Petite Fashion Challenge: From Glam to Casual!

I’m going to do something different this session. Rather than at Shorty Stories, my Petite Fashion Challenge is being posted at DelectablyChic!, a site that focuses on general style, rather than something that is height/petite-specific. So, for those readers who are not regular Shorty Stories readers, the Petite Fashion Challenge, which launched in 2010, asks petite bloggers (and some non-bloggers, too) to come up with outfits under a certain theme (e.g. holiday parties, date night, petite “don’ts”, etc…).  Anyway, this month’s Petite Fashion Challenge, hosted by I Am Khatu asks readers:

From Night to Day: Restyle a glamorous look that you would typically wear for a night-out-on-the-town into daytime casual wear. Easy right? Bonus points if you can restyle it for work!

The dress I chose is by Traffic People and was purchased in a little boutique in Montreal called Lola & Emily.  For the “glam”/”formal” look, I decided to make it simple.  This look is similar to what I wore out to dinner with my husband on our first anniversary:

  • Dress: Traffic People, XS
  • Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (the d’Orsay), size 5
  • Clutch: 442 McAdam Regal Trio (this one sold out. Red and black versions still available)

The casual look is not so much work-appropriate but more for a daytime (or even night) event at a place where “afternoon tea” type manners aren’t necessary.  I can see myself wearing the outfit to fashion event (e.g. Fashion Week or clothing launch of some sort) or a concert, but definitely not for the office (unless I worked at a record label).

  • Hat: Jacob (from 2010)
  • Jacket:TopShop, size 6 regular (purchased Fall 2010 when I was in London for my honeymoon – similar TopShop jacket here)
  • Boots: Donald J. Pliner, size 5
  • Sunglasses: Fendi

A major thanks to I am Khatu for hosting this month’s Petite Fashion Challenge. Petite Fashion Challenges generally occur 8-10 times a year.  Look for at least two more posts here at DelectablyChic!, with the remaining back at Shorty Stories.

Don’t forget to enter DelectablyChic!’s first giveaway of 2012!!

About Cynthia Cheng Mintz


Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007. Outside of writing, Cynthia researches and advises philanthropic ideas for family funds and foundations and also volunteers.

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Cynthia Cheng Mintz

Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007. Outside of writing, Cynthia researches and advises philanthropic ideas for family funds and foundations and also volunteers.

  • The pattern and colors on your dress are stunning! I wish I had one like it!

  • The 2nd outfit is so edgy! Great for casual days.

  • Nice edgy spin on the dress. The hat and leather jacket are very boho-artsy.

    • Thank you. I was trying for something a little different from what I normally do! 🙂

  • I love the moto jacket! It's making me want one 🙂

    • Olyvia, TopShop has something similar!! I just added a link to where you can get it.

  • thu

    What a gorgeous dress, I love the colors and patterns! The casual look with the beanie is so cute 😉

  • Really petite

    I like your moto jacket- looks like it fits nicely:)

    • Thanks! I was hesitant in buying the jacket at first since all I saw were 10s (US 6s) in the petite section. Then I spotted this one in regulars. I thought it would be too big at first, but TopShop sizes are smaller than US brands. The 6 fits more like a 0 than a 2.

  • Love the print of your dress and the 2nd edgy look!

  • Love the tough look! Never would have thought that an elegant dress could turn into an edgy outfit.

  • The print and color of the dress is pretty. I like how you pair the dress with the jacket and boots.

  • anon

    not a fan of either look. in your night time look, it looks like you're in a scary movie with your head about to be twisted off. in the day time look, you're trying too hard to look young and edgy when you're obviously too mature for it.

  • Love the pattern of the dress and I think it fits you so nicely! I really like that you paired it with unexpected pieces, love that jacket!

  • Great PFC choice! The dress you chose is lovely and the casual look is very hip.

  • allsaints, allsaints clothing

    Thanks for finally talking about >Petite Fashion Challenge: From Glam to Casual! | DelectablyChic! <Loved it!

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