Tuesday, June 9, 2009

J.Crew: Fan Eyelet Mini Review

This is J.Crew's Fan Eyelet Mini (item #12923), which originally retailed for $98, and is currently on sale ($79.99 at last check). It comes in this one color, white, and is numerically sized. J.Crew describes the skirt as such:
Dainty and demure, our cotton eyelet skirt is delicately detailed with a fan pattern and scalloped hem. We finished it with a pretty grosgrain waistband. Slight A-line shape. Sits lower on waist. Side zip. Fully lined. 16" long. Import. Dry clean.
I tried this skirt on in a size 4 and I think it fits fairly true-to-size. I think it's a pretty comfortable fit, and lends itself towards the tighter side, which is nice or not nice in a mini skirt depending on how you look at it. ;) The length on the skirt was pretty nice - almost a regular skirt for me. If you wanted to get more length out of the skirt, I think you could size up.

The fabric on this skirt is a nice, solid cotton. I would say it's a little bit more on the stiffer side, but it is still nice to the touch, and fairly light. It doesn't move terribly well, but I think that's more of an effect of the cut and silhouette of the skirt itself, rather than being due to the fabric. I think the skirt is a tad bit on the sheer side. Notice that even in the model's picture, you can see where her tee-shirt begins. I guess this just means be careful what you wear underneath.

I think the pattern is very pretty. It has the allover fan shapes with the eyelet pattern on them, and they create a very feminine-looking scalloped hem on the bottom. The grosgrain ribbon waistband is also a very nice, sweet touch.

I think this skirt is fairly versatile, depending on the length you wear it at and how tightly you wear it. Because it's white, you can easily pair it with a whole bunch of different colors and accessories to dress it up or down. I think the pattern also easily translates from casual to more dressy occasions.

In the end, I left this skirt behind because of the length (have said before I'm not a mini skirt person, and will probably say it in every review of them I do, unfortunately) and because of the price. I thought $98 was a bit too much to spend on this skirt, given that I would hardly ever wear it. That said, I do think it is a really pretty skirt, and if I had some place to wear it, I might be tempted by it now that it's on sale.

What do you think? Do you like this skirt? Do you own it? Would you have liked to see it come in any other colors?


Lily G. June 9, 2009 at 5:36 PM  

What an adorable skirt!!

jcbellemarie June 9, 2009 at 6:22 PM  

I have this and love it - got it back in march. Bought it in store with the red card, sized up so it wouldn't have any "leg creases" when worn.

It also came in a grey in-store, which Ms. Mer reviewed. Gigi also has some IRL pics.

Anonymous June 10, 2009 at 12:43 AM  

It's a good length on you. The longer skirts make you look short.

HeidiG June 10, 2009 at 11:26 AM  

So cute! Love this on you. If I could get this and have it be long enough, I would.

Julia June 10, 2009 at 1:22 PM  

Oh I think this looks great on you! I tried it on yesterday since I saw it in the sale section, but it was sooo scary short, I wouldn't have been able to walk up stairs haha! It's a good length on you, you should get it!

JTS June 10, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

@LilyG - It really is! If I knew I would wear it, I would be tempted, especially with the sale and extra percent off :)

@jcbellemarie - Yeah, I was looking at these pictures and thinking those leg creases are pretty icky ;)

@Anon - Thank you! I don't mind looking short, as long as my legs don't look stumpy! :)

@HeidiG - Thank you! That is such a good point. I am always saying how everything is too long, but I can always get them shortened. I have a co-worker who is 6'8", and we agreed once that being short definitely has its advantages in terms of clothes tailoring!

@Julia - Thank you!! I would get it, but I have no idea where I would wear it, plus I would still be self conscious about the length :(