Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Petite Pleats

You may have already noticed, but I am not petite.  My skirt is though:



And, now that I think of it, so is my tunic.  I like to thrift petite midi-skirts because they’re right about knee-length for my giant self.  And my “tunic” is actually a petite dress.

I paired the pleated skirt (thrifted) with the polka dot tunic/dress (thrifted), a black studded belt (JC Penny) and neutral platform sandals (Target).  I used the belt to rein in some of the volume of the tunic/dress but also to put my waist where I wanted it.  Without the belt, my torso would have seemed disproportionately long.  With the belt, I look leggier and less torso-y (it’s a word).  The neutral shoes with this serve the same purpose, elongating my legs with what can be a tricky skirt length.

The takeaway for today?  That giants can wear petites and if you want to look like a giant, move your belt up. 

Happy Tuesday, All!

Gracey

13 comments:

  1. Thrifting petites is exactly how I get cropped cardis with 3/4-length sleeves! And I really must try an accordion-pleat skirt one of these days. They always look great on you.

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  2. i love your white pleated skirt. you have the best pleated skirts!

    <3 steffy
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  3. I love the top and the belt! You're beautiful!

    xxx

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  4. That's quite brilliant of you to figure out! And I love the outfit too!

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  5. I have a couple of petite things too! Petite cardigan? Hello bolero! You look lovely as always :)

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  6. This is so awesome! I have recently been having some Fashion Grumps regarding clashing lengths of different clothing items I own, so I am going to try and take this idea of yours and run with it. You look so fantastic, it's gotta help. :)

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  7. Clever...very very clever! You look great!

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  8. Oh your sandals are beautiful, as are you, of course! I'm totally with you re: petites. I've been buying all sorts of random sizes since forever - I go for petites, maternity-wear, XLs, men's clothes... I don't discriminate! All you really need to do is try the thing on, and who knows, it might work! :)

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  9. I am the same size as you and I often thrift, so we face similar challenges. Like you, I wear dresses as tunics. You give good advice about belts.

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  10. Gracie, you have just blown my mind. I have a skirt just like that white one, and youve given me a brand new way to wear it! Thank you!

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  11. The tunic is very cute! I would love this look with jeans as well :) So cool that it's actually a tunic dress, who would have thought!

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  12. Gracey--I thought that this was MY secret. I often buy thrifted petite sizes, in everything but slacks.

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  13. I never wear tunic style tops over skirts and now I'm asking myself why? This is a great look and I also would have felt like I had to wear black shoes with it; but actually the nude looks better! Thanks for the inspiration!! ~Serene

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