Tuesday, October 25, 2011

PFC #11: Vacation Vogue

This month's Petite Fashion Challenge is hosted by SkiPetite.  Be sure to check out her blog for other entries by clicking on the PFC button below.

The Challenge:
Put together an outfit made for sightseeing.  It should be one that will be comfortable for walking around in and can last you from the early morning until dinner and drinks in the evening.  Plus, you're on vacation, so you'd better make sure you look good in photos, which you'll have for years to come.

I decided to take a cue from the blogger community (like the ever stylish Cee) and wear a dress as a separate for this PFC.  I actually really like how the dress looks as a top and hope to experiment with other dresses this way.  I have to admit that though these wedges are relatively comfortable, I would probably actually wear a pair of flats for sightseeing.  Unfortunately, I misplaced the pair I wanted to wear and was too lazy to search the house for them - sorry!


Jacket:  LOFT Twill Cropped 
Military Jacket, Sz 0P
Dress as Top:  LOFT Floral 
Ruffle Dress, Sz 0P
Pants:  Old Navy Black Skinnies,
Sz 2
Jewelry:  Gold Bangles, DIY 
Leather Wrap Bracelet (tutorial), 
F21 Pendant Necklace
Shoes:  Frye Bridget Wedge Sandals

Dress:  LOFT Floral 
Ruffle Dress, Sz 0P
Jewelry:  Silver Bangles, Kohl's 
Silver Necklace
Shoes:  Frye Bridget Wedge Sandals

What do you think of dresses worn as separates?


  1. How ingenious turning a dress into separates! I always think my dresses are too bulky to stuff into pants or skirt...but the idea is intriguing indeed! =)

  2. I adore the color combo of your sightseeing outfit. But I have to ask... how did you get your dress to tuck into pants so evenly at the hem?! Tips please :)

  3. Wait what....how did you get your dress to tuck like that? It's like a tunic! Did you DIY it? :P

    you look beautiful SPG! I love the idea of wearing a dress as a top but I've only tried it once with another skirt over, never pants! Oh and I did it once with shorts but the dress itself was quite short so there wasn't a lot of bulk.

  4. I love how you wore the dress as a separate. I've never done it, but have always wanted to try!

  5. Omg! That looks amazing as a top! I cannot tell from the pics! Like Elaine said...looks like a tunic!

    I love the jacket so much!!

    ! I love the whole idea of turning a dress into a top or bottom! I did try a dress slip as a top the other week. Worked out perfectly!

  6. What Elaine said re: tucking in the dress. Also, I think the colour really works well on you!

  7. How did you get the dress to do that? It looks sooo good as a top. I am definitely trying this.

  8. wow you did a great job as using the dress as a top...I would have never guessed!

  9. Looks great! I love it when dresses are used as tops!

  10. dresses as separates are still unventured territory for me. We'll see...if I can find a thinner dress, most of mine have lining as I prefer to buy them made that way. Yes..I do wear sweats :)

  11. I do this all the time :) wear y dresses as tops. you look lovely!

  12. I like the idea and this dress is perfect to be worn as separate!

  13. I started wearing dresses as a separate this year too and you did a fantastic job. I really like the print of your dress, transitions from day to night seamlessly!

  14. I think dresses as separates are a great way to stretch your wardrobe. I did it all the time back in high school.

  15. Did you tuck the dress into the pants? How? It looks great!

  16. YAY! I get to leave a comment! I technically would have been the very first comment but it wouldn't let me last night..LOL

    I always wear dresses as separates...and please do share how you tucked it in like the first pic!!! You did a great job!! I had to pass on this one :(

  17. i love that dress on you! looks really sexy on its own with those heels. it looks great as a top too!

  18. I see everyone else loves your tucked in dress as well, so I'll chime in...me too! Great job!

  19. Love how you styled both looks. You really look great.


  20. I always love your outfits...that dress is adorable. I picked up a cami in a similar color/print from the LOFT outlet, and I was only wearing it with dark jeans and a charcoal blazer, but I might try it with my khaki military jacket.

    Did I mention YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU JUST HAD A BABY? Impressive...

  21. How did you get your dress to stay put? It looks like jersey material - not the most shape-shifting fabric. I wear my sweater dress as a sweater but thats because I can tuck the bottom under itself and the weight of the fabric hold it together all day long. The day look is my favorite not only because it looks so polished but also because I have the jacket and pants to steal it :D

  22. i think you did a great job with this challenge! i have a dress that i can also use as a skirt, i love it. :)

    <3, Mimi

  23. I love the bright flower print of that dress. It looks just as great tucked into the pants. I can never do that with my dresses they always add to my muffin top! Lovely as usual - have a great weekend my dear.


  24. I haven't ventured into the using-a-dress-as-a-top style yet. However, if I look as good as you doing this, I might change my mind! You look fabulous as always, doll!

    Have a great weekend! :)

  25. Did you tuck the dress into the pants? it looks so much shorter!! Great outfit btw!! :)

  26. RE: Dress Tucking - I hate to disappoint but there really wasn't a trick to the tucking. The column-like dress was narrow enough to just stay put on my mommy hips :D All I had to do was tuck and pull so that it looked even. I will say though that when I used to tuck things to look blousy but not bulky, I would tuck just a sliver of fabric in the front, back and both sides. This allowed for a tucked look without bulking in the bottom.

    Jess - Thank you! It definitely takes a narrow-type of dress to do it :)

    Cee / Elaine / Cynthia / Ski Petite / Elvi / JJ - Thank you! I didn't really use a tucking trick here but might have something that would work similarly for all you non-mommy hipped gals (see above) :)

    Michelle - Thank you! I love this jacket and wear it to death! :D

    Lei - Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

    Bessie - Ah yes, this dress is definitely thin, cut narrowly, and lining-free. You're always so elegantly put together that I have a hard time imagining you lounging around in sweats :)

    Jessy / Newpetite / Francesca / Elle / Nikell / Kelly / Patience / Mimi / Sarah- Thanks so much! I'm definitely going to be trying out the dress as separate idea much more. It's like doubling your wardrobe :)

    Annie - Aw, thank you for coming back to comment - that's so sweet of you! Sad that you didn't get to participate in this one but hope to see an entry for the next one!

    Ping - Thank you! I really like this dress as a layering piece. Sometimes I feel like the middle is so billowy that it makes me look preggers again LOL.

    Kerry - Thank you for the kind comment RE: baby! I'm so glad that you participated in the PFC - I truly love your outfit / DIY posts!

    Anna - Thank you! The dress is actually a thin non-stretchy material - probably a polyester? I should check. The staying put part is all due to the mommy hips :D

    Thu - I have muffin top issues too and I think that as long as the top portion is blouse-y, it'll mask it even tucked :)


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