The humble pencil skirt is a staple in workwear wardrobes the world over. Most commonly seen in muted tones of black and navy, it's the perfect partner to a crisp white shirt and a mid-heel court shoe.
Thanks to fabulous ladies like Joan Holloway in Mad Men and Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Secretary, the sensible pencil is shedding its goody-two-shoes image and developing a reputation for being ever-so-slightly sexy. For my third look in the Alternative Autumn Essentials series, I've ditched the subtly and gone all-out with sequins. Well, why not?
Zara sequin skirt, cashmere jumper via charity shop, Primark collar, Bertie boots via ASOS, Butler and Wilson ring c/o QVC
I don't know who came up with the rule that sequins were strictly for eveningwear, but clearly they had never owned a sequin pencil skirt. I plan to wear this every day FOREVER (okay not really, but I am rather fond of it). To tone down the Strictly Come Dancing factor, I paired the skirt with a fine knit cashmere jumper (part of yesterday's charity shop haul and a steal at £5), added detail with a jewelled collar and finished the look with my beloved ankle boots from yesterday's post. Not sure about sequins during daylight? Swap the jumper for a grey tee and the boots for heels for a perfect drinks-and-dancing outfit.
What do you think - is the sequin skirt already on your A/W wishlist or is it just too magician's assistant for you?
Autumnal dressing can get a bit repetitive - we all have the ubiquitous knitted cardigans, wool coats and knee high boots in our wardrobes. So this week I'm choosing my alternative autumn essentials to create a sartorial survival kit that'll get you through the colder months with style. Chunky knits need not apply.