Today's Look | How to Wear a Pencil Skirt with a Printed Sweater

Today's Look: Prints & Pencil Skirts

Check out the latest sneak peek from our October 2013 Lookbook that covers how to wear a pencil skirt by adding a little edge into the equation. Look-spiration is one thing. Is this a look that would work for your body type? Have you figured out your body type yet (get a final answer on whether you're a Pear, Hourglass, Apple, or Rectangle PLUS what to wear and what not to wear, courtesy of our free Style Guide here)?

So many questions... See what body type this look works for and how to make it work for YOUR body type PLUS shop everything you see here in our latest Lookbook (click below):

 

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sources: 1 TOPSHOP Merino Tile Jumper (www.topshop.com), 2 Reiss Ajani Tuxedo Pencil Skirt (www.reiss.com), 3 Jeffrey Campbell Wine Snake Darling Pump (www.bonadrag.com), 4 Rebecca Minkoff Mini Affair Shoulder Bag (www.rebeccaminkoff.com), 5 Kitty Shades (www.nastygal.com), 6 Tory Burch Color Frete "T" Button Earring (www.toryburch.com)

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Tuesday's Shopping List | 8 Skirts You're Going to Want to See Tonight

Tuesday's  Shopping List | 8 Skirts You're Going to Want to See Tonight

Check out the shopping list that's all about the bottom half of the fashion equation tonight. From midi's to mini's, pencils to wrap-ups, these eight skirts have been pulled from the Closet and served up for you to scroll & shop:

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1 ASOS Midi Skirt in Ponte with Pocket Detail

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2 Derek Lam A-Line Skirt

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3 Stella Jean Dofi-print pencil skirt

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4 Dolce & Gabbana Lace pencil skirt

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5 Topshop Leather Croc Embossed Pencil Skirt By Boutique

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6 Viktor & Rolf Snake-Print Pencil Skirt

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7 Cedric Charlier Bone-Multi Printed Skirt

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8 Rag & Bone Flight Wrap Skirt in Black

sources: 1. ASOS Midi Skirt in Ponte with Pocket Detail (www.us.asos.com), 2. Derek Lam A-Line Skirt (www.shopbop.com), 3. Stella Jean Dofi-print pencil skirt (www.MatchesFashion.com), 4. Dolce & Gabbana Lace pencil skirt (www.MatchesFashion.com), 5. Topshop Leather Croc Embossed Pencil Skirt By Boutique (www.topshop.com), 6. Viktor & Rolf Snake-Print Pencil Skirt (www.stylebop.com), 7. Rag & Bone Flight Wrap Skirt in Black (www.stylebop.com)

Every week, the virtual shelves lining The StyleShaker Closet are updated by fashion category. Our top twenty picks from tops to denim, shoes to handbags and beyond, are curated by our savvy editors and served up weekly all for you.

Eight skirts are just the beginning. Check out the twelve other hand-picked pieces that made it into the Closet for the week and get 'em while they're hot!

 

Inspiration comes in many forms. Here's a little something to make you think today:

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This quote is half, give yourself a break, and half, hold yourself accountable. Soak it in, see what it means to you, or just bypass the zen moment and get back to shopping. Choose your own fashion adventure, ish...

Inspired? Good. See more on what to wear and how to wear it here.

How to Wear | Sleeveless Peplum Top + Floral Pencil Skirt

Today's How to Wear look was inspired by an Alexander McQueen sleeveless peplum top that served up some serious style all via a little extra fabric in the back. I'm obsessed with it, so naturally, I (easily) found a way to incorporate it into a look, and this time, all it took was a classic pencil skirt, with a not-so-class floral print from Raoul (another designer I'm loving at the moment). See what I mean:

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With all of the 'oomph' coming from the top and skirt, I kept the accessories clean and classic with the help of the ankle strap sandal from Zara that you will wear to death (guaranteed) and a Michael Kors satchel that stays in line with the whole sophisticated lady vibe. The jewelry is the icing on the cake, per the norm. Cue those vintage-inspired drop earrings from Alexis Bittar and a plexi bangle unlike anything else I've seen out there from Stella McCartney.

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Which body type is this look best suited for?

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The elongated peplum on this sleeveless top is amazing, yes, but the exaggerated silhouette means it's' not going to be for every body type. The Pears out there will want to opt out of the peplum and go for a button front, silk, sleeveless blouse to tuck into the skirt. As for the  Rectangles and Apples, the peplum will definitely help with proportions. You could always go with a shorter peplum top, there are tons of them right now from Topshop to French Connection.

Finally, the classic hourglass silhouette can totally pull this off, but if you're an uber-curvy hourglass, I'd suggest going with a shorter peplum top so you don't overemphasize your hips and have them steal the show.

Speaking of alternatives to complete the above look for your body type, see more in the way of tops, pants, jewelry, shoes, bags, and then some, all lined up and updated weekly in the StyleShaker Closet (click below):

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Back at the ranch...

It's time for a little link love. Here are five picks I found this week that totally inspired me. It's time for some eye candy.

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strike a pose. (source: www.richesforrags.tumblr.com)

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@Fab find. (source: www.fab.com)

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wrist trist. (source: www.sortrature.com)

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di-vah. (source: www.abrahumjapan.tumblr.com)

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the moment. (source: www.pinterest.com)

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Check out more in the way of inspiration on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop, by clicking below:

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Time to get back to where it all begins.

What to Wear to Work, Something New & Different. It's About Time...

Time for a New Take on What to Wear to Work. Here Come 4 New Looks to Inspire Your Work Wardrobe...

So, the million dollar question is:

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We all get into style ruts when it comes to what to wear to work. I'm definitely guilty of reaching for my black skinny pants one too many times. Sometimes it just takes a little nudge to get the fashion juices flowing again. Cue the below four looks, served up 'shop-by-number' style for a little wardrobe inspiration.

Look 1: The Pencil Skirt, an absolute must-have. Pair it with a cozy striped knit, subtle nude pumps to elongate the leg line, and your everyday satchel. Polish it off with a pair of smokey drop earrings:

1. Thakoon Addition Striped Knitted Sweater (www.net-a-porter.com) 2. Reiss Simia Pencil Skirt (www.reiss.com) 3. L.A.M.B. Meredith Platform Pump (www.amazon.com) 4. Coach Legacy Leather Rory Satchel (www.coach.com) 5. Brace Yourself LA Chunky Stone Earrings (www.maxandchloe.com)

Look 2: Everyone has the quintessential black blazer. A cobalt blue blazer with a peplum on the other hand, is the perfect pop piece to liven things up a bit. Let the blazer do the talking. Pair basic black pumps with a flared, fitted trouser, and add some subtle color with accents from earrings to a rich, rust-colored, leather messenger bag:

1. Ted Baker Wrenn Peplum Jacket (www.houseoffraser.co.uk) 2. Burberry Prorsum Stretch Trousers (www.matchesfashion.com) 3. Mango Suede Stiletto Pump (www.shop.mango.com) 4. Aldo Eskeets Messenger Bag (www.aldoshoes.com) 5. Oscar de la Renta Waterfall Stone Earring (www.oscardelarenta.com) 6. Charlene K Gold Dipped Ring (www.maxandchloe.com)

Look 3: This one is not for the fashionably timid. The red wide-leg pant can actually be extremely versatile, don't let the bold color frighten you. Actually, every piece in this look can seamlessly find it's way into a myriad of other ensembles. Thrown all together though, you get an updated take on the silk blouse/trouser combo.

1. PJK Patterson J. Kincaid Blouse Farrow Button (www.bloomingdales.com) 2.Reiss Daria Wide Leg Trousers (www.reiss.com) 3. Dune Bernie Leopard Pointed Court Shoes (www.us.asos.com) 4. Vince Camuto Natalie Round Satchel (www.vincecamuto.com) 5. Alex and Ani Spiritual Armor "Plume" Russian-Gold Bangle Bracelet (www.endless.com) 6. Yves Saint Laurent Statement Ring (www.mytheresa.com)

Look 4: Throw a blazer over a dress and you have your daytime look covered. Subtract the jacket from the fashion equation and you're instantly in cocktail-mode. The look isn't only streamlined and polished, it's actually one of the most comfortable combinations out there. Don't forget the cap-toe on your everyday black pump. It's an approachable trend that's worth taking advantage of this season.

1.Theyskens' Theory Jaco Striped-lapel Blazer (www.theoutnet.com) 2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Sapphire Blue Cowl Neck Drape Dress (www.my-wardrobe.com) 3. Dolce Vita Selina Pump (www.piperlime.gap.com) 4. Marc By Marc Jacobs Graphic Print Tote (www.farfetch.com) 5. Michael Kors 'Mercer' Chronograph Bracelet Watch (www.nordstrom.com)

There's plenty more out there to shop and one of the best places to start is the StyleShaker closet, lined with hand-picked pieces filtered in every week from shoes to sweaters. It's all there. Don't forget another perfect place to shop, you're own closet. You'd be amazed how getting some fresh perspective can take you from, "I have nothing to wear," to, "whoa, I like that."

At the end of the day, it's not only about what you wear. It's about what you DO in what you wear. With these looks on your back, get out there and own it. Get inspired and take advantage of the hours between nine to five (or longer for most of us). You never know what can happen with a fresh set of eyes and metallic cap-toe pumps.

See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop here.