Basics for a Bargain: Black Pencil Skirts for Every Body Type & Budget!


You know the old saying, “If you can’t stop thinking about it, buy it”? Well, that circulated in my head & heart all weekend… about a black pencil skirt. Mind you, I have a few black pencil skirts, all in different materials & cuts, but one particular caught my eye recently & I couldn’t stop thinking about the styling possibilities, especially for my next stylish photo shoot. It’s a staple for any Style Darling at any size, that’s for sure. This isn’t news in the fashion world. Magazines everywhere have been championing pencil skirts for every shape as a way to get the most out of a wardrobe without breaking the bank. Since I gave in to the “buy it” theory, I was simultaneously inspired to explore every which way a pencil skirt can enliven your style.

Check out the A-listers below to get inspired by all kinds of black pencil skirts & style choices, including blogger / actress Jamie Chung, designer / author Lauren ConradMad Men star Christina Hendricks, Aussie actress Rebel Wilson, the flawless Kerry Washington, & the one & only, Jennifer Lopez.

Jamie Chung, Lauren Conrad, Christina Hendricks, Rebel Wilson, Kerry Washington, & Jennifer Lopez.Pencil skirts aren’t just for the office either. Mix up your pencil skirt look with a graphic tee, peplum top, button down shirt, turtleneck, or body suit, for example. Wear one on a date night, going out with girl friends, or when running daily errands. The possibilities are endless for the basic bottom, especially if you’re looking to dress down something glitzy or elevate a casual top. Play with minimalism or menswear, perhaps even utilitarian or bombshell styles all when wearing a pencil skirt.

Misses, Plus, & Petites pencil skirt looks.SHOP: Misses cold shoulder top @Charlotte Russe, graphic tee @Nordstrom Rack, floral blouse @ModCloth, Plus plaid shirt @Forever 21, embellished top @Dress Barn, printed peplum top @Old Navy, & Petites ruffle tank @JCPenney, denim t-shirt @ASOS, & lace trim tank @Gap. Misses skirt @TJMaxx & skirt @H&M, Plus skirt @Eloquii & skirt @Kohl’s, & Petites skirt @Lord & Taylor & skirt @The Limited.

When it comes to the fitted skirt, look beyond a pump & to special details in your accessories. A black pencil skirt is a great foundation & neutral for any special extras, including playing with patterns, metallics, sparkle, cut-outs, & luxe textures. The suggestions below barely scrape the surface of what you can do with your ensemble, especially when you can wear a pencil skirt any season. 

Pencil skirt accessoriesSHOP: ankle strap pumps @DSW, metallic heels @GOjane, ankle booties @Lane Bryant, embellished flats @Topshop, belt @Lulu’s, rose gold tote @Payless, leopard clutch @6PM, & tortoise sunglasses @Target.

How would you style a pencil skirt? How often do you wear one? Where do you like to shop for staple wardrobe pieces? How much would you invest in season-to-season separates? Which celebrities inspire your everyday style? Happy Styling!

Style Tip: How To Dress Your Best For Your Body Type (Dedicated to Kerri)!


After a lot of research & gathering of information, I’ve FINALLY put together some really important tips for how to dress your best for your body type, especially after getting feedback from my friend, Kerri! Clearly, not all women are created equally & thank goodness for that! It’s about time I’ve addressed this issue, especially since the rules are always changing, but here are some very essential ideas in order to work your assets the best way possible for hourglass, diamond, rectangular / straight, inverted triangle, pear, & oval / apple body shapes.

How to style an inverted triangle shape

How to style a diamond shape. How to style a pear shape. How to style a straight shape. How to style an hourglass shape. How to style an oval apple shape.

What shape are you? How do you like to dress to best show off your curves or enhance your figure? For more stylish posts, be sure to check out complete red carpet galleries from the SAGs & Golden Globe Awards, celebrity-inspired spring dress predictions, how to style an affordable statement necklace, & Natalie Portman’s Dior look for less. Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: This Year’s Tony Awards Red Carpet, Rebel Wilson’s First Fashion Mag Cover, Proenza Schouler’s Collection For Barney’s, & More!


There’s always a lot to talk about when it comes to news & fashion, especially when so much has been going on. Of course, there are more & more pics of Beyoncé with hubby Jay-Z, headlines about Sarah Jessica Parker’s collaboration with Manolo Blahnik, & that ever-growing anticipation of when Kate Middleton’s having her royal baby, however I thought these were the more pertinent topics to mull over this week! What stories are you following? Which headlines are you talking about? Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines

*This year’s Tony Awards red carpet was full of glamour, including Anna Kendrick, Scarlett Johansson, & more*

*The best Resort 2014 collection looks, including Rebecca Minkoff, Chanel, Anna Sui, & more*

*Lucky magazine’s picks 5 office-ready editor outfits for readers to copy*

*Model Cara Delevinge & singer Rita Ora are collaborating on a fashion line together*

*Check out In Style‘s advice on how to add Game of Thrones inspiration to your wardrobe*

*Proenza Schouler is debuting its first collection for Barney’s New York*

*Kelly Osbourne takes on the June cover of Cosmopolitan*

*Funny lady Rebel Wilson makes her fashion magazine debut on British Glamour*

Red Carpet Review: 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards Featuring Naomi Watts, Jennifer Lawrence, Rebel Wilson, & More!


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Last night’s red carpet for the 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, movies like Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, & Lincoln were celebrated along with their very well-dressed cast. The leading ladies of the film hit the red carpet, showing off their assets.  There was plenty of sheer paneling, giving off the sexy illusion of skin, as seen on Jennifer Lawrence (in Oscar de la Renta) Helen Hunt (in Philip Armstrong), Amanda Seyfried (in Marios Schwab).  Also, bold colors were a big trend with Leslie Mann (in Honor Spring ’13), Jessica Chastain (in Prada), & Sally Field.  Not to mention floral & sequin embellishments which were made all the more fabulous by Marion Cotillard (in Zuhair Murad), Elle Fanning (in Chanel), & Nina Dobrev (in Monique Lhuillier). Check out the complete gallery & share with us who you think was the best dressed of the night!

For more Red Carpet Review posts, check out the 2013 People’s Choice Awards, the top 10 Style Darlings to watch for in 2013, & the latest in movie premieres, featuring Emma Stone & Kerry Washington! Happy Styling!