|Mai Tai coctail (source)|
Mai Tai print did not get a lot of love or attention in the blogosphere but I was curious about it. I often tend to fall for floral prints if they have a lot of blue in it. I decided to order a silk tee and a pencil skirt. There is also a dress but it reads juvenile to me with the pleats, high neckline and high waist. My 10yo judged the shape as too young (for her!) and the print as too old (but I could wear it since I am old). I also knew the capris would be too much for me. But I thought both the tee and the skirt could be doable, although I wished the skirt would be a-line knee length. Don't know why because a-line almost never works for me but somehow I think it would be better.
|Collection Mai Tai floral skirt|
The skirt is currently showing as sold out but I would think it will pop back soon.
I ordered size 4 which is my regular pencil skirt size. The skirt fits me well but I have lost some weight recently so I would think that it runs slightly smaller in the waist and slightly bigger in the hips. When I measured it comparing to my other size 4 pencils it seems to be about inch difference in both measurements. The skirt is 67% silk and 33% cotton (with poly lining) so there is no give. It will also tend to wrinkle a little bit but it is not noticable because of the print. The fabric feels a little stiff, i think it is the silk content.
I like the piping on the sides, it adds some interest. the back is very slightly longer than the front and instead of the back vent this skirt has small slits on the sides. The lining ends at the beginning of the slit.
The print is pretty but not as bright and saturated as I hoped. it somehow looks 'older' irl than in the pictures.
I don't think I love the skirt enough to keep it. What do you think?
|Silk Tee in Mai Tai floral|
When I placed my order I actually had more hopes for the t-shirt. It is cheaper and I thought it will be easier to wear. I thought it is one of the items that you can easily dress up and down and will provide nice splash of color when worn with solids.
This tee is cut like other 'silk pocket tees' J.Crew released in the last two years. It is boxy and short with a high neckline. I know many of you don't like the shape, I personally don't mind it, although it is not the most flattering one. I guess the idea is that it is dressy fabric combined with casual shape. I still think it would be better if it was slightly longer, slightly nipped in the waist and have a slightly lower neckline. Well, of course that would be probably more expensive to produce. But here is an idea. How about losing the pocket to save some pennies? I totally don't see the point of the pocket, it is not functional (what would you put there?) and it is hardly visible.
I ordered the tee in my regular size 6 and I think it fits TTS, a bit loose and short, as intended. If you are small chested I think you can size down.
Again, I like it but I am not sure if I want to keep it. I think I may just wait for the price drop on this one.
Since I ordered both pieces, I wanted to try the 'hook-up' look. The colors are the same so the pieces match but it is definitely a bold statement. At the same time it needs some toughening up to avoid and 'old lady' vibe. I tried it with black accessories and I think it looks ok, but I am not sure if I would venture out like this (and where??).
That's all folks!
What do you think of Mai Tai pieces?
Should I keep any of them?
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