Sunday, November 6, 2016

How to Wear a Pencil Skirt Dress - Business or Casual

As a busty size 14/16, a dress that fits just right is hard to come by. Usually after trying on countless numbers of dresses in a department store, I walk out empty-handed. I need a dress that fits a certain criteria and unfortunately, there are few dresses that meet my standards. For a dress to be a win, I need it to be:
  • Curve-hugging without clinging to problem areas
  • Comfortable in both fit and fabric
  • Solid-colored so that it can be mixed and matched
Because my department store experiences are less-than-stellar, I decided to head to the almighty Internet. Knowing how much I love the quality of Nine Daily fashions (you can see my posts about the brand here and here), I decided to check in with them first. As it turns out, they do offer a dress—and it's a fabulous dress, indeed.

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This Bodycon Pencil Dress is soft, stretchy, versatile, and it comes in three different colors: Black, wine, and blue. Nine Daily, an Amazon-based clothing brand, has created a dress that's comfortable, stretchy, and can be worn casually or professionally. At only $37, the dress is also affordable.

Trying a dress on is usually a nightmare for me, but I was blown away by this one. You can see how it shows off my curves without making me look bulky or disproportionate.

Because the dress is made of 95% Rayon and 5% Spandex, it's lightweight and soft with just the right amount of stretch. It can be worn during any season—it's light enough to keep you cool in the summer but heavy enough to keep you warm in the winter, when paired with a coat or jacket.

Featuring a v-neck line, 3/4 sleeves, button embellishments, and a slim-fitting mid-length pencil skirt style, it is an original dress that is also simple, leaving you to dress it up as you wish.

It's machine washable, although it is recommended that you hand wash in cold water without bleach. You can hang it up or lie it flat to dry.

If you're interested in trying this dress for yourself, pay attention to the size chart. I am 185 pounds, a US size 14/16, and 5'8" tall. I ordered a size XL and even though the bust, waist, and hip measurements on the size chart is smaller than mine, it fits perfectly because of the amount of stretch. 

Here is the size chart for reference:

S: Bust: 33.75"; Waist: 27.5"; Hip: 35.5"; Length: 38.25"; Sleeve: 17.875"; Shoulder: 14.125"

M: Bust: 35.75"; Waist: 29.5"; Hip: 37.5"; Length: 38.75"; Sleeve: 18.25"; Shoulder: 14.625"

L: Bust: 38.75"; Waist: 32.5"; Hip: 40.5"; Length: 39.25"; Sleeve: 18.625"; Shoulder: 15.125"

XL: Bust: 40.75"; Waist: 34.5"; Hip: 42.5"; Length: 39.75"; Sleeve: 19"; Shoulder: 15.625"

The dress is business-style, so when paired with the right accessories and shoes, you can create a stylish, authoritative look that's still pretty and feminine. Check out some of the ways you can wear this dress in the professional field.

Professional Outfit Ideas with a Pencil Skirt Dress

The above style could be worn during a corporate conference or a business meeting. The dress, professional by itself, can be paired with a blazer for a more accomplished look. Add a pair of your favorite black pumps to tie the look together. Finish it off with classic accessories like dangle earrings, a fancy watch, and a classy clutch.

The blue pencil skirt dress is perfect for a job interview or a meeting with clients. Pair the blue dress with a gray blazer for a more authoritative appearance. Polish up the look with matching heels. Add in blue accessories, such as a handbag or earrings with gold accents to give off the look of a leader with style.

This yellow and black pairing gives more of a casual feel, thanks to the bold vibrancy of this sunny hue. If you're attending an office party or a more laid-back professional event, this outfit is ideal. The yellow contrasts heavily with the black, creating a look that says, "I'm professional, but I also know how to have fun." Simple black and white accessories finish off the look, giving it a classy appeal.

Casual Outfit Ideas with a Pencil Skirt Dress

You might think that this dress can only be worn as professional attire, but that's not true. While it is a business style dress, it can be dressed down as well. Adding a top over the dress, pairing it with the right casual accessories, and wearing it with flats gives a more laid-back vibe. See some of the examples below.

The pencil-skirt style makes this outfit really fun to dress down. People like to think of a pencil skirt as business wear, but that's not always the case, as you see from the outfit above. Pairing the blue style with a black and white striped top immediately tones down the "professionalism" of the dress. Adding pops of yellow (red would work nicely, too) gives the outfit a relaxed feel. The informal sneakers drive the look home.

As you can see here, the sneakers are what turn an otherwise professional outfit into one fit for having a laid-back outing with your friends. A large, oversize sweater will keep you warm and toasty, while adding a super stylish touch. Pair the look with a casual tote, and you're ready for a relaxed day.

Perhaps my favorite casual look of the three, the red pencil dress can be paired with beautiful camel colors to create an easygoing fall/winter look. A form-fitting sweater over the dress hides the professional lapels. This gives you the chance to add a scarf for a more relaxed look. Flat boots add an extra dose of laid back style while also protecting your feet from the elements.

If you're interested in picking up this dress, head on over to Nine Daily on Amazon. For only $37, you can get the dress + free two-day Prime shipping.

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