep it form-fitting without being too tight and cut at the knee. To keep the skirt from looking risqué, leave the high point of the slit no higher than you’d wear a short skirt.

Below are absolute fails. These items are not closet staples and thus not worth the alteration costs.

Altuzarra for Target Orchid Seater Altuzarra for Target Shirt Dress Altuzarra for Target dress

Verdict: Altuzarra for Target is generally cut with a generous fit around the shoulders and bust. The maxi lengths work well to accommodate shorter heights but the collection otherwise needs to be altered if you are normally a size 2 or smaller petite. My top picks from Altuzarra for Target are:

As to overall quality of the pieces, the construction can best be compared to H&M clothing.

Altuzarra’s Target collection does have some nice small details such as (sometimes not so hidden) side zippers, branded buttons, cinched-style waists, and fully lined dresses.

Altuzarra for Target Altuzarra for Target Side Zip Closure Altuzarra Target Sheer Swiss Dot Patterned Dress

The subtle animal print detail on the ankle strap heels are tastefully done (see here). For $39.99 the shoe is priced well but (aside from not being made of leather) the shoe has a 5″ heel (which is not something I care to spend a day in) and although dainty and delicate, the ankle strap would still make my legs appear shorter.

Altuzarra for Target lookbook review
From velveteen rabbit to gothic vampire, Altuzarra has you covered. Just be ready to find a tailor if you’re on the petite end. 

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Career Fashion, Fashion

Well suited Saturday

Bonjour mes amis!  

These cropped screenshot images are from the Net-A-Porter app. 

Net-A-Porter App photo of DKNY leather-trimmed blazerNet-A-Porter App photo of DKNY leather-trimmed blazer

I usually browse for suiting on the weekends. Not because I need more career clothing, but because I love work clothes. I enjoy checking out new suiting styles and keeping an eye out for cuts and colors that will flatter me. As a petite woman with broad shoulders I have bought suit tops in a 10 (although my waist is 25 inches) and matching bottom in a 0 just to get a proper fit. As I mentioned previously, the proper fit of a jacket depends on how it fits your shoulders. The rest of the fit can be taken by a tailor. I do not own one suit that hasn’t been altered. 

Anyway, Net-A-Porter is having one of its twice yearly sales so I checked out their relevant pieces and I’m sharing some favorites below. 

DKNY’s tuxedo-inspired leather-trimmed blazer contrasts soft mid-weight ponte with stretch-mesh panels and sleek leather lapels. Tailored for a loose yet contoured fit, it has lightly padded shoulders that create the illusion of a smaller waist. 

The DKNYC Women’s Long Sleeve Blazer with Ponte Side Panels 
is also nice and is a cheaper option.

Net-A-Porter App photo of Alexander McQueen crepe peplum blazer
Net-A-Porter App photo of Alexander McQueen crepe peplum blazerNet-A-Porter App photo of Alexander McQueen crepe peplum blazer
Alexander McQueen’s structured black crepe blazer is tailored for a feminine fit. The lightly padded shoulders and fluted peplum create a flattering nipped-in waist. We love the way the red lining peeks out at the back for a bold hint of color.

Missed the sale or want a cheaper version? Check out the creme colored Alexander McQueen Victorian peplum shawl-collar jacket.

Do you own any peplum blazers or other untraditional suiting?

Ever since I tried on a peplum suit jacket by Laundry ( I’ve been in search for my perfect peplum. This McQueen was is feminine but sophisticated all the while being chic and conservative. It could almost be the perfect one for me except for the price. I’m not in need of a suit so I can’t justify the purchase and I particularly have too many black suits. 

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