Fit & flare: Gap + Charlotte Russe + Wet Seal hauls and reviews
When it comes to skirts and dresses, usually I prefer them to be on the tighter end. As a petite girl, it’s easy to get “lost” in the clothes when they’re not fitted. However, I’ve recently come to love skater skirts – the flared silhouette adds some much needed curves to my frame!
After reading ExtraPetite’s review of the Gap Rugby Dress, I decided to buy one myself and see if I would have better luck. Um, no. Forget that the dress was super wrinkly from the shipping, the fit was just awful. I had to pull back a substantial amount of fabric to make it fit correctly, and the tailoring cost just isn’t worth it.
I also purchased this skirt with the above dress, and this was even worse. First, it looks like a soggy leaf of lettuce, and second, it sat just above my hips in the most unflattering way. Lesson learned: Gap is not petite friendly, and if you order online, be prepared for some major ironing!
When searching for skater skirts on ShopStyle, I found that Charlotte Russe actually had a lot of cute ones at very affordable prices! I love the color-blocking, but I wished the first color was black instead of white – the skirt would stand out so much more. I originally bought this one because I wanted a more conservative length, but I found that it wasn’t very flattering on me. At least the fit is right?
Finally, a skirt I actually love! The navy+white color blocking gives it a nautical feel, and the fabric is actually quite substantial. Unfortunately this one got squished a bit during shipping so the pleats look funny, but that’s fixable. The fit of this is perfect and the flare adds just the right amount of curves to the overall silhouette.
I can’t remember the last time I shopped at Wet Seal, but this dress in the display window lured me in. The fit is perfect for me, and the flare of the bottom is very similar to the second Charlotte Russe skirt above. I paired this with a strand of pearls + Chanel classic flap for a wedding this weekend, and instantly this dress looked like it was worth a whole lot more.
I still can’t resist a tight dress when I see one. The fabric of this dress is pretty substantial, and the muted red means I can wear it and actually look my age. In the end though, it’s all about how you accessorize the outfits. I have a couple ideas in mind for this one, and I can’t wait to wear it on a date night or girl’s night out!