What I Wore: Pleats Please

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alison gary
Shirt: c/o InStyle Essentials | Belt: Vintage – Belonged to my Mom | Skirt: J. Crew Factory | Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff | Shoes: Vince Camuto

I gotta say, style rules be damned, I love me a pleated chiffon maxi skirt.  I'm short, I'm overweight, and I don't care.  I saw this one at J. Crew Factory and felt it was a perfect replacement for my beloved Ann Taylor maxi skirt, which now has a broken zipper, stretched to twice its original size and hasn't held up well with time.  This new skirt is a 14, and I didn't have to have the length altered.  I wore this skirt with the brilliant InStyle Essentials shirt (hello shirts sized by bra size!) for a more work-friendly look, but found it also looked fab with a simple gray Old Navy Vintage v-neck tee (see here on Instagram).  I love how skirts like this can dress up and down with ease and are nice and breezy for the upcoming warmer weather.

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  1. Wendy Loubser
    May 20, 2014 / 10:37 am

    Gorgeous outfit. Love the skirt, but its out of my normal price range. Any idea where I could find something similar for less?

  2. Saraspunza
    May 5, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    What a gorgeous outfit. I love this one… Classic, comfortable, and timeless. I covet it all.

  3. nobodyssister
    May 3, 2014 / 10:44 am

    Us teapots (short and stout) pretty much have to break style rules unless we want to go naked. Per convention, you can be heavy, as long as you are tall, and you can be short, as long as you are also slim.

    • May 5, 2014 / 1:28 pm

      Amen, fellow teapot! Can’t live life in the buff, so I might as well wear what makes me happy!

  4. Melissa
    May 3, 2014 / 8:28 am

    Gorgeous! Who cares about style “rules” anyway? You look beautiful in that outfit.

  5. May 3, 2014 / 5:39 am

    Wow, you look amazing, Alison! I love the classy chic styling and the pleats plus length work really well for you. So glad you recovered from your hand and wrist injury!!

    Annette | Lady of Style

  6. Ruth Slavid
    May 3, 2014 / 5:34 am

    the reason you don’t care about breaking the rules is because you look so fantastic in it. Classic and classy. Navy is just so good. And maxi skirts are a great way to bare legs in the spring when exposing real flesh still feels alien.

  7. May 2, 2014 / 9:26 pm

    New here. Hi!

    I love, love, love this outfit. Perfectly classic. I’ve been toying with giving this skirt a try. I think you pushed me over the edge.

  8. GoddessMel
    May 2, 2014 / 8:53 pm

    You look great Allie! I too am short, overweight (and over 39) and I love me a maxi 🙂

  9. Clare
    May 2, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    Allie, this is one of your best looks. Keep it up.

  10. Cynthia Peterson
    May 2, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    Love this and love it even more with the t-shirt!

  11. May 2, 2014 / 4:19 pm

    You look lovely in that skirt! I think you’ve got such a good eye that you can tell when the rules are made to be broken (and they are in this case, I think).

  12. Lynn
    May 2, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    You. Look. Stunning. One of your best outfits ever and such a perfect illustration that less is more and that classic, simple style prevails every dang time. Yay!

  13. Aimee
    May 2, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    That is so cute. You look great! Love your photos too. You are so photogenic!

  14. lorena
    May 2, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    The hell with the rules, you look spectacular –

  15. crtfly
    May 2, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    What a fantastic outfit! I also like the skirt with the T-shirt. I would never have thought to pair a t-shirt with such a skirt but wow, does it work! One of the many things I like about this skirt is that it would look good on a woman of any age.

    The t-shirt outfit has a French vibe to it and do you ever look sexy.


  16. Beth W
    May 2, 2014 / 11:08 am

    I. LOVE. THAT. SKIRT!! And I love how you styled it with the white button down. My question is, I’m 5’7″ and very high-waisted. Would that tucked-in-and-belted look be OK for me? I’m afraid I’d look disproportionate.

    • May 2, 2014 / 11:15 am

      I don’t think so, I’m high waisted too, and for a long time feared such a look would make me look even more squat and HELLO BOOBS but with a flowing skirt that has movement and a wider belt I think it can work on any height of woman. Also with your height you can carry off a midi skirt which is so hot this season; the exposed ankles would balance your short torso. Try it, I think you’ll like it! 🙂

  17. May 2, 2014 / 11:00 am

    Wow! You look amazing in this outfit!

  18. bankershoes
    May 2, 2014 / 10:57 am


  19. DC Celine
    May 2, 2014 / 10:50 am

    You looked amazing (in person and here). Such a fabulous look on you – suits you to a (non)T!

  20. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    May 2, 2014 / 10:49 am

    I think it’s great-looking, love this whole outfit. xo

  21. Astrid
    May 2, 2014 / 10:46 am

    I love it! I too am short, a bit overweight and I shouldn’t care either. I gotta get me some of your attitude!! Just found your site and love it. I’ve got you on Bloglovin’ so I don’t miss a post. Carry on looking great 🙂

  22. Anamarie
    May 2, 2014 / 10:31 am

    Love that skirt! Good thing you didn’t have to get it altered, with those pleats I’m sure it would have been very expensive.

    • May 2, 2014 / 10:32 am

      Yep, I wouldn’t get it. And it’s a reason why my Ann Taylor skirt has to be retired, too many layers and too much fabric to afford alterations!

  23. Bridget Wall
    May 2, 2014 / 10:10 am


  24. May 2, 2014 / 10:09 am

    Love it! Since I’ve lost a bit of weight I’ve realized I have to slowly start replacing my summer wardrobe and this skirt comes in a bright coral that I LOVE. I might have to pick this one up for myself too. Love the new photos with the white backdrop too and glad you’re doing better!

    • May 2, 2014 / 10:47 am

      Yep, coral and cobalt also offered it was hard to choose! And Factory always has some deal with 30% off, can’t beat it!

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