For those who do not know, I'm from a smaller town from Long Island, NY. Growing up, it was sometimes easier to go to small shops and boutiques than going to the mall with huge lines and no parking. In one of my summers home from college, I got to experience working in a boutique. I saw the thought, care, and hard work that went into curating clothing racks for customers to shop from. So when I see a good curated store, I have to give them tons of credit.
If you haven't realized in the name of my blog (Soho Mini), I'm about 5'2 and some clothing options for me are little harder to shop for and make work on my mini-self. When I was shopping at Haden Reid boutique in Tampa, I came at a good time when they were having an awesome sale! But beyond that lucky coincidence, I could tell that most of the pieces were quality designers (another bonus to shopping at boutiques) and you were getting your money's worth.
I found a halter striped midi dress from STARK X. First thing to look for when you're shorter, is the length of the dress and if it will give you the illusion to be taller. Don't get me wrong, I love my height. But, some styles such as the midi dress, can make me look a little stout. I love this midi dress because it is shorter in the front and long in the back, giving me an elongated look. If it were one length, like many are, it wouldn't be as flattering on me.
I didn't even have to try it on to know that I was going to love this outfit, the material was so soft and the loose fitting style meant you could definitely wear this to dinner and not worry about your food baby showing. I paired it with my favorite shoes this summer, my Vince Camuto Karini Perforated Bootie and my chain strap bag from Rebecca Minkoff, which I suggest everyone have at least one of those in your wardrobe. You can easily dress this style up or down, it's perfect for a lunch or brunch with the girls, a walk on the beach with sandals, or a nice vacation dinner outfit.