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Embracing New Styles (Like a Midi Dress on a Petite Frame)

Midi Dress style on a petite girl (and why it's fun to embrace new styles! // the modern savvy

As someone who was a little heavier most of my life (add about 20-25 lbs to the girl you see here), I would always wear pretty standard clothes. As you might have heard me mention, the idea that I’m sharing any sort of style advice here is kind of hysterical. But, hey, 6+ years of practice, learning and experimenting make a world of difference!

I completely embrace the idea that clothes are an opportunity to express ourselves, to have fun… to use brights to turn around a sad mood or a gloomy day, to wear a little lace or play up a favorite body part to feel extra sexy, or to wear all black for a rocker chick vibe. Anything goes, and unlike a tattoo that’s forever, the best part of an outfit is that there’s no commitment (ok, maybe Facebook has changed that a little, but still!)… and each day we’re able to create a new look, a new vibe.

Where I get hung up is a bit on rules when it comes to my height. I used to say I’m 5’4+ but I’m just about 5’3 and have always been intimidated by midi length dresses — that’s the length somewhere mid-calf — for fear it would make me feel and look even shorter, like a little stumpy. Hot visual, I know. Well, I saw this adorable off-the-shoulder number from the popular Who What Wear collection at Target on Monday — with Evan in tow and a best buddy and her sleeping girl, too, mind you — and thought, hey, this could be super cute! I tossed it in my cart to figure it out at home (#impulsepurchase). I’m SO glad I went for it. I mean, so cute right? I love, love the olive green, the flattering crepe fabric and this adorable midi length that looks just as cute with my blush heels as it will with flip flops and a denim jacket.

I see so many friends getΒ caught up in what they have and what they think they should wear so they stick to what’s worked in the past… the black tee. The boot cut denim. The standard work pant. Too oversized tees. These girls are HOT, and often, these basics are fine, but they’re not showing off the gorgeous girls I see. #justsayin. Embrace what you have… and if you’re unsure, I’m happy to come play dress up anytime!

Midi Dress style on a petite girl (and why it's fun to embrace new styles! // the modern savvy

Midi Dress style on a petite girl (and why it's fun to embrace new styles! // the modern savvy Midi Dress style on a petite girl (and why it's fun to embrace new styles! // the modern savvy

Midi Dress style on a petite girl (and why it's fun to embrace new styles! // the modern savvy Midi Dress style on a petite girl (and why it's fun to embrace new styles! // the modern savvy Midi Dress style on a petite girl (and why it's fun to embrace new styles! // the modern savvy
Midi Dress style on a petite girl (and why it's fun to embrace new styles! // the modern savvy
Midi Dress style on a petite girl (and why it's fun to embrace new styles! // the modern savvy

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Dress: Who What Wear via Target (also love this option with a sleeve)

Heels: Rebecca Minkoff (try this, or love these under $60)

Earrings: Gypset (bought this pair at Marston Boutique in Jupiter, Β Fla.)

Beaded bracelets: Alexandra Gioia

Cuff: David Yurman

Purse: Louis Vuitton

PS: wondering, where the heck you would wear this? A few examples: date night, girls weekend, baby or bridal shower, or wedding rehearsal dinner (we have two this spring!).

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    March 1, 2017 at 3:01 AM

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    Heidi
    February 16, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    That was clearly one rule that was made to be broken! You look absolutely stunning in in this dress. I literally want to go buy it right now. The WWW line continues to blow me away. Just gorgeous girl.

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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    Lyddiegal
    February 16, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    If there is one thing that I take away from all my years of blogging, it’s to step outside my comfort zone. I mean, when I started eight years ago I was afraid of horizontal stripes! The midi length intimidates me too , and a point can be made that not all midi’s are created equal and it’s about finding the right style that works without sacrificing the precious illusion of height those of us in the petite section seek.
    http://www.iamchiconthecheap.com

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    Stephanie
    February 15, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    love that dress on you! The color is perfect!! ANd the off shoulder is just perfect!

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    Tina
    February 15, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    This dress is absolutely darling on you!! I didn’t realize that the Who What Wear collection with Target recently came out so I gotta go check it out!!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

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      Alyson
      March 2, 2017 at 12:27 PM

      Oh my gosh, Tina… it’s SO good!!

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    Merritt Beck
    February 15, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    What a cute midi dress for spring! And I absolutely love how you styled it!

    xx
    Merritt
    The Style Scribe

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    Shira
    February 15, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    You wear the midi dress so well! I don’t love how I look in them but occasionally I’ll do it anyway. Love on you!

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

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    Shannon
    February 15, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Ahhh Target does it again!! Where else can you purchase both paper towels AND a cute dress? I would never have guessed you were 20 lbs heavier. How did you lose the weight? I have been trying to take off about 25 lbs myself and it’s not budging.

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      Alyson
      March 2, 2017 at 12:29 PM

      LMAO, Target is seriously the best! So I lost the weight on weight watchers years ago but must confess it’s definitely more challenging now with an extra 10-12 years on me. A few things that really worked: consistently working out, lots of water, cut out most alcohol/wine (and other drinks; I rather eat my calories than drink them) and avoid the BLTs… bites, licks and tastes! LOL, I’ll always remember that because those bites really add up. Happy to answer any questions!

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    Sam
    February 15, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Super cute! Definitely a smart impulse purchase! It’s funny, I’m about the same height as you and I’ve grown to love the midi length. Maybe it’s because I work in an office or because there are just so many cute midi skirts out there, but totally agree that we shouldn’t assume we can’t wear something. Also, love everything from WWW x Target…it’s a problem πŸ™‚

    xx
    Sam

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    Kellyann
    February 15, 2017 at 7:00 AM

    This is the cutest dress and it is fabulous on you! I swear I walked into Target the other day and I was blown away by their clothing section. The display looked like Macy’s it was so good. Holy cow, Target has done it again! So. Good.

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    DIANNE
    February 15, 2017 at 6:47 AM

    This is a adorable on you. I also am 5’3″ and I have stayed away from the mid dresses, I thought they made me look frumpy. I will have to check this brand out.

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      Alyson
      March 2, 2017 at 12:32 PM

      Definitely check it out… there are SO many midi length options (some look like maxis on me, or even just to my knees); and if you find something that’s a touch long, definitely consider an easy alteration.

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    Lauren
    February 15, 2017 at 6:29 AM

    I was just at Target and definitely missed this dress! I may have to go back to look for it! SO cute!!

    By Lauren M

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    Rachelle
    February 15, 2017 at 5:38 AM

    that little dress looks gorgeous on you, I cannot wait to start rocking my midi skirts again. I’m just at 5’4 myself lol.

    xo
    Pinksole

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