Monday, June 15, 2009

J.Crew: Navy Ikat Print Mini Skirt Review

This is the navy print mini skirt from J.Crew that I'm calling the Navy Ikat Print Mini Skirt (item #16577). It retails for $65, and was only available in this color, navy, from what I recall. This skirt is numerically-sized.

I tried this skirt on in a size 8, because that was the smallest size they had in-store. So I cannot really comment on the sizing too much. I actually liked the fit on the 8. It sat lower on my waist (closer to my hips), and the length was a nice, knee-length for me.

The fabric is a lot lighter than most of J.Crew's pencil or mini skirts this season. It's a fairly lightweight and smooth fabric. I want to say it's a cotton, but I'm not positive. I would liken it to a very lightweight cotton sateen, but with a smoother, silkier finish, as opposed to the cotton sateen, which has a bit of a brushed texture. The fabric does not really move or flow that well, but that is mostly because of the cut of the skirt itself. It is a very nice fabric for a slightly dressier summer skirt.

I really liked the fit on this skirt. I can really only comment on it wearing a size that is technically 2 sizes larger than I would normally wear in a mini skirt, but as most of you know, I love my clothes on the looser side, so this one made me very happy, especially because it helped with the length. The skirt itself is a standard mini skirt fit - very straight cut down, pretty much no movement overall.

The skirt has an overall navy and white pattern, which I like. I have to say that I prefer this print on the skirt over the cardigan, but I'm not sure why, as they are the same. I think the pattern works well in this color combination, and allows you to pair the skirt with a wide range of colors. I would keep the top simple, and I think the right accessories would dress this skirt up or down.

I left this skirt behind because I don't have a lot of places to wear it. I liked the feel of it, and though the pattern was cute, but I know I wouldn't wear it much, especially for the price. (If I were to cave and get any of the items in this pattern, it would be the shorts!)

What do you think? Do you own t his skirt? Have you seen it or tried it on? Do you prefer this skirt or the cardigan? How often do you think you would wear this pattern?


Julia June 15, 2009 at 8:15 PM  

I tried this skirt on. I really wanted to love it because I think the pattern is just really cute, but the skirt flared out in a slightly unflattering way in the back. I'm also not sure where I would wear it. It doesn't seem like something I could wear to work, and if I'm not at work, I tend to wear jeans.

HeidiG June 15, 2009 at 9:27 PM  

Pattern is way cute. I tried on the sweater,and it was just meh on me. Love it on the skirt, though!

MMM June 15, 2009 at 9:33 PM  

The skirt looks pretty good on you considering it's 2 sizes too big! FYI, I purchased the cardi and the print is called "Jakarta"!

I ended-up getting the cardi over the skirt because I got the blue & navy swirl-print mini instead! Where I live, I only have about 3 months worth of mini-skirt weather so I thought I would get more *wear* out of the cardi!?!

cdp June 15, 2009 at 10:56 PM  

I bought the Jakarta skirt, and love the pattern. The material is very lightweight, and I thought it would get a lot of wear this summer.

jcmama June 16, 2009 at 3:02 AM  

I got the cardigan in this print instead of the skirt. I'm not much of a skirt person and I'd get more wear out of the cardi. It does look good on you. I may have to try it on, but then my B&M is out of my size.