Pencil It In

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 Top: Asos

Skirt: Lane Bryant

Shoes: Chie Mihara

I’ve been looking for the perfect pencil skirt for a long time now, and I think I finally found it at Lane Bryant a few months ago when I went shopping with my little sister in their Harlem store.

The Zipper Slit Skirt is made from a ponte jersey and has a good weight. It travels well (ideal, since I’ll be doing a lot more interstate travelling for work this year) and is comfortable to wear. There’s a bit of stretch in the fabric, but not so much that you feel like you’re wearing a compression bandage. The midi length is elegant, and just a little bit retro. My favourite thing – and what I’ve found lacking in the pencil skirts I’ve tried in the past – is the fact that the silhouette is tapered at the hem.

I’m quite full in the butt, so pencil skirts that fall straight from the hips to the knee tend to look quite boxy. I’ve tried stretch pencil skirts in the past, but for some reason even if it’s tight around the hips and thighs it seems to kick out at the hem again.

It could be the length of this one that gives it that va-va-voom bombshell shape, and I’d be lying if I tried to pretend that it was easy to stride in; having the hem so tight underneath the knees means that even with the generous stretch I still have to take little mincing steps.

Fortunately, if I really had to pick up my heels and run I could unzip the barely discernible slit to the thigh and just leg it across town.

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(yes, that’s a peek of my Bandelettes BTW. I love them)

I’ve teamed it today with the aztec print top that I bought last year in the Asos sales. The boxy shape, and dense, tapestry-like fabric needs to be partnered with something that plays up my curvy lower half, and I think the Lane Bryant skirt fits the bill perfectly. DSCF4784_2

Whole Wide World

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Ballet Wrap Dress: Asos

Shoes: Seychelles

A few touches of sparkly gold to brighten up this navy dress on a grey and dreary Melbourne Monday.

This dress is one of those almost criminally comfortable dresses that make you feel guiltily under-dressed: like you’ve left the house in your dressing gown.

It’s a heavy jersey with plenty of stretch, a non-restrictive waistband, cross-over bodice, and midi length skirt. It’s the sort of thing that you can throw on and look instantaneously elegant and put-together even if you spent the previous night thrashing around in bed trying to get to sleep, while fighting a stuffy nose and the infernal tickle behind your breast bone from a cough that just won’t go away. *ahem*.

The shoes I bought from the Nordstrom Rack in New York when I was there in June, and they’re a pair of squishy ballet flats that invariably draw the attention of every 3 to 8 year old girl within twenty metres with their sparkly sparkliness.

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The glitter on these babies doesn’t shed (!) and they’re actually very comfortable for walking, with a decent amount of padding on the innersoles that makes the pavement slightly less palpable than the average ballet flat.

The real statement piece from today’s outfit is my “There’s a Map For That” Necklace from my very first Modcloth order a few months ago.

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There’s a Map For That Necklace: Modcloth

I originally spotted this necklace on the gorgeous Clementine Ford, and fell hard for it. It’s only $20, and is also available in silver, so it was an easy add-on to help rationalise the international postage costs for a Modcloth order.