Top: Hobbs, via car boot sale
Pencil skirt: House of Foxy
Shoes: 'Denny Raffle', Clarks
Lipstick: 'Besame Red', Besame
The task of finding the perfect pencil skirt is never easy. My search was made more difficult, not less, by the fact that I already have one perfect pencil skirt in my wardrobe. It's a plain black version from Hobbs. Beautiful fabric, lined, snug on the waist and long enough to hit mid calf on me. If they had made it in different colours I would have snapped them all up.
Finding another perfect pencil skirt in a different colour has been problematic. I did well with a casual denim skirt from M&S, but I wanted another work appropriate one.
My choices seemed to be Vivienne of Holloway, Pretty Retro and House of Foxy. Between all of these retailers there was quite a choice of colours, patterns and fabrics. Ultimately for me though, clothing decisions rest on one simple question: "how long is it?" I went for the House of Foxy pencil skirt in red, mainly because their skirts are 31". Priced at £55, I used a £5 off voucher from leaving a review on a previous purchase, so it effectively meant my postage was free.
The fit is very good. It's not a tight pin-up fit for evening, rather it's a great skirt for day wear. The back vent allows for brisk walking (essential for those rushed mornings getting to work). The waistband is roomy enough to tuck a top in, and the fit over the derriere and hips is not so tight as to draw attention to any foundation garments. Very work appropriate. And lunch appropriate! It's very important to have room for food. I wore it all day without issues - there was no riding up, and no creasing of the fabric. Finally, it has a vent at the back rather than a split, which is another feature that makes it a really good option for work.
Have you found the perfect pencil skirt?