OOTD :: of underestimating size and overestimating length




Based on today’s post title, can you guess which is which?

I’d like to think the nifty TARDIS blue offsets any fashion flub, but this time around, it got a little help from a pair of opaque tights and some visual sleight-of-hand.

To start: the polka dot top was a last-season Target purchase, abetted by KS#2’s waxing rhapsodic over it. At the time, I felt myself a good two sizes bigger than she, so I bought it in a large. And of course I bought it online. And of course it was too big, but it was so cute and they didn’t have my proper size anymore so I kept it, thinking I could always use it on my fat female days.

Then we’ve got the cardi: a recent purchase from Macy’s that was thrown in my cart to get free ship (I really only wanted the chartreuse one). I figured it was marked “petite” and so a large was perfectly justified. How utterly wrong I was. I feel like I’m swimming in my grandma’s sweater. But I’ve fallen in love with the color and I’d already ripped off the tag so I told myself it was too late to return it.

So why throw two oversized items together? Am I on crack? Do I deliberately want to look like a sack of potatoes? Well, let’s discuss the skirt, shall we? In my frantic hunt for TARDIS blue items several months ago, I ignored my instincts and purchased an item online from a company I wasn’t familiar with. I should’ve paid more attention to the obviously non-curvy adolescent model. Pulled over my child-bearing hips, this skirt ended up being two inches shorter than I’m truly comfortable with. But no returns or exchanges on final sale items.

Will I ever learn?

Anyhow, I was stuck with three disparate closet orphans. One option would’ve been to cull them immediately. But when one throws together ensembles late at night so one can create in peace and quiet, one sometimes hits the inspiration jackpot. I took the looseness of the tops and combined them with the shortness of the bottom, rejoiced in the practically perfect color matching of both, pulled on modesty-induced tights and crossed my fingers.

And wouldn’t you know – it worked! I think this must be my favorite outfit this week. Can you tell from my cheesy grin? And no, it’s not just because it’s blue. But that sure doesn’t hurt.

::  Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Merona @ Target
Cardi – Macy’s
Skirt – PacSun
Tights – HUE
Shoes – eBay

:: Linking ::
Très Chic Style Bits @ Searching the Inner Me

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7 thoughts on “OOTD :: of underestimating size and overestimating length

  1. Seeker says:

    Ohhhhhh, you look so cute!!! Love your outfit, the patterns mixing, the colours… perfection, dear 🙂
    Thank you so much for linking with Très Chic Style Bits

  2. Yeah, I’ll say it works! A bit preppy school girl without the naughty. It’s funny how things came together for you. It’s almost like you let go of the shoulds and things turned out brilliantly.

  3. dapperdolly says:

    I like the way you put it altogether and made the shortcomings work. I think the long length of the cardi balances the short length of the skirt and the shirt is fine in the ensemble. Of course the Black tights are always flattering on you and helps colour bloc the whole outfit 🙂

    Lol you already know this now but yeah the widths/girths tend to be very similar on the sizes it’s the lengths that are different on petite and tall.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Well, I’m glad the items got their day in the sun, but I’m thinking of releasing both the top and the skirt back into the wild. I just kept tugging at the shirt all day to make it lie flat over the girls, and I kept tugging at the skirt all day to make it sit on my hips so I wasn’t feeling self-consciously naked. When you tug, that means it’s ill-fitting, yeah? 😦

  4. Connie Snow* says:

    This whole outfit is absolutely perfect. Really. You look terrif! I’m short. I order online all the time. Nothing ever fits right but I almost always keep it anyway. I mean, I went to all that trouble of putting it into my shopping bag and entering my address and clicking purchase. Wheh! I’m exhausted just thinking about it. I can only hope that I look even half as put together as you do.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ha! Someone who gets me and my online dilemmas! It IS work to cull through digital images, scour size charts, ferret out free shipping, research return policies…Some people say I should just give it up and go brick and mortar shopping but they probably don’t have school-age kiddos in tow. ;p

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