For anyone else that may be interested, here are some photos of petite cusp me wearing the long sleeved V neckline version of the Universal Standard Geneva dress, in the colour Storm (a sort of deep teal blue):

Angie's post on asymmetry reminded me that I bought this dress a while back but am still unsure about it. I have been holding onto it because it was on deep discount, so I may have 'sale goggles' on. Be honest - is it time to let it go?

My first issue is with the length. At 5ft 3.5", I'm in that rather awkward limbo between regular & petite height. US don't seem to do the long sleeved version of this dress in petite, so I'm unsure of the length here - the left side hits just above the top of my knee & the right (ruched) side hits just past the knee. Is that still stumpifying on me?

Beyond that, what do you think of the rest of the fit? I ordered the 2XS based on my body measurements - I think it fits in the hips but what about the waist & shoulders? I've used my hands to cinch some of the material at my lower back in some of these photos (to give you an idea) but do you think it would look odd to alter it in that way? Would it interfere with the ruched side detailing?

Lastly, I like to keep myself fairly covered outside, but do you think my scarf & bottoms ruin this dress' silhouette?
A) Does this dress look strange with bottoms? (the wide legged pants in photo #1 create a fishtail because of the narrow opening at the hem - weird or 'avant garde'? And the straight legged trousers & leggings after that?)
B) How about with the scarf? Even with the addition of a bandeau, I still feel this V neckline is a bit too low for my personal comfort (bending over still exposes cleavage = classroom hazard!)

All in all, am I trying too hard with this dress, or do you think it could also learn to love me back lol?

(PS - My new FitFlop sandals make their outfit debut here! I tried the blush ones on for the first time this weekend & am happy to report they were generally comfy - the slope of the arch support felt different in my left foot at first, but I think that may be because the footbed of my previous sandals had already begun to deteriorate by the time I bought these... Oops, lol!)

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