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Hi! I'm Shabana. I live in Bahrain. I'm a businesswoman by day and a fitness instructor by night. I believe that dressing up is the easiest way of loving yourself, and this blog is where I journal my outfits and my life. If you'd like to know more, click on the About Me tab on top. I hope you enjoy my blog!
                            

Pencil Skirts and Style Experiments



I had given up on pencil skirts a few years back. The reason was that they're usually uncomfortable as they're so body-hugging. You have to always suck in your stomach when you're wearing them {unless you're super thin or had your stomach organs removed}, and it limits the range of your stride. Annoying for a person like me who likes to walk fast. Instead, I stuck to A-line skirts.


But I got sucked in again. I kept seeing all these pictures of gorgeous pencil skirt outfits on Pinterest, and I got tempted to try one again and see if I want to get more. Which is why I got the most forgiving colour- black. And a cheap skirt from Shein when they had their free shipping offer. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on an expensive skirt only to decide that I don't want to ever wear it again. This is an experiment, after all. I wanted to wear one and see if I like wearing it. 


It's really, really hard for me to find a pencil skirt I really like. It was the same even when I used o wear them. They're either too tight or too short. It was very hard to find one that was flattering and looked elegant. What I really liked about this skirt is that it covers my knees. Also, it's a completely stretchy material. I had my misgivings about it when I was buying it from the app, but all the reviews said it was a thick material. {ALWAYS read the reviews when you're buying anything online. ALWAYS.} And they were right. It is a very thick material. So it doesn't look cheap. Plus the colour is a deep, inky black, which again makes it look elegant and expensive. The only drawback is that it doesn't have a slit at the back, so it's a bit constricting when you walk. But otherwise, it's very comfortable. 


I paired it with a peach button-down from H&M, for a striking contrast between the top and bottom. I believe H&M still have this line of shirts. They're available in several colours. I have two from this collection- one in baby blue and one in this muted peach. I love these shirts as the material, though polyester, is soft and thick. My biggest peeve with button-downs is that most times the material is thin and see-through. Because this material is soft, it looks effortless and feminine. The colour is such a gorgeous pastel shade. 

Although I have to admit that I've stopped purchasing button-downs recently. {This one is quite old. It ages very well. I've had the blue one for 3 years now and it looks new.} I realized that I got stuck in a rut of wearing button-downs and amassed a big collection. The thing is, button-downs are so easy to wear and they're perfect for looking professional. Which is how I found myself wearing them almost every day until I got sick of them. Even if I buy one now, it has to have really different sleeves or something really unique about it.


But I have always loved how a soft, slightly billowy blouse looks worn with a tighter, structured pencil skirt. Which is why I love this pairing. The contrast of shape and textures makes it so pretty and gives you the illusion of an hourglass shape even on someone with a straight frame like me.


Because the top and skirt are fairly simple and professional chic, I added some interest with nude heels with a knot detail. A gold flower ring and a crystal pendant kept the jewellery minimalistic and elegant. 



A big, boxy statement bag adds more structure to this simple outfit, and the tan colour goes with the nude shoes.


Top: H&M, Skirt: Shein, Necklace: Gifted, Ring: Damas, Bag: Parfois, Shoes: Debenhams.

Watch this space for more pairings with this skirt. As for the result of my experiment, I think I'll give them a try again. I'd love to try a printed skirt, maybe a floral print or a graphic print. IF I ever find one that I like.

What do you think? Do you like A-line skirts or pencil skirts? Or do you hate skirts altogether?

I talk in detail about fashion basics and looking after your clothes in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. Check it out on Goodreads HERE.




Until next time,

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