Style Strategy 101: The Pencil Skirt

To no one’s surprise, springtime is basically here in Austin. I suddenly feel like I'm playing catch up to get my warm weather outfits ready, so times like these call for a back to basics strategy.

Emily Blanco discusses how a pencil skirt is a style staple. 

In this situation, I have a go-to piece that never fails. It’s my little style secret: THE PENCIL SKIRT

It's classic, yet never boring. It's professional with a touch of sexiness. It's bold without being loud.

Everyone experiences style differently. Every woman has her own feelings about the pencil skirt. Some of you ladies love the piece for its dependability and versatility. Others of you might think it too difficult a look to pull off. And still others might find it stiff.

Hourglass and Pear Shape: Just Add a Cropped Top

Emily Blanco displays a look with a tweed pencil skirt paired with a lace crop top, black leather booties, and a statement necklace. 

I'm here to tell you that this piece has a lot to offer for every shape and style. 

When choosing a pencil skirt, it needs to hit at your natural waist (the smallest part of your midsection). Depending on your shape, this will either give you some curves or accentuate what you've already got.

This piece is timeless and easy to transition from work to play. 

Heading to a happy hour after work? Untuck your button up, tie it in a knot at your waist, and add a bright red lip. This will highlight your skirt and give you a fresh, more casual look.

Emily Blanco exhibits a versatile day-to-night look with a striped pencil skirt, chambray button-up, and red flats and accessories.

 

Want more info on how to style your workwear staples? Schedule a Style Breakthrough Session with us. We’ll chat about what styles you love, what’s been holding your style back and create a customized plan of action that will take your style from banal to brilliant. 

Brighten it up with florals:

Emily Blanco suggests brightening up a workwear look with floral prints.

Add wedges for a business casual look:

Emily Blanco suggests adding wedges to add more of a business casual vibe.

Now I would love to know! How do you like to pull off a pencil skirt look? Any questions about scheduling a Style Breakthrough Session? Make sure to leave a comment below and ask!

Plump. Pout. Kiss. Repeat.

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, but probably not for the reason you'd expect.  I'm admittedly not the girliest of girls, but I can’t skip an opportunity to mix as many shades of red and pink together as possible. I love the vibrancy, the enthusiasm, and the passion of Valentine's Day. I like to get festive with my colors.

Last week a friend asked how my husband and I plan celebrate.  Does any other question come with more expectation behind it than that?! Always quick to divert, I spouted off how I plan to use the greeting card holiday as an opportunity to devour loads of chocolate. And as a feminist, I said I planned to purchase the chocolates myself, simply out of principle.

I cannot lie. I'm one of those types. I act like my only interest in Valentine's Day is the sweet treats, but when the day arrives, I'm a total sap. I'm going to want to get dolled up and have a night out. What actually came to mind when she asked my plans was my clothes and all the colors. 

Naturally, the shade of lipstick was top of mind along with a dress, heels, and lingerie. There's no better time than Valentine's to rock a killer red lip and feel like your most fabulous self (in the shade that most flatters you). Even if a date night is not your activity of choice this Sunday, you deserve to feel sexy. Red lips will do the trick. 

Let’s talk undertones. Like all beauty, its what's underneath the surface that counts. In case you don't know what undertones you have, lets do a quick assessment. Turn your palm face up. Look at the tips of your fingers. What colors do you see?

Do you see more purple, blue and deeper reds? If so, you might lean more toward cool undertones.

Do you see more orange, yellow or coral? If so, you might lean more toward warm undertones.

And if it's strictly red, you might have more neutral undertones.  Let's go from there!

for cool undertones:

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how raspberry hues and merlot hues will complement those with cool undertones.

for warm undertones:

Raquel Greer Gordian explains how warm undertones are complemented well by oranges, rubies, and reds.

A neutral choice:

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how neutral tones are complemented by bright rosy shades, as well as a classic cherry or brick red shade.

Cool undertones, I'm looking at you. Think: raspberry hues that will add pinks to milky complexions, and merlot for a striking contrast.

Warm undertones, you're next. Don't be scared to add a touch of orange to your palette! Or, is a matte ruby red more your style? And don’t rule out the warmth of the perfect plum.

To all the neutral tones: If you lean more in the direction of pretty in pink, find a bright rosy shade.  If red is more your style, go with a classic cherry or brick red.

Your style is a direct reflection of what makes you unique and what inspires you. This Valentine's Day, go bold with a shade that makes you feel romantic and perfectly suits your color palette.

Want more info on what your best colors are? Contact us to find out exactly what your true color palette is.  

 

Now I would love to know! Which color palette best suits your undertones? Do you have a go-to lipstick shade? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me all about it!