Floral linen + white pleats

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LOFT floral linen top (extra 40% off, no code needed), H&M; blazer (old, similar in petite), NY & Company pleated skirt (50% off, DIY altered – see below), Kate Spade pumps

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I’m always on the lookout for vibrant printed tops, especially patterns that can work across multiple seasons. This LOFT one is soft enough to be PJs but is easily dressed up for the office. Material is 100% linen but feels just like a tee and didn’t wrinkle on me. The fit of xxs petite is a roomy “casual fit” throughout but will hopefully shrink a bit in the dryer. There’s 50% off site-wide with code FIFTY today, which is a good chance to pick up the sailor striped skirt (reviewed here) or a printed romper (haven’t tried, but print looks perfect for lazy summer weekends) *Update* That sale has ended – currently extra 40% off with no code needed.

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I love how a good pleated skirt shows movement, going from gently draping to full-shaped with each step. I wear my mustard-colored one to death and went on a search for alternatives…

This NY&Co; one is very affordable, and I want to set expectations by saying the quality is fair for the price. The elastic waistband is exposed but comfy, and the skirt is fully lined. My only complaint is that the pleats meet the waistband in a way such that with certain movement, creases form at an angle on the front like in the photo directly above. Based on a review online, the pleats might jut out for those with  hips, and my curvier friend who tried this on agrees. Nevertheless I’m happy with this skirt and expect it to get lots of wear.

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I also tried on the blush color, but similar to the Zara girls version previously reviewed, it was a little too pink for my personal tastes/style. Above left and center show the fit off the rack, and right is the skirt held up to my natural waist:

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Size-wise, I ordered a 0 regular which sat low near my hips. I altered it to sit higher at my belly button, which also raised the hem to just where I like it. Since the waistband is exposed elastic, I thought the job would be easy enough to attempt at home. My handiwork will never compare to a professional tailor, but this job took less than 30 minutes so I’d be happy to do show the steps I followed if anyone’s interested.

Also wore it to work with this H&M; tie-neck top, Ann Taylor tote, and a blue blazer:

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Measurements of LOFT top in xxs petite: 15″ across chest, 22-23″ length.
Measurements of skirt in sz 0 regular pre-alterations: 13″ across waist (easily stretches to 14-15″ across), 21″ length.


38 thoughts on “Floral linen + white pleats

  • Reply Shabnam Mahmood July 16, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I love how you paired yellow and green together! It works so well.

    xx Shabnam

  • Reply Jenn July 16, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Love this look!

  • Reply Miss Hot Couture July 17, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I like how you paired the navy polka dot top with the pleated skirt!


  • Reply Le monde des petites July 17, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Wonderful outfit!
    I love the shape of the skirt and your blazer is gorgeous!!!! <3
    Perfect, like usual!!!


    Le monde des petites

  • Reply Cua Wendy Muas July 17, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I'd appreciate a step by step tutorial. Also, I love the pairings.

  • Reply Happiness at Mid Life July 17, 2014 at 3:04 am

    This linen top is so pretty with the yellow blazer.


  • Reply Mei Fleming July 17, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Love this skirt. Knife pleats are so ladylike. I love it paired with the yellow blazer.


  • Reply Anna N. July 17, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Your blazer is so cute ! Very nice style.

    Anna N.

  • Reply Carol from Petite Style Online July 17, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Such a pretty outfit!


  • Reply Taramixandmatch July 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

    This skirt is so pretty, can't believe it is from NY&Co; 🙂

  • Reply Confessions of ShopaholicS July 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I wanted to buy the linen top, however when I went to 'check out' it wouldnt allow me to use the promotion code, it says "expired" , So disappointed. Today is only 17th July, 1 day after your post. =(

  • Reply allase July 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Lovely skirt and overall look. I'd love to see how you did the waistband alternation step by step, I just bought a very similar skirt in Zara and I am not very good with sewing.

  • Reply P July 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Hi Jean! Do you throw your pleated skirts in the wash, or do you handwash? Wondering how to keep the pleats in after washing. I've heard ironing will work, but that seems like a lot of work and it would be hard to match the original pleating.

  • Reply Anonymous July 17, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Dear Jean,
    I was just going through old posts in desperate search for a Boston area tailor and saw that you initially suggested Hemmingway in Belmont…but later switched. Would you still recommend them or what are your current recs for best tailors in the Boston area? I am looking for someone to trust my very nice clothes to for more complicated revisions (i.e we are talking about lined coats and jackets not hemming pants). Many thanks!

  • Reply lululovestravel Alarcon July 17, 2014 at 10:23 am

    You do an amazing job with your blog!!
    You always look elegant and professional 🙂 I like it a lot!!
    I love this outfit and the skirt is lovely!!
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Reply Anonymous July 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Photography question–great photos and lighting on the blog! do still use the camera? and what supplemental lighting do you use for indoor and outdoor photos? thanks!!!

  • Reply Anonymous July 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I meant to say "do you still use the same camera" as is listed on the "about" page?

  • Reply Lucia July 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Yes, would really love to see a post on altering elastic waistbands!

  • Reply Anonymous July 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Ditto on that!

  • Reply sarahp July 17, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I got the sailor skirt!

  • Reply Liz | Shopping My Closet July 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Love the pleated skirt – very versatile!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com
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  • Reply Anonymous July 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    it's no code needed! When I added to my cart it is automatically discounted to $17.99

  • Reply Polly @ Tasty Food Project July 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Love this simple yet sophisticated look!

  • Reply Suzie Q July 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I love pleated skirts for the same exact reason with the pretty, flowy movement in them. I love the way you styled this outfit! Classic and sophisticated. Beautiful!

    Suzie Q

  • Reply Juliana July 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I was kinda scared to buy a pleated skirt. I don't know if I'll wear as often. But this post defently pushed me closer to a purchase! The green floral top is just amazing! Love, love, love it! Beijos!

  • Reply Giovanna July 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Such a cute look! Loving that skirt! Definitely need to check it out!


  • Reply Amy Farinella July 17, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Bought the same linen shirt today at Loft. The print is so cute!

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  • Reply Hyerim (ESQ. Style) July 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Hi Jean! Not sure if your readers are still looking for another dupe for your kate spade pumps, but these worked out nicely for me: DVF Bethany in New Gold, http://alturl.com/vowq4

    They are on sale at Saks Off 5th, but I got mine off Amazon for about $160. Very comfy, and a little more toe-cleavage than Licorice has.

  • Reply Little French World July 19, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Love your looks & the way you style this skirt ! So stylish ! xx


  • Reply Jennifer V July 20, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Hi, Jean,

    I bought that exact same skirt, and when you published this post, I recognized it right away. 😉 My measurements are really similar to yours, and the waist is also too big for me off the rack. Could you share the steps for how you altered the waist? 🙂

    The weird creasing really is due to the waistband as you noted. When I folded the waistband inside, all the unsightly creases I saw disappeared, and now that I know that, I'm determined to find a way to completely replace the waistband too, but that's another topic! :p

  • Reply Andrea Ryan July 22, 2014 at 12:38 am

    I just discovered your blog. I'm petite, 25 years old, but always mistaken for 15. I'm looking forward to keeping up with your posts in the future. I'm finding your blog to be very helpful and I love your style!


  • Reply A Golden Tulip July 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Love this look, love linen clothes, they are super comfy esp in hot weather.


  • Reply Jason Roy December 9, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Love the simple but elegant white pleats dress of the lady.

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