Metallic pleated midi skirt (SP15, B8881, $118) runs 000 – 16. Color choices are navy and pampered pink. 65% cotton, 35% viscose. The web description says it’s 28″ long, which is my inseam or very close to it. I tried the navy option on in this post.
Flower Power says….
Size 00 – For reference, I am 5-2 and my normal J.Crew skirt size is 00P. I tried an 00, because this skirt does not come in a petite size. This skirt is the only thing that has tempted me from J.Crew for quite some time. For the reasons that follow, I am on the fence about whether to keep it.
The material is poly (boo!) and its’s unlined (even worse). So, as the pictures show, you may need a slip for the pink, depending on how you wear it. I suppose you could get away without a slip if you wear a sweater or shirt that hits at your hip and covers your panty line. The pleats are really nice – and the skirt expand like an accordion when you are walking. This skirt is really pretty when you are in motion. The sheen is very subtle and classy. It’s the kind of thing that you see Japanese girls wearing all the time. I’ve travelled to Japan many times and am always struck by the feminine, classic, and most of all impeccably tailored pleated skirts that women of all ages wear there. It seems just about as common there as a pencil skirt. It was nice to find an affordable version here in the United States.
Flower Power: When I first put this on, I hated it. I wanted to return it when I wore it this way! I tried it on with a sleek top, tucked in. It seemed really unflattering. My stomach looked lumpy, and the hips ballooned out. I felt really like a square. Like one of my son’s little lego men. Also, the material is so sheer that you can see the outlines of where my shirt ended. You can also see the outline of my legs. I wasn’t loving the length, although this did fall in the “midi” range. The pink is really pretty, but since it’s not a natural fabric like silk, I will be terrified to get a stain on it (and I’ll have to take it to the dry cleaners to get it out).
Flower Power: I’m wearing dark underwear. This really needs a slip! If it were Japanese, they would have certainly lined it!
Flower Power: I was about to just put it back in the plastic and hightail it to my local store to return it, but I decided to try it with a short cardigan. Much much better. The cardigan covered the parts of the skirt that made me look matronly and got rid of the ballooning hip and lumpy tummy problem. The skirt flows really nicely when you walk, and the whole look is really feminine and timeless.
So, I’m not sure about it. If I keep it, I think I’ll ask J.Crew if they will shorten it (do they still give free tailoring to card members?). I’ll also wear it with maybe a grey sweater or maybe navy to make the look less sugary. It’s so funny how you can go from loving something, to absolutely hating it, to absolutely loving it again!
p.s. Brad Goreski and me.