Nic+Zoe Love

Founded by designer Dorian Lightbown in 2006, Nic+Zoe (named for her two children) is known especially for  beautiful knitwear and layering pieces. N+Z seems to be ever-expanding — last year saw the launch of a new shoe line. Happily, I feel I can always count on N+Z for a substantial petites collection. I also very much love their conscientiously sourced accessories (example: jewelry from Mishky, a fair trade artisan jewelry company that provides Colombian women with flexible jobs that can be done from home).

Call it an engineering marvel. Call it a stroke of creative genius. Call it a four-way cardigan (since that’s what it’s called). Thanks to smartly placed buttons on the sides and so-clever draped fabric at the front, you really can wear it four ways. So much fun.

I’ve said before that Banana Republic Sloan fits are my favorite pants, but these N+Z Wonderstretch pants are heading toward a possible tie. I’m particularly keen on the newer straight leg version. They’ve actually got the slightest bit of flair at the bottom, like they’re thinking about being a boot cut. In a strange and unusual turn of events, you can only still get them in black in petite sizing.

I am crazy bananas for this watermelon color! And the length of the fringe on this jacket adds an extra measure of delightfulness. Perfection over a nice white shell, jeans, and heels for a girls’ night out.

I love this graphic sequin T, but I don’t love the price. I’ll keep an eye on it for now…

An elegant tank in non-see-through white. I think we can all agree there are not enough of these in the world.

I think these slip-on sneaks are very cool and stretchy looking, and perfect for spring and beyond. I love nude shoes as a style strategy for petite proportions, as they help elongate the leg. Not so much in a flat style, but still a good strategy nonetheless.

Here’s an absolutely beautiful bracelet from Mishky. The intricate beading is phenomenal, and I love the play of their traditionalism on the geometric shapes. It’s less than 1/2 inch at its widest, and so would be wonderful adorning the wrist of a petite-framed person.

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