Your Thoughts? J.Crew Melanie Skirt

16/02/2011 § 5 Comments

I had the good fortune to attend the IFB Evolving Influence conference last week at Milk Studios, where I met up with fellow bloggers (and loverlies) StyleOnTheCouch and Mon Petit Chou Chou for a few panels, networking and post-conference libations.  Aside from coming away feeling inspired, it seemed our most popular topic of conversation that day was sparkles.  Evidently, nothing says NYFW like sparkles.  They were everywhere – sparkles on sparkles on sparkles (on bloggers! Oh my!).  Now, I am a firm supporter of glittering bijoux, but sequins and rhinestones?  I’m not so sure.

Encouraged by mademoiselles Style and Chou Chou I set out to find something that sparkles that I didn’t hate.  I managed to find a little something at J.Crew.

The Melanie is a taupe stretch merino wool skirt with sparkly paillettes.  If I’m going to do sparkles, they’d have to be paillettes.  I definitely could see myself wearing this at night, but during the day?  Not so fast.  Perhaps if I paired it with an oxford and a swingy cardigan or blazer, I might not feel like a walking disco ball.  But then again, is that what I am supposed to be embracing with this look?  Should I be delighting in the “look at me”-ness of this garment?  Am I missing the sparkly point?

Man.
That’s a lot of sparklies.

Want the Melanie skirt?  Scoop it here.  And let me know how you wear it!

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§ 5 Responses to Your Thoughts? J.Crew Melanie Skirt

  • Marissa says:

    I’m not much of a sparkle girl either, but J. Crew always seems to get sequins and rhinestones right.

  • I can see you in this. Paired with a simple top and pair of towering heels you’d be the highlight (sorry) of the night! J’adore, surely!

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  • Mariah says:

    I am definitely considering it. Perhaps we should also discuss price? Is it worth $350 for something I am not 100% sold on? Quandry!!

  • Milla says:

    Never heard of J Crew until Madame Obama showed up. What is the quality/price range like?

    x

    • Mariah says:

      My good friend who recently moved to London has been lamenting that J.Crew is nowhere to be found in Europe! J.Crew is a classic/preppy style staple here in the US. It’s a solid mid-range brand — you’d be hard pressed to find many items over $1k — and quality is middling to good (I have some J.Crew pieces that have lasted years). Aside from basics, they offer suiting for men and a whole slew of wedding and bridesmaid dresses. As of late they have been doing quite a few collaborations — Barbour, Belstaff, Alden, Timex, Cosabella — blending their own brand with the kind of accessories and etc. their customers were already buying. I have always been a big fan! On your next trip to New York you should definitely check out their new mens/womens boutiques on the Upper East Side. For fun also see the Men’s shop in Tribeca, which inhabits an old bar formerly called the Liquor Store and still retains much of its original character (designed by Partners and Spade). Right in my neighborhood!

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