There are times when putting together an outfit can be so simple. For an elegant cocktail reception things can get complicated, but there is no need to overthink casual. Three things to take into account; First - comfort (your level of comfort and the fit). Second - does the outfit flatter my shape (not too tight or baggy). Third - budget.
The two skirts above I had seen online at the Talbots site. The Gingham I had only given passing interest, although the Embody Denim skirt peeked my interest at first view. I love denim skirts. I had read the reviews on the denim skirt and length was an issue in several. Most said it was to short in petite which I usually get. Regular length on me is typically to long and not flattering. Oh darn, I will need to stop in the real store and try it.
First I grabbed the Gingham skirt, just for fun and then after some looking, the Denim Skirt. They had neither in petite. To have something to compare/contrast, I also grabbed the above two tops. Both tops had a wonderful fit and a modest/casual neckline that works for me.
The Gingham Skit was beautiful and looked much better on than it appeared on my computer screen. What a concept. The regular length was perfect and I had my sales associate go and get one size smaller. The fit, perfect although I take exception the Talbots calling it A-line. On to the denim skirt; absolutely the petite (length 18 1/2") would have been too short for a person of my age. After trying it on I went one size down on this item too. Both skirts are a heavier cotton material with some stretch, so the fit was perfect. Something I would have never known by ordering on-line.
Finding cute and flattering girl clothes does not need to be complex. Seeing how something will look on your body is so different from on-line shopping. And, much more fun. I have always found merchants willing to help and accommodating; even back when I was fashion clueless and "passing" was at best, marginal. Escape to shopping places were you find verity, and a range of sizes. Look for comfort, a flattering shape, and stay within your budget. Keep it Simple...
Talbots TIE-NECK TEE - SOLID - Magenta
Talbots EMBROIDERED DENIM SKIRT - Misses
Talbots GINGHAM A-LINE COTTON SKIRT - Misses
Talbots WIDE BAND PLATINUM JERSEY TEE - Indigo Blue
Budget note: All of the items above were on sale plus I had a $25.00 coupon. The Magenta top I did not purchase. I already have a Lilly t-shirt that is similar.