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Patra Tiered Petite Dress & Tahari Cleo Dress from Lord & Taylor

Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:27 pm
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What could be more fun than going shopping for a new dress? My sister needed a dress for a special event so we began browsing the Lord & Taylor website for some innovative ideas. She's a petite so we started by looking at all the newest styles and trends, smart colors, modern designs, brands and then we looked at prices. The pictures gave a clear idea of the beautiful and contemporary petite dresses for weddings, cocktails, parties and casual wear.

She needed more of a semi-formal cocktail dress, so we put our energies towards a dress that was smart and sophisticated. She also wanted something that could be worn for another social occasion and not just sit in the closet. The options were so much fun to visit - from sheaths, flared, long sleeved, sleeveless, v-neck, tiered, chifon, jersey and wrapped. Solid basic colors or patterns were perfect for many occasions.

Of course, she was looking for a flattering design in a contemporary style and a fashionable color. So she was torn between the Patra tiered chiffon short dress in a classic black that would be an ideal choice for a special affair or the Tahari Petites Cleo Dress with a slim belt and scoop neckline in a gorgeous mountain blue. Both were very attractive and would be wonderful choices for any event. Classic, simple and smart the choices made shopping a great experience and a fun afternoon for us. Can't wait to do it again.

PATRA Petites Short Tiered Chiffon Dress
A stylish tiered chiffon dress from Patra, featuring a V-neckline with rhinestone detail at the center, split flutter short sleeves, five long tiers from shoulder to hem and a high-low hem. Falls to the knee. 

PATRA Petites Short Tiered Chiffon Dress

TAHARI PETITE Petites Cleo Dress
With every step you'll make a chic fashion statement in this T. Tahari Cleo dress. An embellished neckline adds high drama in this sleeveless dress, while the slim belt defines your waist.
* Embellished scoop neckline
* Belted wais
* Back-zip and snap closures

TAHARI PETITE Petites Cleo Dress

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Petite Kenneth Cole Sequin Jersey Dress & Maggy London Wrap Dress at Nordstrom

Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:27 pm
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The Kenneth Cole Sequin Jersey Petite Dress and the Maggy London Wrap Jersey Petite Dress are both so perfect for any cocktail or special occasion that I just had to visit the nearest Nordstrom and try them on. I was looking for a dress that I could wear to special occasions without being fussy or overdone. I thought I would look for something that could be worn again since I had a wedding and anniversay party coming up soon. Nothing like killing two birds with one stone! Anyway, I began browsing the Nordstrom, Dillard's and Macy's websites for some ideas for a special and unique dress that would fit my needs. The selection was spectacular in a wide variety of sizes, glamorous colors, contemporary styles and a range of prices from brands such as Tahari, Ralph Lauren, Adrianna Papell and JS Collections among others.

The colors were especially dazzling in bright blues, deep reds, plums, lilacs, greys and pastels nevermind the smart basic black. Styles included sheaths, sleeveless, flared, long, short, sequins, jersey, lace, sleeves and v-necks for starters. So attractive and appealing, the petite dresses for casual, cocktails or evening affairs were amazing. Where to begin? Back to my original thoughts of the jersey dresses by my two favorite brands. So I headed over to see these dresses in person, looking for a flattering style and comfortable fit with eye catching appeal. I loved the features and fine feminine details that were smart looking and perfect for a well-groomed appearance.

Well, I found exactly what I was looking for in a fashionable and sophisticated style, that I could wear for another social function. So what could be better than a happy ending.

Kenneth Cole New York Sequin Jersey Dress (Petite)
A dusting of sparkly sequins highlights a sophisticated bateau-neck sheath fashioned in a marled grey knit. Raw-edged georgette trims the cap sleeves.

 Kenneth Cole New York Sequin Jersey Dress (Petite)

Maggy London Faux Wrap Matte Jersey Dress (Petite)
Sleeveless matte jersey dress is styled with a softly draped faux-wrap skirt and soft ties that shape the asymmetric waistband.

Maggy London Faux Wrap Matte Jersey Dress (Petite)

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Petite Evening Mesh Gown & Beaded Dress from Dillards

Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:26 pm
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I needed a new dress in a petite size, for a formal party coming up soon, and decided to start at a familiar website, such as Dillard's. I was intrigued by the variety of sizes, brands and of course colors. I guess I didn't remember all the brands that now offer petite sizes for a formal or semi-formal affair. Long dresses, short dresses, pants, blouses, skirts, jacket dresses, boleros and all in fabulous fabrics of chiffon, lace and silk. Some features included beading, tiered, portrait collars, v-necks, florals, ruffles, ruching and one-shoulder. I loved the glamorous selection for any social function from a dinner party to the White House and all at reasonable prices. The brands such as Adrianna Papell, Alex Evenings, and Jessica Howard styles all complemented a petite figure for any special occasion. The versatile colors and designs in a sophisticated black or grey or blues and browns added a touch of pizazz if not interest to a contemporary look and feel.

I was torn between two selections, one from Jessica Howard in a short lace bolero jacket dress with an empire waist and tiered skirt that would go from the opera to dinner in a black/champagne shade. Smart and sexy with a tailored undertone the dress would be very useful for a number of social engagements that I had coming up. And in the lightweight material I could probably wear this for a few seasons.

The other selection was a long dress by Alex Evenings a "Cold Shoulder Mesh" which I wasn't quite sure of but certainly looked gorgeous in the picture. Naturally, the color was a chic black hue in a cutout shoulder and a side wrap skirt. Both were equally fashionable and of course, I loved them both. The gown was especially enticing with a certain flair in a modern way for a special event.

Yes, I finally made a decision that was a perfect fit, in a flattering style and contemporary design and yes, a smart color. I did love the wonderful selection and variety for a petite dress for evenings or special affairs that was tasteful and elegant.

Jessica Howard Petites Lace Bolero Jacket Dress
Ladylike with a lace bodice, this Jessica Howard women's bolero jacket dress is the perfect pairing for special events. The mockneck jacket brings a tailored twist to the feminine spaghetti-strap dress.

empire-waist dress with tiered skirt and back zipper
 open-front jacket with 3/4 sleeves
 black polyester with nylon/cotton champagne lace bodice 
Jessica Howard Petites Lace Bolero Jacket Dress

Alex Evenings Petites "Cold Shoulder" Mesh Gown
A gorgeous gown in black, this sleeveless scoopneck dress features cutout "cold shoulders" and side-wrap detail on the skirt for a draped bodice. Of polyester, with back zipper; hand wash. Made in the USA.

 Alex Evenings Petites

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Womens Petite Dresses

Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:49 am
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Chadwicks offers a lovely selection of womens petite dresses. Available in a variety of styles, designs, sizes, lovely fabrics, affordable prices and fashionable colors and prints in short, maxi and long lengths. Whether you're looking for daytime casual patio petite dresses, evening or cocktail dresses the womens petite dresses are feminine, flattering, stylish and perfect for any occasion, day or evening.

Short Halter Dress
A fluid halter dress embraces your waist with charmeuse ruching for a flattering fit. Imported.
* Fluid polyester chiffon * Halter style with ruched, charmeuse waist * Flirty keyhole front, button back * Invisible back zip; fully lined * Polyester chiffon; Polyester/spandex charmeuse; Dry clean

Short Halter Dress

Embroidered Patio Dress
The perfect dress for every summer’s day! Imported.
* Pullover patio dress * Distinctive tribal-inspired embroidery at the scoopneck * Flattering empire-waist style with basketweave-sash * Wide straps with O-ring at shoulder
* Effortless pullover styling * Cotton; Machine wash

  Embroidered Patio Dress

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Women's Petite Dress

Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:49 am
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Macy's offers a stylish and beautiful selection of women's petite dresses. Available in a variety of styles, designs, sizes, wonderful fabrics and fashion colors or stylish prints by brands like INC, DKNY, Charter Club, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren to name a few. Whether you're looking for daytime casual petite dresses, evening or cocktail dresses the women's petite dresses are feminine, flattering, fashionable and perfect for any occasion.

Charter Club Petite Short-Sleeve Printed Dress
Day or night, this lively Charter Club dress is one simple step to looking fabulous.

Charter Club Petite Short-Sleeve Printed Dress

INC International Concepts Petite Printed Dress
An easy fit lends relaxed elegance to INC's sexy printed dress.
* Polyester/spandex * Machine washable * Deep V-neckline with self-tie at front center; straight back neckline
* Short sleeves with solid cuffs * Printed * A-line fit

Petite Printed Dress

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