It’s that in-between of the seasons where you not quite sure if you should pull out the summer trunks and stow away the sweaters, which means this is the last call for your wool pencil skirt!
Well, in full disclosure, I wore this outfit at the crossover between fall and winter — and because of A Bump in the Road, the intent for this post got archived. Of course, it doesn’t diminish the importance of classics, such as white button ups and pencil skirts. While I am not a huge fan the pillbox, I couldn’t deny the perfect fit of two 1950s benchmarks in fashion going together for a day.
And, yes … I am not wearing it in the traditional straight on manner. For some reason, I have always felt that look to be a little too “square” for my taste, so I gave it a little angle to the side of my part … enough to make sure it didn’t look like it was accidentally slipping from my pins.
Total Cost of ‘Last Call’?
$.25 Red Belt (PA Goodwill)
$1 White/Black Beads (PA Thrift Store)
$2.5o Pillbox (NJ Salvation Army)
$6 Cuban Heel Stockings (Online)
$10 White Button-Up (NY & Co.)
$30 Black Leather Kitten Heels (Marshalls)
(S0) What’s the Take-Away?
It’s never too late to wear classics … or too early to make them your own!
Because this is textbook classic, the only styling aspect of this I can claim is popping the collar and wearing a 1980s 3-in-1 strand of flat, pebble like white and black beads. That detail brought a little more energy to the outfit with its swinging beat of youthfulness. So this was my contribution to the look, but the real credit goes to a woman who went before me.
This wool pencil skirt has a special meaning to me: It was my Grandmother’s. So classic is this look that I remember her wearing it in the ’80s when we would go visit. Now, I am wearing it and I can hardly believe that it has been “in circulation” for so long, let alone that I am old enough to fill it out, as well as to carry it with the grace and maturity (or so I hope) as she once did. “Good fashion always stays in style” is what they say, and here is the proof … the pencil skirt originated in the 50s, it survived the 80s (via my childhood memories) and today it is still going strong.
3 things every wardrobe should have: a pencil skirt, a white collared shirt and a red belt. Together they are a perfect outfit and separately they make the other options hanging in your closet more versatile. And they are the back bone for you being thrifty, vintage and chic!