September 21, 2015
When Shundra (of @MrsCraftyChick) asked me to participate as one of the six bloggers for her Build Your Wardrobe series, I happily accepted. Then she told that my week would focus on the pencil skirt…and I thought, “this is great”. I get the opportunity to show one of my favorite essentials for your wardrobe. Whether you are thin and tall or short and voluptuous…you CAN wear a pencil skirt!
Solving your apparel essential needs can start with a few easy pieces. For this assignment, I started with a basic denim skirt with button front detail. Below are a few inspirational style boards that I put together.
I decided for my week’s discussion on the PENCIL SKIRT, I wanted to focus on one denim essential skirt styled in three ways 1) casual everyday 2) wear to work and 3) weekend. STYLE TIPS: If your body type is not exactly “pencil” shaped, don’t hesitate to try a pencil skirt. My favorite length (in really any skirt)…but especially the pencil skirt is a midi length. Not quite maxi…definetely not mini in length, the midi hits midway between your knees and your ankle. I think that a a midi-silhouette is so unexpectedly sexy. The slightly longer, straight silhouette helps to elongate the body. I used Burda pattern 6902 View C for my skirt.
The fabric that I used is not exactly a “basic” fabric. It has an embroidered striped detail. I purchased the fabric from Michael Levine’s last year but is not available online. I thought that these HERE, HERE, HERE would be great alternatives if you were interested in making your own. I chose to balance the straighter shape with a more blousy top. The fabric for the top was purchased from a value table from Hancock Fabrics. I pondered over the fabric for awhile (as I will admit that I am a bit of a fabric snob). Nevertheless, the fabric is fabulous and I thought that it would be the perfect addition to a denim skirt. I could not find the exact fabric online, so here are some comparable suggestions HERE, HERE, HERE. I used Burda pattern 7193 for the top. No changes made to the pattern other than omitting the elastic in the shoulder seams (as per the pattern).
For my WEAR TO WORK look, I decided to pair the skirt back to an off-the-rack white woven and blazer.
For my WEEKEND CASUAL look, I layered my favorite sweatshirt around my waist.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Don’t forget to check out @mrscraftychick ‘s YouTube post this Wednesday. Please also check out the previous post from on the Little Black Dress (@essentialsbya), the White Woven (@mrscraftychick), and the Blazer (@ericabunker.com). In the next two weeks, @thatblackchic and @rallydfashionfanatic will be reviewing the Pant and the Printed Skirt…stay tuned!!!! Check them all out on Instagram!