While the pencil silhouette is one of the oldest silhouettes that we know, it’s definitely not the most outdated. Pencil skirts have recently crossed over from the confines of the workplace to a more mainstream fashion context, much to the delight of girls all over the world who prefer longer hems. It was all over S/S 13 runways, but it seems like it’s not going away any time soon! Saw photos of the latest Burberry S/S 14 show on their Instagram, and pencil skirts were all the rage!
I’m not one to often wear bodycon or anything tight-fitting, but these skirts are an exception because they are so sophisticated and great for day-to-night dressing. You can style it in your own way, according to your body type (I once saw a photo of Liz Uy wearing a pencil skirt with a fitted tank top that emphasized her fit/curvy body). Fortunately, my body type permits me to wear them with oversized tops to balance out the tight bottom.
Tall girls can get away with wearing flats with pencil skirts without looking frumpy, but for us normal girls, nothing is more ideal than pairing them with sky high heels to elongate the body.
The pencil skirt has been around for as long as we can remember, but this season, its comeback will leave you wanting more. Next on my list - printed ones that would look great with my casual tees!
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Quadrilaterals are always, always welcome in my closet. When wearing patterns and silhouettes, you’ll notice that I like sharp angles instead of round, curvy lines. Boxy shift dresses »> bodycon dresses. Even my taste in bags is quite boxy! I don’t know why I’m so fixated with squares. I’d be the best person to base the main character on if there were ever a square version of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki (spiral).
Lucky for me, this year is a year of checkers, with the originally spring/summer trend even trickling down to autumn/winter. I was browsing through the RUNWAY channel webstore the other week when I noticed how there were so many checkers and all sorts of square-ish patterns, plaid and tartan prints, and boxy shapes in the recent collections of Japanese fashion brands! Even Zara has a ton of them right now, and I hate it because I’m so tempted to buy everything. In Crissey’s words, “Kamukha mo yung buong recent Zara." (You look like the whole recent Zara.)
Anyhow, I underwent a pattern obsession recently, and managed to find 3 different items that fit the bill.
First one is this dress that is boxy in every way possible, just the way I like it. Wore it with my new favorite oxfords, and a tiny cross-body bag… which is also square. Sue me. Maybe next time my hair will become triangular just so I can have more right angles.
Second one is this cute fit-and-flare dress. This is an outfit that’s very reminiscent of my 2011 retro-girly phase, except I tried not wearing a satchel with it to avoid looking too cliche. Still, I ended up pairing it with an even more retro-looking bag because I couldn’t help the cuteness that is JumpFromPaper.
2D cartoon-like bags are starting to become more popular nowadays, and it’s all thanks to JumpFromPaper. Katy Perry sported one before and people just immediately fell in love with the quirky concept. I think it’s quite ingenious too!
Of course, I can’t leave this entry without putting on some printed pants which I paired with a printed top. Print-on-print is something I rarely do, but grid patterns that remind me of my old Math notebooks work surprisingly well with other geometric elements. Like lines. And more boxy bags. Don’t misunderstand though - I can be a little geeky, but I definitely do not enjoy math!
Crop tops and high-waist midi skirts are a match made in heaven in so many ways, I feel like I missed out a lot by refusing to wear them until now. And all because of issues I have with my body. Yes, I have a ton of them, and my wardrobe pretty much revolves around the concept of hiding these flaws and highlighting the parts I’m most proud of. Or more accurately, mixing and matching clothes to create the best, most flattering shape for my body type. While it’s easy to say that I can just go to the gym to sculpt my figure… I have absolutely zero interest in it. And you can count on me to fail at all kinds of sports, so that’s definitely out of the picture as well. I think I am allergic to physical activities.
Ever since crop tops became a trend last spring/summer, I’ve been rather apprehensive about wearing them myself, even if I found the concept refreshing and cute. I’ve explained a number of times already how my body type manages to maintain my overall figure without diet or exercise but somehow misses the lower stomach / abdominal area right after I eat.
And the point of crop tops is to show exactly this area. My chest-waist-hips ratio is far from spectacular (if there is that popular S-curve among Koreans, mine is an I-line). Heck, even my narrow shoulders were once an issue because I thought they made my head look bigger than it actually is and my body smaller than my head. Bobble head much.
I wasn’t so critical about it while growing up (circa my dark ages when personal style wasn’t a priority at all) and only started to notice these issues as I started modeling and looking at how different kinds of clothes fit me and how differently I felt wearing each one. You just know it when something feels totally off, and when something feels so right. And I couldn’t quite put why I felt uncomfortable wearing certain kinds of clothes.
I admire girls who could pull off bodycon-anything without any apprehensions, regardless of side fat bulges, bloated abdomens, or the lack thereof. I have a deeper admiration for those who can wear anything and not be conscious at all. How I dreamed to also have that “free” way of thinking.
But alas, I can’t help it - I can be *very* critical of myself. Sometimes I spend so much time thinking of myself that I don’t have time to think of other people anymore. I’m on a constant, life-long quest to improve on things that is/can be personally problematic. This doesn’t just apply to wearing clothes, but also life in general. For my own sake and for my own sanity, I am always trying to be better by pushing myself outside the box that I often hide in. This is mostly achieved by changing perspectives (that I am actually blessed in a lot of ways and that I should spend my time being thankful instead of worrying about unnecessary stuff) and by acceptance (looking at the endless possibilities I can do with what I currently have instead of sulking about things I don’t have).
And boy, did I make a huge leap bringing myself to change my perspective on something that has bothered me for a long time. It *is* completely possible for me to wear a crop top! All I had to do was find the perfect bottom for it that I will feel comfortable and confident wearing.
Pencil and bodycon skirts with tight crops were out of the question, as I actually tried it for laughs and only made me look like a little girl trying to look mature. I tried wearing it with high-waist pants and shorts too, but it only emphasized the fact that my torso is a box.
(On a related note, if anyone is interested, some K-pop fans have called out both SNSD Tiffany and SISTAR Bora a few times for having boxy torsos. But with proper styling, look at how Tiffany managed to create a more feminine silhouette!)
Then suddenly, as if my prayers have been answered, Apartment 8 came out with a series of full, circle, a-line midi skirts in different colors!
Lightbulb moment. This is just the longer version of the skirt silhouette that I’m always wearing! The trusty high-waist can just cover my problem areas as it always has, and the conservative length can balance out the bold, skin-baring crop. Why did I just discover this formula now?
I am a firm believer of striking a balance when it comes to wearing separates, and this combination has my seal of approval.
Play with strengths despite weaknesses. This is how everything in life should go! I can’t believe I’ve been crippled only because I was so hung-up on being imperfect and looking at myself as someone with a lot of flaws. I can’t believe I’ve even allowed myself to think of the most unfortunate excuses, like how I may have developed a bad case of social anxiety disorder after all the trauma and cray I had to deal with the past few years (though I am still afraid of answering calls, and still cannot do small talk without feeling awkward), or how my life has become such a routine that a different future seems absolutely unthinkable. Revelations kept on coming after every year, and it became convenient for me to believe that I can’t trust human beings, no matter how pure your intentions are, if I don’t want to be hurt or backstabbed.
But ultimately, I was only being too hard on myself, trying so hard to avoid being judged by people I have yet to meet! I don’t know how I was able to shut myself out from the world just because I was afraid of facing people (save for family/relatives/close friends). I was getting invited to so many opportunities yet I let my fear become my weakness. Everything is suddenly funny and trivial after letting it out. Now, it’s time to give life a chance.
Sponsored post. With my little yearly drama.
(Drafted this at 3AM in the morning, when I am usually the most expressive. Talking when the sun is out stresses me out D:)
Following the latest ’90s fashion craze is the return of shirts tied around the waist! I remember being scolded by teachers way back in 3rd grade because my classmates and I would often tie jackets on our waists as a sort of uniform accessory, and it was greatly discouraged. Not surprisingly though, since we couldn’t even wear colored hair ties or pluck our eyebrows. Ah, but I digress.
Anyhow, wrapping flannel shirts and leather jackets around the waist used to be part of a whole grunge look (think ripped denim, Chuck Taylors and Doc Martens) , but an updated version of the trend has sprung out of recent F/W collections. Kanye West sported it with a tailored jacket, while Rita Ora wore it with black peeptoe heels. What a lovely juxtaposition of dressy and casual.
While doing research on this trend, I saw a photo of a girl wearing a white button-down, a white skirt, a statement necklace and classy high heels. My favorite part? She tied a light-washed denim jacket on her waist as a cool contrast to her classy outfit. I’m so inspired to try something similar soon!
Let the nostalgic feels begin. What do you think of this comeback?
(Forever 21 top, Topshop pants, Massimo Dutti shirt, Guess heels, Romwe necklace) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
P.S. Owning the most overrated blogger title, since I can’t remember the number of times I’ve been called overrated in this lifetime. :P
It’s time to rejoice! Apartment 8 will be releasing these feminine fit and flare dresses soon, and I can’t be any happier because this is pretty much my favorite dress silhouette of all time.
This style has been popular since the 50s, and fortunately, it never really completely disappeared through the years. This spring/summer, however, it seems like people have fallen in love with it all over again. You can’t blame anyone - fit and flare dresses are classic, versatile, and immensely flattering.
If there’s one dress style that can do no wrong, this is it. Pair with heels, flats, and even sneakers! <3
The little white dress. Looks super innocent… until you see the back!
Obsessed with all of Apartment 8’s new embossed fabric!
Such a wonderful contrast! The dainty bow and the surprising backless detail together? The perfect mix of cute and sexy.