OOTD Featuring the J. Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Leopard

I am a novice when it comes to donning bold prints and the leopard print in particular is a pattern I only recently grew comfortable wearing. This no. 2 pencil skirt in leopard (here in petite) is the first leopard print clothing item I bought and I am playing it safe by styling it with like colors and neutrals.

j crew no 2 pencil skirt leopard print townhouse trench heather caramel
J. Crew Coat & Skirt, Ann Taylor blouse (similar) & belt (in black), and YSL shoes (similar)

j crew no 2 leopard pencil skirt

J. Crew skirts rarely fit me perfectly off the rack. In my ideal world the waist would be an inch smaller and the length an inch shorter but with a belt the skirt is passable. At $118, the 100% cotton skirt is quite overpriced but I haven’t found a pattern I liked as much as J. Crew’s version so this is a keeper for me.

j crew no 2 pencil skirt leopard print townhouse trench heather caramel ann taylor white button down blouse

I see myself wearing it with a sweater tucked in for early spring or pairing it with a sequin top for a more glam evening look. I’ll be experimenting with a few more ideas in the next few weeks.

Here are a few more options to consider:

River Island Leopard Print Pencil Skirt, BCBG Max Azria Gavin Leopard-Print Pencil Skirt, Bluemarine Leopard Print Wool Jersey Pencil Skirt

Leopard print accessories are generally welcomed by most but are leopard print clothing items too much? What are your thoughts?

OOTD: Green Dress

I have an odd affinity to the color green. To be honest I didn’t care for the color before college but after attending a school whose mascot and school color are both green for four years, I eventually grew to love it. Now I can’t walk into a store and not be stopped by things in green. 

Do you have a color (or a print) you never thought you’d like but now love?

Burberry Trench (also here), H&M Dress, Ann Taylor Belt, and Stuart Weitzman Pumps (and here)

The dress is knee length but I used fashion tape to raise the hemline a little because I am bothered by the skirt to coat proportion

And since orange is the new black, I came home from H&M the other day with an arm full of orange items (unintentional). The dress is a new arrival but the two skirts are currently on sale. The midi length one in the middle fits TINY. The size 2 measures just short of 11 inches across the waist. If I had tried it on in stores I probably would’ve left it behind but since I came home with it I’ll try to make it work. Have you caught the orange bug yet?

OOTD: Skirt Length Dilemma

One of the challenges in wearing my shorter Burberry trench is skirt length. For some reason my aesthetics are trained to enjoy coats no more than 3 inches shorter than the skirt/dress so this has proven to be a unique challenge. This particular outfit was comfortable to wear but in pictures bothered me because the trench seems two inches too short for it. 

Or maybe I am looking for an excuse to get Burberry trench #2.

Ann Taylor Dress (in reg), Burberry Trench (also here), H&M Boots, and See by Chloe Bag

When it comes to pairing dresses/skirts with short trenches/coats, do you go long, short or stick with pants?

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p.s. Woah, and I just realized how hopelessly repetitive I am. This outfit looks eerily similar to an outfit from a previous post.

Quick ASOS Review

As promised, more comparison photos of my ASOS order. I would do these in one fell swoop but it’s kind of demoralizing trying on things that fit poorly. I haven’t had the best luck with ASOS recently.

ASOS Chiffon Sleeveless Pussy Bow Blouse – Regular UK6/US2
Material Composition – body: 100% Viscose; mesh: 100% Polyester

Measurements – 21″ in length, 18″ from underarm to underarm

Thoughts: Returned. The color isn’t very flattering on me. I am undecided about the gray.

ASOS Ruffle Placket Blouse – Regular US2/UK6 – Nude
Material Composition: 100% Polyester
Thoughts: I really loved how it looked in the stock photos but in real life it’s a loose shapeless mess. Returning this.

ASOS Ruffle Placket Blouse – Regular US2/UK6 – Harvest Gold
Material Composition: 100% Polyester
Thoughts: I like this color a lot and it could’ve filled the void left by the Ann Taylor Silk Trench Shirt but the fit was way off.

ASOS Cropped Pussy Bow Blouse – Regular US2/UK6 – Nude
Material Composition: 100% viscose (body); 100% polyester (tie)
Thoughts: I like that it’s a super cropped fit (which girls with short torso’s would benefit from; I personally have a long torso so it’ll require some styling to not look off) but it’s still really expensive for what it is. Maybe at $10ish dollars I’ll reorder.

I also couldn’t figure out how to get it on. It was incredibly confusing.

Nishe Lace Bodysuit With Jewel Embellished Collar – Regular US4/UK8
Composition: 70% Cotton, 30% Polyester
Thoughts: I like that it comes with a cotton “slip but it’s really long and still really expensive even after the 20% discount. I think if the price goes down to the $40 range I would order again to keep and further scrutnize.

I was going to just withhold this picture but thought it illustrated best how this bodysuit fits. The length is way too long and what should’ve been the crotch area extended to halfway down the length of my shorts. 

Click on the following pictures if you see something you like, I’ve linked them to the corresponding item on the ASOS website. Let me know if I made a mistake in here somewhere. Thanks!

Zara’s Online Store Opens Shop

Today’s a historical day – Zara is finally available for sale online – fashionistas everywhere rejoice!

I don’t live near very many Zara’s and have always struggled finding things in my size even when I do go. The following skirts were purchased on sale using Suddenlee, previously reviewed here.

While many of Zara’s offerings are not suited for the petite crowd, some styles can work for taller petites who are also bigger in size. For pencil skirts a hem and possibly slimming of the sides may be required. I think the shorter length skirts and pants would work well on bigger petites.

Edit: a petite community member doxyloo recommends the TRF (the “juniors” line at Zara). She says the bottoms typically run 23″-25″ (so could work for smaller petites) but the tops run bigger.

Zara Double Cloth Sheath Skirt – size XS

Material Composition – 44% Polyester, 3% Elastane, 53% Cotton

Collection – Zara Basic

Measurements – 12.5in Waist; 16in Hip; 22in Length

Zara Pleated Skirt – size XS

Collection – Zara Women
Measurements – 13in Waist; 17in Length

Zara Bird’s Eye Skirt – size XS

Material Composition – Shell: 64% Polyester, 2% Elastane, 34% Rayon; Lining: 100% Polyester

Collection: Zara Basic

Measurements – 13.5in Waist; 17in Hip; 24in Length

I guess the take away is that Zara is cut for people of average height and taller so petite ladies should try to direct their attention to the shorter styles.

And some fall lovelies!


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