I’ve had my eye on this skirt for the longest time. It comes in 11 whopping color choices, and I loved how they paired it with a floral blouse (this ON tee in "multi floral" print or tank would go great with most of those colors). Since sizing runs as S, M, L with no stretch/elastic at the waist, I ordered expecting that tailoring may be needed. At this price point, though, I’d have no problem getting alterations for a perfect fit.
Off the bat I liked the flattering, gently flared silhouette, hidden side zipper, and the pretty color (this is a soft sky blue, and I also love the emerald green, yellow…list goes on). The waist had about a 4” gap for me. To some degree, a small waist gap can be fixed on this skirt just by tying the belt tighter as shown above. That causes some of the excess fabric to gather up and form pleating, and the wider belt sash conceals the gathering. For any waist gap bigger than 2” though I’d recommend proper alterations, since the belt sash loosens up. When altering the waist, I would be careful not to take off too much elsewhere to maintain that nice fluid flare.
Left: off the rack, skirt sits on lower hips Right: extra material clipped back so waist sits properly
The material feels like all linen but is a blend of 55% linen, 45% poly, and is unlined. I love linen for warm weather although the material itself is wrinkle-prone. I would have kept and altered this skirt had I not realized I owned something similar in shape, material and color. Alas, I’m returning this and will look for ways to make more use of the skirt I already have.
Measurements of skirt in S: 28" across waist, 35" across bottom opening, 19" length. Machine wash, hang dry.
Paper Doll petites dress (sold at ASOS) in UK4 / US0 (clipped back 2-3")
I was drawn to this dress online for its blend of spring colors and soft watercolor-esque print. Unfortunately it was a quick return decision for me due to fit. Sizing of items on ASOS can be confusing, especially since they sell a number of other brands that are sized differently than their own label. I find ASOS’ own label to generally run small, especially the petites – in their brand I usually get a snug fit with UK 4/ US 0, which is 1 to 2 sizes up from what I wear in American brands.
For this “Paper Dolls” brand I found the sizing to be more true to size compared to American brands. This UK 4 / US 0 petite fits similar to a BR/Ann Taylor size 0 petite. I wasn’t able to fill this dress out, esp. in the chest so there was plenty of gapping and peekaboo opportunities. Please note in the photo above I have material clipped back, and the below photo shows the fit unadjusted:
Measurements of dress in UK 4 / US 0: 13" across shoulders, 16.25" armpit to armpit, 12.75" across waist, 17" across hips, 37" total length. Material is thin with a slightly hammered texture and slight stretch, and is partially lined (in the torso only). Invisible back zip and bottom slit.
H&M ruffle hem skirt (2 colors)
This H&M skirt was part of my online order last month along with the drape blouse (reviewed here). The material is a slightly textured, medium-weight suiting material and is fully lined with a concealed back zipper. The bottom of the ruffle hem however is raw cut. Fit of my usual size 2 was perfect throughout, but I wasn't in love with the ruffle. I would personally get more wear out of a basic white pencil skirt, so the search continues for that…
Measurements of skirt in sz 2: 11.75" across waist, 16" across hips, 22" length.
PS - 40% off everything at LOFT with code TREAT. Can't wait to break out this ruffle sleeve dress (see on me) now that the weather's starting to warm up! Please note from my past review the fit off the rack is very boxy, but a thin belt or side slimming helps. This new arrival striped linen full skirt is also so cute, but reading the review it might run 2 sizes big.