These are my favorites, and/or items that I get asked about a lot. Things are grouped roughly by style, although there’s usually some crossover in my outfits!
Sizing: I’m 5’1″, with a 40″ bust, 34-35″ waist, and 42″ hips (give or take). I’m most often a size US 10 in clothes and a 7.5 or 8 in women’s shoes.
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These are all items I’ve worn multiple times and (if applicable) washed at least once unless otherwise noted. I also share items that are the same or similar to what I have, plus stuff I found that I like the style of on my Poshmark shares page (I don’t get any commission from Poshmark).
Free People “I’m Still Obsessed” mini dress – black and petrichor (reddish brown, in first photo), S. This is a super comfortable gauzy textured stretch cotton and has hip pockets. Not full coverage for a bra as it has deep arm holes and back keyhole closure. Great for layering or with a coordinating bralette underneath. At least over the last couple of months, it seems this goes in an out of stock in the different colors, so check back! If you want to search for a similar style of dress, I’d look for “sleeveless smock dress”. NotPerfectLinen on Etsy makes styles like this midi dress with a similar vibe and you can work with them to customize it to your measurements.
Free People “Oasis” midi dress – Springdust, S. Another great running-dramatically-through-a-field dress. It does have pockets, but the material is thin so if you put anything heavier into them it’ll affect the silhouette. The bodice tie ends in tiny jingle bells, which depending on you could either be the most charming or the most annoying thing ever. Super comfortable and I either wear this with a balconette bra with the straps just down in the sleeves, or without a bra as the ruched section is pretty thick. 🌻 There is a very similar pale blue tencel smocked dress available in sizes 14-28 from Eloquii 🌼 There is also a budget amazon dupe. From the reviews and photos, the main differences sound like the dupe runs longer, wrinkles more easily, does not have the side slit, has the skirt seam in the front, has larger scale smocking, no pockets, the skirt looks slightly less full, the lining layer does not come down as far, and there doesn’t seem to be any source on the specific fabric composition aside from ‘cotton blend’. However it runs around $32 instead of $118.
Vila Petite Long Sleeve Collar Detail Blouse – EU40. The sleeve length on this one is petite-friendly and I like how the collar has a slight V for negative space so it doesn’t feel like it’s eating me. A nice breathable cotton nylon blend, a bit short to stay tuck into pants unless they’re super high waisted. To learn more about what terms to search for when looking for statement collar tops, see my post Inspiration + Style Notes: Statement collars.
BDG Urban Outfitters “Drew” poplin trousers – these have an elastic waist in the back half, so they’re really comfortable! This is out of stock, but Big Bud Press sells a similar style in a ton of colors and sizing.
Intentionally Blank “West” Leather Bootie – Cloud, 8M. These have a really fun Western Victorian vibe and works easily with jeans or dressy looks. The leather is gorgeous and soft and is more of a dress boot texture than a utilitarian boot texture.
Comfortiva “Cordia” Lace-up Boot – Caffe, 7.5M. These are comfortable on, but the leather is thin and the sole is not super supportive so make no mistake that they’re a fashion boot. The slim profile is great for adding a vintage-inspired utilitarian element to girlier outfits. If I were to buy these again I’d get them in a wide size because I can only wear these with thin socks.
Anthropologie braided headband – Most of my headbands are from Anthro. They’re on the pricier side, but I’ve found the quality pretty consistent e.g. the actual band is covered with a matching fabric.
Brixton “Joanna” straw hat – honey/black, medium. A classic summer hat!
Baggu Drawstring Backpack – OS. I have an older model (linked) which is no longer available new in the full color range. You can find it in more colors on Poshmark and eBay. The newer style has slightly different dimensions but a similar look. I can fit a 15″ Macbook pro into this with room for a sweater and other stuff, but I got this during quarantine so it’s not commute-tested. I’ve had hit and miss comments on the longevity of this from other people who’ve had it for a few years, but if you can get it on sale and like the style, it’s worth a look! (I will try to post a better photo of it on me at some point.)
Abercrombie & Fitch linen-blend wide-strap cami and pull-on shorts in medium, mini fruit print – cute matching set for a romper look, without needing to completely disrobe to pee. Both pieces have a viscose lining, and this has enough support that I find I don’t need to wear a bra with it. The straps are adjustable but I wear them on the shortest setting and still wish it was about half an inch shorter, so YMMV if you have a particularly short torso. I love the fruit print for something a bit different from florals that still gives that same vibe.
Free People “Get Obsessed” mini dress – black and burnt orange (I think the stock name was “autumn pearl”), S. This is the same as the “I’m Still Obsessed” dress but with glorious 3/4 sleeves. It has the same cut in the body although it has a tendency on me (and probably anyone with a larger bust) to ride up in front so the waist seam has a high-low look from the side. The skirt is voluminous enough that it doesn’t really seem to make the hem high-low though. Great for imagining you’re a dramatic ballet peasant frolicking through a forest. Like many FP items, it’s been in and out of stock over the last couple of months in various colors.
Free People “How About You” mini dress – Springdust, S. A glorious godet-filled dress fit for a ren faire or an overly-romanticized picnic. The placket on this is rather gape-y by design, so you’re probably not wearing this to work. I find the sleeves do stay up as long as you aren’t moving too vigorously, but the sleeves are wide set enough that this will not work with bra straps. (similarly cut “Ari” Mini Dress)
Free People Tasha Thermal (google shopping tab search link) – S, I have this in various colors. This is old season Free People, although the nice thing about FP is it shows up a lot in resale. Aside from “tasha” also search “gigot sleeve” / “waffle knit”. The sleeves are honestly a bit long on me, but this waffle knit top is otherwise super easy to wear option for the puff sleeve trend. I most often wear these with jeans and the derby flats below.
Free People Moon River Cardigan (google shopping search)– cream and orange, S. The sleeves on these are not petite friendly, but the cropped length is. It has a neat inside-out cable-knit design. I’ve found the buttons on these are sewn-in poorly but the actual fabric uses a variegated yarn for more depth of texture and is super comfortable on.
Trotter’s Lizzie Derby Flat – Cognac leather, 7.5 wide. These run narrow, and you probably want to go up one category in width. These are great for adding texture and when you want a balance between the femininity of ballet flats and the masculine look of a derby or oxford shoe. Sometimes listed as Lizzie Oxford.
Free People x Jeffrey Campbell Joe Lace-Up Over-the-Knee Boot – 8. I have these in older colorways (a taupe suede and the distressed black leather in the cover photo) but I think FP comes out with new ones each year. Runs a bit narrow – I have maybe slightly wider than average calves and I wear these at most only with thin leggings.
Free People Bow Scrunchie – I have a couple of these in various sizes, mostly in velvet. The giant ones like pictured are specifically “velvet bow droopy scrunchie” in case that one comes back.
World Market Natural Embroidered Apron With Lace Trim – OS. This one’s not exactly an outfit item, but it’ll make any outfit more ~storybook~ when you’re cooking or doing dishes! It’s a bit longer than I’d like on me, but hey, more coverage.
Striped Ruffle Sleeveless Dress from Universal Thread at Target, size M – Very comfortable cotton dress with sizeable pockets. A budget-friendly and more casual alternative to the Hill House Home “Ellie Nap Dress”, easy to dress up or down with different shoes and bags.
Samantha Pleet “Illuminated” print bodysuit, M – This print goes with everything! Comfy stretch cotton that has held up on machine wash cold line dry. The mock neck and 3/4 sleeves (vs turtleneck and full sleeves) are petite friendly. Def a splurge item.
Dr Marten’s Leona Platform Heel Combat Boot – ladies’ 7. I found these to be much more comfortable than 1460s and did not require a break-in period, but I usually find shoes with 0.5-1″ heels more comfortable than totally flat ones. These are CHUNKY, so if you aren’t used to wearing heavy boots they’ll probably feel weird at first. Great balance of comfort and edgy style.
Madewell Petite Curvy Perfect Vintage Jean – Fitzgerald wash, 28. These fit great… pre quarantine weight gain. If you’re short, about a size 8 in pants, and have a ~10″ waist hip difference, check these out. Extended review here.
Women’s Mid-Rise Straight Acid Wash Jeans Who What Wear – black, size 12.
Inseam is true to description at 26.5″ and the front rise is 13″, and the tag said “high rise” so I think the website misnamed it as mid-rise.
The fabric is quite thin and would be nice for warmer weather. Not a pair I’d expect to last a long time if they’re going to be a workhorse item in your closet. From similar fabric jeans I’ve had previously, I’d guess these will fail via wearing a hole from thigh friction. But for a $30 pair of jeans I’m not mad, and I don’t expect to wear these more than once a week.
Embroidered Monarch Butterfly Baseball Hat – OS. I’ve linked to the Bryce Canyon National Park online gift shop, but you can find this in more colors on Etsy (I assume everyone is using the same free/cheap machine embroidery pattern). I got the OG burnt orange one from a local garden supply store.
Gap Vintage Soft Classic Joggers – Olive Green, S. I got these in a regular length and they’re a proper full length on me. These didn’t like, blow me away with their quality (slightly on the thin side, some pilling around the crotch after several wears) but I’m happy with the fit and color.
Vintage High-waisted Pleated Denim Shorts (google shopping search filtered to used) – mine are true vintage Gitano brand. These will make your hips look wider for sure, but wow they are so much more comfortable than those skintight styles from the 00s. And with all the extra space it’s easier to tuck in oversized tees. You can find pleated styles new as well if you’re looking for a more returns-friendly option, but from what I’ve seen true vintage denim is really something else when it comes to sturdiness. Vintage sizing is often a couple numbers off from modern sizing, always check measurements!
The ol’ Dr Martens 1460 smooth combat boots – US Ladies’ 7. I mostly wear these in casual outfits to add a little kick (or if I actually, you know, need a sturdy shoe). Yes, you will have to break these in.
Free People Dolman Quilted Jacket – Cherry cola, S. Perfect for that idgaf-I’m-comfortable energy. This is a bulky oversized cut which is perfect for layering. I mostly wear this over athleisure looks that don’t make it to the blog and really enjoy how pink and poofy it is. I tried on two of these and in both the zipper curves inward at the top and kinda pokes your neck, so depending on how sensitive you are there you may only want to wear this with higher necked tops. The finishing on the inside is slightly sloppier than I would hope for the price as they didn’t clean up the extra batting after cutting around the pockets. But overall I’m happy with it and would consider repurchasing whenever it wears out.
Columbia “Popo” Hip Bag – OS. I’m like three years late to the fanny pack trend, but I got this for taking walks and hikes in leggings when the weather is too hot for a jacket. I can’t believe I didn’t get one earlier, it’s so much more convenient than a crossbody or a similarly sized backpack. When filled with heavier items it does slide more to the side than in the fit pic. I like that this one is 100% nylon and the padded front pocket can fit my Pixel 3a. I also assume this will last longer than a fashion brand fanny pack, but that remains to be seen. It looks like there are different colorways across retailers.
Solmate Adult Crew Socks – OS, I have these in a couple of colors. These recycled fiber cotton blend socks are great house socks or to add a little color to the bottom part of an outfit.
Women’s High-Rise Vintage Straight Cropped Jeans Universal Thread – medium denim blue, 12 short. Early impression (haven’t worn em for a full day and washed yet) is that these are a solid option if you want to try out a wide leg style especially if you have fuller hips/thighs. These are closer to full length jeans on me, so I might hem them 1″ or 2″ though the full length style is growing on me. These were comfortable and surprisingly sturdy feeling for the price ($29.99) although as expected not as nice as more premium jeans I’ve tried on, and the dye/wash had some splotches around thicker parts like around the button hole. The 12 short has a waist 16.5″ across with slight stretch and is still comfortable with a thick sweater tucked in like pictured for me. The fabric is a reasonable weight for the cut and doesn’t come off as flappy like it can if the denim is too heavy or thin.
Madewell Emmy Plaid Flannel (google shopping tab search) – S. The world’s happiest plaid! More of a fashion flannel quality than say, LL Bean grade flannel, but definitely Not Flimsy. Plus, it has pockets. There’s also a scarf in the same print (though different fabric content).
New Balance Classics WL574v2 – White, 8M. A chunky and super comfortable retro style sneaker.
Birkenstock Arizona (Birkibuc) – Mocha, EU38 / US7-7.5 women’s. A classic! I have average width feet and I wear these on the narrowest buckle setting, so best for average to wide feet.
Converse Chuck Taylor 70 High Top Sneaker – Parchment, women’s 7.5 medium. I wouldn’t exactly call them comfort shoes, but they’re more comfortable and (supposedly) sturdier alternative to the standard Converse high tops.