20 August 2014

Not at the Beach

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First glimpses of fall fashions show that denim pencil skirts are making a comeback, which reminded me that in fact I already have a denim pencil skirt that I had literally not worn for several seasons now (my closet = black hole).

And after wearing this skirt again, it has kind of reminded me why it has been sitting in the back of my closet for so long. The skirt fits me fine, but slim pencil silhouettes seem more formal and denim is obviously a casual fabric, so trying to look relaxed but feeling restricted seems like a contradiction.

What's your opinion on the denim pencil skirt?

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Top: Madewell beach shirttail (in solid, sim, 3/4-sleeve)
Skirt: Lucky Brand (worn here - sim, sim)
Necklace: Love Obsessed (worn here - sim, sim, in mint)
Bracelets: J.Crew (sim), Sage K and Co (the original), Love Obsessed (sim), Asos (sim set)
Sunglasses: Tommy Hilfiger (sim)
Shoes: Gap espadrille wedge (DIY'd, worn here - sim jeweled flats, woven plain, taller)
Bag: Dooney & Bourke equestrian (worn here - latest version, sim tasseled, rounder, western)

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beach not beachy

32 comments:

  1. Well, it makes more sense than a denim skater skirt? I always really expected denim skirts to be a pencil silhouette because anything else would be either too twee or too kindergarten teacher (denim jumpdress, anyone?) So I think this outfit passes muster. :D

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    1. You're right ... and maybe denim skirts have an age limit and I'm over it! ;o)

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    2. No way! no age limit on denim skirts. I have one that I got from Loft a few years back and its a staple for summer - I love them. It looks nice on you though.

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  2. I feel the same way. In fact, I just sold a Banana Repubic denim pencil skirt because I just didn't wear it. It didn't seem to work. Not sure I will jump on this bandwagon. Maybe I just had an uncomfortable skirt?! Either way, I will probably stick to jeans or a pencil skirt...not both!

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  3. Sigh. I can't wait to fit into my denim pencil skirt again. I love them! And this is cute with the red striped top!

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  4. I've been looking to add a denim pencil skirt to my closet, but haven't because I think I feel the same way; I'm never certain how to style them. I won't wear them on the weekend and have no idea how to style it for work. I guess I'll pass again this fall!

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    1. Maybe I need to try it with tights and boots or something ...

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  5. I saw one at old navy and was like, HAD to have! Denim is a thick fabric though, and the silhouette is constricting sometimes, so those two together, unless there's some major stretch involved.
    -Ash
    www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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    1. This skirt has pretty much no stretch so I figured I may as well pair it with high wedges, because it isn't as if I was going to go anywhere fast in this outfit, haha.

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  6. Ha. You hit the nail on the head. I have a denim pencil skirt that I have had for years and never wear because it feels so restrictive. But it is so cute. I had no idea that they were coming back in style. Hey! Maybe denim pencil skirts would work for a casual date night?
    xo,cynthia

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    1. You're right, maybe I need to dress it up with some killer heels or something instead of tring to make it cas.

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  7. Yeah I think I feel the same way about denim skirts. I have one at the back of my closet too that hasn't been worn for a while :) But I love the striped top :)

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  8. I don't have denim pencil skirt for that exact reason. They are way too casual for my office and maybe a bit too stuffy for the weekends. Maybe try knotting your tee instead of tucking it in would make this feel more casual?

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Ooh, I have never tried to knot a tee before, I've seen some gals knot their maxis and it looks kind of cool.

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  9. Such a cute tee! I have a pencil skirt that is kind of a trouser denim material, so it's a bit more formal.

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    1. Most of my pencil skirts are def workwear - I don't know if I need to be "casually restricting." ;o)

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  10. The skirt looks great on you!

    I practically live in denim pencil skirts on weekends and like wearing them better than pants.

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  11. Well, first of all its kind of nice to hear that the denim pencil skirt is "back" i never knew it went anywhere :(
    In fact like you I have a little neglected one from Zara in the back of my closet.
    And I have to agree with you, its a tricky piece to wear, because is does have an informal fabric in a silhouette of a more dressy skirt.

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    1. It's a sign that we should never get rid of anything from our closets because it will all come back in style ... ;o)

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  12. Hmmm... I could definitely get away with it in my office, but not sure it's made for my body type (aka, belly bulge). It looks fantastic on you though, especially with stripes!

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    1. I've got the good and the bad of being built pretty straight up and down so a pencil skirt sometimes helps to create some curves for me, hehe.

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  13. I think the denim skirt looks very nice on you. I would, however, style it differently for myself and I think it would look nice styled differently on you. I would recommend, say for going out for lunch on Saturday, wearing the denim skirt with flats such as cute Havaiana flip flops, a shirt that buttons up the front with the collar turned up, and a lightweight sweatshirt thrown around your shoulders and tied by the arms in front. I could recommend accessories but you are the master at that! A second recommendation for the shirt would be to use a bandana sized scarf and tie it at the back of the turned up collar with the point laying over one side of the front of your shirt. Casual but shows you gave your outfit some thought. I think either would look very cute on you…and I find a bit of weight on the shoulders in restaurants can make my meal more enjoyable in the SE. Regardless, do not give up on that skirt!

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    1. Thanks for the recs, I never had thought to wear a scarf over a turned up collar before, must try!

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  14. You are to adorable! Love your look!



    God bless,
    Xo, Claire
    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

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  15. Love the great striped tee and pencil in denim. Cheers to the back of your closet!
    I also find "new " things that way!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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