[Disclaimer: This post is not particularly clever. It's quite mundane, actually. But in the event that you felt invested in my earlier post, this one is for you.]
Verdict: Exchanged for a larger size.
A few of you noted that the skirt does seem pretty tight (Missy said "ill-fitting", which I think is right on), and Brittany and Mich both made excellent points about the work-appropriateness of "Bootylicious" garb (as Mandy so wonderfully put it). Ultimately, I just can't explain why I love this skirt so much...I felt as though if I could only chose one item, it may have been this one. My initial reaction to sizing up had been the same as Jin's---namely, DON'T DO IT---but I read somewhere in the blogosphere that some folks found the same size of this skirt to fit differently depending on the individual skirt...so I tried on a different medium today in the store and it fit wonderfully! Still had the lovely shape and figure-flattery as the small size, but with less clinging around the hips. It was NOTHING like the other size medium I tried on, which was droopy and formless. Perhaps someone squeezed their way into my first one and left the skirt hopelessly stretched out? Anyway, the plan is to keep the medium, return the small, and resist pulling the tag off as long as possible to leave myself an exit strategy if there is no price drop (and thus no price adjustment) in the next 14 days. I just love this skirt so much, though, I'm not sure I can resist wearing it.
Tied Scutes Flats
I really love these shoes, and they are so unique, but I just couldn't justify spending $60 on shoes that I could probably never wear to work. I also noticed that the only picture I really loved of them was the third picture...in which I'm wearing the lovely Tria skirt! Perhaps that skirt just brings out the best in everything. In any case, I will keep my eyes peeled for these shoes if they get a second cut to $30! (I spent the money I saved on a Southward Stop shirtdress) (I maybe bought a few other things too...err...) (I'm not totally sure I'm keeping the shirtdress...gotta mull it over...) (err...)
Tweedy Leaves Dress
Verdict: Exchanged for a smaller size.
After trying on the smaller size again in the store, I felt fine in it, and it was clear that this really WAS my size. I can't explain why I'm so afraid of going to a tailor, as Thirteenlbs, Kathleen, and my mom suggested. The thought of anyone ripping apart a new dress (especially one I can still return) for uncertain results makes me cringe a bit. Still, I'm not going to take the tags off this one yet. I'm not sure I NEED it, and as Mich said, I'm just not sure I'm in love with it. Missy made a point that my friend Esme told me recently, too, namely that if you don't really LOVE something, it shouldn't come home with you. So I'm just still not sure. I'd love it for $40, if that makes any sense/is possible. There are rumors circulating about a big "tag sale" at Anthro next week. With this exchange, I am now within 2 weeks of the tag sale (rumored to be December 23), so I'm also eligible to get a refund for the price difference between what I paid today and any sale price next week. If the dress doesn't get a second discount, I may still return it. Arguably gaming the system a bit, but considering the fact that almost all my discretionary income ends up in Anthro's hot little corporate hands, I don't feel too guilty.