We all love to have those special pieces – the ones waiting patiently in the back of our wardrobe, ready for a flick of tulle and a twinkle in your eye that promises a special occasion. But let’s be honest – more often than not, we find ourselves reaching for things in our closet for the every day. For our hectic workweek, our busy weekends. And that’s where these beauties come in: Our wardrobe staples.
I don’t often discuss wardrobe staples – mostly because I feel that everyone’s needs are different and the Lord of the Rings “10 Closet Items to Rule Them All” kind of concept is a bit lost on me (I mean, who else needs a 1950’s ballgown and a shark dissecting outfit in their must haves? I’m assuming just me). Despite the fact that my every day is more like everyone else’s “only on a special occasion” kind of day, I do feel there are certain items that we can all have on hand. The garment to unite all women the world over. Because no matter what, we all need those items in our closet that we can build 10 outfits around in under 60 seconds. That will do the heavy lifting and keep you looking fabulous. I’m talking, dear readers, about the Pencil Skirt.
Awhile back, I worked with the lovely Angela of LuLaRoe, and reviewed a few of their amazingly comfy pieces. In the parcel, Angela was also kind enough to include this perfect pencil skirt – The Cassie. And as my current black pencil skirt was on her last leg (well, thread), it couldn’t have been more timely….
I went with a size M in the Cassie skirt (which corresponds to about a 10-12 US on their size chart). I think this style runs on the small side, because other than being a smidge roomy in my natural waist, I found the fit to be spot on. She measured at a waist of 29-32″ and hips of 36-40″ (I have about a 27-28″ waist and 39″ hips). I’m pretty sure sizing down to my normal S would have been uncomfortably tight. She was also 24″ from waist to hem, which hit me right at the curve of my knees (in my opinion, where all fitted skirts should hit me). Like the maxi skirt I tried previously, this also had that lovely wide waistband – I could wear it at my natural waist and not feel as thought I was tugging it down all day to get extra length.
In addition to having all of the normally-fabulous features a pencil skirt should have (namely, that it hugs your curves and gives you a derriere for days), this one in particular I’m really smitten with. It’s made of a stretchy knit (which I have come to learn LuLaRoe is known for), but still holds its shape and doesn’t make my booty do all of the work. It also has a really unique texture of geometric shapes that adds some visual interest. In addition to being go-with-everything-black, the subtle pattern gives her a bit of an extra zsa zsa zoo.
This has been my first week at a new job – and I’m always on the hunt for comfortable but professional workwear (and the occasional glittery shoe). I’ve always thought pencil skirts were ideal for work, especially cause you can take them for a night on the town afterwards without too much of a costume change. Plus, the basic black was the perfect backdrop for unique accessories that found their way under my tree this Christmas (I mean, pizza purse? Nuff said….)
The Cassie skirt retails for $35 and can be bought through LulaRoe consultant Angela’s FB group. You can purchase directly on photos of the garments on her page (And if you DM Angela and mention my blog, she has special pricing for my readers!). To purchase an item from Angie’s page, here’s a quick rundown:
- Click “Info” at the top of the group page on your iPhone (from a computer, just go straight to #2)
- Click “Photos” then “Albums” (if you click here, it’ll take you straight there)
- When you see an item you like, in the right size, you can leave a comment with what you want and they’ll direct you to a form to fill out and will send you an invoice.
Like all of LuLaRoe’s items, the Cassie skirt comes in a wide variety of prints (including some super cute polka-dotted numbers). Angela is sold out this Cassie skirt currently, though I’m told it will be restocked soon. There are also a bunch of other styles of skirts and dresses in stock – which you can check out here. To keep up to date with new items (and they sell quickly!), you can check in with Angela on Facebook and Instagram.
As for me, I’ve got to go treat the sidewalk like a runway now. Also, I’m suddenly craving pizza…
Lip Color: Ruby Woo