OOTD :: of being too damned picky but justifiably so



Okay, people, let’s talk proportion.

I am 5’1″ and shrinking but I hardly ever shop in the petites section because I’m built like a tank. I’ve pretty much resigned myself to having most of my bottoms tailored to fit which is why I have a solid relationship with my local tailor/substitute teacher/mother of my current student – how convenient, right?!

When I scored this uber cute skirt from eBay – and I say “scored” deliberately because I wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford anything from J.Crew and this skirt was all of $15! – I didn’t think I’d have to do anything to it because it looked to be the correct length. I even created today’s outfit and sashayed in front of the mirror with no qualms.

Then I snapped some photos.

And I realized I looked short and dumpy. Note Exhibit A.


Exhibit A

Can’t see it? Think I’m my own worst critic? Well, I immediately hitched up that skirt to my boobs, took some test photos and voilà! Instant difference. Note Exhibit B:


Exhibit B

It’s the difference of an inch, but to me, it makes all the difference in the world. It’s why I can’t wear midis to save my life unless they’re body-hugging or cut really straight à la pencil skirt. I may have killer calves and teeny ankles, but length of leg I have not. I shouldn’t complain – with my height, I can pull off mini skirts without looking inappropriate and that’s a good thing, right? It just means this skirt is headed to the needs-to-be-tailored pile if I want to make use of the cunning side pockets without looking like a T-rex (Look, Ma! No arms!)

In other news, how about this print for fulfilling Anne’s and my shared Dotty for Dots theme? Sure, they’re hearts but they’re clustered in such a way that they mimic polka dots, don’t you think? And how about all that red? From the lips to my patent pumps, I’m really doing up Valentine’s Day right. The hubby better take me out tonight! I have a hankering for shrimp!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Jacket – Community Thrift Store
Skirt – J.Crew @ eBay
Top – F21
Necklace – Payless
Shoes – Karmen @ Payless

:: Linking ::
Fancy Friday @ Substance AND Style
Remix Rewear Restyle @ Greater Than Rubies

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16 thoughts on “OOTD :: of being too damned picky but justifiably so

  1. I love that you’ve got such an eye for fit. The inch does make a difference, and this combination is adorable. Hope you got some delicious shrimp and had a great Valentine’s Day in your festive look! Thanks for sharing your remix with us, Maricel!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I’ve since gotten this skirt hemmed by my aforementioned tailor and she whacked off a good THREE inches from the bottom. I knew I wasn’t imagining the length! And no, I didn’t get shrimp on V-Day since the hubs was ill. Sad face. But I did get king crab legs and lobster tails cooked for me by him yesterday, with loads of leftovers afterwards. 😀

  2. Val S says:

    I don’t get the petite thing either, because they have things that fit me at size 10-12, 5’5″. I also don’t quite get the difference in your pictures of that inch difference – I don’t think it’s that noticeable. But I would notice .001 inch difference in how my hair looks to me, so you just do whatever you need to!

    • mtsedwards says:

      It’s because I’m vain, Val, and I managed to choose the best pictures of my looking dumpy for the whole interweb to see. LOL. But if you compare the two sets of triptychs closely, you’ll see that Exhibit A has that skirt going past my knee and therefore stopping at the largest part of my leg (especially in the third pic) whereas Exhibit B has that skirt above my knee so you can actually see the curve of my calves.

      Yeah. I know. I’ll just do whatever I need to. ;p

  3. Connie Snow* says:

    I come from a long line of not very long lines. I’m barely 5’2″ on a good day. I learned long ago from my short mom how to hem and I taught my short daughter how to hem and so it goes on and on from generation to generation. It’s true. An inch is a Big Deal. I think you look very pink and sweet and perfectly proportioned!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I wish I had a mom who taught me how to sew. The sewing machine scares me but I feel I could save money in the long run if I just got over my fear. Heck, if I taught myself to knit, I can probably YouTube my way through a sewing machine, eh?

      Thank you for the lovely compliment. Pink! I should’ve worn a pink top to make the outfit extra Valentine-y! Ah, next time…

  4. What a pretty JC skirt – I love that fun print!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ha! I knew you’d like the skirt. It belongs in your wheelhouse after all. In fact, I could swear I saw a similar one on your blog and have been subconsciously craving one ever since.

  5. Doesn’t petite sizing mostly have to do with height and leg / arm length? It seems like at 5’1″ you should always be shopping Petite sizes (although, yay for having a tailor!).
    The skirt is adorable, and I think it totally works for dots week! The outfit as a whole is perfect for Valentine’s Day and the Reds link up at GTR.

    • mtsedwards says:

      You got me, lady. I always shied away from petite sizing because I felt like I didn’t belong with all the little waifs. Plus, for ever and a day, I’ve worn all my clothes just a bit too big because I was hiding the excess me. ;p Now that I don’t give a damn, I should probably research this petite thing.

      Yup, linked up with GTR today. So thankful you turned me on to Caitlin’s blog. Lurve her!

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  7. dapperdolly says:

    Yep the hearts do look like polka from a distance 🙂 I think it might be the clustered print and the places where the gathering of the fabric are stitched that make the not so comfy shape on the shorter frame. I’m 4ft10 and prefer big prints though it does depend and flared knee length skirts are hit and miss, I find the fabric has to be very bouncy or heavy and very gathered. That said there’s always issues for every height and shape and there’s always a way to make it work like how you pulled it up! If you wore a wide belt with the top underneath it, it would create a whole new skirt too.

    Lucky you having a helpful association to a tailor! 😛

    Happy Valentine’s cutie!

    • mtsedwards says:

      There is NO way you are shorter than I! You look so tall and svelte in all your photos. And your writing voice always makes me think of a statuesque goddess, know what I’m sayin’? ;p

      I dunno about the belt idea; I have no waist to speak of and throwing a belt in the mix just emphasizes that lack. I do, however, rock an obi. Just wait till I do Asian-inspired week!

      • dapperdolly says:

        Hehe, I guess it’s because I’ve never seen myself as ‘short’ or anyone else as ‘bigger than me’ – neither mentally or physically e.g I never crane my neck. It’s not a conscious thing but I’ve just never seen the height issue, it’s all relative for people in their own bodies e.g. I’ve never been tall so I don’t feel like I’m shorter or disadvantaged – everything is normal to me height wise. Mum played semi-profressional basketball as a teenager and she’s not much taller than I am – it just goes to show no matter how uneven others make the playing field, whether we’re not size zero (catwalks), short or ‘disabled’ (both for sports) we can do it. It’s always been other people to make a big deal out of my height with ‘if you were a foot taller’, ‘if you stood on a box’, ‘at least I’m not as short as you’ – they have an inferiority/superiority issue, especially average height people who seem to think they’re short and upset about it but a lot of people have told me I seem like a ‘giant’ in personality and project that image making me look taller and many tall women lament not being ‘cute’ and ‘adorable’ as petite women. You know how it is, everyone wants the opposite of what they have be it darker/lighter skin, eyes, curly/straight hair etc. As I grew older and away from the media impressionable girls at school I realized that I love being a petite person, it actually has a lot of benefits and I just nod my head sadly at the adults who impress their short comparisons on me reminding them that everybody who is taller than me (which is almost everyone adult and many children) are not more attractive by default and the same goes for everybody or every type who isn’t the ‘ideal’ type of whatever culture/time they live in. My ex was 6ft6 and said he felt small and secure in my embrace and that’s not a bad thing.

        I sooooo love the idea of Asian inspired week – and any culture week! I can imagine you in a obi! Re: the belt, there’s always cinchers 😉 (but not old fashioned corsets, don’t push your internal organs out of place!)

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