Review: Rachel by Rachel Roy sz XXS Skirts

A few weeks ago, I ordered two Rachel Rachel Roy skirts during the friends & family sale online. I had been eying this brand for a while, wondering whether it was petite-friendly. I ended up picking out two items that I hoped to incorporate into my summer work wardrobe. I envisioned wearing both skirts with a black blazer and black pumps on "casual Fridays."

First up, Elastic Gathered Skirt sz XXS, $89:
Wearing: Cheapie Mossimo nude pumps in 5.5 (sold here)

Pros (+): elastic waist fit me snugly, length was good
Cons (-): skirt was much too poofy and not tapered at all, print looked gaudy in person, scratchy material w/ no lining
Verdict: Return.

I wish the pictures captured how voluminous the skirt was. The bf shook his head the second I slipped it on. Although the waistband was very tiny, the hips and bottom opening were just too big for someone my size. Also, for $90 (I got it for 30% off) I was not impressed by the workmanship. A reader (Pansy) had warned me about this line "not being the best quality!" I would say my H&M Trend skirts are better crafted for $35 to $40 a piece.

Second item, knit striped skirt sz XXS, (on clearance for $25):
I was silly for thinking this skirt might be work-appropriate...I felt so hoochie in it! The style looks like it could be a bandage skirt, but rather the material was too flimsy to have a "control-top" effect like true bandage material should. It felt like I had a sweater skirt on, and every panty line / butt cheek roll showed through.

Pros (+): Really fitted (a con for conservative ladies), good for going out
Cons (-): Flimsy material, practically no crafstmanship, showed lines.
Verdict: Return.

I guess I am cheap...the skirt was just $25 and I still could not convince myself to keep it. I have enough clothes for going out from H&M/F21. Ended up paying $5 to ship everything back.

Consensus: A disappointing haul overall because I expected better quality and attention to detail for the price. The fit of an XXS, however, can be petite-friendly if you choose items on which length doesn't matter - like skirts. Be on the lookout for stretchy materials or elastic waists. I've seen RR blazers look great on other bloggers, but a reader (Pink Pamplemouse) mentioned that their tops run larger than their bottoms, so I will not be ordering any more items to try. 

Readers - any Rachel Rachel Roy fans out there? Share your thoughts!

28 comments:

  1. aww they look pretty nice but i agree, they could fit a lot better. those nude pumps you're wearing are killer - i really need to invest in a pair :) they make your legs look long

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  2. Sorry to hear things didn't work out, but I agree with both returns. I'm not a fan of the color/print of the first one and can't believe it's so expensive and isn't even lined. You look great in the second one but not worth the $25 if it's so flimsy, especially when you already have similar items. And geez, I really wish I had your figure!

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  3. I'd have to agree with your final verdicts!

    Actually I think in general the Rachel Roy brand isn't really work-friendly in general. Maybe some of her dresses are but I'd say her items are more on the trendy side.

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  4. The second skirt reminds me of a bcbgeneration skirt I bought a couple weeks ago for $19, solid grey bandage/sweater style pencil skirt. Really classy and fit nicely! I even got the small instead of xs (they go down to xxs) since the waist on xs nipped in a bit waspishly. If you have bcbgeneration or bcbgirls you should look into it!

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  5. Thanks for venturing into unchartered petite-friendly waters!

    Bummer about the quality! I had high hopes for the first skirt when you first posted about ordering them, as it looked pretty in the stock photo. I was hoping for another tiny brand to add to my arsenal! Darn!

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  6. I have looked through her site before because my bf got me these really cute earring from Macy's and they were Rachel by Rachel Roy. I was hesitant in ordering because I hate returning stuff and especially paying to ship back the items.

    Thanks for the review and helping me save time and $. The quality of the material doesn't look very nice either. There are better out there for cheaper.

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  7. I like the second skirt but I know what you mean about being able to see EVERYTHING underneath it. =P Sorry nothing worked out for you -I hate paying shipping but return shipping too?? Even worse. =(

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  8. Lol @ hoochie skirt, front and back view look fine, but side view is pretty scando for office wear!

    I totally return cheap things if the fit isn't right and I know I won't wear it. No use in spending even an extra $5 if it's just going to waste!

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  9. Dang that's too bad about these items :( I agree, they both don't seem worth keeping at all. Even the bandage skirt isn't very flattering with all those horizontal stripes - it looks like something you wouldn't be able to breathe in!

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  10. that first skirt actually looked like a houndstooth print to me for some reason. sorry to hear that neither skirt worked out for you, but i think when it comes to being petite, a well-fitted skirt is important because otherwise you look "hippy" or disproportionate overall. thanks for noting the pros and cons though, they definitely help with future purchases!

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  11. I was looking forward to your review of Rachel Roy pieces. Those skirts are nice but I am not sure if those prints are me. But it's nice to have something different than solid clothes in the closet. Thanks for the review. It was great!

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  12. the first skirt is cute..but I wont pay $90 for it though. You can definitely find cuter work skirt somewhere else for a lot cheaper! 2nd skirt is definitely a no-no for work..at least for me since I work in a corporate world.=)

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  13. Jen - where did you buy BCBGeneration? Only place I know of is Macy's.

    AN - unchartered waters, lol! Yes this brand was on my radar for a while...and now sadly the Shopsense ads will be removed from my sidebar.

    Ping - you should probably stick to the accessories at Macys! They don't accept in-store returns (obviously, not through Macy's) so paying return shipping did suck.

    Janice - exactly, why waste even a few bucks on stuff that you don't love. I have no regrets sending these back!

    MizzJ- actually it's not "tight" at all ... hard to describe. It's very clingy, but not tight or restricting, so breathing was ok : )

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  14. Hahaha wow I never thought I'd see the word "hoochie" on this blog! :p

    You look angry in the first photo hehe. It's cute though
    I actually like the 2nd skirt a lot - not for work, but for date night or something. The colors look good on you, and you're so thin you can pull off those style skirt! I know what you mean about lines showing through, but at night it's harder to see those things.

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  15. Thank you for the review. I have been wondering about this purchase.

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  16. Wow, I thought the quality would be up there due to her name and the price point, guess not! I'll stick to H&M/F21 for items of that quality.

    Really great post and thank you for sharing your HONEST opinion :)

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  17. LOL "butt cheek roll..."

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  18. I have been looking forever for some nude pumps in the right color, that isn't too shiny, and affordable. I ordered the same shoes right after reading this post so thanks :)

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  19. Total bummer about these skirts and this brand! I was hoping it would work out so we petites would have another option!

    You must have larger feet than me because 5.5's are just too big! I wish they made those pumps in a size 5! :(

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  20. Soo - the shoes are definitely affordable, but consider yourself warned about the quality! What you pay for is what you get ... the leather is synthetic and looks it. I am satisfied with them for what I paid, but I do hope to acquire a nicer pair soon! Hope you like yours!

    RP - I have large feet for my size - I can even wear a 6 sometimes! It's really strange how they made them down to 5.5 only and not a 5.

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  21. I like the striped one but I agree on both. That green one is waaay to fluffy on top >_<

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  22. This is my first time here and i love the concept behind your blog! following along. :)

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  23. I like the skirt! I am petite too, so I am sure it will fit me. By the way, I am your blog. Mine is Regency Homes Karen. Nice work.

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  24. You look so chic! Love the skirt!

    Just came across your blog!

    It is lovely!

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  25. So glad to find you online. I will be following you. I am the same size as you, give or take a little, except I have a size 6 feet which i think is a little easier to find shoes. Great blog. I actually like this skirt on you. I know it might be different in person, but the pictures look great. :)

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    http://vickysdailyfashion.blogspot.com/

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  26. Hi, I love your style and love even more that you let us know which brands are petite friendly. Just wondering if you have ever purchased clothing from Victoria Secret and if they are petite friendly???

    Gaby

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  27. Thank you ladies! Gaby - I personally have not bought VS clothing, only swimwear. However, on the AlterationsNeeded forum (forum.alterationsneeded.com) there is a thread or two decdicated to this brand where other petite ladies offer their opinion on the sizing and fit. Be sure to check it out!

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