What I Wore: Impulse Buy

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ann taylor maxi skirt orange
beaded statement necklace
rebecca minkoff mini mac leopard
size 14 fashion blogger blog
Tee: Leith (similar) | Skirt: Ann Taylor | Shoes: Miss Sixty (similar) | Necklace: eBay (similar) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)

I got a TON of wear out of my Ann Taylor maxi skirt in the past year, but I regretted purchasing it in a Large Regular. It has grown with each wear so much that I now have to MacGyver it to make it work. So when I saw this skirt on final sale, an additional 30% off, a store credit, and in a Large Petite, I snatched it up without even trying it on. Heads up, this skirt doesn't fit any way like the one from last year. However, like last year's maxi, this skirt has grown with wear and as I write this during my lunch hour, it fits far better. It's two layers of silky fabric, the under layer a tangerine shade. While I think I can rock it in the colder months, I can't wait to wear it next spring and summer with a simple tank and sandals.

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  1. 909girl601world
    September 12, 2013 / 3:26 pm

    I have that skirt and absolutely adore it! Haven’t worn it in a while, but shall remedy that straightaway. Love!

  2. September 11, 2013 / 8:40 am

    I love the color of your skirt! I’d wear it during the colder months for sure with some boots and a nice sweater. The skirt is a perfect year round piece! Love your leopard bag too. I’m a sucker for animal print. 🙂


  3. September 10, 2013 / 9:02 pm

    New reader here! I’ve been reading some older blog posts of yours and I love your blog! Your outfit posts, advice and even your older wardrobe staples posts are refreshing. The advice you give is also timeless and classic and I appreciate that. I love the color of this skirt! I really want a maxi skirt or dress, but my height (5’4) can sometimes make it hard to find one that doesn’t look like it belongs to someone else.

    • September 12, 2013 / 10:20 am

      Well I’m 5’3″ so I say ROCK IT! Many companies have petite lengths for maxi skirts which is so helpful, but I have also had simple maxis (jersey, crepe) hemmed by my dry cleaner for about $12. If at least your toes are peeking out it can work on us shorties!

  4. Jessica www.teacherlife365.com
    September 10, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    Love this skirt. I may actually be motivated at this point to try a maxi skirt on my 5 foot 4 inch size 12 self. I’ve had the experience of the magically expanding skirt as well years ago – almost lost my skirt in front of a classroom of 12 or so 5th grade brass players….most of whom were boys!

    • September 12, 2013 / 10:19 am

      Oh no, what an experience! And yes, try a maxi, I’m an inch shorter than you and I love them on me! As long as they have some flow and aren’t too thick or heavy of a fabric or style I find them flattering (and no need to shave your legs!).

  5. Janice Harper Jones
    September 10, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    I like the skirt, but I love the necklace! It is beautiful on the black shirt!

  6. Kristina Rose
    September 10, 2013 / 4:42 pm

    I love the fit of this skirt! It’s so flattering for any body type. The color is so flattering on you, but I simply couldn’t – I envy those that can! On the one that’s too big now (if it has the same seaming) you can probably take it in a bit on each seam quite easily by hand, just at the top, so that you don’t have to make it a huge fuss to put on regularly.

    • September 10, 2013 / 4:44 pm

      Sadly, it’s multiple layers of micropleated chiffon so a little bit of a tuck (I tried seeing how it would look) affects the entire flow of the skirt. So I just rig it up and hope I don’t fall down and have my sweater come up and the world see my crazy contraption! 🙂

  7. crtfly
    September 10, 2013 / 3:17 pm


    Why do you think your other maxi is growing? I’ve never had that experience. If anything, clothes shrink. 🙁 What is the fabric of the ever expanding skirt?

    You look great today, happy & healthy as well as stylish.


    • September 10, 2013 / 3:20 pm

      Elastic/grosgrain waistband, poly lining and micropleated chiffon. So lots of stretchy fabrics. Oh, and the snap broke at the top of the zipper so the zipper likes to slide open. Good times 🙁

  8. September 10, 2013 / 2:42 pm

    Alison I LOVE IT! I want it! Thanks to you I got two maxi’s this summer 🙂

  9. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    September 10, 2013 / 2:18 pm

    Love this look, Allie (because it looks like what I love to wear too? : > ) and I can see it through the colder months too. We need a shot of color in January!

  10. September 10, 2013 / 1:17 pm

    This will DEFINITELY work with colder months – throw on a sweater/sweatshirt instead of the light-fabric top, make the boots close-toe, and you’ve got a winter outfit!
    That color is absolutely gorgeous; love the tangerine red-orange.

  11. Engineerchic
    September 10, 2013 / 12:49 pm

    Love the color & would love it with a charcoal top – the black looks good but I think charcoal wouldn’t contrast as sharply and would soften the overall effect. Though that might make the leopard purse look wrong with the outfit.

    • September 10, 2013 / 12:59 pm

      The idea in my head was to wear it with my gray short-sleeved sweatshirt, but the fabric is very shiny like silk and while I love a hard/soft contrast, it didn’t work, looked more like I dressed in the dark. I liked that this shirt is matte, so it almost gives a charcoal-ish effect. Looking forward to styling it with other items in my closet! 🙂

  12. September 10, 2013 / 12:34 pm

    Great color and fit on you. I love all things orange, so I would rock it.

  13. Angie
    September 10, 2013 / 12:09 pm

    It’s a figure flattering skirt and a great color, too. Even experienced shoppers have it hard sometimes though.

    • September 12, 2013 / 10:17 am

      So true, the constant temptation! But I think this skirt will be worn for years to come, it’s so versatile and swishy fun!

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