Monthly Archives: September 2012

Outfit Idea: Purple Paisley + Polka-Dots

Elevated Style | J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Medallion Paisley 1

J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Medallion Paisley; J.Crew Mona Dreamweaver Pumps; J.Crew Perfect-Fit Ballet Button Tee (Hthr Graphite); J.Crew Polka-Dot Scarf (similar);

Elevated Style | J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Medallion Paisley 2

Just a quick outfit post from the weekend. I’m trying to get pencil skirts out of my system before the weather gets too cold! See here how I styled this same pencil skirt back in the Spring.

Also, note that this skirt is 22″ long. The skirt in my last post was 25.5″ long. It’s amazing how much of a difference 3″ makes. It’s also amazing how much I am in love with this polka-dot scarf?

Hope your week is going well :)

Readers: Would you mix prints?

Review: J.Crew Tall No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool

Elevated Style | J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool 1

J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool (Crimson Maple); J.Crew Merino V-Neck Cardigan (Hthr Flax); J.Crew Painter Boatneck Tee in Stripe; Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Leather Pumps; Ralph Lauren Newbury Flap Satchel

Elevated Style | J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool 5

Elevated Style | J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool 4

Elevated Style | J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool 3

Elevated Style | J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool 2

I recently added this Tall J.Crew pencil skirt to my collection. I fell in love with the rich burgundy color and soft wool material. Perfect for fall!

This is actually my first Tall skirt purchase from J.Crew. The regular-sized pencil skirts fit me well, but I’ve always been curious about the longer length. Verdict? Win!

  • Length: The Tall size is 25.5″ long, which is two inches longer than the regular size. On me, the Tall length hits me right below the knee—well before widest part of my calf. This is the best spot for a longer pencil skirt to hit as it accentuates the curves of your calfs rather than making you look stumpy. I find that longer length pencil skirts look best when paired with heels (to balance out the proportions).
  • Material: The double-serge wool has a weightier feel which is great for cooler weather and the skirt is fully lined to hide any imperfections.
  • Cut: I went with a size 6T because I wanted a slim, but not tight fit. With pencil skirts that go below the knee, you should be able to move, sit, and bend, but the skirt shouldn’t be too loose or else you’ll look frumpy.

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Readers: Have you tried Tall J.Crew pencil skirts before?

Outfit Idea: Burgundy + Magenta

Elevated Style | J.Crew Multistripe Long-Sleeve Boatneck Tee 1

J.Crew Multistripe Long-Sleeve Boatneck Tee; J.Crew Factory Accordion-Pleat Mini; J.Crew Bottom Gap Military Jacket; J.Crew Mona Dreamweaver Pumps; Tommy Hilfiger Sunglasses, DL40; Vintage Bracelet

Elevated Style | J.Crew Multistripe Long-Sleeve Boatneck Tee 2

Elevated Style | J.Crew Multistripe Long-Sleeve Boatneck Tee 3

You can see from my September style obsessions post that I really am obsessed with burgundy and magenta! Here’s an outfit I out together with my new striped shirt from J.Crew. The shirt is a bit short lengthwise, but you’d never know it when it’s tucked into a skirt.

Readers: How do you feel about this color combination?