I’ve been waiting for this Miranda Bennett skirt for a while. I ordered it via Garmentory with some store credit a few weeks ago, and knew it would take a week or so to fulfill, but man, I was antsy!! And then, the fabric and dye was backordered, so it just arrived yesterday. I’ve wanted to try Miranda Bennett for a while, she is from Austin, and I love her simple designs – the tops and dresses look perfectly chic and easy. But then I saw this skirt, and pounced.
I chose this skirt to replace a similar style, and beloved Etoile Isabel Marant skirt I had to sell a while ago because it was to big for me to wear anymore; that skirt was a workhorse in my wardrobe and I’ve missed it. This is similar, because it has a higher waist, pleating, easy drape, and it’s “long.”
I LOVE the skirt, and it’s exactly what I was looking for. The raw silk is lovely, and feels better to me than “regular” silk, which makes me nervous because it feels too delicate for me. And raw silk is much more casual in my opinion. Whether it holds up as well as silk remains to be seen, I ran across this interesting tidbit about raw silk…that it’s “weaker” than silk?
I prefer to wear it with shirts tucked in – it’s a better look for me with wider silhouettes on my bottom-half. I tried it with my Everlane linen sleeveless top, and a my Rag & Bone/JEAN mock turtleneck sleeveless top, and loved all the looks. BUT. And it’s a big but:
The elastic in the waist is not secured AT ALL. And it’s wide. I’ve had issues with wide elastic before, and honestly, I don’t understand why at this price point, the elastic isn’t secured somehow into the waistband so it doesn’t twist and bend. I put it on, and immediately the elastic bent and while I was wearing it, was impossible to fix. And it only gets worse the more you try and fuss with it. Once I take it off, I can straighten it out, mostly, but the elastic is now folded under a bit in one place, which keeps the waistband from laying perfectly flat.
Now, my issue is, I can return it, minus a 25% fee, or I can take it to my tailor and have her stitch the elastic down on the inside of the waistband so it doesn’t twist. I’ve done that myself on one or two other skirts with a similar issue. So, of course I can do it myself also.
Perhaps it’s the principle of it though, and my frustration that a skirt which costs more than $200 isn’t finished absolutely perfectly. In my eyes anyway. Maybe stitching down the elastic would impact the way the skirt fits? or the way the waistband lays? My impression is that it will lay flatter, and better if it is secured. And I won’t have to worry about fussing with it to fix it every time I wear it.
I haven’t worn it out yet, I just put it on the second it arrived and decided to snap some photos. I love this skirt so much, and want to keep it, I just have to figure out a way to make it wearable without a lot of fussing. I’ve contacted the designer about it, to see what her suggestion is, and hopefully address some of the concerns I’ve raised here and I’ll post a follow-up when I hear back.
I have such an appreciation for smaller, independent designers, and I understand all the work and effort that goes into creating beautiful, wearable pieces. And I think the price point is usually very fair, given their smaller scale, local production and efforts to be more environmentally sustainable. BUT, for that price, I expect a lot. I expect effortless wear, and quality construction in exchange for that price.
What would you do??
**update!!! please see the comment from Miranda Bennett studio below – I also got an email that mentioned they’d noticed some issues with the elastic in some samples and worked with their seamstress to fix the problem prior to production – so I may have inadvertently been sent a sample. Anyway, I’m going to return the skirt for a replacement, or a fix, or whatever needs to be done. Problem solved. Can’t wait to be able to wear my skirt!!! 🙂