the black pencil skirt

So about a year ago (yes, I waited a year to wear it), I saw this lady going to restaurant with her daughter. It was a heat wave, and she was wearing a knee-length leather skirt and white tank. I thought the look was perfect, but not right for the weather. So I pulled out this skirt, and hung it up on the 'to wear' rack, where it hung for one year!

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I always wanted a leather pencil skirt, but thought it was an impractical purchase for my location. So when Altuzarra did a collection with Target, the black pencil skirt caught my eye (found here as well, in size 14).

I paired it with my Robert Rodriguez asymmetrical top (similar); it's a long top running diagonally, and I tucked it halfway in. I love the multi-layered tops because they have so much movement (check out this Alice + Olivia top). Tucking them in provides a completely different look. This Derek Lam top would be perfect as well. I love the Eileen Fisher top for a more simple look, and it's versatile enough for any other outfit.

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I never would recommend buying the capsule collections by these designers for one very simple reason: the pieces are made to give the best representation of the designer's usual style (this is the original Altuzarra pencil skirt).

Usually, these collaborations don't offer a lot of good staples. And since everyone is rushing the stores for these items, you're guaranteed to see a bunch of people wearing the same thing.

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This skirt is the only thing I got from the collection. I've been needing a black pencil skirt for years, and I have waited and waited until I found just the right one. I love this one because it's snake print, but it is a cotton blend, therefore wearable year-round.

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The Target collections (and H&M and others) are often prone to bad quality. This skirt is decent, it has some stretch, but the design snagged a bit. I also bought the Marsala colored dress and immediately returned it, the quality was quite bad.

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I found this skirt to be just right with length and fit, only problem was the waist is a little loose, but it is not significant to need a belt, especially with the top tucked in. I am very happy with this purchase, I think it is the perfect black pencil skirt, and is exactly what I wanted.

I chose my lace heels once again, (similar here) for a more summer look. The lace overlay goes well with the print of the skirt even though it is not the same exact design. The lace pump is a great choice for summer, check out these gorgeous Kay Unger textured pumps in a much friendlier price. These Menbur pumps are in a great price range as well.

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I also wore a thick bangle that is unfortunately no longer available (Try pairing this Ippolita bangle with this one). Or check out this Calvin Klein one.

And that's the perfect black pencil skirt! Just remember to keep it simple. <3