Recently I did a Who What Wear x Target Fitting Room Review where I tried on several pieces from the collaborative collection. In that post I tried on the Denim Pencil Skirt in a size 16 and I felt it was too tight in the tummy area. Because there were several features about this skirt that I loved, I decided to order a size 18W online. Well it arrived and as promised, I wanted to share my findings with you.
Initial try on of size 16 at Target
When I first tried the skirt on at home I was disappointed. Although it was looser in the waistband, the area around my lower abdomen was still very pronounced. I had a very taxing day so I chose to set it aside to try on again another day instead of making a snap decision. A few days later I pulled a look together as I had imagined in my head similar to the one I tried on in the fitting room that I posted on Instagram. Instead of new pieces, I selected items from my own closet that resembled it, such as an Ava & Viv black & white dotted tee with a v-neck and an Old Navy olive utility jacket I got off of Poshmark several months ago.
Outfit planning as shown on Instagram
As I stood there looking in the mirror, I adjusted the skirt to sit low on my hips. The skirt had a tremendous amount of stretch that made it very easy to do and since the 18W was a little loose up higher, it felt natural. This not only almost diminished the belly tightness, it also brought the front slit down slightly. The tee is oversized so I did a small tuck on one side and then let the rest drape down loosely.
On my 5′-5″ frame, the skirt falls below the knee with it pulled low over my hips and the slit shows about 2″ above my knee. What made me decide to keep this skirt were all the details I originally loved. The raw edges, the distressed wash, the longer length, the way it comes in at the knee, and the front slit.
This skirt is a testament to my journey of self love. While I mention that I love the slit, it is showing a part of my body that has bothered me my entire life. As a child, I was of average weight for my age, yet I still had large thighs and little pockets of fat that rested on the interior of my knees. It bothered me so badly as I saw how stick thin my friends legs were. I wore knickers instead of shorts to cover them. Yes, this was in the eighties when knickers were popular. I hated wearing the basketball uniforms to practice and games because I felt so out of place. I am so glad that I have love for my body now and embrace each and every one of its features. It is beautiful and it does not deter me from wearing items I want, like this skirt!
To complete the outfit, I of course added accessories. A simple wood and rope necklace, a vibrant pattern fabric clutch, and caged block heel sandals take this look to a fun yet sophisticated look. Since this outfit is all neutrals, the handbag really looks fantastic and the colors pop so well.
All in all, I am now sold on this skirt and it is a great staple in my wardrobe. As I have mentioned before, I am curating pieces that have interest and to me this is a denim skirt with a twist. It is not basic, yet it can be worn as a basic. I love that!
- Pencil Denim Skirt: Who What Wear x Target (plus sizes, straight sizes)
- Ava & Viv V Neck Tee in Sour Cream: Target
- Olive Military Jacket: Old Navy via Poshmark (similar)
- Wood & Rope Necklace: Forever 21 via Poshmark
- Del Mar Clutch: AllyOops Boutique
- Caged Block Heel Sandals: Target via Goodwill (similar)
If you purchased any items from this collection, I would love to hear what you got in the comments below!
Today’s Postivity Note
Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be.