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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Alternative Autumn Essentials - Sequin Pencil Skirt

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?

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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.

31 comments:

  1. As a teacher, I probably wouldn't get away with it as day wear, but it would be great for a night out! xo

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  2. I much prefer sequins as daytime wear than evening attire, it's a bit too obvious at night-time. Looking at that skirt I'm wishing I hadn't flogged my trousers on ebay last month. x

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  3. looking as lovely as ever, jen! the sequin skirt is wonderful, love the jumper tucked in, too.

    i personally don't think i could wear so many sequins in the daytime or evening, i definitely couldn't pull it off as well as you and susie (take out in couture!)

    xx

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  4. Oh oh! I adore that sequin skirt on you, it's such a fab find. It's such a great look and you look amazing. Loving it!

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  5. Pencil skirts always seem a bit dull, this one definitely isn't. the jumper is lovely too! xxx

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  6. That skirt is absolutely amazing.Your outfit is put together perfectly! xoxo

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  7. Ohhh hell, I need that skirt.

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  8. I think it look perfect for daywear how you've styled it, I really like the sequins! x

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  9. Awesome bargain on the jumper! This is a fab look, loving your boots from last post too, great winter wardrobe! :)

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  10. Love this skirt. I have a sequin skirt that I got for £2 in a charity shop and I always wear it in the day. I definitely prefer sequins for day wear, makes them look a lot less "try hard". x

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  11. LOVE this look! Defo not suitable for my typical day, but it looks fabulous. That collar is amazing.

    T x

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  12. Ahh the Bertie boots are amazing! The skirt looks great as well - not too over the top!

    http://victoriasprocrastinationproject.blogspot.com/

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  13. What a stunning skirt. Such a great day time look.

    X x

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  14. I can't wear pencil skirts as I don't have the right body shape, but... I've been rocking sequinned shoes all day!

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  15. If i saw this on a rail I probably would have thought debbie daniels but it actually looks gorgeous on! It's really flatering and great to brighten up the dreary clouds that have been refusing to budge lately.
    xx

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  16. I agree with Vix, I much prefer to do sequins as daywear so I love this look.

    Very excited to see that the collar isn't part of the jumper, definitely popping to Primark tomorrow to see if they have it in stock.

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  17. That skirt is beaut lovely and I want one right now, oh how I love the pencil skirt!!

    C x
    http://memiorsofalittlethingcalledlife.blogspot.com

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  18. That looks amazing! I don't think I would have the guts to wear it though. It is lovely to see those boots again too xo

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  19. We must share a brain, Jen! I have a sequin skirt from Zara that I wear to death! It's a bit shorter but scarily similar. Sequins are too pretty not to wear during the day.

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  20. I love this ensemble, possibly one of my faves i have seen you share on here. I like the sequin skirt, the way you've toned it down with the sensible jumper makes it very wearable during the daytime... but maybe a sexier top could help you swing it for the evening too.. definitely a very versatile piece, you wear it with aplomb! :D

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  21. LOVE it!! I do love a bit of glitz, something I picked up from my nan I reckon, she loves a sequin.
    I've got a blue pencil skirt that I'm wearing out quite a bit, sexy and classy. Perfect.
    xx

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  22. i think sequins could definitely add a little sparkle to those boring office days! xx

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  23. I love sequins! Does anybody know where I can find a fabulous sequin shrug? Perfect for Autum/Winter sparkly events!

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  24. Love the sequin skirt... I could so get away with that for work and add a bit of sparkle to my day.

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  25. Love the skirt, looks lovely!! xx

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  26. Amazing skirt, you look fabulous in it Jen. Been making a few sparklies myself recently. Check out my new handcrafted jewellery for something sparkly to go with it

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  27. I definitely disagree with the rule "Sequins are for nighttime" - you show they are quite lovely in the daytime!

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  28. oooh that's a gorgeous outfit! Really works well

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  29. your Pencil skirt is really very gorgeous...I like the grey and black colour combination of your outfit very much....you are looking great in the pics.. :)

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  31. I liked the way you put together everything, there is certainly no need to go any further to look for any additional information. You mentioned each and everything that too with much

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