Fitting room Friday: watercolor geo print skirt + flat sandals

loft geo skirt

LOFT geo pencil skirt (on sale + extra 40% off) and top (sold out online), Kate Spade pumps

Happy Friday! I absolutely loved reading through each and every one of your wedding comments, from the intimate gatherings of best friends/family to affairs of over 1,000 (!) – thank you to everyone who shared your personal story, photos, or words of wisdom.

Please excuse the background for today’s quick fitting room Friday. Our home is still under construction so a rubble-free spot was hard to come by. I bought this LOFT skirt after seeing it on CrazyStyleLove’s gorgeous instagram feed, where she mentioned the material was thickly textured and sturdy. I love a good unique watercolor print, and have to say that + the weight of the skirt are my favorite qualities. The actual material, although weighty which I like, feels like a stiff canvas which I hope would become softer with wash and wear.

loft geo skirt1

Fit to me felt very typical of LOFT sizing, the 00P measured approx 26.5″ around waist and would require a bit of taking in (not evident in these photos due to the bubble hem top, but the waist to hip line is fairly straight cut). I was debating about alterations when my cousin tried it on and fell in love with the perfect fit on her, so back home with her it went. Skirt is unlined with an exposed back zipper. This piece has accumulated quite a few reviews online so I’d suggest checking those out if interested.

bow dress

Target Lakitia sandals, H&M; dress (old), Old navy hat, Ann Taylor tote

On another note, several of you asked about the sandals in the above Instagram pic. Short story is I saw the brown/gold version on Khatu in-person years ago, and went right to Target to find them. They were all sold out of that leg-lengthening neutral color, but I managed to find 1 pair with bright aztec print on steep clearance. I loved the comfort, so took those home and spent a few hours painstakingly removing the print fabric / cursing myself, which resulted in the solid brown sandals shown above. My DIY job was visibly shoddy, so I was happy to see Target has brought these back in several colors and wasted no time in ordering a brown/gold pair (plus a few others such as the Avalyn leather flats and Madeline cap toe flats to try – will post a review update once they arrive).

Quality-wise, you pay for what you get so these sandals are not genuine leather. The smallest size is a generalized “5 – 6” so I wouldn’t recommend them for anyone with smaller feet. The cut also runs wide, not as refined looking as the similar Gap sandals plus with less cushioning. However they’re very comfy right off the bat as long as you’re not walking long distances with insufficient cushion support. They’re also durable despite some roughing around, so no complaints for the price.


26 thoughts on “Fitting room Friday: watercolor geo print skirt + flat sandals

  • Petitetomatoes June 13, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I never thought to rub off unwanted print fabric off shoes. I'll have to keep this in mind.

  • Anonymous June 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I am curious to find out what your thought process is when purchasing an item. I am currently debating between ON faux-leather beige sandals (priced at $35) or VS suede sandals (discounted at $62). Do you choose based on a wears/price calculation? Should classic items (staples) be of higher quality?

    thank you.


  • Mei Fleming June 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Pretty colors in this skirt. Very soft and summery.

  • Anonymous June 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Lovely shoes with that pretty patterned skirt 🙂 — Anu from Finland

  • stefy81fashion June 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm
  • A Golden Tulip June 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    That skirt is the watercolor effect..and the instagram pic is so chic, love it!


  • thehoustongirl June 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    The bow dress is always so cute when you wear it! I like the top (too bad it's sold out)!

  • Angel June 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I love the skirt Jean! and agree on the weight and 'sturdiness' of the skirt's material as a huge factor. it makes such a difference in terms of look throughout the day (esp when sitting in an office for 8+ hours) and comfort.

  • Miss Hot Couture June 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I love the way you paired the skirt with the blush top. I think it softens it up.

  • rodelma lopez June 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I need to keep this mind too, this beautiful pairing..i have colors like this

  • Rachel June 15, 2014 at 1:27 am

    I've always contemplated buying this skirt… but after seeing this post and seeing that it's 50% off, I can't resist haha love your style! I'm a newbie blogger and would love for you to check out mine sometime 🙂

  • Julie June 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I love your sandals story! Totally sounds like something I would do. I'm overly ambitious with DIY.

    Style by Joules

  • Antonio M. A. Raffaelli June 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm
  • InspiringNancy June 16, 2014 at 4:13 am

    love the color of the skirt and combination. I was wondering if you could do a blog post on how you take your body portrait or what kind of set up you use because they always seem perfect.

  • HoustonLawyer June 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Have you tried the Loft "curvy fit" skirts? I accidentally tried one on (as a 00P, I never think of myself as curvy and would've discarded the skirt if I'd read the label) and it fit perfectly. The hips seem to fit the same as regular Loft skirts, but the waist is much smaller and thus the skirt sits higher up. The sizing doesn't seem consistent, though – I have three that fit me perfectly, but the last time I tried to buy one, the waist was much too large.

    Also, I would absolutely love to see a home decor post, if you're willing!

  • Anonymous June 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I love this skirt, even it looks like turtle shell…

  • Giovanna June 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Such cute looks! Loving that skirt and your dress! Too fun!


  • Jean June 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Hi JO – I am value-conscious but not a hard core budgeter or cost per wear calculator. I used to buy a lot of volume but now that my closet is robust, I don't mind spending more on fewer pieces, even if the cost per wear will never come close to that of fast fashion items. I definitely think classic items that you'll wear for years to come can "afford" to be of higher quality, however the issue is quality does not always equate to price, nor comfort. In my experience faux leather items could be more durable through rain, etc, scuff less easily or be more comfy so I don't knock on them just because of the material. I think the prices of the items you mentioned are within a reasonable enough range of each other that I'd say go with the pair that is most comfortable with the design you like best.

  • Jean June 17, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Hi there – I use a tripod with remote for these, and it's just a bit of trial and error and checking back and forth to get it right.

  • Jean June 17, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Very interesting – thank you for the tip! I have wondered whether curvy fit items from brands like LOFT are the same in the waist as regular fit with just wider hips, or vice versa. I'll definitely have to try some next time I'm in a store. And I'd be happy to share some home decor items once we move on to that phase…still renovating / cleaning : )

  • InspiringNancy June 17, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I thought I was the only one. I have been running back and forth with timer since my battery on my remote died.

  • Anonymous June 18, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Same! I randomly tried a 00P curvy skirt and the waist is definitely smaller than other 00P skirts I have…not sure if it's an exception. Also – I'm definitely NOT curvy!

  • Gemma June 20, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Hi Jean! Please please please let me know when you are ready to sell and get rid of that h&m; dress! I got the kids version for my almost 3 year old and I love to be matchy matchy with her when I can! I'm like 4'11" (with a slight belly after 3 kids and non-exerise). I use to be tiny like you. And when you and Nick have a baby girl, I will glady give it back so you can be matchy matchy with your little one. I am probably going to not wear more than 2 times and will keep it in good shape. I am more of a clothes hoarder than wearer and she'll probably grow out of the dress before wearing it too much. Thanks!

  • Jean June 26, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Hi Gemma! Aww, I'd love a matching set too if I were you. Unfortunately this is one of my most worn pieces so I'm not ready to part with it (also I have to admit it's getting a bit raggedy from so much wash and wear), but I have set up a filter on eBay for this dress so I'll be alerted via email if one pops up on there. I'll let you know as soon as possible in that case! And if the matching set doesn't come to be and your little girl outgrows hers, I'd love to buy it from you : )

  • Gemma June 28, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Jean. Thank you so much for replying. Thank you also for offering to let me know if it comes up on ebay, but you should have dibs in that case. Just wanted to tell you that if you were wanting to plan for the future, they do have the dress at H&M; for little girls now. I have seen it in Charlotte and Atlanta recently and they have the original white with black bows and now a pink with black bows as well. Very cute style! Thank you again!

  • Nicholas Cantu November 15, 2014 at 1:20 am

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