J Crew's collection pleated maxiskirt ($198) vs Target's Mossimo pleated maxi skirt ($19.99) -
The J Crew maxiskirt was $139.99 on 11/28/12. Apparently they put it back up to regular price. I saw it in-person and it was soooo long. I think the length deterred me from even trying it on just to share pics. Check it out on Shop With M.
Mossimo pleated maxi skirt - I think this might be a S, but I'm not sure. I'm also not sure I could wear a pleated maxi in this color. Perhaps if it were spring I could wrap my mind around it a bit more. I saw the skirt on sale at my Target yesterday. It was 30% off, bringing it to $13 and change. I'm not sure if markdowns are the same nationwide.
Mossimo pleated maxi skirt - size M - I am usually a M in Mossimo. This skirt is very long. The M measures 38.5" down the front center. The waist measure 15" flat.
ETA - I pulled the skirt up like a dress and belted it at the natural waist (not pictured). Not really on me, but it could work on someone that way.
I liked the pleats on this and the fabric. It felt lightweight, but not cheapie thin. I don't think I've ever owned a pleated skirt. One consideration is dealing with the pleats when cleaning it. For the low price of $19.99, I wouldn't cry if the pleats didn't last.
I saw the skirt on sale at my Target yesterday. It was 30% off, bringing it to $13 and change. I'm not sure if markdowns are the same nationwide.
Mossimo solid satchel (now $12.49) - I 've seen this handbag irl a number of times and think it's so cute. I've been pretty good about my desire to stick to leather. If I were a big fan of lilacs and didn't mind man-made, I would be all over this. Btw, there are other color choices.