what fun i’m having this month as Talbots Fall Classics Guest Editor! if you missed last week’s post where i kicked off this series, please take a moment to stop by and read. the classic item we discussed was the mighty blazer an integral part of my style uniform as well as a pair of humble blue jeans. both pieces are classic and timeless and are wardrobe essentials i reach for time and again.
this week we’re taking a look at another hard working classic essential – the pencil skirt. since i love to dig a little deeper into the how’s and why’s of fashion i discovered the first pencil skirt appeared on the scene in 1954. the slim fitting skirt designed by iconic designer Christian Dior was introduced as part of his H-line collection. it was a dramatic shift away from tight waists and full skirts which had dictated fashion runways for several years. the hem falls just to or below the knee for a tailored close fit. its name, pencil skirt, was coined for its shape – long and lean like a pencil. when this skirt was first introduced in the mid-fifties, it immediately became a staple of work wardrobes with the hemline rising or lowering depending on current trends. pencil skirts look fantastic with cardigans or blazers that take are perfect for a nine-to-five look. if your office has a relaxed dress code, don’t be afraid to wear a pencil skirt sans blazer. instead, choose a fitted top or tee in a solid color for a fun and casual look. don’t you love a closet staple that can easily be dressed up or down? versatility is a key factor for a hard-working wardrobe.
today’s ootd starts with a timeless Ponte pencil skirt in a bold color – apple red. it’s tailored to perfection yet this skirt is so forgiving as it’s crafted from refined Ponte that skims your body and hides any imperfections. this pencil skirt is the perfect choice for a jam-packed day that starts with breakfast and a much-needed cup of joe. a multi-color braided trim tweed blazer similar here and here adds effortless sophistication. the addition of a classic denim shirt keeps this outfit polished yet playful.
let’s not forget to add a little bling to this effortless outfit. a nostalgic charm bracelet with a nod towards London is just the ticket.
a suede cross-body bag is perfect for a day on the run. sling it over your shoulder or carry it in your hand as a clutch. the choice is yours. this sleek and structured bag has an adjustable strap and enough storage to fit all of your essentials like keys, phone, and credit cards. suede block heel pumps are easy on your feet and even easier to walk in with a comfortable two-inch heel.
even at the end of a long day, this timeless classic pencil skirt looks as fresh as it did at breakfast. that’s what i call a hard-working wardrobe staple.
didn’t i tell you a pencil skirt looks fabulous without a blazer?
what’s on next week’s Talbots Fall Classics agenda? well, you’ll just have to come back next Sunday and find out for yourself. but here’s a hint: you’re one and done.
a big thank you to Talbots for this sponsored post. and thank you lovely readers for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you fresh ideas.