Review: J.Crew Fitted Knit Mockneck Dress with Poplin Skirt

I always struggle to dress appropriately for the first weeks of spring: where I live, it’s rarely warm enough for bare legs but after months of being cocooned in puffers, I also yearn to wear something with movement.

Long dresses, especially Little (Long) Black Dresses, however, meet the challenges of this season perfectly. I recently added J.Crew‘s Fitted Knit Mockneck Dress with Poplin Skirt to my wardrobe and couldn’t be more pleased with the purchase (despite some fit issues that stem from the dress being only available in regular sizes).

The fit-and-flare silhouette is easy to style–just add a belt with an interesting buckle to help define the waist and create a visual break in head-to-toe monochrome. Then add a piece (or two) of jewelry for dressier occasions, and top with a jacket or cardigan on cooler days. While I have only worn this dress with ballet flats or pumps with low block heels, I can see it worn effortlessly with low-top sneakers or strappy sandals in the warmer months.

The fit is slightly small to size, but since the dress is a pullover style and the mockneck opening is on the narrow side (my head has an average circumference and I struggled to gracefully pull this dress over it), you’ll want to put this dress on before starting on hair and makeup.

Some potential fit issues that I want to raise for those who are short (or who have shorter torsos): since this dress is only available in “regular” sizes, the deep-cut armscye will likely show the edges of bra cups (so avoid bras with full coverage, especially if you are more buxom); and the hem hits at the ankle on 5’2 me so it may require adjustments to achieve the perfect length.

The bodice and skirt portions of the dress are constructed from different materials–but J.Crew managed to match the two opaque fabrics well enough that there are no discernible chromatic differences between the two parts.

The sturdy knit bodice–92% cotton and 8% elastane–has some stretch but is meant to hug the torso snugly. The lightweight woven skirt is 100% cotton, but drapes well–it does crease but the black fabric hides wrinkles well and I didn’t feel the need to steam the skirt before first wear. The dress, which has roomy side-seam pockets, is also conveniently machine washable, so I am planning on packing it for an upcoming trip.

In size XXS, the dress measures 52″ in overall length: the bodice measures 16″ from the mockneck to the elasticized waist, and the skirt portion measures 36″ from waist to hem.

The Fitted Knit Mockneck Dress with Poplin Skirt comes in two colorways: a “natural” white and the black that I am wearing here. It retails for $98, which is extremely reasonable for a piece that’s sure to receive a lot of wear in the coming months. Reformation offers a similar style (the “Sai Dress”) but it’s listed at twice the price.

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    This ensemble effortlessly combines classic elegance with modern flair, showcasing a keen eye for style, attention to detail, and the perfect finishing touch with custom cufflinks

    Posted 4.2.24 Reply