Today, the Collection Monarch skirt arrived!!
As you can see, it's very bright, with HUGE butterflies all over it.
The description from the mad J Crew copywriter is as follows:
"This silk-linen pencil skirt gets a look-at-me upgrade in a monarch butterfly motif whipped up by our women's designer. (The vivid print was inspired by the colorful botanicals in Time Life nature books he used to look at as a child.)"
I'm not sure if I'm going a bit eccentric in my middle-age, but I absolutely adore this print. J, my husband, was pretty horrified by the look of it on the J Crew site, and thought I was daft to order it, but even he admits it's pretty amazing in real life.
The fabric is a fairly substantial 51% silk 49% linen mix. Lined with polyester (boo).
It is a bit longer than the usual pencil skirts: 24" or so.
It also has a daring split up one side:
Please excuse the terribly blurry, dull photos. I was so excited to get it that I had to take pics immediately, even though it's too dark, really.
I'm wearing it here with a black Martin Margiela sweater, my new J Crew Compilation necklace and some black Veronique Branquinho pumps.
Here with a grotty grey AA tee and beige pumps.
This is a size 00. I was a bit worried about it fitting because there was some talk of it being a small fit. Luckily it's fine. I usually buy P00 in J Crew bottoms as I've got fairly slim hips and a flat bum.
It's a little roomy in the hips, but I think it's good to have a bit of room. It wouldn't look good too tight.
I'm about 158cm (5'2" ish) on a good day, so as you can see, the length is sort of glam 50's just below the knee:
I'm going to wear it with black opaques and boots for our winter, as it's too cold for bare legs right now. I'll wear it sans tights and with sandals once the weather warms up in September.
Altogether, I am thrilled with it. I love the print. If I had lots of $$$ I would order the cashmere sweater in the same print and wear them together.
See, I am turning into Crazy Crew Lady.
Today it was chilly in Sydney. I wore a J Crew cashmere boyfriend sweater, my new punk floral scarf (Thanks C!!) black jeans, grey ankle boots and an old Lover by Susien Chong black coat.
Here's one final pic where you can see the necklace a bit more clearly.
I'm planning to wear this outfit to a friend's dinner party at the weekend if it's not too freezing.
Thanks for reading. Do you ever have the urge to wear lots of very loud prints altogether?