Today I’m reviewing a new denim brand that’s already proven to be a contender in the denim ranks. 3×1 is a brand that was launched this year by Scott Morrison. Scott is the brain behind the two denim brands Paper Denim & Cloth and Earnest Sewn. A cool fact about the brand: the retail store located in Soho also houses its production facility behind a glass wall, so customers can watch the creation of 3×1 Jeans. “3×1 was founded on the notion that the future of denim lies in pairing flattering fabrics with quality details, and slimming silhouettes.” Today I’ll be reviewing the 3×1 Mid Rise Ruched Mini Skirt in Black Coated.
This is my second denim skirt review on Denimology, and this skirt by 3×1 is not your typical denim skirt. It’s a skirt that will dress up any outfit and can easily be transitioned through the seasons. It has ruching detail that offers great texture and an overall flattering silhouette. The skirt is coated twill, comprised of 92.5% cotton, 5% polyester, and 2.5% lycra. I am a big fan of coated denim, especially for fall. But one thing I will add is that it’s important to wash the denim inside out. Also, if you have to iron I recommend a light iron. You want to be extra careful with coated fabric.
The length of this skirt is 18″ — definitely a mini skirt, so if you’re a gal that isn’t afraid of showing off a little leg then you’re going to feel ultra fab in this skirt. I, myself, usually tend to shy away from shorter hemlines. I guess having long legs has made me this way, but this skirt has definitely changed my thoughts on mini skirts — I felt comfortable all day long.
The 3×1 site does advise that the fit of this skirt is “true to size”, but I don’t think that is exactly true with all body types. I have a smaller waist and larger hips, so it’s often hard for me to find the perfect fit when it comes to skirts or dresses. I will say that this skirt is midrise and is a ‘fit and flare’ style, so if you are bigger in the hip area then you should have plenty of room. I typically wear a size 27 or 28 in jeans, so I figured a size medium would work best for me. The medium was a tad big in the waist, so I opted for the small. The small fit perfect in the waist and I still had plenty of room in the hip area.
This skirt can be styled different ways and the fit definitely plays a big part in styling. For example, on the 3×1 website this skirt is styled with a loose knit. The look is perfect for fall (a look I’m definitely going to mimic this season). However, the knit is tucked into the waistband, which is easily doable if I wear the size medium and not so much if I wear the size small. Also, if I wear the medium it’s a tad fuller in the skirt and a tad longer in length than it is in the small, so it actually looks better with loose fitting tops. If you wear this skirt with crop tops (like I did in these photos) or a tighter fitted top, then I recommend a fit that will be snugger in the waist band (no one wants gaping in the waist).
I know my opinions on sizing may seem confusing, so I do suggest trying on the skirt first (if you’re in the NY area) or emailing [email protected]×1.us for help in finding the perfect fit (like the website suggests). There isn’t a size chart on the website, so it’s not very easy to determine which size would be best for you. This skirt might be “true to size” for most, but it wasn’t for me. Perhaps their jeans are true to size. I haven’t tried their jeans yet. Having the pleasure of trying on both sizes in this skirt definitely helped me though, so if you’re willing to purchase two sizes then you can always return the size that doesn’t fit. I personally think I’ll be opting for the size medium when wearing knits or looser tops and the small when wearing tops that aren’t as loose.
I really love this skirt. 3×1’s “notion of flattering fabrics, quality details, and slimming silhouettes” is dead on. The skirt gave me a flattering silhouette, and the coated twill is perfection. Not too thick or too thin. The gold-tone back zipper adds that extra bit of edge. This skirt is a little pricey, but it’s definitely a piece that will pay for itself a hundred times over. My mind is already racing with ideas of how to style this beauty into fall and the winter time (can you say tights and ankle boots?). I really like what I’m seeing from this brand thus far, and I look forward to reviewing more styles.