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Here’s the thing about me: when I love something and it is reasonably priced, I tend to buy it in multiples. So it should come as no surprise that that’s the case with the J.Crew Gwyneth Slip Skirt.
Back in August I added a simple black version to my closet and no less than a week later turned around and snapped up another version in navy blue. It’s just that good. I’ve now owned both skirts for a little over a month and can tell you that I’ve easily worn each one multiple times a week since.
Let’s talk details shall we? The ’90s style skirt hits just below the knee but not quite at midi length, so it’s in the middle ground of dressed up and not too fussy. This is also of note because I do think the cut lengthens the silhouette, particularly on someone like me who isn’t necessarily short but doesn’t have a strong vertical line.
Another thing that I love: the waist is elastic, but you can’t see it, lending to an appearance that it is a bit more expensive—and perhaps the suggestion of a hidden zipper. There’s also the fact that the slip doesn’t have static stick (at least while it’s still warm), which I find can be the case with many slip skirts year round. Talk about a pain. But with the Gwyneth, that’s not an issue.
Of course, there’s also the fact that the fabrication is quite weighty so it lays really elegantly; no lumps and bumps. And it still moves beautifully with you as you go about your day. A piece that was made to be worn! Speaking of, I find I can wear the Gwyneth at my natural waist and a little bit lower slung—depending on the vibe I’m going for.
All of these design elements lend to a piece that is truly unfussy and seamlessly pairs with just about any blouse, jacket, tee, or sweater. Wear it with boots and you’ve got yourself a grungy OOTD, with Mary Janes an office appropriate ensemble—I could go on.
Next on my list is another color… I’m thinking warm boulder to pair with all the soft neutrals I like to wear during the fall and winter. But let’s be real, I’ll probably snap up a few other shades while I’m at it.