Skirt: Theory Lecture "Joanie" Tweed Skirt- size 0 (similar HERE)
Blouse: I.N.C. Ruched sweater- size PXXS
Shoes: Aldo patent leather pumps- size 5
All I had to do on this suit is take up the sleeves and hem the skirt several inches. I decided to hem the skirt to the length where it is now because with my short legs, my perfect length is right above the knee. I didn't want to go any shorter because of my business and didn't want to go any longer because it would overwhelm my petite frame. The original length went to the middle of my calves- it was insanely long. And before tailoring it- I thought I would have to take in the sides but after the hem was done- it fit really nicely. It's amazing what a simple hem can do and how it can totally transform a skirt.
Click below to read how on earth I managed to hunt this suit down in a tiny size 0!
Well the skirt arrived the next day in perfect condition in a size 0. I even left work during the day to go get it....I was that excited :) So now I can return the size 4 skirt back to Nordies. You think my Theory suit saga would end here but it doesn't! I went to Nordstrom Rack to do some returns (May 1st) and as usual- it was mass chaos in the store. I rummaged through the crazy racks and all of a sudden my eyes met with this skirt. I thought I was imagining it. But it was the Theory Lecture "Joanie" skirt and it looked somewhat small...and low and behold it was a size 0!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been to this particular Nordstrom Rack many many times looking for this suit and never saw this skirt before. It was all alone mixed in with all these other skirts. I checked it over and it was in perfect condition. I was jumping up and down like a little girl in a candy store and then when I looked at the price tag- I almost fainted. It had a red sticker dot on it that said it was 40% off last marked price. The last marked price was $74.97 which brings the total to about $44.98. I literally have never walked so fast to stand in line. I was then able to return the other size 0 to Bloomies. Whew! Was that a rush or what?
$135 which retailed at $596 for the full skirt suit. Not bad huh?! I had to do some alterations. The sleeves were taken up and the hem of the skirt was taken up several inches. But I am happy to pay for alterations on a size 0 skirt vs. a size 4 which would have had to be taken apart completely to fit me and would have cost me way too much. I am SO mad at myself for not taking before pictures to show everyone how long the skirt was and how long the sleeves were because the before and after fit is so different! I thought I would have to take in the hips and sides of the skirt but after just taking up the hem- it fits perfectly! I was in such a rush the day I dropped it off at my tailors- I didn't have time to snap off some pics- darn it!
I just had to share my story with everyone because I feel like I climbed my Mt. Everest trying to hunt down this suit and to actually be able to find it in a size 0 in the blazer and skirt is truly a miracle!!!! *SIGH* (of relief)
So what is my secret to finding items that are long gone? Honestly, I think I am just LUCKY! I try to save the page of the item online and refresh it constantly. This Theory Suit find was truly pure luck. It's from the Fall/Winter collection of 2009 so for me to find it in March/April/May of 2010 is just unbelievable! I clearly went thru extra lengths to find this particular suit. So if there is something you like and it's sold out and it was previously online- my advice is to save the page and refresh it daily and if the timing is right- it will pop up in your size! This has happened to me on several occasions with an Ann Taylor dress, both of my Aqua cashmere sweaters from Bloomies and now this suit! I definitely don't give up easily :)
Here's to show you what the skirt looks like without the blazer and to show the fit of the waist and hips. I tried many different tops and shells with this suit and nothing looked great so I am still on the hunt for a perfect top to go with it but I chose this top because of the color and how it popped against the salt and pepper suit. I would have preferred a 00 but heck- for the price I got, the fit is still very nice! A little roomy on an empty stomache...but definitely do-able.
This is by far my FAVORITE suit. I don't know if its because it was so difficult to find or if its because it looks and feels so good on! I definitely feel like a million bucks in this suit. I am sure it will be popping up in many more future posts!
Anyone else have good tips or stories about hunting down an item they love?