I ordered a skirt online, as I do often with my clothes shopping, simply because there is more selection and I can find better deals. But there is a downside to online shopping too - you can't always be sure whether you'll like the item "in person". There is always a chance that the fabric is not quite what you expected, or the fit is wrong, or the color looks different in reality. So when the skirt I ordered arrived at my local store, I knew it might not be what I envisioned - and it was not. The fit was not ideal on me, and the fabric seemed too thin for the style. Then I decided to not simply return it (which is always an option in our stores), but exchange it for a skirt that caught my eye earlier, but for whatever reason I was hesitant to buy it. I tried the other skirt on, and...
Ta-da! It is quickly becoming one of my most favorite skirts ever. If you're in the market for skirts and you're plus sized, like me, do look into circle skirts - they seem to be everywhere these days! I found mine at Lane Bryant (available in 4 colors online, and you might find an additional color, yellow, in your local store). The fabric is ponte knit, it is thick and holds its shape well. It is very well made, stretchy waist (read: comfort) and it goes with practically everything. I loved it so much, I ended up ordering it in two more colors. When you use a coupon or promotion, you can get it for as low as $30. Eloquii is another plus size company that offers ponte fabric circle skirts in a wide range of colors - check their site out as their skirts are on sale now.
I am wearing some of my most beloved jewelry here too - pearl earrings (a gift from a friend) and mother of pearl (gifts from Justin), made by a local jeweler in Gig Harbor where, coincidentally, these photos were taken.
And who knew my thrifted shirt, one of a few shirts I found at Value Village earlier this year, $5 each, would make such a striking combination with the new skirt.
We went to see a play that evening, and when we thanked the actors after the performance (which is customary to do in small theaters around here), my outfit was noticed and complimented by the star of the show (a wonderful opera voice she has). It made me happy. My thinking is this. The actors put so much effort into their performance, that it only feels right to dress up to show my respect and appreciation. They show me their art - and I show them mine. We both are artists, we get each other.
Skirt - Lane Bryant
Shirt - thrifted Ralph Lauren
Shoes - Born
Jewelry and purse - old and beloved
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