The Unfortunate Case of a Nanette Lepore Skirt

August 30, 2010

Before I begin my rant, I want to note that I love Nanette Lepore. NL looks just amazing on most people but this skirt has a way of making me look boxy and oddly shaped.

So problem number one is the waist, there's a pretty significant gap and since the material isn't stretchy you can tell in person that there's a waist gap. It looks even worse when shirts aren't tucked in. The next problem is the length, it hits me halfway down my calves and it's a terrifying length for me. The most serious problem though, in my opinion, is that when I pulled back the fabric to try to see what altering can do for it, it looks just as bad. Is there any hope for it? Or should I just put it in my to-be-donated bin?

This skirt is a size 2, when I bought it on sale the size 0 wasn't available. I wish the problem is limited to me getting the wrong size, but I have the same problem with NL size 0 skirts and dresses. Most of the NL items I have have been donated but I wonder if I have to write off the brand altogether.

Do you avoid certain brands as a rule because most things in that store look unflattering on you?

P.S. I have decided to change the rules for that Miss Selfridge bubble dress giveaway as I realized I made it too complicated.

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  1. I think it would look cute if the waistband were a little bit thinner and if the length was a tad shorter. It's so pretty!

  2. Nanette Lepore is not a cheap brand...I would try to take it to the seamstress and get a quote on how much it would be to alter it. It looks like you might also need to get the hip area slimmed just a tad as well as the waist and shorten the length. I think it would look cute if it fit correctly on you but your opinion matters the most!

  3. NL tends to run pretty big. I love her shirts and coats, but none has fit so far. I have written her off...well at least ordering online. Another brand I love is anthropologie...sister company of FP. Anthro runs pretty big too, which is unfortunate. They do have a petite section on their website, but so limited in selecetion!

  4. Melissa - it's super gorgeous but the fabric seems difficult to work with. I'll have to speak to a seasoned seamstress though.

    Hanna - I got it on sale so I don't feel *too* bad giving it away but I do like the's really gorgeous. I just don't know if it can be altered easily (the fabric seems super delicate) and if I do alter it I think the bill will be pretty steep.

    Ping - definitely! It's already pretty big on me so I can imagine how loose it would be on you. I love Anthro too, I have had some luck with them in the past but they all required minor alterations. I didn't know they had a petites section online though, will have to check that out.

  5. I do avoid certain brands that I know to run big. You know that saying "fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me"? I feel like if I go to a store a few times and it doesn't work out.. I'm being foolish for going back again! Some things just aren't meant to be.

    Btw ~ I am in love with your banner! It's so creative and unique.

  6. s - you are right. but sometimes some things are just so irresistible to me that I keep going back and getting burned. I guess I am a fool. :)

    thanks for liking the banner, I actually thought it was poorly made but I guess it's not as bad as I originally thought.

  7. This skirt looks so pretty and I really wish it fit you! Have you tried wearing it with something sleeveless and fitted?

    I do avoid certain brands because I just know that their clothes fit me wrong or look funny. I've also noticed a big change in my wardrobe after I finished college. I love looking more "lady-like" and not someone that just lounges around and studies all day. Hehe.

  8. I agree with Hanna - I think the skirt has potential and it should be a fairly easy thing for a tailor to take it in at the waist and hem the skirt up. Maybe get a quote from your guy and see if you would consider doing it before letting it go?

    I've tried unsuccessfully for years for J. Crew shoes to love me, but unfortunately I have yet to find a comfortable pair, even though I love all their styles. Sigh.

  9. I love NL too, but bottoms and dresses are always too big for me. I have better luck with the jackets and cardigans, although I haven't found any worth picking up in a while.

  10. Yes I do avoid certain brands because of the way their clothes look on me. Like Lerner NY. Their pants just fits me wierd, so I don't even bother looking there.

  11. I think it look s good on you has a vintage feel !!


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