Hellloooo Fall! Ever since the calendar struct September, I have had fall styling on my mind.
My dreams have been filed with fall favorites OTK boots, to burgundy dresses and everything in between – now all I need is the weather to match!
For today’s post we’re talking fall essentials for the fun sized gal (#me). At 5’1 and 135 I consider myself curvy but petite, so sometimes shopping normal sizes can be a problem. For most of my life, I would shop normal sizes and wonder why I was having such an issue with fit – well the answer was simple, I was too small! Going down a size doesn’t always work when your torso, legs, arms and everything else are shorter than the average gal, so referring to things like the Macy’s Petite Fit Guide can really help steer you in the right direction when you’re shopping online. Now I switch to petite sizing when I can, to pick up some pieces that don’t need altering, yay! I love that Macy’s gives you the option for petite sizing with INC International Concepts, Alfani, Style&Co, Charter Club, NY Collection, JM Collection, and some of their essential brands. When building your fall wardrobe, you have to get your hands on a few things:
A Floral Dress – I live in dresses all year long (even winter) but your styling and selection has to change when the seasons do. For summer, I stick to bright colors, graphic patterns and fit and flare styles; but for fall I’m all about a tighter fit or wrap dress in a darker hue and smaller floral print!
Over The Knee Boots – If you need me, I’ll be wearing boots (specifically ones of the OTK variety) until fall. When paired with the right petite look, these can do wonders for your size deficiency. I mean, come on, do I look 5’5 here or what!? When I’m pairing this trend with must have trends like a floral dress or a line skirt, fit is everything so I have to shop petite and really pay attention to hem lines, making sure to leave that one inch gap between where my dress ends and the boots begin
Leather Jacket – A statement jacket is a must for every season (even summer night, duh) so every fall I invest in something new and now. Your jacket doesn’t have to be a splurge, Macy’s has so many awesome options from faux leather to terry blazers and even suede that you can get for a major steal and style with your transitional or fall pieces.
New Pair of Jeans – New season, new jeans – right? Right! I love the distressed denim look, but it’s not so practical for fall; when that breeze hits you don’t want it going through your tears and up and down your legs, burr! This dark washed skinny pair from Style&Co a la Macy’s is the perfect alternative. It has the cool distressed hem detail without all of the ventilation, plus it’s a petite, curvy fit so it’s like they were made for me! With the hem trend on style for fall, I have to shop petite, because a style like this couldn’t be taken to the tailor without ruining the detail in the alteration.
Something Transitional – I’m not sure who said white after labor day was a bad idea, but I want to find them, hunt them down and give them a serious talking to. I so don’t believe in this fashion “rule” and find myself wearing white in different ways year around. For the first signs of fall, a Style & Co Petite lacey off white blouse and denim are a great transitional look to get you in the swing of the season. Plus they’ll become awesome basics for next spring too!
For me the best part about shopping at a store like Macy’s either online or at a store front is the selection in both styles and sizing. I love having a one stop shop for all my fall essentials, so when you’re shopping for fall you might also need some of these seasonal must haves
More Must Haves:
– A good suede bag to help amp up some of your pieces for fall
– A vampy lip (like a cranberry or plum color)
– Some soft sweaters (say yes to cashmere) to stay snuggly all fall
– Wide leg pant: I haven’t given this one a whirl yet but it’s everywhere this season. If you’re fun sized you’ll need to shop petite and wear it with a pump for added height!
SHOP THE LOOK:
NY Collection Petite Printed Wrap Dress • NY Collection • $60
Style & Co. Petite Bell-Sleeve Lace Top, Only at Macy’s • Style&Co. • $23.99
Style & Co. Petite Curvy-Fit Copper Wash Skinny Jeans • Style&Co. • $54.50
Style & Co. Petite Lace Bell-Sleeve Top, Only at Macy’s • Style&Co. • $29.99
Ivanka Trump Rylee Block-Heel Over-The-Knee Boots • Ivanka Trump • $179
Ivanka Trump Carra Pumps • Ivanka Trump • $135