Closet Essential: Black Pencil Skirt

14 Apr 2014 Permalink

4 different ways to wear a pencil skirt...good ideas!

I know some people see getting dressed for work as a chore, but I love it.  One piece that I’m constantly grabbing from my closet is the pencil skirt.

The great thing about pencil skits is that they look flattering on all sorts of body types.  I have a few in black and also in some other colors.  They can be kept business casual, like I did here with a black and white short sleeve sweater and spring jacket, or they can bump up to business with a button down and fitted blazer.

4 different ways to wear a pencil skirt...good ideas!

4 different ways to wear a pencil skirt...good ideas!

4 different ways to wear a pencil skirt...good ideas!

4 different ways to wear a pencil skirt...good ideas!

Need a little more pencil skirt inspiration?  Here’s a few other ways to wear that I love…

  • A pencil skirt and a simple t-shirt and jean jacket.  So perfect for spring!  Tennis shoes can easily be swapped with the heels.
  • A printed pencil skirt and simple silk tank add some color to an otherwise easy outfit.
  • And here’s a link to the pink pencil skirt I mentioned above.  Wearing it with a fun gray tank and leather bomber jacket…this is one of my favorite looks.

top, skirt – thrifted // jacket – Loft

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Tank And Printed Skirt…Again

23 Aug 2013 Permalink

mustard tank, printed skirt, thred up, vintage necklace, jeffery campbell - Knocked Up Fabulous

mustard tank, printed skirt, thred up, vintage necklace, jeffery campbell - Knocked Up Fabulous

mustard tank, printed skirt, thred up, vintage necklace, jeffery campbell - Knocked Up Fabulous

Just another tank and printed pencil skirt combo…  (Though this one might have to get worn again soon!).  I’m sure I’ll continue with skirts and tops until the weather cools a little more.  As much as I love a good chance to layer up, I’m a bit in denial that summer is coming to a close.

Now, off to make the most of a fabulous weekend!!  (After I spend the day educating the future of America anyway…)

silk tank – thrifted // skirt c/o ThredUp // necklace – vintage // wedges – Jeffery Campbell

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Going Grunge

17 Aug 2013 Permalink

flannel, tie dyed t-shirt, gray skinny jeans, nude sandals - Knocked Up Fabulous

flannel, tie dyed t-shirt, gray skinny jeans, nude sandals - Knocked Up Fabulous

flannel, tie dyed t-shirt, gray skinny jeans, nude sandals - Knocked Up Fabulous

With roller coaster weather, I’ve been able to test out some trends that are more fall appropriate.  For this fall, the 90′s will be making more of an appearance with grunge inspired looks.

This plaid shirt that I lighten with a bleach bath, has gotten lots of use this summer…and it’s going to continue to get worn into the cooler months.  While I’m not one to go all out with grungy apparel, I do like mixing a few pieces (like flannel and a tie dyed t-shirt) with my usual selections.

Here’s a few more selections that I’ll take inspiration from…I love the feminine details, like a slip dress or pencil skirt, mixed with the more masculine, grunge pieces.

grunge fashion tips for fall

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Three Simple Things That Make Me Feel Powerful

11 Jul 2013 Permalink

blue tunic, pencil skirt, vintage jewelry, ballerina bun, orange lipstick - Knocked Up Fabulous

blue tunic, pencil skirt, vintage jewelry, ballerina bun, orange lipstick - Knocked Up Fabulous

blue tunic, pencil skirt, vintage jewelry, ballerina bun, orange lipstick - Knocked Up Fabulous

blue tunic, pencil skirt, vintage jewelry, ballerina bun, orange lipstick - Knocked Up Fabulous

We have a little remodeling project underway at the house.   I’ve literally been on my hands and knees scrubbing the floors every night to control the nasty dust from triggering asthma attacks.  (We’re only on day two and here I am complaining already!)

Whining aside, whenever I need a pick-me-up, dressing more like a lady seems to do the trick.  Ballerina bun, painted lips, and pencil skirts makes me feel powerful…even if I am a slave to cleaning!

Moda International tunic, Karen Kane skirt – c/o thredUP // jewelry – vintage

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Four Un-Boring Outfit Ideas for Work

11 Feb 2013 Permalink

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Ahh…it’s Monday.  Do you know what you’re wearing to work today? No?  Here are four looks for the office (or classroom!) that you can recreate using the pieces you (probably) already have in your closet.

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Button downs and pencil skirts are always a win.  Stick with basics or add a printed piece to amp up the un-boring factor.  And if it’s too cold for bare legs, try adding a pair or two of tights.

shirt, skirt – thrifted // belt – New York & Co.

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Black pants are classic, but navy trousers are a great staple for work too.  A multi-colored jacket with a basic tank goes great on top.

jacket – eshakti // tank – Old Navy // pants – Express (thrifted)

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Wanting to wear a sleeveless dress?  You could either slip a cardi on top, or try out a belted blazer.

dress, blazer – thrifted // belt – Gap (men’s)

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Still waiting to try the colored pants trend?  Go get a pair in red!  They look office appropriate with a neural sweater or push the boundaries a bit and try a printed top.

top, pants – thrifted

Now get dressed and go conquer the world!

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Leopard and Mustard

26 Sep 2012 Permalink

If you heard a squeal off in the distance on Saturday, it was probably me when I found this leopard pencil skirt (double bonus…leopard and pencil!!)

The first thing I did when I got home was wash it…and then I made the tough decision of what top to wear with it first.  I settled on this mustard sweater, but I have a whole slew of other options just waiting…I’m predicting that I’ll be wearing this skirt at least once a week until winter.

Have you found yourself any fall favorites yet?

skirt, sweater – thrifted // shoes – Target // earrings, bracelets – thrifted, vintage

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Hot Mess

07 Sep 2012 Permalink

What a week!  I knew it was going to be a bad one when on Tuesday (after a three-day weekend no less), I fixed myself a screwdriver after putting the kids to sleep…I think a little pampering is needed this weekend!

What are you up to?  Share your ideas…my brian is fryed.

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Pencil Skirt with Removable Peplum – Refashion #4

10 May 2012 Permalink

Peplum has been showing up all over the place for spring.  I’ve been keeping my eyes open for anything peplum-ish at the thrift stores…but no such luck.  When I came across this long, purple pencil skirt, I had planned to just shorten it.  But look…

There are scraps left over!  So rather than tossing them out, I tried turning them into something with a little more use.   Removable Peplum.

I started by cutting the extra fabric so that I had two of the same size pieces.  Starting with one piece, I folded over the edge that wasn’t hemmed and ironed a crease into it.

Next I folded over the long piece so that the two short ends were touching.  Stiched this closed.

Turned the fabric right-side-in and folded it into a fan.

I then used that iron again to create more of a crease.  The last step was to put a few stiches into the ‘fan’ so that it wouldn’t come apart and…

Repeat for the second.

I used saftey pins to attach them to the pencil skirt (that way I can take them off whenever.)

And there you have it!  The last of my four refashions!  Nothing was that difficult to do either!  They just took some super basic sewing skills and a little time (actually, I did the cutting and ironing for each of the four items on one Sunday afternoon.  Then I just hand-stiched in the evenings once the kids were playing or watching Seseme Street.)

Oh!  And the shirt from today’s post was from here (or here)…I just took the sleeves off.  Wasn’t really too found of them!

Here’s a quick little recap from the week incase you missed anything!

Stripes and Pockets

Pink Skirt 2 Ways

High-Low Skirt

Are you into refashioning?  Got any projects planned or in the works?? I’d love to hear about them!

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Stripes and Stripes

23 Apr 2012 Permalink

Horizontal stripes used to scare me.  They used to be a big “no-no”…but these days, I can’t get enough.  So here we have a little mix and match stripe action to help tame my stripe craving.

Still wanting more stripes in your life?  Head over to Jessica’s Stripe Challenge to see 96(!!!) bloggers showcasing their lines.

sweater – Loft // shirt,skirt, chain necklaces – thrifted // crescent necklace – c/o Oasap // shoes – Payless

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Neon Safari

22 Mar 2012 Permalink

I’ve been messing around with neon spray paint…spraying necklaces, bracelets, a pair of shoes…just about anything from my collection that could use a boost in color.  Though I’m no spray painting expert, here’s a few tips I’ve learned through my trial and error:

  1. Make sure the item you’re going to paint is clean and dry.
  2. Wear rubber gloves when spraying.
  3. Use the paint outside on a warmish, windless day (cold or windy weather and paint don’t mix!) and on a covered surface (I sprayed on top of an old cardboard box).
  4. If you really want the color to pop, prime first with white paint.
  5. It’s best to do light coats of paint…don’t soak the item…you can always reapply later.
  6. Be patient! To paint this beaded necklace, it took me about a week (Everyday after work I’d spray a little …)

I know some tips sound like no brainers, but incase you haven’t used spray paint before (*hand raised*) I thought these tips might help.  Have you thought about spraying some of your unused things?  For a few bucks, it’s a real easy way to add some color to make old things new again.

necklace – Busia / jacket – Loft / shirt (Loft) – thrifted / shoes – Sears

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