Skirt: H & M midi navy pleated *tailored* – size 2 (similar here and here)
Shoes: Cole Haan Aurora lizard slingback (outlet)- size 5.5 (similar here and here) Belt: Ann Taylor perfect patent belt- size XS (buy here in black or pumice stone) Ring: Forever 21- size 5 (similar here and here) Purse: Chanel taupe flap m/l
Ever since I got my H & M red skirt (see old post here), I was on the hunt for the navy version. For some reason, I always tend to buy multiples of things I love in different colors. It’s beginning to be serious problem for me:) During my hunt over a month ago, I came across this navy pleated skirt but the midi style was just not for me. Some look really great in it, it’s just not my cup of tea.
I took up the skirt about 5 inches or so (can’t remember exactly). It took me forever to pick it up from my tailor so I have been itching to wear it. I wanted to keep the skirt at a very conservative length but didn’t want it past my knee caps. I already have short legs so the last thing I need is just a stub sticking out under the skirt in a midi length. So I opted for this length which I am very satisfied with. I took up the inner lining a little bit shorter than the main skirt and wanted to keep it similar to the original design.
I love my new navy skirt much more than my red version. And the fact that it has a slip built in is even better! It’s much dressier and definitely made better. The waist band is satin-like and very work appropriate. The only downside is the wrinkly zipper. I know several other bloggers got this skirt and complained about the same thing (see Elaine’s review hereand Elle wearing it here). Mine is not as bad but it’s still annoying. Was it really that necessary to make the zipper gold and stand out so much? Regardless, I love it and the waist fits so totally worth it for me.
This is my first attempt at wearing a dress as shirt. Luckily, the length of my H & M skirt was longer than the dress otherwise clearly it wouldn’t have worked. And because the pleated skirt is not fitted, there is no bulkiness from the dress. This dress fits fairly nicely. The back is a bit roomy near the waist and rear but doable if worn with a blazer.
I scored these Cole Haan slingbacks at the outlet a few weeks ago. The size 5.5’s are way too big on me but I think I can make them work. I also got the green version in size 5 and even those are a bit big but fit much better than the yellows. Those will make an appearance in the next post!