STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pretty in Pencils

Style Advice of the Week

An article of clothing that continues to hold its own among all trends since its introduction to the fashion world is the wonderfully chic pencil skirt. Svelte and often gracefully vintage, this timeless piece continues to inspire designers and Fashionistas alike. This staple item comes in many forms, from the powerful panther skirt of Givenchy’s fall 2011 line to the staple black pencil skirt. Pencil skirts are an all around must-have item.

This Fashionista chose to pair her pencil skirt with a loose sweater and some blue pointed toe pumps.  Her look allows for casual elegance with a street style edge. Here she has chosen to balance the eye’s attention between her top and skirt by keeping them both simple with a pop of color on her shoes. If you choose a long or solid colored pencil skirt, make sure your top and/or accessories keep things interesting as this Fashionista has done.

With a shorter or patterned skirt, try to choose simple tops that won’t take away from the statement pencil skirt.  Therefore, if your top is busy, then keep your pencil skirt basic and make your accessories decide the occasion.  Keep your look formal with pencil skirts that go past the knee and choose a top that tucks in with a pair of heels for proper occasions.  For a more street-style friendly outfit, pair a stylishly fitted short pencil skirt with cropped tops or a bustier underneath a blazer.  To dress things down, wear flats instead of heels with a top of your choice for any casual affair.  As for recommended accessories, a clutch is the purse of choice for any pencil skirt occasion.

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