Lookbook: Peach & Pleats Revisited

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Top: Topshop sz 0P (old)  Shoes: Target (old) (similarClutch: H&M  Ring: YSL Arty Coral
Skirt: ASOS Pleated Midi Skirt in US Petite 1 (buy here in two colors; free ship & returns)

Over one year ago, I donned a peachy and pleat-y floral ensemble on here. The accompanying text: "I've been trying to push my style outside of my comfort zone...a year ago I wouldn't even have touched peach or salmon, and definitely not mustard yellow!" Bah! These colors (esp. mustard) are now some of my favorites, but blogging encourages me to continuously push my style outside of my comfort zone - this time, with skirt length.
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Looking back on the old post, I noted many differences as well as consistencies. My hair and makeup skills have obviously improved, but I'm happy to see that my style has stayed fairly "true" to who I am. Standing at 5 ft tall with short lil' legs, I never thought I'd enjoy a romantic tea-length skirt, but there's something about this piece that's very wearable. Nick even gave it a solid thumbs-up. The soft blush pink color makes the length less jarring. I tried it on with both high heels and low strappy wedges, and see it as a piece suitable for spring to summer to autumn.
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Fit: The waist is very small and is designed to sit higher up, so size up if you want breathing room. US Petite 1* measures 11.75" across the waist, and 26" in length. *This is confusing, but ASOS is wavering between labeling their smallest petite size a US1 or US0.

Quality: As with most ASOS items, I don't expect high quality. Material is 100% polyester, with a sheer overlay and a stretchy lining. The price is higher than what I'm used to forking over at H&M, but less than Topshop and Zara. I factor the convenience of free shipping & returns into the price.
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Verdict: Would like to keep. I'm going to revisit items bought last week from this post (ended up getting #6 in cream - it's pretty but not as versatile) and my older pleated skirt, and sell/return half of it. There's a lot of stuff I like on the market right now, but I only want to keep the ones I love.
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I also got the ASOS Petite Pink Skinny Jeans: $60.34 now $27.58 (free ship & returns):


Measurements of my US Petite 0: 13" across the waist, 16" across the hips, 7.25" rise, 26" inseam.
Material: 98% cotton, 2% elastane

I didn't take photos yet, but I recommend these if you're looking for fitted, brightly colored denim without breaking the bank. Although labeled as "capris" on the site, I hoped they would be longer, and sure enough these fit perfectly like ankle-length jeans on me. The fit is comparable to a Gap 00P or 24 in other brands. Upon trying these on, I originally thought I was keeping for sure, but they might go back because there are other things I love more.

Readers - Yay or nay on this tea-length skirt?

64 comments:

  1. First...do not return the pink jeans until you show us! I would love to see the fit...colored jeans are on my list!

    You pull this skirt off well! Something out of my comfort zone, too! I have a skirt about this length that I bought for my first work Christmas party back in about '04...only got a few wears. You are inspiring me to try it out again!

    I love that top so much! Did you hear that Topshops flagship store will be in Vegas?! Ah! At one of the regular malls I go to! I am very excited!

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  2. That skirt is gorgeous--I've been lusting after it for some time now! I bought a similar in teal from ASOS but might have to splurge on the peachy blush. ASOS is the best, mmmhm.

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  3. Yay on the knee length skirt! It looks AMAZING on you! :) It makes you look super tall and fits you beautifully!

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  4. I like sweet peach skirt! You look very sensual and gentle!

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  5. I absolutely love this outfit! It's perfect in every aspect and I love the place that you took your outfit photos at! It looks super dreamy~

    :)

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  6. I'm not a big fan of tea length skirts- at least on me. My navy HM pleated was this length and I chopped it to knee length and it was much more flattering.

    Nonetheless- you can pull off anything but I say nay:( it hides ur amazing legs!

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  7. Gorgeous outfit! Your wardrobe is #1!

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  8. I would say a definite yay on the skirt. You have such a slim figure throughout that I don't think the length looks bad, in spite of you being 5'0! Also, I can't wait to see you wear that pink denim. The price is so good I may just have to try, since my Zara pair is majorly crotch bunching :(

    Hope you had a great weekend Jean!
    Jen

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  9. Yay, Jean, definitely a YaY :).

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  10. "YAY"!! You look gorgeous! And I love the colors on you, very pretty, you have great style!

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  11. Perfect look, I love everything about it! =) And, I think that tea-lenght skirt is an upcoming trend, isn't it? In addition, it fits you really well! That's because you're skinny and "petite", almost everything will fit you perfectly =).

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  12. Beautiful! You have such lovely figure for a petite lady. I'm 5" tall 88lbs but I somehow look very round and chubby. Hope I'm not being rude but may I know your current body weight so I can gauge how the same clothes would look on me if I ever decide to get them?

    Oh! And please please please do another makeup tutorial on youtube. I love how your makeup looks on you.

    Thanks a lot, Jean!

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  13. love the pleat skirt, so feminine. florals is also one of my go to trends xo

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  14. Perfect outfit! Ahh! I think this pleated skirt works better on you than your other pleated skirt, despite the longer length. The flare out at the bottom seems to give better shape on your body type.

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  15. I am a huge fan of pleated skirts and I think this looks terrific on you, I vote keep. I actually ordered and returned the same skirt because it was a super awkward length on me but it's perfect on you.

    In its place I ordered the Club Monaco Pamera skirt that was previously seen on Jen ( http://www.herwaisechoice.com/2011/05/midi-summer-nights-dream.html ) If you want a shorter one, it's on sale for $89, the 00 fits TTS. It also came in a lovely pale yellow color which I think would fit seamlessly into your wardrobe. I'll stop enabling, let me know if you want the item #.

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  16. That skirt is a really nice color and looks great on you. I still like the other pleated skirt you have better!

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  17. your whole ensemble looks great and refreshing. the length of the skirt is fine since you're so slim, it makes you look taller. it's always nice to have different lengths of skirts. i say yay. i can totally see you styling this skirt in several ways. :)

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  18. Being petite myself i have to say..I don't know who made this myth about shorter people having to wear shorter hemlines.Actually you look taller in this length of skirt and shorter in the knee length ones as they show off all of your leg length.Check you pictures and compare.

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  19. I think it's a very nice look for you - soft and feminine. You mentioned that your makeup skills have improved. Do you mind sharing what you've done to work on your technique? I've been wanting to improve mine ... but not sure where to start!

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  20. You look very sweet in this outfit =) I have always thought we petites can’t wear a midi length skirt. Evidently, it looks great on you. I have always loved this top. Both pieces go so perfectly together. I say wear whatever you feel comfortable in. It's fun to venture out of your comfort zone and try something different sometimes.

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  21. I love the vintage vibe in this outfit, it has a perfect lenght. Jean, may I say pleated skirt is petite women's best friends? It really is because you look so feminine and different than what you usually wear (in a good way of course).

    I have a pleated Zara dress which I love, feels so feminine in it. I am happy to hear and see that you stay true to your style over years of blogging. There are so many inspirations around us but it is important to wear what we feel comfortable and confident in because it really shows.

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  22. sorry but honestly, this is not very flattering on you

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  23. I love this outfit on you! Thanks so much for posting the link for the skirt. I've been looking everywhere for a midi skirt that won't drown me.

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  24. I think the outfit is very romantic but casual at the same time. I love it on you! And I, too, adore the way your makeup is done here... seconding the Youtube makeup tutorial!

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  25. Very pretty..classy and vintage, I like. I'm new to this and have come across many style bloggers but I can relate more to your style. So look forward to seeing more :)


    PS. Cant believe that bag is from H&M! Def going there this week. Hehe.

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  26. that skirt is absolutely amazing xxxx

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  27. can't wait to see the actual pink jeans on you!! Love the color!

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  28. jean, i love this skirt on you. it's so pretty and feminine and the length works! i give it 2 enthusiastic thumbs up! lol
    i agree with Michelle, please take pics of the bright pink denim!

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  29. Hi, Jean! I read your blog all the time and thought I should comment more. I think the skirt looks great on you! Recently, I've been considering looking for a skirt like yours, but the ASOS price is too steep for my budget. I also saw a mid-length pleated skirt in an H&M window display for their Fall collection for a cheaper price. I'd like to see your pic of the pink jeans as well.

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  30. must see the pink denim on.

    I like how the lining is shorter.

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  31. yay on the skirt!

    I've always been very cautious about the length, too, scared it'd make me look shorter, but that looks great on you!

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  32. i say nay because you have a pleated skirt that looks fabulous already.

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  33. Hi Jean, been a longtime reader of your blog. Are you aware of another blogger who copies everything you have? I came across this site today and literally did a double take. Clothing, shoes, handbag, and even a jewelry you said you thrifted somewhere. The poses and photos also look eerily similar.

    Maybe this is pure coincidence and you have a twin out there on the blog world? I was creeped out and didn't know if you were aware.

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  34. Hi Jean,

    I'm interested in seeing the pink denim on as well. The pockets on the back look as if they may be too separated and I'm curious to know if this looks better on. As of late I've been craving pink clothes more than Elle Woods on Legally Blonde.

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  35. This length seems to be at the widest part of your calves but it works on you because you are so slim. I am "wider" (lack of a better word) than you so in this skirt, I would look very very short and dumpy. Isn't this a longer version of a pleated skirt you already have?

    Pics of the pink jeans pls.

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  36. The skirt & top go beautifully together! I love it on you and think you should keep it, but if you can't think of more than say... 5 ways of styling it, I say return. : ) (The colour is beautiful on you though.) And I know you factored in free shipping/returns, but I still think it's a little pricey for ASOS quality.

    The pink denim - I'd say return as I'm not a fan of that shade. It's more magenta to me (in that pic). Closer to purple? Gotta see it on you first.

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  37. how lovely you are, Jean! i agree with many others that this skirt actually makes you look lean and tall. i gotta adopt your philosophy about purchasing items that i truly LOVE...like is not enough as it only drains my wallet/closet space :)

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  38. While the skirt is lovely and your pics do it justice, the below the knee length to me is more shortening than the above the knee length in your older h&m skirt. If you are in love with the color, I would suggest hemming it, if you can do that without ruining the pleats (not really sure). I think tea length is difficult for anyone to pull off, it does end at the widest part of the calf (as another commenter pointed out). I would perhaps pick more feminine shoes that show your ankle and foot which would add more of a line--the sandals don't do you any favors by cutting you off right at the ankle. My ten cents.

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  39. I'm absolutely against midi skirts - on shorties at least. But you honestly look so tall, demure, elongated (likely because of the color as you pointed out), not at all "stumpy" and I think it just works so gorgeously on you. I almost bought that skirt myself, but planned to alter it to be knee length. (Random...haha) ANYWAY, I think it looks fantastic Jean; somehow still very sexy.

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  40. You know me Jean;).....Mine is a definite "Yes" on the tea length! I do have to confess that I have been on the hunt for an accordian pleated skirt for a while now and have been scouring goodwill store's in my area like mad! Lol I will definitely check out this skirt online (may not be in the same price bracket but I also wouldn't have to have it tailored down either....which would actually save me money)....does it sound like I'm rehearsing the selling point for Mr? hee hee

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  41. You look amazing as usual, Jean. I definitely noticed (before you mentioned in this post) that your make up and hair have improved from a year ago quite a lot, but I also noticed (and you failed to mention) that Nick's photography has improved just as much. Ok, maybe the lens helped a lot, but still!
    On this skirt, you rock it! There is no doubt about that. But do you see yourself wear it a lot? I say if your answer is yes, keep, otherwise, return.

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  42. I LOVE this outfit on you. I would never pick it for myself... but we are different heights and complexions... this skirt really makes you look about 5'6. Good job girl!

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  43. I am a newbie with ASOS and I wanted to purchase a few things, it says that its free shipping and returns? How many times can you actually return it for a different size before u get charged for shipping?

    Say I ordered size 0... opps too small then I order size 2 .. oh no still too small can I order size 4? Or will be I have to pay shipping?

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  44. I love the floral top! I really like the color of the skirt, and the flowy material, but I'm not a fan of tea length skirts in general, so this one is a nay for me. But if you love it, you should definitely keep it! :)

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  45. Nay. I'd love the skirt if it were shorter. It's a beautiful skirt but it looks like you need to grow into it. :(

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  46. Jean, you look gorgeous!!

    This color is so beautiful on you =)

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  47. i really love the skirt and think the length works for you!! it's the perfect midi length and you styled it perfectly with a simple tank. and please take pics of the colored pants before returning!! i would love to see. :)

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  48. As long as you look and feel confident about what you wear, what others may think don't really matter! I say, you go girl! ; )

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  49. Great color combo!!and you just gave me the idea for the top cause I own a skirt exactly like that,thx ;)

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  50. Love your skinny jeans, especially the colors!

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  51. Thank you everyone so much for your feedback and comments! Will try to respond to questions tonight.

    @Anonymous I don't believe there is a "limit" to free returns. The include a sticky return label with each shipment and you're supposed to re-use the shipping bag it arrived in. Just make sure to keep it in perfectly new condition w/tags, packaging, and NO makeup on the garment or they might reject the return.

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  52. Jean,

    About ASOS returning policy: I'm supposed to use their original shipping bag? But the bag I have is all broken with lots of tears - what to do?!? Any suggestion here?

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  53. On the skirt - I love it. I was looking into a neutral / peach color romantic pleat skirt too. I ordered some other non-petite versions from ASOS but weren't too happy and will be returning them. This looks very nice on you. If you have several top options to pair with it it'll be a keeper.

    Have you looked into maxi pleat skirt too? Maybe 'go big or go home' is the way to go with the length too?

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  54. you look really sweet and feminine in this ensemble. the clutch reminds me of the celine classic box bag which is high on my lust list! peach is not a colour i'd choose but it looks fab on you. you're fairer than me so it works great! i'm regretting my decision to throw away a navy blue pleated maxi skirt that was purchased for $3 many years ago =`( looking at your posts makes me want to go back to a 00. i'm pregnant now and need a new wardrobe!

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  55. @Michelle Oh how wonderful! They're stuff is pricey for the quality, but very fun to browse.

    @Tania Hi Tania, I'm 5 ft tall and waver between 88 to 90 pounds, so what fits me will probably fit you, barring body type differences!

    @Elle I'm so curious what the pale yellow colors looks like! I loved it on Jen, but I'm pleated skirt - saturated and am not in the market for more. Can't wait to see it on you!

    @Anonymous Specifically, I've switched from 99 cent pencil eyeliner to liquid liner, which gives a crisp and clean line. I also started wearing eyeshadow which softens the look and makes liner less harsh. Lastly, I bought a foundation (Makeupforever duo mat powder) and use it to even out my skin tone before adding blush. All of these have come together to make a world of a difference! I made a beginner's tutorial vid a few months back, if you're interested.

    @Sora I haven't seen a mid-length pleated skirt at H&M yet that is not sheer. I hope it will satisfy your skirt craving while keeping to your budget!

    @Anonymous A twin in the blogosphere? That would be quite the coincidence!

    @La Professionnelle I just had an Elle Woods marathon while curled up under the covers of a wonderfully comfy hotel bed this weekend. I think that subconsciously increased my desire to own bright pink pants.

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  56. @Canadianpetite You're right it ends at the widest part of my calves - usually an absolute no-no with anyone, not just petite women. I still believe the only reasons this does not look terrible is because it's a soft fleshy color, and the waist is worn up high. I do have a shorter pleated skirt in Taupe, but I'm looking to sell it in the future because it doesn't fit as small as this one. It doesn't stay up on my waist unless I put a belt on real tight!

    @Abrilla Thanks for your feedback - I was thinking the same thing with the shoes and was looking for more delicate sandals versus chunky heels, but no luck.

    @Callandra This skirt is screaming Callandra!

    @Vicky I read this comment to Nick and he wondered, "who wrote such a nice comment?" Vicky, of course! You're absolutely right, I owe much of this blog's readership to Nick's patient photography services!

    @cinnyangel Oh I'm pretty sure you can use any packaging you want, but they suggest the back for convenience. Which is great, because I don't have any extra mailer bags lying around anyways! And I have looked into maxi pleated skirts, but I think I'd prefer just a solid maxi high-waisted skirt. Pleated and floor length is less practical for my simple life : )

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  57. sigh. I'll just have to use my imagination and picture the chambray tops you have with that yellow pleated skirt.

    p.s. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Lcxd7j_w8i0/TcOmiozfZFI/AAAAAAAACQw/zpq3kivN12Y/pamera.png this is what it looks like. one of those colors I've always wanted to wear....

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  58. I really love that skirt on you! I've been eyeing some skirts from ASOS for a while now...I really should pull the trigger to see them in person!

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  59. Hi Jean, I've been following your blog for a while, and you've helped me understand fit and style a lot better. I'm echoing what another reader has said about there being another petite blogger who seems eerily similar to you in her purchases and poses.

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  60. Yay all the way!

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