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10th Commandment: September 7

Now that Labor Day is over, it’s time to stock up on Fall basics.  This year, I am finally going to buy a camel pencil skirt.  I don’t know why it took me so long, but this is the year.

I’ll wear the skirt with black, ivory and chocolate separates.  I also wear it with my navy blazer, my hunter green cardigan and my eggplant sweater.  However, this does mean that I’ll need to track down a pair of chocolate brown boots.  Now, where did I hide that credit card…  

Elected Official

Donna Karan Stretch Wool Pencil Skirt (Net-a-Porter, $1,295)

Hill Staffer

Alice + Olivia Laila Seamed Pencil Skirt (Bloomingdale’s, $154)

Unpaid Intern

Halogen Seamed Pencil Skirt (Nordstrom, $68)


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  1. Laura says:

    Belle, please please do a post on boots! I have such a hard time finding the right ones, and really need to find black and brown this year. Guidance would be appreciated on flat/low heel boots especially, as I cannot commute in high heel boots. Thanks!

    September 7, 2011/Reply
  2. Daniela says:

    Are you getting one of these three skirts? If so, which one?

    September 7, 2011/Reply
  3. Amy says:

    I don't have it in camel, but I do own that Halogen pencil skirt in several other colors and it is wonderful! Both comfortable and flattering.

    September 7, 2011/Reply
  4. Ellie says:

    Halogen skirts run huge in my experience.. size down one or two !

    September 7, 2011/Reply
  5. L says:

    Hey Belle– I am totally ordering this… Looking for a matching blazer– do you know if there is one?

    September 7, 2011/Reply
  6. Anon says:

    Belle, can you do another post on buying the right size pencil skirt? I'm not a large woman overall, but I am pear shaped, and I avoid pencil skirts because I don't want to make an already substantial part of my body look larger. I love the look of pencil skirts on other people, but I hate it on myself.

    September 7, 2011/Reply
  7. Charlotte says:

    I actually just returned that Halogen skirt because it was so unflattering. Most pencil skirts work great for me, but the cheap fabric made it a decided exception. Don't bother.

    September 9, 2011/Reply