Spring Staples: The Pleated A-Line Skirt

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Uniqlo Skirt xs (4 colors!), J.Crew top (very similar), Ann Taylor sandals c/o, Morrocan market bag small, AC necklace, old belt w/ extra holes punched (similar)

There may be more snow in the forecast, but I for one am ready to switch gears! In anticipation of Spring, I’ll be sharing a number of warm-weather looks and wedding guest wear over the next two weeks. Since smaller sizes tend to sell out quickly, I’ve been posting previews of pieces on Instagram before they can make it to a full blog post. To shop those looks in advance, you can check my Instashop page every so often for updates. If you ever have any questions on sizing or otherwise, Tweet me (@extrapetite) or leave a comment on my most recent blog or IG post, and I’ll do my best to respond!

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Here’s a better look at the front pleats. I shared this preview last month, and saw the white XS just came back in stock! This skirt is a great basic that will get good mileage in both work and casual wardrobes, plus it fit me without any alterations. The waistband is elastic only in the back, which I like because you get the best of two worlds: the refined look in the front of a tailored skirt, but the stretch and forgivingness in the back of an elastic-waisted one.

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There’s two angled pockets, and FYI apparently only the white color has a lining (I wish they lined every color!). The fabric feels like a crisp cotton poplin material, but it’s 100% polyester and machine-washable. Uniqlo always has interesting fabric technology, and I don’t know what it is about this one but I found it surprisingly easy to wipe clean. My first day wearing it, I dripped chocolate ice cream down the front and thought it was done for! But it wiped clean with a damp paper towel, and has since survived a few other food mishaps, too ; )

This skirt can also go from daytime chic to elegant, when paired with a dressier top. I absolutely love it with this crossover striped top tucked in (you can see a preview of how it looks on me) for a Bridget Bardot vibe.

Measurements of this skirt in XS: 12″ across the waist when lying flat, stretching to about 13.5″ across. 21.5″ length. The inside label says XS accommodates a 24-25″ waist.

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Several of my accessories here are oldies that I’m thrilled to see back in stock. This Moroccan market bag is by Global Goods Partners, which has a fair trade collection supporting artisans around the world. I got mine last year, and both sizes are back this year. And these Ann Taylor sandals are the ones I wore on repeat last year due to the stroll-friendly low block heels – no getting stuck in sidewalk or cobblestone cracks!


46 thoughts on “Spring Staples: The Pleated A-Line Skirt

  • Jules March 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks Jean, much appreciated!

  • Katie March 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Hey girl, I'm wondering if you can give me some advice! I've tried blogging a few times, and when I started it was a great way to keep track of my outfits, record them, and have inspo for future outfits. But I got to a point though, where after wearing everything I own and changing it up, I had nothing new to post. I can't afford to go out and buy new pieces whenever this happens, so I end up in these ruts of either post nothing, or post the exact same outfits because I just don't own anything else. I've always wanted to ask if you have any tips, but I've always chickened out because I just cant keep up with trends due to finances. Do you have any tips? Or am I just out of luck because I can't afford to keep up…

  • Julie Hiller March 15, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Obsessed with this classic look on you! Gorgeous!

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  • Olivia March 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks Jean!! Hope you're staying warm in Boston! 🙂

  • Jean March 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Katie, some of my most read posts have nothing to do with new purchases or trendy pieces. I think there is a lot of value in posts on how to re-style and re-mix old pieces, or other informative topics like how to organize and store clothing, or how to wash and take care of pieces. These are just examples of how to think outside the box when writing a style-related blog. You can also always create inspiration images using stock photos, which a lot of bloggers use and write entire posts about. Good luck!

  • Anonymous March 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Great, thank you!!

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