If you were to ask me my favorite fashion item ever it may well be a tie between pencil skirts and liquid eyeliner.
Pencil skirt slightly outranking the eyeliner. My first recollection of my love for pencil skirts came from childhood. I was a strange child, let’s get that out in the open. Very strange in fact.
An only child, I had to rely on imagination to not be bored out of my mind. When I first moved to the United States, didn’t know the language and virtually had no friends, I found some form of comfort watching old Hollywood movies. I fell in love with Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Lauren Bacall, Lana Turner and of course Jean Harlow. I admire Jean’s beauty and glamour so much I named my event planning company after : Harlow & Dahlia Events. My favorite Old Hollywood era was the 1940’s and Film Noir. (On a different post, I’ll cover how my love for Film Noir led me to become a film major for a year in college)
One thing that always stood out to me about this era is the clothes, I just love the style of the 40’s. Clean lines, dark tones, wavy hair, red lipstick, big eyes, strappy (is that a word?) heels.
I feel I belong to that era, while I don’t necessarily believe in reincarnation, if ever something would make me believe is the sole fact that I am convinced I must have lived in that decade.
The pencil skirt was a trademark statement of that time. I have images of Marilyn Monroe wearing a beautiful black skirt bouncing around in espadrilles wedges.
Whenever I need an instant pick me up, I don on one of my many pencil skirts, dash the eyeliner, grab a Starbucks and I feel like a million dollars. I love the instant glamour the skirt provides me, I feel fit, elegant and ready to go.
I wear them to work, I wear them out and about, I wear them on casual days and big occasions. I wear them with heels such as below and I wear them with flip flops, sandals, wedges, just about any suitable shoe EXCEPT sneakers of course. Never sneakers + a pencil skirt shall mix.
I find them to be such a flattering piece of clothing on most women. If you don’t own one yet, I ask you to go out and buy one. You’ll see what I mean about feeling glamorous in them!