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Let me start by saying, I love J.Crew. I love the styles, I love the fabrics, I love the colors…if I could, I would dress in J.Crew every day. However, J.Crew does not love me. Rather, J.Crew does not love my tiny petite frame, because J.Crew sizing is wacky. Even the J.Crew petites I’ve tried have fit me awful, and way over-sized, so when I found this J.Crew wool skirt in size 00, and it fit, I pounced on it instantly.
Walking past J.Crew, I glanced at the window display, and did a double take. My “spidey-sense” (or maybe I should call it my “petitey-sense”) went off, and I had to take a closer look at what appeared to be a teeny tiny skirt.
First I scoffed, because I know the items in J.Crew window displays merely look tiny because they are pinned to within an inch of their lives in back. That trick doesn’t work on me, J.Crew! So, I walked around to peer at the garment from the side, expecting to see it full of pins. No pins in sight! That skirt was tiny!
Not only was it tiny, but it was a beautiful rust color, which I absolutely adore, and am always trying to find to add to my wardrobe. I ran inside, and with the intensity of a bloodhound, scoured the racks until I found it. A few hanger flicks revealed a size 00 hiding in the back! Score!
I was unsure if the skirt flattered me in the dressing room, but my policy with finds such as this is: “buy now, decide later”, so I bought it to get it home for a better assessment.
Now…on to the skirt:
The composition is a thin, but heavenly 97% wool, 3% spandex, which I love, and it’s fully lined. The waistband is elasticized, which is what makes it so tiny, and the shape is called “bell”, which means it flares outwards from the waistband in a bell shape. The shape and mini cut makes it youthful and flirty, and the addition of pockets makes it…well…awesome.
The elastic waistband allows the skirt to sit wherever you want it to on your waist or hips, which is good for me because I don’t always look good in high waisted bottoms. I prefer the skirt to sit on my high hip, with a little belt added for cute-ness.
The skirt is a bit poofy, because of it’s bell shape, which I balanced out with my cardigan, in my favorite “X” shape, which helps to give me an exaggerated hourglass shape.
I’ll admit, I was a bit insecure about the bell shape because I thought it might be too poofy for my frame (aka…scrawny legs…*sigh*), but the shape is so fun and youthful, that I actually really like it now.
This skirt is still full price on the J.Crew site, and I saw not only this color (henna) but also the light gray (hthr aluminum) in my local J.Crew. More colors online, and size 00 is still available.
Another J.Crew skirt with the same cut, and thus, same petite size:
|J.Crew Velvet Bell Skirt|
Did I fulfill my lifelong dream of dressing like a J.Crew catalog, or what? =)
J.Crew – if you ever need a petite fit model…I’m available!