Sunday, April 6, 2014

J Crew Rosewood pencil skirt review

Apologies for absence and another very short post. Still no Internet chez nous.

It is particularly annoying that just as I got a splendid new laptop, our Internet went on an extended holiday…

So, a very quick review of the J Crew Soft Pencil skirt in Rosewood.

I ordered this with an extra 30% off the sale price, so it ended up being around $69 AUS.
As mentioned by other reviewers, it’s polyester (I was very worried about this), but it’s actually a quite pleasant, drapey fabric. Much better than I expected! I wouldn’t wear this in our humid summer, but it’s perfect for our Autumn and early winter.


I got the smallest size, 00. I almost always wear a P00 in J Crew, being petite, but this particular style didn’t come in petite sizes. It is a touch too big in the hips and waist. I could probably get it taken in an inch or so, but I’m thinking of leaving it this size so that I can layer tights and a thermal vest under it… we will see. I may well end up at the tailor.

The length is also a touch on the longer side, but again, with long boots in winter I think it will work better this length than above the knee.


Excuse the dark and unclear pic. Worn here with a J Crew navy cotton sweater and APC bronze sandals.

What do you think?

Hope you've had/are having a good weekend.
Please send fast Internet vibes our way....

32 comments:

  1. Great choice. The Rosewood skirt looks like it will span the seasons. I liked the pattern but was concerned about the length. I think the slit makes it very wearable for petites and I love the idea of pairing it with boots. I'm going to see if I can find one in my size.

    Sending you positive internet vibes!!! We've certainly become accustomed to having this connection to each other.

    BTW - I loved the wavy hair look in your previous post.

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  2. Thanks Maryeb!

    It’s a good trans-seasonal skirt, and I’m pleased with it. The length is a bit longer than normal, but not too long. I’m 5’1/2” ish for reference. Hope you manage to get one!

    It’s very inconvenient not having internet at home. We’re hoping they’ll fix it this week. If not, I’m going to contact the Telecommunications Ombudsman!

    Thanks for the hair compliment - humidity makes it a bit wild!

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  3. The pattern on that skirt is so pretty. Perfect for your autumn and winter.
    The internet thing, that's a big pain! We were away taking care of my mother-in-law for an overnight and there is no wireless internet at their house, so I didn't even bring my laptop. It was like being back in the 1980's!
    I hope it gets fixed soon, have a great week Ruth.

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    1. Thanks Dani - I did shudder at the thought of poly, but ordered regardless and it's a good heavy fabric with lovely drape, so no regrets!
      The lack of internet is truly crap.
      On the up-side, we are doing a lot more non-screen activities!

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  4. Love the skirt, Ruth! I hope you internet is sorted soon - we miss you!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! Miss you all too - I grab moments at work, but it's hard!

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  5. It looks really good on you. I had a feeling it would. Continued luck & wishes that the internet gets fixed.

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    1. Thanks Gigi! Am going to contact the Ombudsman tomorrrow: still no sign of it, and no phone line either.

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  6. Ombudsman complaint! It's the only way. Suddenly Telstra start calling you... Love the skirt, and think the pattern suits Autumn/ Winter more than Spring/ Summer. xx

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    1. Will do, Heidi.
      It is a far more Autumnal skirt than summer. The fabric would make it a sticky mess in summer

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  7. It's very pretty and actually look comfy for a pencil skirt.
    I'm an absolute peasant, polyester doesn't bother me at all.

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    1. It is comfy, probably because it's a bit too big!
      I find pencil skirts quite comfy anyway, although not as comfy as sack-like dresses, but I rarely wear those these days.
      Nothing wrong with poly as long as it's not summer here!

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  8. The skirt is really nice and the slit is well placed. I do think just keep it so as you say you can layer it with tights bc the fit looks just fine on you.

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    1. You're right Naomi, it's good as it is.
      No sign of Autumn yet, but the mornings are cooler.
      I'm off to Melbourne to a Conference next week, and the temps are significantly cooler there.

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  9. So glad it worked on you ruth!
    It looks lovely!!! Not sure why it looked so awaful on me:)

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    1. Thanks Ina!
      I thought it looked fine on you, but if you didn't like it... I think you're far more of a pants girl than me!

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  10. I stopped thinking at poly, but those sandals are haunting me.
    You look great and actually the skirt doesn't scream "synthetic" but looks very wearable.

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    1. Fred, it's really not too poly, if you k now what I mean.
      The sandals are APC Roma sandals from this season - they also come in black, but I never wear black sandals.... or very rarely!

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  11. Very nice! You definitely have the figure and gams for pencil skirts; a look I strongly endorse.

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    1. Your endorsement is noted, dear GSL!

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  12. I love this skirt on you!!!! It's one of my favorite J. Crew skirts!

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    1. Thanks Rynetta! I was inspired by you and Gigi's reviews!

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  13. What! Still no Internet yet? I keep feeling as if we're in the same hemisphere, we're expecting 92F tomorrow! But still I will be in trousers ...

    You look great in a pencil skirt, this one will be good with boots in winter.

    Fast internet to ruth ... fast internet to ruth!

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    1. Thanks TR! 92 degrees sounds very hot indeed... that's about 34 degrees isn't it? Can't cope with Fahrenheit!!
      Ii'm planning to wear it with the Daniele Arancanis from last year and my ancient Dries tan boots in winter.

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  14. Hi Ruth. I really like this skirt on you and can't wait to see how you style it. It is always so interesting how you are able to make things work for your opposite seasons. I think this would look great with boots.

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    1. Thanks shopping Celle. I'll be wearing it with boots once it gets colder here. Sydney weather is quite mild in winter, so I think it will work well.

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  15. You look great in the skirt Ruth. The foulard pattern can be styled so many ways. I don't know how you are able to manage without internet at home, I'm far too dependent on it I think. Hope it is resolved soon.

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    1. Thanks xoxo! I did take a long time but is now fixed!

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  16. Hi Ruth, the skirt looks great on you. You are killing me with your shoe collection - I adore those sandals!!!

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  17. That's a beautiful bag.
    Posting from the iPhone is the new definition of hell. You must still have your eyesight!

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