You Had Me At J.Crew – Petite Size Wool Skirt

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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!

34 Comments

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    JulieY

    I think you may be in luck this season – lots of their skirts are very short! Do like that skirt on you – may be too high for taller folks, though!

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    AubreyOhDang!

    Is this color "English Saddle" on the site? If so, looks richer in your picture than online. I really like Olive Moss too.

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Elle

    That color is gorgeous on you, honestly the quintessential fall color. I ordered from J.Crew recently and hope things will fit me as, like you said, they have wacky sizing.

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Anonymous

    Ooooh…in love with the color! I have tops & jackets this color but no bottoms. Will def try it out…although I have the "scrawny-leg" syndrome too when it comes ot A-line or bell shaped skirts!
    ~G.R.I.T.S.

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Alterations Needed

    JulieY – This skirt was almost too short even for me! Yup, taller gals might have a hard time finding good skirt lengths this season.

    Aubrey – This skirt color is "henna". It looks more red on the website, but is a red-orange in real life.

    Elle – Good luck with your J.Crew haul. Sizing is so unpredictable!

    Grits – I think we actually have a very similar body type. =)

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Lemondrop Marie

    Love that color! I watched Oprah when she had their fashion director on the show, it was a great interview. Love love J Crew.
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Banhannas

    I really like the bell shape of the skirt! I gave up on toning my legs, they will still remain scrawny despite how many leg curls I'll do. I give the styling of your outfit an A+, looks like you transitioned into fall quite nicely. =0>

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    stylepint

    What a great find and the color is amazing! It seems like they've revamped their sizing yet again since the Minnie pant runs more TTS too. Maybe it's time to go back to J.Crew! =)

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Em

    The skirt looks better on you than it does on the model! And the color is luscious. Now I'm just waiting for it to go on sale…

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Cee

    You totally look like a J.Crew model! I thought it was a page from their catalog =P The skirt looks great on you and I hope they continue this trend away from vanity sizing!

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Claud

    Agree with JulieY, some of their skirts are very short this season. Yeah for us petites out there. Love their clothes a lot too. Love your outfit here, the skirt looks beautiful on you.

    I also bought the Severn lace mini skirt over the weekend to attend a bridal party. I was so so happy when I was able to fit into a 00. But they only carry this size at the store not online. Now, I'm so tempted to get the Dolce tweed mini which they have in 00 too at my store.

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Michelle

    Thanks for the heads up about the great fit. I feel your pain with J. Crew. I gave up on them this summer and devoted my shopping time to LOFT and Banana. I will have to peak in so that I can search for this skirt.

    I love that you paired it with navy. The bell shape is not so bad since it is a few inches above the knee. If it were to stop at the knee…that would look strange.

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    curls-and-pearls

    Hey you look TALL in these pics!!! What a great skirt and I LOVE the colour and pockets??? Perfection!

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    olyvia

    You do look like a jcrew model there :) that skirt color is awesome, it seems like it would be very versatile and match everything too. I don't think I even own anything that color or even seen a color like that around. Oh now I want to purchase it too!

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Really Petite

    Super cute outfit!!! And yes you do look like a J.Crew model!!! :)

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    MoneyMaus

    I love the skirt, and especially the color combination of rust/dark blue. It looks very Fall :) You could totally be a J.Crew model!

    PS I hate my scrawny legs, too.

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    kileen at cuteandlittle

    This outfit looks so great on you! I'm really loving that rust/navy blue combination. I'll definitely have to check out JCrew sometime to see what they have that'll fit!

    Thanks for the awesome post!

    Kileen
    http://cuteandlittle.com

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    PetiteXXS

    Love the color of the skirt for fall! I'm really surprised too that J.Crew even makes skirts that small… if only it comes in a more fitted silhouette, I'd be all over it! :)

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    PetiteAsianGirl

    Lovely skirt in a lovely, lovely color. Even after seeing your newsletter preview I went online and didn't recognize the skirt. I hope it goes on sale with 00's left…esp since it came in so many color choices! Curious why they made it numerical sizing if it has an elastic waistband.

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Jess

    I loooove this color. It looks great with your skin tone and the length is lovely on you. Lookin good!

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Anniekuro

    How cute!! I have to admit, the concept of an elastic wool skirt is very interesting. I will have to stalk j crew for a sale. The skirt looked so indecently short on the model…Hopefully that will put everyone off and there will be plenty of 00p skirts left over. Such beautiful color available too, j'adore.

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Bianca

    This looks beautiful! I really love the rust with the blues as well.

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Alterations Needed

    Banhannas – I tried doing all kinds of stuff to "build my calves"…yeah, never worked…lol.

    stylepint – I hope it's a trend! I would be so happy if I could shop at J.Crew regularly.

    Em – I'll be watching the sales as well. I'd like to get another color or two if the price is right. =P

    Claud – Yes! I saw you got the lace skirt in the AN Forum. Hmm…I might be going back to J.Crew very soon…lol.

  • Reply September 28, 2010

    I am Khatu

    their regular size in that skirt fits great as well, I think it has to do with the elastic. I almost bought the same one in gray. love this look btw.

  • Reply September 28, 2010

    Canadianpetite

    Yes, I too agree that your picture belongs in J.Crew catalogue. That color combo looks so lovely.

    Is this at a park? You were bold enough to take pics in public?? Lovely water view.

  • Reply September 29, 2010

    Callandra

    Great pictures! This is so funny because I was at JCrew Monday, saw this skirt and thought "perfect for the really tiny petite ladies like Kellly" hee hee And here you've bought it and it looks so great. I absolutely love your outfit!!

  • Reply November 3, 2010

    milk tea + polkadots

    The skirt is so cute. You did a fabulous job with the outfit! I've been eyeing their bell skirts since I first saw them in the catalog. :)

  • Reply January 18, 2011

    Anonymous

    you look fabulous in this outfit
    I'm proud to be petite if this is how good we can look.
    keep up the good work
    Petite From London, England

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    milk tea + polkadots

    The skirt is so cute. You did a fabulous job with the outfit! I've been eyeing their bell skirts since I first saw them in the catalog. :)

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Canadianpetite

    Yes, I too agree that your picture belongs in J.Crew catalogue. That color combo looks so lovely.

    Is this at a park? You were bold enough to take pics in public?? Lovely water view.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Anniekuro

    How cute!! I have to admit, the concept of an elastic wool skirt is very interesting. I will have to stalk j crew for a sale. The skirt looked so indecently short on the model…Hopefully that will put everyone off and there will be plenty of 00p skirts left over. Such beautiful color available too, j'adore.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    MoneyMaus

    I love the skirt, and especially the color combination of rust/dark blue. It looks very Fall :) You could totally be a J.Crew model!

    PS I hate my scrawny legs, too.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Michelle

    Thanks for the heads up about the great fit. I feel your pain with J. Crew. I gave up on them this summer and devoted my shopping time to LOFT and Banana. I will have to peak in so that I can search for this skirt.

    I love that you paired it with navy. The bell shape is not so bad since it is a few inches above the knee. If it were to stop at the knee…that would look strange.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Em

    The skirt looks better on you than it does on the model! And the color is luscious. Now I'm just waiting for it to go on sale…

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