Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Little This, A Little That...



Love this...



And this...




On my Wishlist...

 (Silk Dervish Paisley Tunic)






Recently acquired and crossed off my list... 

(Mirror Dotted Dress)


And this...  

(Morning Story Dress -my review here.)


Speaking of the Morning Story Dress...I mentioned in my review that I went up a size because the dress was too short for my own personal comfort level (which for me is more mini-skirt length) in the smaller of my two sizes. The shorter length didn't look horrible on me or anything, but it was shorter than I prefer to wear at my age of 42, as it just didn't feel 'age-appropriate' for me personally. (I like the length of my skirts and dresses to hit  just above my knee, as that is the most flattering for my figure.)


This got me thinking...how short is too short for a woman over the age of 40? Shorter skirts are everywhere these days, and I see plenty of stylish women over 40 in the 'World of High Fashion' wearing them, but does that work for the average woman who isn't attending fashion shows or editing a fashion magazine? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Do you think it's ok for women over 40 to wear short (mini-length) skirts, or should they be avoided at all costs?


There was a new skirt from J.Crew added to the Net-a-Porter website last week...have you seen it yet?



It's called the Lace Pencil skirt, and the website description reads:

  • Coral lace
  • Eyelash-trimmed scalloped hem, vent at back, fully lined
  • Concealed hook and zip fastening at back
  • Fabric1: 62% viscose, 30% cotton, 8% polyamide; fabric2: 100% polyester; lining: 100% acetate
  • Dry clean
  • Designer color: Tea Rose

What do you think of the skirt? Do you like the color? Are you interested in seeing it in person once it hits the J.Crew website and retail stores? Hopefully that will happen in the next week or two...anyone know for sure when the next rollout will be?




I do know that J.Crew has been marking down a lot of items in anticipation of their Fall Collection. In fact, there were new promo-priced items and markdowns on the site this week, so I've updated the Promo-priced items lists, and also noted the ones that have now moved into the Summer Sale section. You can see the Women's list here and Men's list here. :) 

That's it for now...

So what have you been up to this week? Did you shop any of the July 4th sales? Do you have any special plans for the upcoming weekend? Please do share! I always love to hear from you!  :)

xoxo,

18 comments:

  1. Thank you for the updated J. Crew list! You always make it so easy for me to shop :) I LOVE the blue/white long dress you have pictured above - so pretty!

    I'm interested to see how people respond to your question on skirt length. Often times, I will go up a size just because I am not comfortable (as you mentioned above) or I don't think it would be appropriate/professional for me to wear to school. I think your point about translating from fashion shows/magazines to the real world is well made!

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    1. Hi Julie! Isn't that dress gorgeous? I would love to have one just like it. :)

      I agree with you about short skirts not being appropriate or professional enough to wear for your job at school. I personally think you are making the right decision to choose longer lengths.

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  2. I've read your blog for a while, but this is the first time I've commented.

    I think that right above the knee is fine. I don't do mini skirts either, since I hit my 30's. Due to my height, I'm usually ok with items that may appear shorter on taller ladies.

    I hit both Anthropologie & J Crew this week for accessories. I really want to see the fall items now.

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    1. Hi Melodie! Thank you so much for commenting! I always enjoy hearing what my readers have to say and appreciate everyone taking the time to share. :)

      I agree with you that right above the knee is fine. That is the length that I usually wear, as it is the most flattering for my height and leg shape. I think it is actually a very flattering length for many women.

      Thanks again for taking the time to comment! :)

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  3. I don't think over 40 means no skirts above the knee. For me it depends entirely on the environment. I am over 40 and work in a conservative office. I won't wear above the knee to work. At the knee or mid-knee cap is my preference, and I have skirts that fall lower as well. When I'm not at work, I will wear just above the knee. I admit that I am not at all comfortable with mini lengths at my age. I'm tall so inevitably things that look appropriate on others look very MDAL on me!

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    1. Hi Desert Flower! We have the same preferences when it comes to skirt lengths, although I know that it is easier for me to find longer lengths since I am much shorter than you. Have you had more luck recently since many designers have been making the longer lengths?

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    2. I really have! In fact, I was going to tell you I finally found a camel pencil skirt, after 2 years of searching. Yoox had a code for their anniversary, I picked up a very chic skirt for a great price. I also found a fabulous grey cotton knit dress during that same sale. No matter the skirt length, I prefer a skirt that comes in a bit at the knee so I often have that part tailored. I think the slightly longer lengths are more flattering when they are tapered in a bit, as opposed to boxy.

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    3. Desert Flower: Congratulations on finding your camel skirt! That is such fantastic news! Now you can finally cross that one off of your list. :)

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  4. Hi! I think right above the knee is the perfect length for a skirt or dress. However, if you absolutely do not like your knees , then the correct length is right below the knees. From what I have read in fashion/style books, "middle of the knee" is never good! Your skirt should always be right above or right below. Also, I don't feel comfortable wearing a mini skirt( or mid thigh length) at my age of 48 unless I am wearing it super casual or as a cover up with a tee over my bathing suit. ( ex: taking family to water park, etc.). When I see women my age wear mini skirts I think it kinda ages them ....

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    1. Hi anon@3:12pm! Well said, and I completely agree with everything you've stated! Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

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  5. After thinling about it in the last couple of years and observing many average women wearing short skirts and dresses I think this is really personal preference. If you have great legs you look ok IMO of the length is below mid tigh. Personally I prefer closer to the knee than mid tigh but just because about 1-2 inches above the knee is most flattering on my figure. It also depends on shape and proportions, mod dresses look ok shorter but full skirts I prefer to the knee. Also it depends if the cut is sexy or the neckline lower than I like the longer length to balance it. And vacations are different than office wear etc On the other hand I have no problem with 5 inch shorts. I have actually become more comfortable with slightly shorter but that may change one my knees fall to the ground, lol

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    1. Hi ajc! You have made some great observations over the past couple of years! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! :)

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  6. Love all of your picks as usual! I received my Morning Story today and completely love it even more at home. I also sized up in this one and got a nice bit of length to it, so I do recommend that as well. I'm planning to wear it tomorrow in the heat. Thanks again for highlighting this pretty dress!

    As for skirt lengths, I do think true minis are probably best left to the under-35 crowd, especially in a professional environment. That said, I'm ok with an inch or two above-knee/longer mini in the 34-45 age range if you keep it simple. Especially if you have great legs. I'd say at 45+, I'd personally stick with just above knee length or just below. Midi and maxi is fine, just as long as it doesn't get matronly, if that makes sense.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks shopwithm! I'm so glad to hear that you did end up getting the Morning Story dress. It really is so much prettier in person than online, and I know it will be adorable on you! Thanks for chiming in on the skirt length subject, too! :)

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  7. Terrific post & thanks so much too for the J. Crew update! Thinking of adding one more No. 2 pencil skirt in double serge cotton. Have found this to be a great staple. Have warm jade & royal violet...it may be time for the natural!
    Re the Lace Pencil Skirt...Have a similar JCrew skirt in navy from 2004-05* (approx. time) it is so versatile and still looks great. I remember the description saying it was lace woven in France and it is indeed beautiful. But wow, the price on this new interpretation. Although lovely, I think there has been a good selection/reasonable price of lace skirts recently yet this is almost sold out on Net-a-Porter.
    All the best.

    *It is time for me to confess that in a cleaning out mood in 2010, EVERY J. Crew from 2004-2010 was pitched. I don't know what came over me since I had referenced them fairly frequently and still enjoyed. How I have regretted that but in the heat of the moment...have the space just thought it was time to declutter the attic! Thanks so much to the folks that have posted archives on Flicker etc.

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    1. Hi Carol! Your 'vintage' J.Crew navy lace skirt sounds absolutely divine! The quality was so amazing back then, so I can just imagine how well-made and beautiful it is!

      I understand your regret in getting rid of older J.Crew pieces. There are some that I have sold or given away that I am just kicking myself over now. I am much more careful when it comes to editing my closet these days...I don't want anymore regrets. ;)

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  8. HI FFM, Yes, the 'vintage' skirt is divine & must agree the quality back then was awesome. Many of my favorite JC pieces are from that time period. They also still look great.

    I must apologize...my face is so red! I carefully re-read my posts before sending but in this last one above some key words went missing. Grrr. It should have read - EVERY J. Crew "Catalogue" (plus items that either didn't fit any more or wore poorly). Oh now I feel better :) having set the record straight.

    Thanks again for your great posts. I really enjoy your blog.

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    1. No need to apologize Carol, but I do know how you feel, as I've had quite a few typos in recent posts, and get quite frustrated with myself once I discover they have been up most of the day like that.

      Enjoy your day, and thank again for stopping by! :)

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