I’ve admired animal print pieces from afar but have only very cautiously dipped my toe into the wild world of animal print by buying a skinny belt. I love the belt and decided it was high time for some more animals in my closet. I’ve been on a bit of a skirt buying kick lately because I know fall is coming which means BOOTS AND TIGHTS SEASON AKA the most wonderful time of the year for me (fashion-wise at least). Loft was having one of it’s crazy 60% off everything sales a few weeks ago, so I bought these 3 tall pencil skirts in size 10.
I have a couple of superb fitting pencil skirts from Loft’s mom, Ann Taylor, and figured the Loft skirts would fit great too. Errrrr….not so much. I ended up with the dreaded thunder-thigh-krinkle-wrinkle (“TTKW). Surely some of you know what I’m referring to…where the front of the skirt is pulled so tight against your ample thighs that you get some bunchy wrinkles across the front of the skirt. I returned the teal and lighter colored skirt but kept the animal print one because the TTKW wasn’t as noticeable with this skirt since it is a darker shade AND there was an outfit on my “Looks to Copy” Pinterest board
that I wanted to duplicate. That’s reason enough to keep it right?!? Plus, I had only paid $27.50 for it.
Even though the pencil skirt isn’t one of my Project Remix colors per se, I’m finding out that animal print can be surprisingly versatile, and I can definitely wear this skirt with several different items in my closet (including all of my orange stuff)! Speaking of orange, I also bought this (non-tall) puff sleeve blouse from Loft (for 60% off). I feel so feminine and ladylike in it and it’s very comfortable. The orange is no longer available but you can nab a couple of other colors on sale right now. Even though it is a non-tall size, you can see that it is plenty long.
OK…back to the pencil skirt – so we’ve already established that it’s a smidge tight. However, it has some great qualities as well. It’s quite long (goes to the top of my knees), the slit in the back isn’t too crazy high and it does have a bit of stretch for extra comfort.
This will definitely be one of my outfits for the upcoming “Summit/Conference” thingy that my department is hosting in a week. There will be attendees from four different countries, and we will be in meetings/roundtables/seminars/presentations/you-name-it for 5 days straight and whoopin it up at evening events on 3 of the 5 nights. Needless to say, I’ve been studying my wardrobe so that I can strategically plan my outfits for that week.
O wait…it gets even more fun…my boss and I have been asked to do a presentation in front of the whole group. I am now kicking myself for putting off buying a new suit for far too long. I knew this would bite me in the buns one day and that day has arrived. I was rather disheartened by the prices this weekend whilst suit searching online…really wasn’t seeing anything for under $300. BUT THEN (drum roll please), I noticed this navy peplum suit on Ann Taylor’s website for 40% off. It’s business in the front and a little bit of part-ay-hey in the back. The jacket comes in tall sizes but the skirt does not. I also bought a matching pair of tall trousers just to be safe. Fingers crossed everything fits!!
Do you like animal print? What are your favorite pieces? Do you have trouble finding tall suits? Where did you buy you favorite tall suit?