In honor of the fact that J.Crew is currently offering up to an additional 75% off certain pieces, and 40% off of a bunch of other items, I thought now would be a good time to post a quick review of skirt I recently got on sale: the Seersucker Pencil Skirt in Fragrant Lavender.
I ordered the skirt last week, when it was marked down to $59.99 plus 40% off (today, it’s $59.99 plus 75% off, so a grand total of $15. But, at the time of writing, it’s only available in size 00). It was final sale at the time, but a light purple skirt was on my want list, so I decided to take the relatively small risk. To improve my chances of getting the right size, I had a quick chat with a customer service rep, who gave me the dimensions of the size 6 and the 8: 30.5 inch waist and 39.5 inch hips and hem for the 6, 31.5 inch waist and 40.5 inch hips and hem for the 8.
I went with the 8, even though the waist was slightly too big, because I never know about the hips. It was slightly too big, but you really can’t tell looking at the picture, right? It is sitting a good three inches below my actual waist, but the wide waistband kind of obscures that fact.
One interesting thing about the cut of J.Crew’s pencil skirts (or at least this one) compared to others: the hip and hem sweep are the same measurement, which creates a straight up and down look, compared to the more shapely look you get when the hem is a few inches narrower that the hips. By way of comparison, I recently tried on a skirt from Boden with 39.5 inch hips and 36.5 hem. The effect was much more curvy, while here I just look like a stick.
I was kind of expecting a brighter shade of lavender, but this one is pretty pale. From a distance you can’t really see the stripes. I guess that’s fine, it makes the skirt more of a neutral than it would be if it were more in-your-face purple.
The fabric is very lightweight on the skirt, even with a poly lining. I actually have another seersucker skirt (I really like seersucker) from Banana in light blue that I compared to this one. The fabric on the Banana skirt is much heavier. The Banana skirt is also about an inch narrower and fits fine, so maybe I should have gone with the 6. Too late now, though.
All said, I’m pretty happy with it. Which is good, because I can’t send it back.