Saturday, June 13, 2009

J.Crew: Blue Paisley Mini Skirt Review

This is a mini skirt from J.Crew that I'm calling the Blue Paisley Mini Skirt (item #14856), which retails for $65. I only saw it in this one color, which had the color code BPA, which is where I got the blue paisley color from. I suppose it could also stand for black paisley, as well. It is numerically sized.

I tried this skirt on in a size 4. I found that it fits true to size, and is a fairly comfortable fit. The size 4 is fairly fitted through the hips, so if you are looking for a more relaxed fit, I would go up a size.

The skirt is a fairly standard mini skirt silhouette, with a straight cut down, based on the fit at the hips. I think this skirt was a bit more fitted than some of the other mini skirts I've tried on this season, such as the Owl-Eye Mini Skirt. I think it's a fairly flattering silhouette. It doesn't cling to your lower half, and it doesn't add volume either.

The fabric felt like a nice, midweight cotton sateen. It was a fairly solid, somewhat heavier weight cotton, and definitely had that smooth, sort of velvety texture of cotton sateen. The fabric was a bit on the stiffer side, and didn't move or flow incredibly well, but that may also be due to the shape of the skirt itself.

I thought the length on the skirt was very nice, but taller ladies may find that it's a bit too short. This came to a little bit above my knees.

The pattern was a saturated, cobalt blue background with a black paisley-like allover print. The print itself is fairly large, and I think the black works nicely with the blue color. It provides a contrast, but it's not a jarring or overwhelming color difference. I think you could probably wear a lot of different colors with this skirt, and I think you could easily style it as a fairly casual or more dressy piece (depending on the situation, of course). However, it's a fairly eye-catching pattern with a very solid blue color, so I think it would be best paired with simpler tops and accessories.

I left this skirt behind. I know I wouldn't really wear this skirt that much, both because of the length, and because of the pattern. While I know that the skirt would work with a lot of different options, I'd be reluctant to wear this skirt often because the pattern is so noticeable, but this is just my personal style. I think the colors on this skirt are very pretty, and it is a gorgeous design overall. I would have been interested in seeing this skirt in some other, lighter color combinations as well (say a light pink or purple with cream).

What do you think? Do you like this skirt? What would you pair it with? Are there any other colors you would like to see it in? Are there any other garments you would like to see this pattern on?


Anonymous June 13, 2009 at 9:39 PM  

It's less "noticeable" than then polka dot dress, and prettier too IMO.

MMM June 14, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

I wore this skirt to church this morning! I LOVE ti! :)