Review : J. Crew Flair Skirt in Double-serge Wool

February 17, 2012

The J. Crew Flair Skirt in Double-serge wool is one of my favorite finds from the retailer last fall. I admittedly went a little crazy in collecting the colors but they've proven to be a solid choice on days when I need a little more mobility than what pencil skirts can afford me. 

I received a few emails asking for a more detailed review so here are my thoughts.

The material used is nearly identical to the No. 2 Pencil Skirts I reviewed recently (post here) but the colors offered are much more subdued. I believe henna (brick red), cool pine (pine green), dark navy, purple dawn (light pinkish purple), heather acorn (camel), and black were the colors available.
The flair skirt in 00P is the best fitting J. Crew skirt I own. The waist fits perfectly at about 12inches across and the shape flares out just enough to give my otherwise shapeless behind a boost.
The beautiful fall colors are also perfect for dreary winter days when paired with a pair of wool tights.
From top to bottom: Henna, Cool Pine, and Dark Navy
I also bought the skirt in a classic plaid print. The 00 regular is about an inch wider in the waist and several inches longer. The fit isn't as perfect but the subtle change in silhouette gives the skirt a little more versatility.
And lastly, here's how the flair skirts stack up against the no. 2 pencil skirt in terms of shape.
No. 2 Pencil Skirt in 00P vs. Flair Skirt in 00R
No. 2 Pencil Skirt in 00P vs. Flair Skirt in 00P
Here are the measurements for the flair skirt given to me by J. Crew's live chat service. I find that the waist measurements given were about an inch bigger than when I measured so feel free to subtract an inch from the waist measurements in the table.
I've mentioned this previously but I find that the more "straight" shaped you are, the more flattering this skirt will probably be. A few shapely ladies advised me that a more filled out behind distorts the shape of the flared out bottom slightly so please take that into consideration as well.
Let me know if you have any other questions. For those of you who bought it, what did you think?

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