Pleats are the epitome of my aesthetic. They make me look polished, buttoned-up, tidy, put together…all qualities I strive to exude. Have you ever had a moment when an item of clothing, a pair of shoes, or an accessory just appeared before you? I don’t mean in a box marked free at the front of someone’s house. My colleague wore this Grace Karin skirt to the office one day, and I knew I had to have one too. She sent me the Amazon link, and just like that, I owned three of them (one in navy and two in black). This style is one of my biggest steals. Apparently, a lot of other women thought so too; 2,352 of them decided to write product reviews.
Although this skirt is rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, it’s worth all 5. There are a plethora of skirts under the same listing (including three dissimilar ones made of polyester), so read the description carefully before ordering. Also, follow the size chart provided in the product’s image lineup, not the one provided by Amazon. As I’ve already mentioned, I own this style in navy and black. Both colors have the same composition: 95% cotton and 5% spandex. The spandex helps to keep the skirt free of wrinkles. It doesn’t need to be ironed; a good steam will do the trick (here’s the steamer I use).
According to the description, you are supposed to hand-wash this skirt in cold water, but I refused. I chose to launder it in a garment bag in the washer on the cold setting, and it turned out fine. After a few washes, I noticed that the coloring of the navy skirt appeared to fade a bit even though I always let it air-dry. I don’t know if this would have happened if I had followed the washing instructions to a tee, but I’m really not concerned. For the record, I didn’t notice any fading in the black skirts after washing. Furthermore, the laundering process hasn’t damaged any buttons or zippers.
The skirt has a hidden zipper on the side, which zips up to the bottom of the waistband. There are two buttons at the waistband, and you may use either of them to secure it. The zippers aren’t made by YKK, but they are of sound construction. The product’s description says that there are two versions of this skirt, one with a zipper and two buttons (as I have described) and another version that zips all the way up through the waistband (without the buttons). Unfortunately, there isn’t an option to select your preferred version. All things considered, I really can’t think of a better skirt for $18.99.
Grace Karin skirt; ASOS top (old); Superga 2750 Cotu Classic (navy); LARLiving large French market basket; Kate Spade sunglasses (old)