New York DVF Sample Sale

Lucky NY girls can pick up tiny size 0 dresses and tops from Diane von Furstenberg from 12/9/08 to 12/13/08. Here is the description from NY Magazine:

12/9–12/13 Dresses, sportswear, and knits are all up to 75 percent off at the Diane Von Furstenberg sample sale. New merchandise will arrive throughout the week. 260 Fifth Ave., nr. 29th St.; Tues. (9–6:30), Wed. (9–8), Thurs. (9–7), Fri. (9–5:30), Sat. (9–3).

And has a play by play of the opening day. Looks a bit chaotic, but for those prices, I’d totally brave the storm! I Wish I were there!

Racked: Tons of Merch, Comically Bad Fitting Rooms at DVF


Brand that Runs Small: Studio M Petite

The petite XS from this brand runs nice and small. Studio M is essentially the same merchandise as Max Studio, which can be found at and at Max Studio stores. However, I’ve never seen the petite merchandise online or at a Max Studio store.

Here in Los Angeles, I’ve only found the petite version of this brand available in the Macy’s petite department, and stock varies from store to store, so if you live near multiple Macy’s stores, check them all out! Unfortunately, this brand is sold online only in regular sizes on, so unless you live near an actual Macy’s, it may be difficult to track down.

One of my Studio M Petite XS items

I’ve been able to find nice silk pieces from this brand that are small and flattering. However, this brand is susceptible to this unfortunate “inside-out seam” look that is far from chic, and some of their print choices are questionable.

Studio M Hoop-Print Top,
While this top is not fashion forward, has a boring print, and has a weird “inside-out seam” empire waist detail that’s not very attractive…

Studio M Short-Sleeve Charmeuse Blouse,
…this silk top has potential!

Wrap dresses in regular size XS also work for tiny petites. I have a wrap LBD from this brand that I had hemmed, but fits perfectly otherwise. Here’s one from this season:

While not exactly fashion forward, some nice pieces can be found from this brand, and it’s worth the time to check the new season’s offerings in your local Macy’s petite department.

If you’ve seen this brand in petites anywhere else besides Macy’s, let me know!

Dresses That Run Small: Diane von Furstenberg

The queen of crazy prints and wrap dresses loves to design in a stretchy silk jersey, that in size 0, is often cut very small! I picked up a few DVF silk jersey dresses at Barney’s Warehouse Sale (for $50 vs. full retail of $345!), and each one was so incredibly tiny, I even briefly considered sizing up!

Wrap dresses are usually a good bet for a tiny petite because the garment can be wrapped tightly around even the tiniest of waists. The DVF wrap dresses I found were sized perfectly, and even a non-wrap dress in size 0 was a good fit.

I got the dresses hemmed to the knee, and now they are some of my favorite wardrobe staples. DVF wrap dresses are a great investment. Just beware of the prints because they can sometimes be rather loud, which is difficult for petite women to carry off.

My favorite DVF wrap