5.21.2013

a week of work wardrobe basics: pencil skirt.

another staple in my work wardrobe is a black pencil skirt.
it functions the same as black pants, but allows you to show off your feminine curves...and your shoes. i'm wearing simple black pumps (also on my list), but switch them out for a colorful, strappy pair and you have an outfit worthy of happy hour drinks.

two things to consider:
fita pencil skirt should be fitted but not tight. too loose,
and it'll spin around. too tight, and you'll be uncomfortable.
length: a pencil skirt should fall at or just below the knees.
too short, and you'll be tugging at it all day. plus, your knees are a "skinny" point in your silhouette. a skirt that hits at the knees will be slimming and give you that hourglass shape,
if you so desire.

invest in a good black one first, then explore
other fun prints and textures.

do you know who created the pencil skirt?
scroll down for the answer.

worn here with a simple creme blouse. add color to this neutral combo with a bright cardigan, colorful skinny belt, or fun bag.
to elongate: tuck in your blouses.
to further accentuate curves: pair with a peplum top.
(bcbg skirt; JustFab uptown tote; nine west shoes)

try these:
 
french designer, christian dior, introduced the pencil skirt in the late 1940s using the term "H-line" (as opposed to A-line) to describe its straight and narrow shape. its predecessor, the hobble skirt, was created by another french designer, paul poiret, in the early 1900s. it was coined hobble because it literally hobbled the wearer with its slim hemlines.
 source: ehow, wikipedia

in case you missed it:
monday's black pants

25 comments:

  1. Gotta love a great pencil skirt! It was "sports" day at school last week...I wore my Cubs t-shirt with a black pencil skirt. Loved it!

    April
    knocked up fabulous

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    1. yup! i would totally rock a tee with a pencil!

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  2. You look great! I think you can never really go wrong with a pencil skirt, They're flattering and excellent pieces to have. xx/Madison

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  3. lovin' scarf on your bag
    cute piece :)

    warmest regards,
    Miss Aa
    www.miss-aa.com

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  4. yes, totally agree with you on the pencil skirt. lately i've been obsessed with leather ones. i got a black one of course, but i also have a red, purple, green and beige suede one. i love them to death. and i also found a light was denim one with cool little details. they're so flattering and so fun to pair stuff with!

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    1. i would love to have a black leather pencil skirt! so hard to find comfortable ones, tho!

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  5. Great office attire... Awesome info... Thx for sharing!!
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  6. You look great! I love pencil skirts, it makes me seem tall haha. Thanks for sharing your wisdom on fashion. ;)

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    1. yes, they do make us look tall!!

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  7. This skirt is made ​​for you <3
    shoppanna

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  8. You nailed it again. A pencil skirt (or 20) is definitely one of my wardrobe essentials. I love your simple black and white look.

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    1. i've had many, but hard to find just the right ones in terms of fit!

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  9. I like the photos!
    nice outfit!classic and tendance...

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  10. I have a least 3 black pencil in my closet. You look great

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  11. you look amazing, that first photo is adorable! I just love that scarf, such a cute print in a chic outfit! xo

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    1. thanks, Lisa! i'm enjoying the scarf, too! glad i found it.

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  12. You are rocking this pencil skirt and love the chic scarf too!
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  13. Yep, that should be the 2nd most important thing in your closet along with black trousers. Love your top Becks! So dainty and pretty!
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  14. I love pencil skirts. They're so beautiful and feminine. And my favorite way to wear it is the way you styled it.

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  15. That first photo of you is adorable! =) I love pencil skirts! I don't get to wear them as often since I've been teaching because I'm always getting on the floor with the kids, but I still love them!

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