This month’s Pick of the Petites was inspired by a single item that caught my eye on Friday. I happened to be in Debenhams, there to return an item and nearly fell off the up escalator (which was a pretty spectacular feat to do), as I was completely love struck by the mannequin, cunningly positioned opposite the up escalator, that was wearing this J by Jasper Conran, striped coat.
Sadly, this coat isn’t a petite (drats and double drats) but that didn’t stop me from swooning over it! After small voice of reason had dragged me back from my reverie of swanning around Florence in Springtime wearing this coat, with a sharp, metaphorical slap around the chops of
‘You ain’t going to Florence in Springtime, so stop that right now!’,
I suddenly couldn’t help but notice all the striped, nautical garments in the shop! I knew then and there, that this month’s Pick of the Petites, would be on this very theme!
The nautical look is a perennial favourite every Spring. It never really goes away, such is its timeless-ness. I’ve not included t-shirts/tops other than a single bardot top as stripey tees are really two a penny, but the top half is where we’re starting.
Tops / Jumpers
Nothing says Nautical quite like a bardot top and M&Co have a long sleeved top that will look equally good under a formal blazer or a casual jacket.
When temperatures are a little cooler or you want to take your nautical look from day to night, casually throw a striped jumper over the shoulders, whilst wearing your white linen trousers. And I liked the little knitted detail around the neckline.
And not everything nautical has to be in the classic navy and white combo; red and white also capture the nautical vibe.
Whether lazy holidays are spent building sandcastles on the beach, lunching on lobster in a quayside restaurant or simply messing about on boats – make mine a yacht please – then a good jersey hoodie always comes in handy.
I love the addition of the pockets on the front. Plus you can choose your colour way. Below is jet black on white but the hoodie also comes in navy and white. Available in regular too.
Lands End also do a navy Mixed Striped Three Quarter Sleeve Hoodie in both regular and petite which is currently, slightly reduced.
Trousers / Jumpsuit / Romper
You simply can’t do the full on Riviera look without owning a pair of wide legged, linen trousers. Pair them with your stripey tees for daytime and they can also take you through to evening by swapping the tee for a sparkly, strappy top and heels. Precis also do the Navy and White Striped T-shirt that’s peeping out over the trousers.
And if you’re not confident wearing white, then black is provided courtesy of these Marks & Spencer Black Linen Trousers.
But isn’t this supposed to be about stripes, Petite Vix?
And what if I want to wear the stripes on my bottom half?
New in at M&S are these adorable wide legged striped trousers. Just keep the top half very sleek.
And for something a little different, I’ve found a striped jumpsuit and rompersuit!
The jumpsuit is quite unusual in that it’s not a full length one so perfect for summer days and nights.
For dresses, I was spoilt for choice! But I honed it down to 4, covering different styles to suit a variety of sartorial situations.
This would make a great addition to a working wardrobe. The different panels of stripes on the torso give this a slightly more sophisticated feel than a normal shift dress and the illusion of a nipped in waist. Just slip on a red jacket, grab your briefcase and you’re ready to conquer the boardroom.
This petite number is the kind of dress that will take you anywhere, anytime. Smart enough for the office with pumps and a jacket, but relaxed enough for Spring/Summer weekends with friends, paired with a colourful cardigan in a bright spring colour – cobalt blue or orange, maybe even bright pink with wedged sandals or ghillie flats.
Don’t you just love the asymmetrical hem? And because it’s petite it won’t trail on the floor! HURRAH!
I couldn’t possibly leave out a maxi dress, especially as a) they are my favourite kind of dresses AND b) there is this corker of a striped maxi, relatively new in at M&S.
I fell in love with it, as soon as I saw it. I have floral and abstract patterned maxis in my wardrobe and I can now unashamedly confess, that I have, not just a striped maxi but a graded, striped maxi currently hanging in my wardrobe. I’m itching to wear it this summer! Bravo to M&S for coming up trumps with this dress. The graded stripes make the dress more visually interesting and with the diagonal stripes going down the skirt part of the dress, it’s very flattering on.
For a casual daytime look just slip on a denim jacket and for evenings dress it up with a statement necklace and wedged heels.
Finally, for those of you who like their dresses with a little more of a tailored feel, you’ll like this simple and neat ASOS Petite Striped Shirt dress with D ring tie belt.
Jacket & Skirt
We’re back with M&S again (and no, they’re haven’t paid me for this post!) who are really rockin’ their stripes this season, for a jacket and a skirt. Now obviously you wouldn’t wear these together, unless you’re intending to make anyone who looks at you, cross-eyed!
However, if you only want to buy one key item that can be either formal or informal then either of these two hit the mark. They can be worn with endless colour combinations.
I love that little cut out detail at the waist on the jacket.
This skater skirt is already sold out in sizes 10, 14 and 16, so I doubt it’s going to hang around for much longer. If I didn’t already have a black and white striped skirt, I’d be seriously considering this one.
Although it’s described as a skater skirt, it would also fit the bill for a petite as a midi as it hits just below the knee. Finding midis for petites is about as hard as finding snow leopards in the wild!
If you’re not keen on wearing stripes for the (unfounded) fear that they may make you look wide – this is really unfounded – then bring in your stripes via your accessories. For example, a simple striped scarf tied at the neck or in the hair is an elegant touch.
Or wear your white linen trousers with a cobalt blue or red tee and casually drape this scarf around your neck – perfect for Spring days when there’s still a nip in the air.
For a versatile and smart, everyday bag which makes a nod to the nautical with its textured striped central panel, go for this classic, bowling bag with crossbody strap. And the good news is, it’s currently on offer; 20% off.
I love this wristlet clutch – a super chic way to take your stripes from day to night.
And for those lazy days on holiday, whether on the beach or strolling through cobbled streets in ancient villages, this is a good sized tote.
Why not take your nautical stripes to your feet with these sandals, that have an eye-catching, conversation-starting suede pompom on the toe!
you’ll have to have a spare, cool £625 to buy them! Amazingly, they are low in stock in most sizes, so somebody must be buying them! Suffice to say, it ain’t me, despite them being so unusual!
However, I’ll probably settle for these fun Espadrille Flatforms at a more budget friendly £15.99.
Currently available for petite feet in size 3.
Do you like the nautical look? Will you be incorporating some striped into your Spring wardrobe?