Friday, August 27, 2010

Petite Fashion Challenge #1 - Do a Petite Don't

The always lovely Jean over at ExtraPetite is holding the first ever Petite Fashion Challenge (PFC):


The Challenge: 
Create an outfit for weekend brunch with your girlfriends. 
The outfit must include one garment that is typically notorious for being a petite "don't".

I chose to do a double petite don't: wide-legged pants (uh-oh) that end at the scary mid-calf length (noooo!).  Why? Because I love a challenge!  Just kidding... I'm clueless, and this was the only readily available item I found in my closet.  And unfortunately, I was playing around with my dad's DSLR camera at the time, and the pics I took turned out pretty terrible in quality since I had no idea how to work the settings.  But this was already last minute, so please bear with me!

The offending item in question is a pair of wide-legged white linen carpris, size XS from F21 that I bought many years ago because they amazingly fit my waist/hips.  My first thought... throw in a fun print and class it up with some pearls and a pair of neutral, leg-elongating pumps.


I suppose the top is pretty offensive too in terms of length and fit.  So I tried adding a belt:


And I guess if all else fails, tuck tuck tuck!

Blouse: LOFT Ruffle Neck Top, size XXSP (post)
Necklace: Nordstrom Glass Pearl Necklace in White
Belt: Ann Taylor Perfect Skinny Belt in Porcini, size S
Shoes: Ann Taylor Perfect Leather Pump in Porcini, size 5

What do you think?  Do any of the outfit variations pass muster?  Or should I give up on these linen capris?

23 comments:

  1. Honestly I love the second look. The belt really put your outfit together. :)

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  2. I think it is a success. I especially like it when you tucked that blouse in. The whole outfit looks very sophisticated and chic. The capris don't look that long though.

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  3. I also really like the tucked in look! The waist of the capris helps distinguish your waist and emphasizes the contrast in colors of the blouse. Cute! :)

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  4. I actually like it with the belt a lot more than the tucking! I really like the flowy look in your top and your ruffley capri. I think the capri's are a smidge too low to tuck. But eh, I'm the oddball here it seems lol.

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  5. I have to agree with Hanna.. untucked and with belt the top looks great! :)

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  6. Nelah - I think the heels did its job then, because the capris are definitely stumpy when I'm barefoot! :)

    Hanna & ellandish - I can't decide which I prefer either, I think untucked is more my style, but tucked makes me feel so polished :P

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  7. I like the way you wear it with the belt and untucked. Since capris are for casual outfits, tuck it the shirt make the outfit look more formal. I can totally see you wearing the 2nd outfit.

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  8. So cute! I like the tucked in look better than the belted look.

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  9. The outfit with the belt is my favorite. You definitely pull off the pieces well. The last time I wore capris was many years ago. I still plan on getting it another try...sometime.

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  10. You know what, both look great! I have a pair of FLARED jean capris LOL! Maybe I'll save them for another challenge one day but you've definitely given me some ideas!

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  11. The second belted look is definitely my favorite. And OMG you changed my mind on wide-legged pants. I can't put my fingers on it, but you really look great in these pants. Not kidding. They are a keeper for sure. Nice job!!!

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  12. I think I like the second look best!

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  13. I agree with some of the others ~ the 2nd looks the best. Those pants look super comfy and lightweight, perfect for a hot day!

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  14. 2nd look is best out of 3, but I'd prefer the shirt to be a few inches shorter, hitting you exactly at the widest part of your hips (giving you the illusion of a wider hips) and also to give the pants some vertical length since it's already cropped.

    Actually, I prefer the 3rd look more only if those darn white pockets didn't show through b/c that's a pet-peeve of mine. Showing all of the pants in this look does gives you a shorter torso, BUT it allows the extension of the bottom 1/2 of your body.

    Shoes definitely helped w/this challenge! =D

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  15. I think the belt has some appeal in the second pic and the tuck-in has some DEFINITE appeal in the third pic, so if you could perhaps combine the two. I feel in the third pic if you could put a belt on the capri it would emphasize your waist even more- but its hard to tell if there are built-in belt loops in the capri?
    Great job overall! Thanks :)

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  16. PetiteLittleGirl - Good point! I do suppose capris are more casual in general.

    curls-and-pearls - I had those too back in the day! Now my lil' sister inherits them :P

    Vicky - Thanks! You're so sweet :)

    AubreyOhDang! - I still smile every time I see your name lol... and I definitely agree with you that the shirt would be better if it were shorter. I hadn't thought about the white pockets showing but now that's all I can't stop looking at it!

    Abhitoabby - The capris do have belt loops... and I actually did try that! But because they're low-rise and sit on my hip, when I belted the tucked outfit, it just seemed to emphasize my long torso and shorten the leg line. Thanks for the suggestion though! :)

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  17. The belt saved it! I think the proportion of the slimmed shirt with the pant elongates the look. I would not be able to pull this off - I think this is a special PetiteXXS accomplishment :)

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  18. I have some capri's like these in black and they make my legs look stumpy...i'm wondering if lighter colored capri's are more flattering on petites...cause the outfit works on you! I especially like the 2nd look with belt on top :)

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  19. hehehe...I agree with SewPetiteGal...this is a special petitexxs accomplishment. I woud've never bought those capris because they are a double offense...but who knew they would look this good with your new Ann Taylor porcini accessories set? Lol. The addition of color and print with the top is lovely as well. I think 2 is my fave, but I'd also be curious to see # 3 with a belt!

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  20. I think the belted look is a definite success! I love the perfect matching of belt and shoes! The tucked in look is not awful...but it emphasizes the pants more than the top. I think the top should be the showcase of the outfit! :)

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  21. SewPetiteGal & PAG - You guys make me feel so special! Lol... and I love my porcini accessories set! :P

    Michelle - I think I was only trying to emphasize the capris because they were the point of the challenge... but you're definitely right, they shouldn't be emphasized at all normally.

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  22. Great job with the outfit! I personally like the untucked look. The belt does emphasize the waist, but first look flows better since it matches the fluidity of the capris. If the top was an inch shorter...I think the unbelted look would be absolutely perfect! =)

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