Earlier this year, I wrote about one of my first encounters with a pencil skirt. Basically, I avoided them like the plague until I bought this purple one from J.Crew. Although my heart has softened for this long, fitted skirt, I still have struggles with it. My main issue is that I get extremely anxious when I wear them because I feel so restricted. This is weird, since I’m used to wearing tight pants (self-proclaimed leather pants addict), but for whatever reason a fitted skirt that runs from above my belly button to my knees just gives me anxiety.
I’ve come up with a few ways to ease my pencil skirt panic, though. To offset the straitjacket situation going on below, I look for loose tops without any structure. Maybe it’s all in my head, but this works for me. It feels freeing to not have something clinging to your body.
My second trick has nothing to do with feeling constricted, but is more so a way to not take myself (or my outfit) so seriously. To balance out the seriousness of the pencil skirt, I’ll pair it with a casual top. This is nice for a business environment that allows flexibility with the dress code. Since I work in real estate, I don’t really have any set rules to follow when it comes to my outfit. A chambray shirt and pencil skirt is professional, while also being approachable.