Sunday, February 24, 2013

White House Black Market Petite Collection

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It’s been said that every girl must have at least one little black dress in her closet. However, I didn't have one until recently because I rarely wear all black. The LBD is quite versatile, and is considered a must-have item in every woman's wardrobe. I wore this little number last weekend for a dinner date with my husband and got many compliments.


This dress is from White House | Black Market. I rarely shop there because they didn't offer petite sizing previously. I am happy to know that they do now. White House | Black Market introduced their petite collection about a month ago. This exclusive collection ranges from $78-$160 and consists of five classic pieces.


What I am wearing: 
Dress:  WHBM Instantly Slimming Dress c/o - size 0P
Shoes: Banana Republic (almost identical version)
Jacket: J.Crew Lady Day (buy this year's version)
Clutch: Banana Republic (buy similar)
Earrings: Amrita Singh (buy similar)


This dress is really beautiful in person. The material is very comfortable and it hugs my every curve. I originally asked for a size 00P but it wasn't available. I then settled for a size 0P. I am glad I did because the fit was amazing. If I would've gone down a size, it would've been too small/tight for me. The most important thing is the dress does as it says, instantly gives that slimming look. I can attest that after a huge dinner =)


The LBD is essential for every woman and absolutely a worthy investment. For this particular dress, it is not only a classic LBD, it also makes you look a few pounds less than you actually are. It's a win-win situation in my book. Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!



That is a perfect little black dress! I use to love getting the White House Black Market catalogs. And when I go to the mall, I always drop in to look...but always leave empty-handed because their dresses, skirts, and tops are always too long for me, thus I've avoided them for a long time. I'm so happy to hear they have a petite line now! I'll definitely check it out!


You are simply stunning! The dress hugs you in all the right places, I'm so glad White House Black Market is finally implementing a petite collection. Always loved some of their pieces but they were way too big!

xoxo, Julie @ OBSESSED

johanna M

Wow! That dress looks great on you!!


Great to hear that WHBM has a petite section now!! That dress looks is lovely and looks great on you! :)


Thats dress fits you so well! Good to know about the petite section.


every girl needs a LBD! ;)
this one looks great on you and thanks for letting us know that WHBM has a petite selection. will definitely check them out.


You look fantastic (and I don't think it's just the dress - look at those toned arm muscles)! Had no idea that WHBM had petites - will take a look for sure :)

Amber @

You look stunning! I'll have to check out their petite section. I remember always walking past the store and seeing such pretty stuff but never actually going in! Have a good Monday :)

phiphis blog

beautiful dress!! i love that they are offering a petite selection now!

xox P

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Siena in Style

I love your LBD!!and that coat is so chic!
kisses from Milano


WOW, you look stunning in that LBD, Sydney!
Juneli from Fashionably Yours


I am so glad you posted this info. I really liked your post, thrilled to know WHBM is offering Petites again and decided to seek out the dress. I went to WHBM today to buy it. After (practically) arguing with one of the sales gals for 20 minutes, and showing her your post, she insisted the dress is not available in Petite. She called Customer Service and they reported the same...the dress is not available in Petite. However, because you posted the link to the dress, WHBM was able to hunt down the dress and found it was available at a different store just 10 miles away. So I went there and bought it! I find you are right, the dress runs small. I'm usually a 4P and needed to go to a 6P in this dress. But it looks amazing on - very slimming. Thanks for the recommendation!


The dress looks gorgeous on you.

I see WHBM having petites as a danger to my bank accounts. I love WHBM tops, even having had some of the altered because between sales and the quality, it's totally worth it. The cuts are flattering, the details are amazing, the styles are timeless.


You look so gorgeous! I'd love to try that black dress if I have chance!

@Jill Hi, Jill! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I've always loved to hear about “real-life” shopping experiences from readers. It was strange that the SA/CS didn't have accurate information on store products. At last, I am glad you were able to locate one. I hope you enjoy the dress as much as I do.

Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog - Girlie Blog Seattle

Holy hot mama. You look sooooooooo good. Redefining LBD.

With Each Passing Day

The dress looks amazing on you! Thank you for letting us know about the petite selection at the WHBM.

Always Maylee

Oh I'm so happy to hear that they now offer petite sizes! You look gorgeous in this dress! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

lisacng @

Looks so great on you and does hug you in all the right places without being too tight. Reminds me Herve Lagers bandage dresses. Glad that WHBM now offers petite clothes b/c I think they have great classic styles. And yea, those arm muscles, wooo! Love the last "jetting off somewhere awesome" shot!


You look beautiful, Sydney, in that lovely LBD!
Juneli from Fashionably Yours


You look stunning in the LBD and the red coat, Sydney!


I'd never stepped foot inside WHBM before because they didn't offer petites sizing. After reading your post, I stopped by a WHBM to check if they had petites in store and I happened to visit the only store in the district (encompassing several states) that has petites in stock. I tried on all of the seasonless black suiting items (jacket, ruffle lapel jacket, hip-detail pencil skirt, pant, flounce dress) and determined that WHBM's petites sizing is consistent with petites sizing in brands like Ann Taylor and Banana Republic. I'm usually between OP and 2P. I always need time to decide whether to go smaller or larger, so I walked out without buying anything, but the sales staff told me they would ship to me for free if I called the store. My primary observation about WHBM's petite suiting is that it's all very structured with prominent seaming that's figure-flattering. The styling details lean towards modern rather than classic. It's easier to see this obvious seaming in the online photos of the grey twill suiting. (I find that online photos of black clothing never show details such as stitching and seaming accurately because there's not enough light contrast.) The store didn't have the petite instantly slimming dress, so I don't know if I would be 2P or 4P in it. (Thanks to you and Jill for the feedback that it runs one size small!) I was surprised by how the seasonless flounce dress gave me a hourglass figure, so it would be a toss-up for me between the flounce dress and instantly slimming dress. Even though they have different hems, they have the same neckline so I wouldn't buy both dresses.


Hey that dress is simply fabulous. You look absolutely stunning in it. Plus that gorgeous sweater is a perfect match for your outfit. I also love your natural make-up, a no-fuss but sexy look best fits that dress. I love your overall look - fashionable and sexy at the same time.

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