J Crew’s sterling skirt in double-serge wool runs in regular (13543, 00-16) and petite (17528, 00P – 12) sizes and sells for $148. It’s available online only. The color choices are black, crimson maple, heather acorn and retro jade. Retro jade is on promo for $118 as of 9/5. Remember promo prices sometimes go up back up to fp before going down again.
Size 4 – waist = 29.125″, hips = 38.75″, length = 23.625″
Size 6 – waist = 30.125″, hips = 39.75″, length = 23.875″
Size 6P – waist = 29.125″, hips = 38.5″, length = 21.625″
Size 8P – waist = 30.125″, hips = 39.5″, length = 21.875″
Size 6P – This is last year’s version, 2011, the first release. I haven’t tried this year’s version, but I hear the A-line is not as prominent as the previous and the skirt is pretty much a pencil skirt. The A-shape didn’t strike me as very strong last year, but the skirt definitely looked different than the no. 2 pencil skirt. A couple notes:
2011 version – $138, regular size length = 25″
2012 version – $148, regular size length = 23.5″
I like the pockets on the skirt. According to the date on these pics, I am 2.5 months postpartum. What the hell happened! I looked good. Mini G isn’t eating nuggets yet, so I’m not not like I’m finishing my food & hers. lol I hope I get it together soon.
In this pic I don’t have it zipped all the way to the top and the skirt poked out as a result. The length is good in the P size. I usually prefer regular length skirts. I recall the fabric being nice.
Here’s a comparison of the flair skirt vs the sterling skirt. Could be quite helpful if you already own the flair skirt. I’m trying to look in my closet & winter bins to see what I already own that I don’t need dupes of. And getting rid of things that aren’t very flattering. Looking at these pics, I’m hoping I don’t own the flair skirt. lol The sterling is a much better choice. I carry weight in my stomach and in my rear. My hips are mostly straight, on the sides.
Yesterday I tried on the no. 2 double-serge pencil in retro grade…retro jade and it looked good. Size 4 fit best. I agree w/A JC Closet who mentioned that her pencil size seems to stay the same in the no. 2 and most pencils. Same for me (sz 4 or 6P). I decided to pass on the no. 2 pencil and get this year’s sterling in 6P. If the fit is straighter on the sides, closer to a pencil, that won’t bother me. I really like the pockets on the sterling & I think they will be more flattering at the middle, cutting it up. It’s possible that the pockets might look a smidge more casual than the pencil, with certain tops or sweaters, and that is also fine by me. I am concerned that 21.5″ will be too short for my taste, so I may have to go for the regular 4.
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