Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How to Wear a Pleated Skirt

The Scene

Delicious dinner at Tom Colicchio's Craft with the lovely Mr. and Mrs. Saint.

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Hamachi with grapefruit to start

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Duck Tortellini
White Corn & Mustard Greens

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Washugyu Flatiron
Bone Marrow Custard & Morels

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Apricot Mostarda


Nectarine & Blackberry Shortcake
Vanilla Crème Fraîche & BlackberrySorbet


And freebie Scooby snacks to take with us. 

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Happy piglets went nomnomnom all the way home.

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The Outfit
Banana Republic tank
BCBG Generation skirt
Louis Vuitton tote
Valentino heels
Canal street palm tree necklace
Forever 21 bracelet

The Grade
C+ (for super self-Conscious)

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The Commentary

As I hurdle violently toward my 35th birthday, I am trying to come to terms with my aging body. I've accepted the fact that thanks to a slow thyroid, an appetite that rivals any hog's and a lifelong aversion to athletics, I'll never have a Kate-esque waist.


For this reason, I've avoided buying pleated skirts even though they've been everywhere for the past year. LOVE them on other bloggers. They come off as so flirty and lady-like. Especially on my girl crush Kate. Her whippet-thin waist and barely-there hips are ideal for the style, which inevitably adds bulk around the middle. My thick waist and child-bearing hips (barren and yet still broadening, ironically), not so much. 


However, I temporarily lost my mind a few months ago and bought this pleated beauty. In my defense, the print is pretty, it was on sale and the pleats are so thin that I convinced myself they almost made my hips look thin. I also blame my mom who is pretty honest with me in the dressing room and said it looked great.

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Fast forward a few months and the skirt and its trickster pleats have been languishing in my closet like most things do when I'm not absolutely sure I've made a good purchase.  But recently on a warm spring night out with old friends, I decided YOLO. This side-by-side comparison of Kate and Kim in pleats might have helped me reconsider.


Paired the skirt with nude-ish heels to help lengthen the legs and balance the proportions.

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Also decide to show off alot of skin on top to draw attention away from my mid-section. Since the girls are holding up, I might as well use them, right? Added the cute little palm tree necklace to further draw the eye up. Was in such a hurry that I didn't add a jacket or wrap sweater to give the look some structure and disguise the midsection - like I normally do.  Pretty ballsy.


Not one of my favorite looks of all time but I'm proud that I tried to embrace the skin I'm in as I enter my mid-thirties. Even prouder that I did it while enjoying a great (read: pig) meal ;) 

The Inspiration




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mullet skirt - atlantic-pacific






Anonymous said...

Wow! You look really good!
You definitely deserve at LEAST an A- on your outfit. Also, thanks for the inspiration for outfits to create with a pleated skirt. Yay!

Kimberly said...

Girl, you make pleats look GOOD!! Definitely deserves a higher grade!

lookrichbitch said...

Ugh. I can't believe you said YOLO. Please tell me that was some SEO keyword sh*t you were doing and that that word is not part of your vernacular. haha..

Jean Bean said...

Interesting point you made about doubting purchases. When I buy something I must wear it immediately. If it can wait...well I don't know. That's never happened. Except the wedding dress.

Nene said...

Thanks for this post! I bought a pleated maxi skirt back in December and have not really had a clue how to wear it. These photos give me some ideas.

danishka said...

I love your look, just don't hide behind that large purse!

Anonymous said...

Just love that outfit the pleatedskirt goes well with .it


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