My legs are vertically challenged. I’ve had to take up pants my whole life and am always on the lookout for the “short leg” version of jeans (thank you Target). I’m 163cm tall and I think my legs are about a tenth of this! Ha ha – no really, they are short. So I’ve always steered clear of pencil skirts, flared jeans and even midi skirts can look kinda ridiculous.
Two weeks ago I came across a vertically striped pencil skirt which actually seemed to look ok. I even wore it with flats!! You can read about the Kelly & Port Styling Session I did where I wore this pencil skirt a few ways. It got me thinking about other ways to wear pencil skirts as a human with sausage dog-esque legs.
I remembered the stretch denim pencil skirt hiding in my wardrobe which my sister persuaded me to buy back in February during one of the Country Road Spend and Save periods. I dug it out and had a play. Turns out it works quite well with a knit and ankle boots! And the added bonus is the comfort factor – seriously soft and stretchy and oh so snug for winter.
When the weather is too cool for bare legs I plan to add opaques, heels and a jacket. A great option for work and I might even wear this with flats for a more casual look.
Wearing same skirt and jumper, Saba trench coat (bought on serious sale after Christmas – winning) and Wittner heels.
As a newly converted pencil enthusiast, I just couldn’t resist this tropical print pencil skirt from Topshop. It’s made from a smooth scuba (polyester elastane) fabric which is again really comfortable and the thickness hides the sneaky bumps. I love wearing bright, beachy or floral prints in winter. It keeps it fun and hey I’ve got to stay true to the Beachstylemum brand
Wearing Topshop skirt (shop similar here), Country Road top, Refuge Denim jacket and Betts Shoes boots.
So if you are also vertically challenged in the leg area, I urge you not to ignore the pencil skirt for these reasons:
- A pencil skirt works well with heels or heeled boots for us shorties but the right skirt could also be worn with flats (try it)
- A bold print can draw the attention away from the length of legs and the width of hips
- Add opaque tights to a plain coloured pencil skirt to create the longer line impression
- Add a longline cardi or coat to also lengthen your line
Do you have any other pencil skirt tips? Do you like to wear this style of skirt?