Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pencil Skirt with Paisley Fun

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a great Thursday so far! Today, I want to share with you one of my current favourite pencil skirts. The print is just gorgeous and the colour...delicious! =) A pencil skirt is an old friend in almost every girl's wardrobe. It is sophisticated, super versatile, and flattering on most body types due to its ability to accentuate a woman's natural curves. You can dress it conservatively in the office, wear it glamorously with a bit of sparkle, tone it down in a casual t-shirt combo, or find it in a casual material such as denim to wear to a low-key weekend outing. Whatever the occasion, it is an easy option to find something to pair with. This is why the pencil skirt is such a favourite and considered to be part of every girl's wardrobe essentials. 
Top: Seduce; Skirt: J.CrewEarrings: Mouche (similar); Clutch: OrotonShoes: Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato

If you are unsure of what a pencil skirt looks like, it refers to a slim-fitting skirt, in a straight, narrow cut. In general, the hem falls to, or just below the knee and is tailored for a close fit. As the name suggests, the skirt bares close resemblance to the shape of a pencil.

Narrow-fitting skirts have a long history in the western fashion. The pencil skirt originated from the hobble skirt, which is a pre-WWI fad that is inspired by the Ballets Russes. In the late 1940s, French designer Christian Dior introduced the classic pencil skirt, a shortened adaptation inspired by the provocative shape of the hobble skirt. 

So, how do you wear a pencil skirt? Here are some of my tips to consider:
  • A pencil skirt suits most body types, but if you are a pear shape or an hourglass, you may not need that much help to accentuate your beautiful curves. You may however want to balance out your top by adding some volume to it. A ruffled shirt or a brightly coloured top will even out the visual balance
  • If you are not particularly tall, tucking in your top and putting on a pair of pointy pumps is a great way to elongate your legs, add some sophistication and create a slimmer waistline 
  • If you are tall, leave the top untucked but why not add a belt instead? It creates a more casual feel to the outfit, elongates your torso, and still manages to define your waist
  • Options to pair with a pencil skirt are endless, but consider where you are going, the time and location when selecting your tops. The same pencil skirt can create a totally different look with various tops. For example, wear it with a button down blouse for a classic silhouette. Pair it with a flirty, frilly or feminine top to soften your entire look for a dinner date. For some serious dancing and clubbing outfit, try it with a leopard print strapless top, that will be sure to turn some heads!
The pencil skirt...a classic shape that continue to work a charm today. Over 70 years of history and still going strong. Long live the pencil skirt! =)
Top: Seduce;
Skirt: J.Crew;
Earrings: Mouche (similar);
Clutch: Oroton;
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato

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