Monday, June 3, 2013

Monarch madness - new J Crew

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?
 

37 comments:

  1. I struggle with this urge on a daily basis!!!

    so glad the skirt worked out - it's fab! I know they just launched the 30% off reg items - maybe that sweater is in your future!

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    1. It's so hard to resist! No 30% off for us, though. In fact no discounts at all :-(
      Oh well - probably for the best. I might look a touch odd in head-to-toe butterflies...

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  2. You know what? I only have 2 j crew things. I am not a proper blogger am I? But you are starting to be a bad influence Ruth bc I am now tempted to browse through the website! Mind you they are opening a store in the autumn and nothing kills the urge in me to get something like something being so easily available.( I am a jaded cliched urbanite.) But I adore pencil skirts and that looks sooo nice on you! Love butterflies and a splash of red tempered with a black sweater and heels! Hot librarian look always works x

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    1. Tut tut Naomi, you must try harder ;-) you have Hermès scarves, though - far betterer than J Crew stuff!
      To be honest, I prefer winter J Crew usually. The summer stuff is often too preppy for me. I love their prints, though. And I love the fact that their clothes fit me. It's nigh impossible for me to buy stuff off the peg usually.
      Hot librarian is a look I'm certainly in favour of!

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  3. Oooh Thank you so much for posting this review of the skirt. I lust after it every morning and I too read that it runs very small and that the slit might not be appropriate for work. Can you comment on that? I am around 5'3" on a good day! I think I am going to try it now that the promo has started. I might go up a size just in case. Thank you again and enjoy it, it looks wonderful on you!!!

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    1. Hi MB, I'm not sure whether or not this skirt fits small - seems true to size to me, but I do usually buy petite sizes. The slit is fine for work, I'd say. I work at a university, though, so not a very conservative place. It might be a bit too risqué for a law firm, perhaps.
      If your 5'3" I'd say the slit won't be too high. The length is quite prim, being under the knee. I think you should go for it, especially with the US and Canadian promo going on. Hope this helps and let me know if you'd like measurements and I can post them.

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    2. Hi Ruth
      I ordered the skirt this morning after posting to your blog haha. I couldn't resist the promo either and the skirt was in stock in both a 4 and a 6, I am normally a 4 in pencil skirts but ordered the 6 just in case. I am thinking now that I should have gotten both to try, but hopefully the 6 will work out if not I will search down a 4!! Again the skirt was very flattering on you, quite stunning. Wear it often and enjoy!! I will keep you posted!

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    3. Hi MB, so glad you ordered it! I hope the 6 is a good size on you - looking forward to hearing your reviews when it arrives. It is lovely. I keep having to look at it in my wardrobe!

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  5. LOVE the skirt. Divine. The butterflies are really stunning, and it looks beautiful on you. I'm sure you'll be getting a lot of comments on it. Love your outfit at work today the scarf is gorgeous and lifts all the dark wintery look nicely xx

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    1. Thanks Heidi! There's nothing like the arrival of a bright or shiny item to cheer the soul! I can't help thinking this skirt would look amazing with your gold Miu Miu shoes!
      I am very pleased that I splurged on it. I must pause again now, though....

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  6. Love,love,love,love the skirt on you.
    I also have to seriously refrain from ordering the scarf and compilation neclace,haha.They are georgious on you:)

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    1. Thanks Ina! Of course, I think you should order a little something to ease the end of your holiday! The scarf would be lovely on you - sorry to be an enabler!

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    2. I already did,haha.
      I ordered the sequin cluster tee,the camille dress nd a maxidress!

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    3. Yay! Good choices, Ina! What colour Camille dress and which maxi?

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    4. I was to slow for the black(it dissapeared out of my cart),so i got the neon violet in the camille dress.
      The maxi is the silk trim maxi dress.

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    5. Love that maxi dress - looking forward to seeing pics when they arrive!

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  7. Luff.
    I am becoming more bold and garish as I age. In personality and in clothing style (while remaining a classy Sheila).
    If you want more bum you are welcome to some of mine. No really. Please.
    (Though I like garments that provide good butt- enhancement)

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    1. I'd love some of you bum!! Perhaps we can arrange a transfer?!!
      I love bright colours and garish patterns these days - I think it's
      Australian weather or something!

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  8. It's really beautiful! I think you'll get loads of wear out of it, it's very distinctive but looks great with all neutrals. I like the longer length and the slit up the front too. Perfect for summer or winter!

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    1. Thanks Dani. I thought of you as I saw the disappointing lining! Such a shame it's not silk, but there you go. You're right that it will be great for all seasons. I'll wear it with brighter cardigans and sleeveless tops in summer, and with knits in winter.

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    1. You are not wrong. Does this make it an investment ;-)

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  10. I think it's gorgeous and easily paired with neutrals, like Dani said. Love it!

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    1. Thanks so much. I love it with black, navy and grey. It also looks good with a cobalt blue blouse I've got. The yellow in it would go with a bright yellow top too, I reckon.
      And, if I ever do crack and get the Tippi in the same print. I WILL wear them together!!

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  11. The skirt is stunning, love it on you! The punk floral scarf also looks fantastic on you. You look amazing in all these bright colours!!

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    1. Thanks Louise. I'm loving the bright colours now it's getting so cold here!

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  12. Sending you cheers along with everyone else. The scarf and skirt are real nice and you wear it well. Love the "Angelina leg" shot. We have this promo now so I am trying to find some lovely item to add to my gorgeous mess. Maybe the cork clutch? Crazy crew ladies of the world unite!!! All the best, CC.

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    1. Haha! I wondered if anyone would comment on the 'Angelina' leg!! I wanted to show the slit, but it's hard to do it without doing the Ange leg thing!!
      The cork clutch is lovely... I also like the raffia invitation clutch.
      Or silver shoes! I reckon sliver shoes would be a good addition to anyone's wardrobe!
      Thanks for visiting!

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  13. You look hawt! I love it w/both the black and the grey. The compilation is nice with it, too :)

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    1. Thanks Gigi. And thanks again for posting about Jeannie's awful situation :-(

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  14. The skirt is ok to me and I LOVE butterflies and own quite a few prints. I just cannot get past the gorgeous butterfly print JCrew had out several years ago. Still going strong in my wardrobe and my daughters:) I bought every piece it came in; it was more colorful and not so one dimensional as JCrew's current prints. I just don't care for them. In the old print I have a swimsuit, scarf, sandals, two different purses, plus more!

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    1. Hi Genny, I'm not sure I even knew about J Crew when the old butterfly print was out. It's only been available to buy online for International customers for just over a year. I really love this print, so the old prints must have been even more amazing.
      Oh well.

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  15. I just ordered the skirt after reading your post! Thank goodness for the discount code. I just ordered the punk floral skirt a few days ago too. I just love the bright colors and the prints - you look absolutely fab in the skirt! J Crew should be giving you a dividend, look how many of us ordered the skirt today after your post!

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    1. Yay! I really hope you love it when it arrives, WhatLilly Found!
      I wish J Crew would give me a dividend!! That would be fantastic!
      The Punk Floral print is divine too, but I knew that the cut of the skirt in that fabric wouldn't suit me.
      Let us know when they arrive and what you think of them!

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  16. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this skirt on you!!!!! It is flat out gorgeous. The print is stunning and you're rocking this beauty to perfection!

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    1. Thanks so much, Rynetta!! I love the print so much. You rock the sweater too!!

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