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When I get an idea in my head I get a bit obsessed. To speak on a panel at the TCFStyle Expo, I decided I wanted to wear a fabulous maxi skirt. Something with a cool print, something not too stiff, something with pockets, and something that would fit my short curvy body. I immediately went to Etsy. I found this Ankara maxi skirt on Etsy, and was able to order it with the right sized waist and length; many Etsy sellers offer custom sized fashion. I searched and found nothing that was quite right.
But Etsy watches your searches, your favorites, your purchases and will recommend items. Based upon my maxi skirt searches, the next time I opened Etsy this skirt from Trinity Michelle was in my suggestions. Perfection! I reached out and asked if I could do some customization. I wanted a 3″ wide waistband so I could wear it high and it would tuck under a cropped top like I have in this post, or else would cover skin if I decide to wear it with a knotted tee. I also asked for pockets. Not a problem, the skirt arrived and the print was even prettier in person and the waistband a perfect size. I thought I'd need to hem it but once I put on my Naturalizer sandals I found it was a perfect length too.
Skirt: Trinity Michelle via Etsy (16 but with customizations) | Top: ELOQUII (14) | Shoes: Naturalizer | Bracelet: Secret Garden Cuff c/o cabi | Earrings: Bejewelled Relics via Etsy (similar) | Ring: Reliquary Antiques via Etsy | Lipstick: L'Oreal ‘Eva's Red'
Update: Trinity Michelle is offering 15% off this skirt while she still has the fabric available. Use code WardrobeOxygen at checkout!
The top is from ELOQUII and I wore it previously in this outfit post with my shorter Ankara skirt. This is such a fun top, I'd love to style it with a pair of high-waisted jeans, though I haven't been able to find any I like. The fabric is like a lightweight ponte so it has body but is also stretchy and figure flattering. This top also comes in a gorgeous berry color. And yes, it launders nicely!
Speaking of Etsy, my earrings and ring are both from there. I wore these vintage earrings on the blog previously. The ring just arrived this week. Being a larger woman, it's hard to find pretty cocktail rings over a size 8. This is a size 10, is in like-new condition, exactly what I desired, and only $30. Seriously, if you're frustrated by the lack of fun fashion for larger women, head to Etsy!