Thursday, August 25, 2011

Review: J.Crew Gallerista Skirt

The J.Crew Gallerista Skirt (item #52004) retails for $195 and comes in sizes 00-14. The description on the J.Crew website reads: "This dreamy floral print was created just for us by a print-house artist in Como, Italy (it's bound to turn heads at any fĂȘte, from art openings and fund-raisers, to Friday night weddings). Cotton. A-line shape. Sits at waist. Contour waistband. Fully lined. 23 1/2 " long. Import. Dry clean. Catalog/jcrew.com only."

The Gallerista skirt is one of the pieces that caught my eye when new arrivals were introduced on the website last week. I fell in love with the floral print, longer length, and overall silhouette (which reminds me of the Floral Long Swing Skirt which I already own and love), so I decided to order the Gallerista to see if the fit will be the same, and if I will love it as much IRL as I do on the website.
The colors and floral print are very beautiful in person, although I just cannot help feeling that J.Crew mixed up the release time of the two skirts. I think the Floral Swing Skirt is more appropriate to wear in the fall/winter season (especially to holiday parties), and the Gallerista seems like more of a springtime skirt to me. Not that it can't be worn in the fall, but that was just my initial thought when I first tried it on.


The skirt is 100% cotton and feels wonderful to the touch. The fabric is a substantial weight and the skirt is fully lined. It really is very lovely in person, IMO. Based on the measurements I received from the online CS Chat Rep, I ordered the size 0, because it was just slightly smaller at the waist (by about .25 inch) than the size 2 of the Floral Long Swing skirt (which is the size I own). Well, I think I should have ordered the size 2 instead. The skirt does fit me at the waist, but just. I definitely couldn't consider eating a decent meal when wearing it without becoming extremely uncomfortable. If I were to re-order the skirt (I'd love to get it at a sale price), I would go with the size 2, definitely.

I tried it on with my white Perfect shirt so that you all can see the small black waistband on the skirt. (I actually like it better styled with a wide belt at the waist, as it creates a more slimming effect at the waistline.) The skirt comes to my knee (for reference I am 5'4" and short waisted with a 31" inseam). The description on the website says the skirt is 23 1/2 inches long, but this will vary by size. I measured my skirt and it is actually 23 inches. The size 2 will more than likely be just a bit longer.
You can see from the side-view above that the skirt isn't overly full or *puffy*, and I think it actually hangs quite nicely in person. I had initially thought that the skirt does not have pockets, but Lolo let me know that it actually does...YAY! They are stitched shut when the skirt first arrives, so you have to look under the lining in the front to locate them. Then you can just snip the threads loose if you want to use the pockets or leave them sewn shut if you don't. Thanks again for the update Lolo...I knew the skirt was screaming *I have pockets!!!* for a reason.  :)

One more photo, this time I paired the skirt with a basic black crewneck tee (from GAP). You can see how the darker color on top helps to make it feel a bit more *fall like*, and I think it would look really pretty paired with a black turtleneck once the weather cools down, too.

What are your thoughts on the Gallerista skirt? Have you had the chance to see it IRL or try it on? Are you considering it as a purchase? If not at full-price, then will you consider it on sale? Please do share! :)


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xoxo,

33 comments:

  1. LOVE IT! It looks fabulous on you. I honestly was not interested in it until I saw your IRL photos. It's very cute and is now a "must have (on sale" for me! Thank you for the great review :)

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  2. So glad to see a review. Like you the skirt caught my eye but I was unsure of purchasing as a fall item. I love it and it looks great on you, especially with the basic styling.

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  3. Hi FFM! I just got my skirt yesterday, and I really like it. While I agree it is a little more summer than fall, I live in California so it works for me.

    I am also on the other side of the spectrum -- eihter a size 10 or 12. I took the size 12 and I am glad that I did since the waist just fits where I want it to. Regarding length, it came to my knee (I am 5' 9") so length definitely does vary a bit by size (I do not have exact measurement though).

    I dont know if I can return or wait for sale since the larger sizes were sold out last I checked (at least I got it with my 20% off though for cardholder).

    Finally, I wanted to add: this skirt does have pockets!!! They have temporary stitching so they are not obvious. To locate them, I checked under the lining in the front.

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  4. Thank you J.CrewJD and JenLynn! :)

    Lolo: Thank you for the information about the pockets. I just updated the post with it. Like you, I am in a warmer weather climate so the skirt will work for me here pretty much all year long. I know all the sizes seem to be going pretty quickly, so it's a tough call on what to do. I'm going to have to think on it a while. I do know that I would want to exchange for the size 2 though. From what you said about the way your skirt fits, it appears as if this is running a bit on the smaller side.

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  5. It's lovely on you. I had the same thought when I first saw the print, more Spring/Summer, but now I can see how it would work for Fall.
    Thanks for the great review. All your detail is very helpful.

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  6. I don't purchase many florals. This is on my wait for sale list though. I like the colors, and I'm also in a warm climate where I could wear this year round. It may end up selling out before it hits sale!

    I really love it on you, FFM. Seeing it in real life pictures actually makes me like it more than seeing it on the model.

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  7. You look great in the skirt, and I prefer your styling to the model. I think a fitted top is perfect.
    I tried the Foundry Pant in store today. The waist fit perfectly, but I couldn't get past the very long rise. I didn't mind the leg width, but they'd take some getting used to. I might give them another try if they get marked down.

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  8. Thank you Desert Flower and JulieStyles! :)

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  9. You are so welcome FFM! I am happy to contribute to your wonderful blog (which has helped me so much over the years)!

    And you are right, I also think the waist runs on the small side (either that or I have indulged in sweets a bit too much lately, which may or may not be true). :-)

    I am leaning toward keeping it, although I have not opened up the pockets yet (I love a dress or skirt with pockets). I need try it out with different items in my wardrobe. I know I have lots of colors that will go with it, so it will come down to whether or not the silhouettes look right and if I am successful dressing it up or down. You have given me some good ideas to start!

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  10. Thanks FFM for your review & styling tips. I ordered this yesterday to try on as part of my 20% off order and I think I am going to love it based on your review. I can see it going well with dark tights & a lot of turtleneck/cardigan colors this fall -- black, navy, beige, honey glaze. Can't wait.

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  11. Good eye. I didn't think of the floral swing when I saw it, but you're right. I don't wear many florals so I looked and then moved right past it. It's so pretty on you. It looks like you can wear it year round -- color wise -- esp where you are. I'm happy to hear more info on the floral swing skirt because I purchased it on final sale and haven't been able to try it on. I decided on the larger of my 2 sizes and it sounds like that was smart. Thanks for all the info :)

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  12. This skirt is gorgeous on you! Look at that teeny tiny waist! I agree with you about mixing up the releases of the floral swing skirt and this skirt...this definitely looks more like a spring skirt to me.

    Great review!

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  13. Thanks for the review! This skirt looks so cute!

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  14. Beautiful skirt! but I am more amazed by your miniscule waist!

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  15. I love this skirt on you.
    It is definitely something I would consider buying: the colors are great and it would be very nice with a couple of cashmere t shirts I already own.
    Thanks for the review!

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  16. The skirt looks terrific on you FFM. Definitely one to get, especially if you can get it for a sale price.

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  17. Marie: You're welcome! Please let me know what you think of the skirt when it arrives! :)

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  18. Thank you Gigi! I'm glad you did end up getting the Floral Long Swing skirt. It is going to be so pretty to wear during the holiday season, and I'm sure you will be fitting back into yours by then. :)

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  19. AllDressedUp and Dinster: Thank you! It's hard to believe that my waist was 23" before I had my boys. Then my entire midsection spread and I can't seem to get it back that small no matter what I try. When they say *A baby changes everything* they aren't kidding! :)

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  20. DaniBP: Thanks! This skirt would look so pretty on you! I hope you get the chance to try it! :)

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  21. Oh that is so beautiful on you and perfect for where you are but to me it seems an odd skirt to put out at this time of year.

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  22. What a great review FFM! I was dying to see how this looked on someone, and it looks fantastic on you. :)

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  23. I just got this skirt and I love it too. Had to size up to 6 and the fit is great. I actually love it with winter tops. I almost got the swing skirt but in the end I decided against it, because it would be hard to dress it down. But when I saw this one, I had no excuses.
    Wish it was cheaper, since even with 20% off, it still hurts my wallet.

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  24. ajc: I'm so glad to hear that you also got the skirt and love it! Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts on it! :)

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  25. You are really making me think about this skirt if it pops back in my size! Love it on you!

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