What are the most important elements a clothing item has to have in order to become your favorite? We think that for a garment to make it to the top of the list, it has to be a well-balanced combination of style, versatility and comfort. Nothing fits the bill more than a simple pencil skirt. We've chosen a favorite from this Fall's collection, but this isn't just an ordinary pencil skirt. It stretches, it has pockets, it's uniquely designed and on top of all that, it offers incredible versatility when it comes to wearing and styling it. It's not just the crisp white color that allows it to be so easy to style with any of your favorite tops, it's a combination of the length and the thickness of the ponte knit (which, by the way, has the most beautiful stretch) that acts as a key factor in creating the perfect work-to-casual skirt.
The following elements will make you fall head over heels in love with this gorgeous pencil skirt!
1. It has stretchy side pockets and a high waist!
Why is this so important you ask? Well, the pockets are self explanatory: They are convenient, add comfort to any clothing item and serve as a temporary house for all you important items (cellphone, keys, lipstick, aaaaaand most importantly, hands.) We've seen plenty of women get that sparkle in their eyes when they realize something has pockets. So yes, pockets are a given, but why is it so important that a skirt have a high waist? The answer will not shock you- It accentuates your waits, giving the allusion of an hourglass shape and it holds "everything" in place. It is perhaps the most flattering style for your waist and hip area, and works well with any body shape. In addition, a high waist skirt allows your favorite light blouses to be tucked in with ease, thus creating so many more styling options.
2. It is the perfect length.
At about 1 to 2 inches above knee, this pencil skirt is the perfect length. Although here at Doina Alexei, we love any length for a skirt (from mini to maxi and beyond), this by far is the most versatile. We often take length for granted, but for a pencil skirt it is quite an important factor. Here's why: the length of the pencil skirt can make or break a business/work outfit. If it's too short it becomes a bit inappropriate, but if it's too long it can risk making your figure look disproportionate or a little frumpy [ :( ]. An inch or two above knees is the perfect length for business- not too short or too long but still making you feel a little sexy. Perhaps what makes this pencil skirt truly PERFECT is the fact that once you're done wearing it at work, it transitions beautifuly to a dinner or party outfit- just play around with the tops you're styling it with and you're good to go.
3. It can be worn in a casual outfit
We've described how great it works at the office, but we haven't told you how completely appropriate it is to wear with any of your casual tops. As the photo above will testify, even a bulky sweater is perfection with this beautiful pencil skirt. It's both the universal color and the minimalist design (which we'll discuss more bellow) that makes it the perfect match for any of the casual blouses, sweaters and tank tops you already own. A universal clothing item that requires no additional shopping? We think that's a win- win!
4. It Stretches!
Ah, yes- it stretches. Do we need to say more? A pencil skirt designed for work and play that stretches needs no further description. It will serve you with great comfort and it will never let you down when it comes to style and good structure. That's because it is constructed of a stretchy ponte knit. A knit which is usually used for comfortable blazers and business suits. It has just the right thickness to maintain good structure and create a tailored look.
5. It's designed beautifully: Simple yet unique.
Last but not least, lets talk about design. It is made to look clean with a very minimalist character, but if you look closely at all the design elements, there is nothing simple about it. The first thing that will catch your eye is that bold black stripe going vertically down the side at the front. It is a folded pleat made of a silky, lightweight fabric that adds character and grabs your eye simultaneously. Right next to it, are two double rows of black top stitching adding subtle uniqueness without going too far.
So there you are- the perfect pencil skirt! What makes a clothing item perfect in your eyes? Do you have a perfect style in your wardrobe already? Let us know what it is and why you love it!
Looking for more unique stuff? Check out our 11:11 Jacket, the magical jacket that transforms into a bag!
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