Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wardrobe Workhorse: The Pencil Skirt

     In every girl's wardrobe, there are few staples that she couldn't do without. They're not necessarily the most unique or expensive, and they're often pushed to the dim corners of the closet rather than enjoy the pride of place that trendier pieces do. But without them, we'd be lost. They are the wardrobe workhorses, the sartorial Clydesdales and Belgians that jockey for position with the flashier Arabians and Thoroughbreds. Though they often loose the spotlight to their more glamorous cousins, they do most of the heavy lifting and provide the base that allows that damask skirt or cashmere cardigan to shine.
     For most working girls (the variety that keep their clothes ON, that is), the most prized of these workhorses is the simple pencil skirt. As long as it's the right size and length for your frame, you can't go wrong. I only have three basic pencils, one light grey, one darker gray, and one black (which I don't normally wear), all from H&M. Out of my five work days, I probably wear one of the grey versions at least three times. Unique or eye-catching they ain't, but that's all right. That's what the tops are for!
     For example...
Grey pencil skirt (H&M), taupe cardigan with floral appliques (Japanese label anatelier), accessories (Japanese label mayglobe rings, studs, and necklace and Tiffany&Co. engagement ring), sheer stockings and nude pumps (unseen)
Day one...
Grey pencil skirt (H&M), dot-print cardigan (H&M, about 6 years old!), lace mandarin-collar top (Forever 21, recent), faux pearl accessories from Japan and Tiffany&Co. engagement ring, dark grey cabled tights and grey pumps (unseen)

...and Day Two.

Pencil skirts, we salute you.


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