Rated 1 out of 5 by Hanna After it ripped at the seam for the third time...
I have bought over $2000 worth of J Crew suiting in Super 120's wool including 8 pencil skirts over the past 2 years in varying patterns, colors and sizes (okay, I may have bought more than $2000 worth of suiting now that I think about it). I have loved the fit, the availability in petite sizing and the feel of the fabric. But after the pencil skirt ripped at the seam for the third time (even in a larger size as I thought maybe it was me) and the suit jacket ripped at the seam for the fourth time (tried the larger size also), I am done. Did I mention the countless vintage cotton t-shirts that ripped within the first 3 washes, silk or polyester shirts that snagged within the first few wears and cashmere cardigan that pilled within 2 wears? I have loved your brand for so long, but I just cannot justify paying any money for something that I know will end up in the trashcan so soon. It's really become ridiculous.
June 12, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Danielle Great skirt - disappointing lining
I like the fit of the skirt and the fabric is fine, but the lining shrivelled into a big sticky ball, coating iron and ironing board, the minute I touched a (low-heat) iron to it. Very disappointing that the skirt, which appears to be fairly well made, would have such a cheap and flimsy lining, which I now need to pay to replace before my first wearing.
May 12, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by lawyer skirt ripped
I echo Hannah's review. The quality of JCrew items has plummeted over the years, and I've even spoken about this with employees in your stores, who agree. People who shop here value quality and would gladly pay more for clothes that don't fall apart. As a woman who often wears suits, I need clothing that holds up as well as men's attire. You might think I sound old, but I am in my mid-twenties! About five years ago, when women's stores began selling only fast fashion items, JCrew held out--and that's when I became a loyal customer. The Super 120s fabric doesn't mean anything if your pencil skirts restrict a woman's movement, if the sewing completely falls apart at the slit, if you downgrade the quality of the lining, and if you use cheap zippers + hooks. I have a Super 120s skirt from 2010 that has held up better than last year's version! I have purchased thousands of dollars of clothes from you over the years. But, JCrew, I will not be purchasing any more suits unless I see change.
February 13, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by parksb Not at all how they used to be....
I wore my super 120s pencil skirt so much that I figured I should buy another one. The new one, which I got in the mail about a month ago, is of really bad quality compared to the one I got a few years ago. It's much thinner, and it's not as good a fit as the old one. Also, I think it's less black than the old one, or at least more likely to fade. In short, it's made sloppily and the material is not good quality. Oh, but the price is more expensive than before... go figure.
June 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JenniferD Pencil Me In!
I purchased this skirt in Black and Heather Flannel, along with coordinating jackets and trousers, to replace some older suiting. Fabric is the right combination of structured and drapey (i.e., not stiff), and the perfect classic that will stay in my closet for years. I go between a 4 and 6 in pencil skirts - I took a 6 in this item, although some days I can fit into a 4. I think pencil skirts look best with heels, but a flatter shoe like the Kiki would also work. The fabric is a lighter-weight wool, not super heavy. While the Black and Heather Flannel will be more Fall and Winter options for me, J.Crew also offers Light Heather Gray, a great option for Spring and even into Summer. While I'll probably pair the skirt with a blouse and the 1035 jacket most times, it would also look great with the Classic Merino Long Cardigan or any of J.Crew's turtleneck sweaters in colder months.
June 2, 2014