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

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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

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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?

Review: J.Crew Tall Memo Dress in Super 120s

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J.Crew Tall Memo Dress in Super 120s, Cinnamon Bib Necklace, J.Crew Factory Leopard Print Belt; J.Crew Factory Stretch Classic Button-Down Shirt

I’m not loving the J.Crew Memo dress on me. I really wanted to, but it just didn’t seem to work. The problem is definitely the pleating around the hips. The pleating starts at my waist and ends at the largest part of my hips. When I walk, the dress starts to bunch and creates a bulge of fabric around the pleating. Unfortunately, not flattering. I will be returning this dress.

A good sheath dress will show off curves, without being overly tight or uncomfortable to wear. This dress was the right length (just above the knees), the right size (4T) and the right color, but exaggerated my curves and was uncomfortable to wear. I think that this dress would be lovely on other tall ladies, but if you have larger hips like me, I would stay away from this dress!

The good news is that the other tall J.Crew dress I purchased looks a lot better on me and you can expect an outfit post next week.

Readers: Have you had any luck with this dress?

Outfit Idea: Neutrals + Metallic

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Ann Taylor Blouse; Anne Klein Pencil Skirt; Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Leather Pumps; Banana Republic Factory Necklace; Kathy Van Zeeland Bag; H&M Earrings; Vintage Bracelets

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I’ve been wearing a lot of color lately, but sometimes it’s nice to play with neutrals (black, brown, gray, navy blue, tan, white, etc.). Oftentimes, I find that wearing all neutrals makes me feel more sophisticated. It’s a very understated but classy way to dress. I generally like to jazz up neutrals with some sparkle―above I chose a mix of gold and silver metallic.

There’s nothing tall about this outfit. I bought the regular-sized skirt from Marshalls and the regular-sized shirt from Ann Taylor. With skirts and tops, I rarely ever have to buy tall sizes. Maybe that’s why I wear so many pencil skirts! It’s dresses and pants that I always have trouble with.

Readers: Do you ever have trouble finding skirts and tops that fit?