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?

5 comments:

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.