Friday, May 8, 2015

Pencil Me In: Skirts With Style

    Pencil skirts are scary for some; women today are afraid of curves.  Ladies, if there is one piece of advice that you take from this blog, let it be this:  Love your curves!  And a cute little pencil skirt is the best way to show them off.

    I'm a curvy gal, always have been and the idea of a pencil skirt was pretty scary for a long time.  I didn't want to show off that part of my body, I wanted to hide it.  When I actually tried a pencil skirt I found that it did the opposite of what I expected.  It drew attention to my waist at its narrowest point and created a smooth silhouette.   An area I used to hide, is one of my favorite  features in this style skirt.

Some examples from my closet:

    This pencil skirt is a thick wool fabric making it office appropriate, and it's bright yellow color makes it fun and interesting.


This satiny skirt by LOFT blue and green watercolor print has a higher waist and is so figure flattering.  When paired with heels, a cardigan, and some chunky jewelry it's perfect for the office.


Same watercolor skirt with flats and short sleeves for a more casual look.  I could easily take this look one step further and wear it with a tee shirt or cotton blouse and sandals for a totally casual look.


When looking for a casual pencil skirt, look for a fun print and cotton or other light weight fabric.  This little pink and tan paisley print is a vintage piece that I found at a flea market for less than $10.  It's my go-to skirt for a strolling the farmer's market or the antiques shops on lazy weekends.


With this skirt I wore a simple cotton blouse which is too short to wear just with jeans, but perfect tucked into this skirt.  I altered this ModCloth bow belt to give it the right fit.  And, I made this sundae purse and the cameo earrings myself so I could get exactly the look I wanted.


And Now for a few pencil skirts that I think a pretty sharp:


Stop Staring! Railene dress at Unique-Vintage.com for $150
This dress is aptly named.  It's absolutely stunning and comes in sizes S-XL.



Scarf Print Pencil Skirt at Forever21.com for $19.80
Love the boho feel of this skirt, it has so many possibilities.  At the time of this post it is available in XS, S, M.  Large is sold out.



Curvy Fit Floral Lace Skirt at Loft.com for $64.99
It has a summer casual feel and the lace texture creates a little visual interest.  Available in regular sizes from 4-14.  Petite and Tall sizes available too, so check the website.



Cosmopolitan and Effect Dress at ModCloth.com for $104.99  This dress has a center floral print and solid side panels which creates a narrower shape.



 Paillette Pencil Skirt at Anthropologie.com for $198
Wow!  This skirt is a stand-out piece, so I have to include a few extra pics.  It's available in regular and petite sizes from 0-12.



 If this post has inspired you to give pencil skirts a try, send me you outfit pics and I may use them in a follow up post!

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