Review: Ever Stillwater Silk Skirt in Size P

While returning some ill-fitting suiting to H&M, I somehow found my way to the contemporary department at Bloomingdales. This sort of thing happens to me all the time…one second I’m diligently heading back to my car, thinking about what to do for diner…and the next second I’ve somehow found my way to the store I had no intention of going into in the first place.

Fortunately, my side-track led me to a new discovery. Walking around, checking out the new Spring merchandise, I saw a sad little silk skirt that was much too small to fit properly on its hanger. A mean sales associate had stretched its little elastic waist band and forced it to stay clipped in a manner that even made me say, “ouch!”. I took the poor little skirt off its hanger, and my first thought was, “wow…this skirt is tiny!”

So off I went to the dressing room, and after a few twirls in the mirror…the little skirt came home with me.

Skirt: Ever, size P (Barneys) (Madison LA) (Shop.Ever)
Top: H&M T-shirt, size XS
Cardigan: Abercrombie & Fitch, size XS

By a brand called Ever, this skirt fits on the smallest part of my waist very snugly, so that I could even size up if I wanted to.  The elastic waistband is cut really small, so this skirt will work nicely for ladies even smaller than myself!

Knowing how hard it is to find garments in nice fabrics, that actually fit the way they should (not hanging off the hips when it’s supposed to be high-waisted…etc.), I was really excited about this silk skirt. The elastic waist band is completely wrapped in silk, so it’s doesn’t show or look ugly. I hate when a nice silk skirt is completely ruined by an ugly black elastic waist band! Bleh!

Besides that, the skirt is pleated so it flares out in a cute waist slimming silhouette, and has an exposed back zipper. And my favorite part about it…it has pockets!

What I’m not too excited about is the color. It’s marketed as “slate”, which to me should be a bluish grey right? This skirt looks anywhere from dark grey, to military green in certain light, which is hard to match. So if you were looking at my outfit and thinking, “has she gone color blind?”…no, I just don’t know how to match this color from the limited palate of my wardrobe.

If it came in a different color, I would give it a perfect “10″. Otherwise, I’d highly suggest it to anyone who knows how to incorporate this color into their wardrobe, because I just can’t seem to do it.

Any color combination suggestions to keep me from having to return it to the store?

16 Comments

  • Reply March 15, 2010

    PetiteAsianGirl

    Great find! I'm surprised that it runs so small considering it's not even numerical sizing – but then again elastic waisted items usually are not numerically sized.

    I'm usually a lover of gray or slate, but I see what you mean about this color. It's not a true gray, and has army green tints making it a little murky. I'm thinking you could be a little bold and pair a bright floral print top that has just slivers of gray or green to tie it together. Or something ultra feminine with lace as part of the "underwear as outerwear" trend which I've come to love.

    You should take the plunge and get something in P0 from Topshop…they have such flirty and pretty tops for Spring like I described above, and I'm almost confident that a 0 will fit you if you order the right item. I know some of those items may normally not be your style, but I've found myself venturing out of my comfort zone lately, inspired by the trendier dressers in the blogging world. I'd hate to see this little skirt go back!

  • Reply March 15, 2010

    PetiteAsianGirl

    ^Topshop.com, that is : )

  • Reply March 15, 2010

    Jen

    Oh man, you two should meet my wardrobe. I don't even buy clothing items to match anything at all since my mix and match is so spontaneous based on how I'm feeling that day. My brain is just a giant spreadsheet of the tons of clothes I own!

    That skirt is a lovely neutral I think, and I am immediately picturing it with a cherry red fitted cardigan or a neutral-tan outfit with red pumps. Greenish grey is fantastic with tans, white, cream, and red in my opinion! Even a bright purple would look nice. I would just avoid greens and greys since those will tilt the color of the skirt one direction or another, making it tough to coordinate.

  • Reply March 15, 2010

    Jenn

    On the website, this is listed as sulfur, and it looks like the same color, so that might explain the green tone. I would pair this with crisp white if you want to stick to simple, neutrals, or you could definitely go with light pink, or even a lavender, depending on the undertone of the color. I agree with PAG and go with something more flirty and feminine on the top…it should offset the severity of the skirt color.

  • Reply March 15, 2010

    Alterations Needed

    Thanks ladies! I'll take another look at my closet and see if I can't come up with some better matches.

    PAG – I'm scared to order from Topshop. $15 shipping! Yikes!

  • Reply March 16, 2010

    Nukem

    Cute skirt! I love pockets on anything. I would pair it with a dark red (like a maroonish) color top or go the opposite and do a yellow.

  • Reply March 16, 2010

    Jackie

    That's cute!! I have to try Ever now…

  • Reply March 16, 2010

    Wendy

    Oh, that's SO cute! I would pair it with a white boyfriend tank tucked in, or a white tank with ruffles, like your Ann Taylor Front Shell or something similar in white? Or even your LOFT Corsage Button down. :) That skirt is TOO CUTE to go back!

  • Reply March 23, 2010

    Eireann

    I wear that color and similar shades all the time–with a dark rusty orange sweater or vest over a white collared shirt, with a black turtleneck, with dark-tan, with a pale lavendar silk tunic I have, with a dark yellow cardigan…. I love this skirt! I wish I were in the US so I could get one. Beautiful.

    I actually think it looks nice how your'e wearing it–especially with those shoes.

  • Reply March 23, 2010

    Eireann

    ^ oops, "you're"

  • Reply June 5, 2010

    MAL25

    AN,

    This skirt is 40% off here:
    http://shop.ever-us.com/women/bottoms/stillwater-silk.html

    It is still available in "petite" and size small. I really like the skirt, but I am unsure of what size I should order (it is final sale). Is your's XS or Petite? Would you recommend sizing up from an XS?

    5'2" / 87 – 90 lbs / 30-23-28

  • Reply June 5, 2010

    Alterations Needed

    MAL25 – My skirt is "petite", which is the same as XS. For some reason, certain retailers call the same size two different things. For your measurements, the petite should be fine.

    I tried the Small on too, and the waist fit, but the skirt was a bit more voluminous. I liked the fit of the Petite better. On your small frame, I'd suggest the Petite as well.

  • Reply June 5, 2010

    MAL25

    okay, great! Thank you.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Eireann

    I wear that color and similar shades all the time–with a dark rusty orange sweater or vest over a white collared shirt, with a black turtleneck, with dark-tan, with a pale lavendar silk tunic I have, with a dark yellow cardigan…. I love this skirt! I wish I were in the US so I could get one. Beautiful.

    I actually think it looks nice how your'e wearing it–especially with those shoes.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Eireann

    ^ oops, "you're"

  • Reply December 18, 2012

    royalbuff

    This outfit is adorable! Love the ‘pop’ of colour with the maroon heels.

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