12.11.2010

{For Fashion's Sake} Saturday: Week Prep School


Next time I try this outfit, I'll have Marcus tie my bow tie...haha I had no idea what I was doing, as you can tell.



The Breakdown:
Denim Shirt: J.Crew Outlet $34
Bow tie: J.Crew (ebay) $Gift
Navy Pencil Skirt: Thrifted & Altered (Jones of New York) $4
Leather Heels: Nordstoms $Gift
Leather Belt: J.Crew Sale $18
Pearl (long necklace, turned bracelet) My mother's drawer...

ARE YOU READY FOR ANOTHER LESSON IN FASHION?
Here's a Tip. When wearing a pencil skirt, wear it at your natural waist line. 
Do you know what that is? 
It's the smallest part of your midsection, usually located near your belly button.
We have become a generation obsessed with hip-hugging and low rise apparel, but when you try and pull a pencil down across your hips it accentuates your widest part, instead of your smallest.

See example:
This lady is tiny,
but because of where her skirt hits,
she looks wider than she otherwise would.

It also creates this weird baggy crotch, muffin-top look, that well, isn't flattering.

Take a look:

While, admittedly, I'm not the biggest fan of this skirt, 
look at the difference the placement made!
Generally, pencil skirts just weren't designed to be worn low, so if you aren't comfortable wearing clothes a little higher, the pencil skirt is probably not for you.

***Exception to the Rule:
If you are really linear (i.e. your waist and hip don't really create a contour) you might be able to pull off a pencil worn low

Do You Agree or Disagree?
Seriously, you can fight me on this one if you want.

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29 comments

Caley and Jason said...

I LOVE pencil skirts.
For whatever reason they fit my awkward mis-shapen pelvis/hip region so perfectly. High waists are where it's at- I wish more ladies would follow this trend. I'm sick of cracks hangin out all over the place. ha

Caroline Ray said...

I completely agree. I tried on a pencil skirt the other day in my size but it was hanging really funny on me. I tried bringing it up to my natural waist line and it looked great; however, the waist line in the skirt was made to hug the hips so it would not stay on my waist.

tonya lynn said...

I love pencil skirts however they don't really fit my body type. However I substitute with a column style skirt (like an a-line but with a lower waist line so that it doesn't emphasis the midsection on someone who is larger.)

However I agree that except in rare cases like you showed - that a pencil skirt should not be worn low waisted.

amy. said...

i completely agree with the placing issues, but i never really have been a fan of pencil skirts. i don't know if it's the length or the fabric. i know mid length skirts were ALL OVER the a/w catwalks, but they still aren't my cup of tea. love the blog, xoxo

http://ismellfashion.blogspot.com

MJ said...

I ALWAYS wear my pencils at my natural waist line. Actually I pretty much wear ALL my skirts at my natural waist line. Low rise just feels weird now.

elise said...

I absolutely agree. And, that's why I love pencil skirts so much, I get to wear them higher and they're super flattering!

Cassie said...

Agreed. Love your advice, keep it coming!

kristine said...

I totally agree. Wearing them at your waistline is super flattering. It just... cuts your body into the right proportions. I don't really know how to explain it. Most of my skirts are at the natural waist (or at least close to it). I think it really helps to create that super feminine hourglass figure, which is great for me since my body type is super straight.

sisters4saymoreismore said...

Amen sister! totally right!

~selina

meheperdido said...

i like them but my bum is not of that opinion... ¬¬

anna p of just me. said...

i love pencial skirts, especially when they are worn correctly! that can be tricky though. worn too high or too low, they just don't look good.

you look spectacular.

Jessisms said...

LOOOOOVE Pencil skirts! I can make a TON of super cute outfits with them. I'm a size zero (no I'm not lucky, it means I have NOOOO curves at all) so pencil skirts really help show off some shape. Love the bow tie too, I'm not so sure if I could pull it off

emmakaren said...

totally agree. They are my favorite type of skirt- so very feminine and flattering.

Larissa said...

cute outfit! love the bowtie touch.
you've got a great blog! i'm following!
x
thatgirlfromhk.blogspot.com

Jenni Austria Germany said...

no one can legitamtely disagree. this is just fact. :)

Human Sparkler ♥ said...

I just found your blog and you are so freakin' adorable! If only I could do my hair as great as you!!!! :)
-Katie

www.fashionsparklers.blogspot.com

Human Sparkler ♥ said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog! I didn't even realize you were from Idaho the first time I came to your blog! I go to U of I but I am from Twin Falls :)
xoxo
-Katie

Ari- Audrey Onassis said...

Ooh, I love your preppy look! Whenever I do a top knot, it falls straight off my head, haha. I'm so challenged in the hairdo department.

I too am a fan of a high-waisted skirt. It's a classic look.

Alexa Mae said...

You look darling with a bow tie!! Love that look. You can just pull off anything, can't you?

p.s. Super excited about your drink recipes below!! yummmaaayyy!

Melissa said...

I agree! Sometimes though, because I have hips, I think emphasising the smallest part of my waist makes my hips look bigger.

Oh well!

Just discovered your blog and it's adorable.

Melissa

Sarah said...

Umm I'm kind of completely in love with your blog now. I found you from Sisters 4 Say more is more and HELLO AWESOME STYLE! Anyways new follower!
Wearing It On My Sleeves

Brittney said...

I'm with you on the pencil skirt. Totally. Choose a different style for wearing low! Love your blog. Come check out mine if you can; I'd love your eagle-eye feedback on some of my stuff. http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com
Have a good one!
-Brittney

brooke said...

I love pencil skirts! I work in an office so they are easy to dress up or down depending on how I feel. I generally only wear them to work though so outside of that I don't get much use. Love the belt though! And the hair!

Brooke, www.snowingLove-bd.blogspot.com

Brittney said...

I'm with you on the pencil skirt. Totally. Choose a different style for wearing low! Love your blog. Come check out mine if you can; I'd love your eagle-eye feedback on some of my stuff. http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com
Have a good one!
-Brittney

Human Sparkler ♥ said...

I just found your blog and you are so freakin' adorable! If only I could do my hair as great as you!!!! :)
-Katie

www.fashionsparklers.blogspot.com

Jenni Austria Germany said...

no one can legitamtely disagree. this is just fact. :)

meheperdido said...

i like them but my bum is not of that opinion... ¬¬

MJ said...

I ALWAYS wear my pencils at my natural waist line. Actually I pretty much wear ALL my skirts at my natural waist line. Low rise just feels weird now.

tonya lynn said...

I love pencil skirts however they don't really fit my body type. However I substitute with a column style skirt (like an a-line but with a lower waist line so that it doesn't emphasis the midsection on someone who is larger.)

However I agree that except in rare cases like you showed - that a pencil skirt should not be worn low waisted.