Skirt: Mustard Yellow Pleated Skirt courtesy of Modcloth, sz S (comparable to a 00P/H&M 4)
Belt: H&M sz XS (extra holes punched with this tool) Purse: LV SPeedy 25Thank you everyone for your feedback on my last pleated skirt purchase. Although it fit perfectly in the waist, and was girly and romantic, the length prevented it from being a wear-often piece for me. For $60+, I needed something suitable for both work and weekends. I returned it, and also sold my H&M polka dot pleated skirt from this post. I don't need a closet full of pleated skirts - just select few that I will wear over and over again.
When I saw this one on Modcloth it was love at first sight. But how will it fit? Modcloth sources from various indie manufacturers, so sizing can be inconsistent. $7 flat rate shipping includes free returns, so I usually order several items in search of the rare one that runs small. I'll admit I've had more sizing misses than hits, but the hits have become true wardrobe faves - like the crochet skirt and now this one.
The description said "true to size" and the grosgrain ribbon waist has no stretch, so I expected a Small to be huge. To my complete surprise, it measured 13" across the waist, 19" in length, and actually fit me decently off the rack. Some of you may have tried on the Ann Taylor white linen skirt in 00P found by Kelly. The waist of these two skirts measure exactly the same, and sat loosely on my waist.
Because of my longer torso-shorter legs proportions, I like my skirts to sit higher on the waist. In an effort to save $25 in alterations, I decided to DIY. This was no easy task! First, I went to my parents' basement in their new home (3 hours away). They had just moved in and nothing was unpacked. I sorted, lifted, and opened no less than 50+ huge boxes and literally one of the last two contained my sewing machine. Next, skill-less me labored 3 hours taking in the lining and pleats. But the end justifies the means - it's now perfect, measuring 12.25" across the waist.
I've worn this business-casual to work with a blouse and blazer, and also casually this weekend with a floral tee, flat sandals, and H&M brown clutch. We appealed to Nick's San Diegan taste buds with steak & egg breakfast tacos.