We acknowledge that as women, it’s our prerogative to be as balanced or unbalanced as we choose while recognising that attempts to discover our own personal level of “balance” encounter realities like curves, contours, and bodily functions that not only have the capacity to wreck our day and make-up, but more importantly, limit outfit choice and selection; seriously it’s not enough that we experience monthly internal bleeding, we have to bloat too? Dicks.
Understanding that sweatpants aren’t always an option, this week’s post focuses on two key players in your wardrobe – the A Line and Pencil Skirt. These skirts not only have the capacity to flatter most body types, they work together to accommodate your “I bet Beyonce would want to be my friend” days and “how did this Nutella jar get empty?” days.
This is our friend Amanda.
Amanda goes back, all the way back, to the Homeland (Goodeve), and is about as small-town girl at heart as a girl can get. Please take a moment to revel in the awesomeness that is the picture above that features both Libertee and Amanda rocking the shit out of some Ukrainian Dance outfits. On point, as always – the two are actually wearing the heck out of some A-Lines. Well done, ladies.
Amanda is a professional and like most of us faces the taunting reality of having nothing to wear every morning. Most of us can acknowledge that there are in fact clothes hanging in our closet but, for some reason or another, finding a suitable combination of a top and bottom can seem impossible. Enters: balance.
The premise of both the A Line and Pencil Skirt is understanding that both work best when they’re effectively balanced. That is to say that the tighter fitting pencil skirt works best when paired with a structured top like a blouse or a boyfriend blazer, while the A Line Skirt is most flattering when it is paired with a form fitting top. Both options do a great job of accenting the smallest part of your body, your waist, are doubly effective when paired with a belt. Both also have an incredible capacity to accommodate the first 14 and last 14 days of the month. We’ll leave you to figure out which is which. Watch and Learn. . .
Most of us picture A Line Skirts as a bit longer than the skirt featured on Amanda for this look; however, A Line skirts are defined as any skirts that have a structure that actually looks like the letter “A” meaning that the smallest part of the skirt begins at the waist, and flows away from the body creating a very flattering visual as it lengthens the legs, and cinches in our waist. We’ve paired this skirt with a tight fitting black tee, a waist-accentuating belt, and a ballin’ jean jacket. You look so great!
A Line Awesome
A more traditional take on the Classic A line, we’ve made sure to balance the length and volume of this skirt with a form fitting top. Even though the noticeable difference between the skirt and the shirt is enough to accentuate the waist all on its own.We’ve opted to pair this look with a belt to bring focus it further.
This Pencil Needs No Eraser.
We’re so confident about the usefulness of a black pencil skirt in your wardrobe that we’re willing proverbially press as hard as we can into the paper and cut off its eraser. Seriously, just go buy one. As you can see, a black pencil does all sorts of great thing for your legs and waist and is an easily matched bottom to most of the structured tops in your wardrobe; think blouses, anything with buttons, jackets and blazers. We generally recommend that you tuck your shirt in if you’re dressing up the skirt as this lets the pencil bring attention to your waist, like it was designed to do.
Not Your Typical HB
We love the bold look of this sequin pencil, but caution that it, like anything that sparkles, should be made the main event. We encourage you to rock this sequence, but suggest you make the top a bit more subdued – we’ve put a structured boyfriend blazer on Amanda over a fitted black tee. The cut of the blazer paired with the high waist of the skirt, regardless of its pattern, make Amanda look all sorts of fantastic and not at all like Liberace.
Pencils aren’t just for work
We love, love, love taking pencils out of the office. Not only do they look the cutest paired with a flat shoe like a sneaker, but they effectively double their output if you stop thinking about them in just the professional sense. Because we’re going for a more casual look, we’ve untucked the shirt and created the focus on the waist by placing a jacket on top. Add a dash of jewellry and you’re all sorts of set for Sunday Brunch!
Ok. But, Seriously – who ate all of my Nutella?