Mistakenly Purchased Theory Skirt Seeks a New Home

My Theory Gratian suit saga continues with this story of the unwanted skirt. After ordering the blazer over the phone, I became consumed with the desire to own the full suit. Apparently, so consumed that I wasn't thinking clearly.

For reasons unknown, the designers at Theory decided to pair an amazing blazer with an indecently short, slightly flared miniskirt (?). The ladies on the phone told me they had just two sizes left - a 0 and a 10. The sz 0 measured under 13" long (tsk tsk tsk), and the sz 10 was 15" long (do-able). The skirt including shipping was not so cheap, and either size required costly alterations. I tossed and turned in my sleep...oh, what to do?

The next day I bit the bullet and ordered sz 10. My tailors were flabbergasted. "Take picture for website!!" they exclaimed.
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Theory "Roselin" skirt in conversation fabric, sz 10


Later that week, I was hanging up the new blazer in my closet and caught a flash of similar fabric. I did a double take. Surely enough, it was a dress that I purchased years ago at Saks off 5th, in the same exact fabric. I remember my Theory fabrics by name, so didn't put two and two together that "conversation" was the same material as "dialogue." I had a matching piece all along. *Smacks head.*

Matching dress from 2009:


To make a long story short, the skirt is now back from the tailors. I do not need it because I already have the matching dress. Here is how it looks post-alterations:
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Theory "Gratian" blazer in sz 00, and 'Roselin" skirt post-alterations.
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And with opaque tights (it looks better with semi-sheer tights):
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This skirt now measures 13" across the waist, 17.5" across the widest part at the bottom, and 15" long. Side zipper closure and fully lined. The alterations were simple and came out perfectly, so the only sign of the original size is inside on the tag. I know a few ladies have a blazer in the matching fabric, so email me if you are interested in this skirt. Sold!

42 comments:

  1. LOL Jean, this post cracked me up! When I first read your tweet, I was like... size 10?!? Then I started reading your post and understood why. Hehehe, that's pretty funny about you forgetting you had a matching skirt -- oops!

    I hope your skirt finds a new home!

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  3. wow! that sz 10 definitely found a new home :D i've been a reader of yours for a long time now and i'm especially loving your posts because i need to start dressing business casual for an upcoming job! you always have the best "put-together" outfits and outfits i'd definitely wouldn't be scared to try out! i have a request - how to shop for comfy work shoes! and how to walk in heels...i'm still wobbly whenever i walk in heels...*sigh*

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  4. i'm so impressed that your tailors were able to alter this skirt to fit you! i hope your skirt finds a new home too!

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  5. Lol! Too funny! So glad you took pre-alteration pictures to share!!

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  6. I second the request about comfortable work shoes, in this case, walking in heels!

    Also, what do you when walking in less-then-perfect weather? If you happen to be dressed up for work or another outing, that is. I suppose safety and practicality precedes fashion in wet and cold weather, lol.

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  7. I think you should just keep it after all that hard work! =P It looks great on you.

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  8. Oh wow, your tailors can really work their magic! I actually prefer your dress more than the skirt. The skirt is gorgeous though! The skirt has a bell-like shape to it. It was a smart choice in sizing 10x bigger for the length. OMG Theory what were you thinking? Can you imagine the length on a model? LOL hooch!

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  9. Jenny and Anonymous - Thank you! Tiffany of Iamstyleish did a post on walking in heels which you guys may find helpful. Here it is: http://www.iamstyle-ish.com/2011/01/how-to-walk-in-heels.html

    And anon - I wear my black Dav mid-calf heeled rainboots whenever it rains or snows. I always commute in flats or my rainboots, as it's not worth ruining your heels when outdoors! You can keep your heels in your purse and then change into them discreetly.

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  10. I think it looks so nice on you though! You should keep it. :)

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  11. whao..two of you can fit in size 10! Your tailord did an awesome job because it looks like a totally different skirt. You look gorgeous in it!!

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  12. you should totally keep the altered skirt!! it looks great!

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  13. Your tailors are so amazing! The skirt fits perfectly on you now. Just wondering, how did you do your hair in these photos? A large barrel curling iron on the tips? It looks great :)

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  14. Omg Jean! That first pic made me giggle:D I'm shocked that your not keeping it because I like it on you but I guess since u have the dress.

    I would totally buy the skirt from you if I had the matching jacket:(

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  15. This post is SO AWESOME. I can't believe you're selling the skirt, as you look amazing in the set. I think the waistline position is nicer with the skirt than with the dress.

    Your tailors are amazing. Also, I love "Take picture for website!!"

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  16. I feel like I'm echoing previous comments...but your tailor is amazing! Haha.

    Also I was wondering how you styled your hair for this post? I love the way it looks!

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  17. Lol Jean!...You totally crack me up!!...(Of course it's so funny because I would totally do the same thing) hee Your before and after pictures remind me of those weight loss before and after's, only this time it's the skirt that's lost 20 inches! Have to give kudos to your tailors, they really did an amazing job!

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  18. You should keep it!

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  19. Your tailors never cease to amaze me! The picture of you being swallowed up by the size 10 is hilarious! But they did an excellent job as the skirt now looks perfect on you. Good foresight on the length of the skirt. Personally, I think you should keep the skirt because it looks great with the Gratian blazer and would probably be a good alternative for days you might not want to wear the matching dress. But I emailed you about taking it off your hands anyway in the event that others haven't beat me to it yet! Would love to pair this skirt with my Tessen dialogue jacket ;)

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  20. Your tailors are AMAZING, how they managed to take that many inches off the waist and hips I'll never understand. I actually think the skirt suit looks perfect together and that if you need to not keep duplicate pieces to sell the dress but it looks like you've already found a buyer. :)

    And the before picture is just so cute, you can seriously at least two of you in there.

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  21. Wow, it is a fantastic skirt! Tell your tailors they did a fantastic job!

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  22. jean-- you should keep the skirt! it looks so good with the jacket. your tailor did a fantastic job.

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  23. Haha! Your tailors telling you to take a pic for the website made me laugh out loud. Too cute!

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  24. Sell the dress and keep the skirt. I really like the skirt on you. I think it is much more flattering than the dress.

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  25. It's too bad you won't be keeping the skirt -- it's so flattering!

    I have to agree with Anita about your hair. I'm loving the soft waves you've been using lately. It looks natural, yet polished. Please tell us how!

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  26. Didn't you do the same double-take when you got the jacket? You realized that you already had a jacket in the same fabric, so you sold the old jacket?

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  27. YES! You did! Beginning of January! You said you wore the new jacket with the dress Have you forgotten already? lol

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  28. Your tailors should give you a commission (or at least offer a sweet discount!) for all the work you must be getting them with all these testimonials and before/after's you showcase on the blog! :) Sounds like you probably already have a buyer already, but the only reason why I didn't jump on it is that I already have quite a few A-line skirts and am currently more into pencil skirts now that I know how it feels to wear one that fits properly!

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  29. Well, great buy, great tailoring, and small oh well - at least you found your shrunken size 10 skirt a new home!

    This is OT, but I'd love to see if you had tips for how us shorter gals can rock a maxi dress or midi length skirt - they seem to be the big trends this spring but I'm afraid I'll look swallowed!

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  30. Your tailors are phenomenal, really. :)

    P.S. I re-blogged your post about another ill-fitting skirt (the yellow J.Crew "00p") in my most recent post:

    http://thatshortblondegirl.blogspot.com

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  31. I desperately need a tailor (being newly moved to Boston) and I live near you (we met on the T). Could you share your tailor's info (I think you capture my email)? I will be forever grateful!

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  32. The 1st picture looks like a diet ads. lol.

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  33. I just found your blog randomly... and I just wanted to say thanks for all the pics and petite clothes tips! You're amazing!

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  34. Remember my Theory ebay saga? The skirt, while the same fabric, is a different color. My blazer is "soft ivory" and the skirt is "ivory"...turns out there's a big difference, as the latter is way more yellow toned. Oh well. The skirt (other than needing to be hemmed) fits great, so while I'm without a matching suit, I do have a lovely skirt and unrelated blazer...

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  35. That first picture reminds me of a before/after pic that you see after someone has dropped 100 lbs...not that you would ever be that person because you are so darn tiny! I bet your tailors could've made another skirt out of all the material they ended up removing - then you could've sold 2 of them ;)

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  36. LOL I should submit the first photo to Jenny Craig.

    Thank you ladies for your sweet comments...I was very tempted to keep it but I'm trying to slim my wardrobe down as much as possible due to too many new purchases. It definitely went to a good home, though!

    @hugstiem LOL yes I always tell them about my blog and they want to make sure good tailoring jobs are captured on camera hehe : )

    @Elle @Anonymous Ahh you ladies are making me doubt myself but I personally like the dress better so I hope I made the right decision : ) I also wear it a lot both with a jacket or alone.

    @Anita @Lucia H. Thank you both! It's a large 2" iron and I use it just on the ends : )

    @Anonymous I'm a bit confused by your question? Everything in this post happened back in January, I just didn't get the skirt back from the tailors til last week.

    @Megan OMG! What a shocker....soft ivory vs ivory? I'm in disbelief : ( At least the skirt fits nicely because I can see it being VERY pretty for warm weather wear, with a bright blouse tucked in.

    @Recovering Shopaholic You are hilarious! Yes next time I'll buy an even bigger size and have my tailors whittle an extra skirt off to sell LOL!

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  37. Oh! Nevermind, I read your post wrong. I thought what happened was you bought the jacket, came home & realized you already have a jacket & dress in the same fabric.. Then a few weeks later, forgotten all about that & set out to find a matching skirt to your jacket. Neeeevermind!

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  38. Hey girly! You should add a comments box on the right - I think a lot of people would use it (I would!). But of course that may mean more work for you. lol.

    Anyway, you are the analytical Fit Queen so I was hoping you could give me your opinion on this dress I found in the Macy's petite section: http://www.proudlypetite.com/2011/03/fitting-room-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-you.html

    Would YOU pay $130 for it?

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  39. P.s. The main reason I was coming over to your blog was to tell you about this "super cute" Michael Kors petite shell that was reminiscent of your Factory AT shell, except in an exotic print. I looked it up online and it only came up with a Plus size version. After seeing it on I wondered if perhaps I was drugged or something whilst in Macys... I'd show you but I'm sort of embarrassed. LOL

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  41. Thank God! I just found your blog and I've already picked up several good
    tips! I'll be back often.

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