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Pencil Me In | Manolo for the Big Girl

Pencil Me In

Mad props to Francesca for pointing out the epic Zaftique sale.  It won’t surprise any of you that I typically think Zaftique is (checks to see if Zaftique is an advertiser…wait, no I’m not, too lazy. Plus I don’t care. ANYWAY)  I typically think Zaftique is just one big velvet bell-sleeved Festival of No. However there are some super cute pieces that could work well for your transitional wardrobe this fall, so why not take advantage of the sale to try them out?

For example, how cute would this button-detail pencil skirt be with any of the cashmere sweaters you picked up for next-to-nothing last season? If you are one of our tow-headed sisters you owe it to yourself and to the world to pair this skirt with a camel cashmere sweater, pearls and a substantial heel and give us the full metal Hitchcock Blonde.  Just promise me no clompy mary janes; “Naughty Librarian” is trite trite trite.

Papyrus Skirt from Zaftique

For our darker-tressed girls –my fine self included– and those who are particularly pear, I’m digging this (90% off?!) skirt with a black cashmere sweater.  Just remember, if you’re wearing a statement skirt, you need to be careful about what else you have going on.

You don’t want to look like a clown car, but you do want to draw attention to your face so it’s not all skirt all the time. Think simple top with big drippy earrings or a say-something brooch. You want to build length so if you insist on wearing a necklace with this, go all out Chanel with long ropes of pearls.

Tweed Yoke Skirt from Zaftique

And finally, I hate to be your mean mom who pokes you in the back and tells you to stand up straight, but fall-weight skirts demand heels or boots. Sorry, they do. It’s about balance and proportion. Now get that hair out of your face, put on some lipstick and give me some grandchildren!

6 Responses to “Pencil Me In”

  1. Jewels September 16, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    Does anyone have recommendations for an extra wide calf boot that is NOT a wide width in the foot area? I wear an 8-1/2 M shoe but have a 20″ calf. :-(

  2. rabrab September 16, 2008 at 9:47 pm #

    Check Widewidths.com and, if you’re ok with fairly expensive shipping, Duoboots.com operates out of the UK, and charges 20 UKP shipping. But the boots are gorgeous.

  3. Z. September 17, 2008 at 3:03 am #

    I do, Jewels!

    Sofft boots!

    I have the Tyla in black leather, which Zappos appears to be out of – but they do have the Red Oak/Dark Brown still in stock. http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/28018887/c/130941.html Go there and read all the reviews for reference, and then if you decide to try it, you can rustle up a pair in another color on Nordy’s site or similar.

    These are by far the best boots I have ever owned. I too have a problem with having a medium sized foot but a bigger than “average” calf – so on the off chance I would find a boot that would fit my calf, it usually came along with a wide width foot, and led me to consider buying stock in the lumberjack sock industry, for I must’ve been singlehandedly keeping them in business.

    Zappos says the calf circumference is only 15, but they lie – I have a 17 inch calf and they fit me well, with enough room to zip them up over my skinny jeans. I know you said your calves are 20″ but the leather is very soft and flexible and with some patience, you might be able to make it work – if not, you could get a cobbler to add some goring.

    It would be worth it, even if you had to pay a cobbler, because it’d likely still come out to be less than ordering a boot from Duo, and they are quite well-made, so they’ll last you a long time. The Tyla is just a dream boot – the comfort level is out of this world, even with having a heel to them. It’s like wearing slippers, and they look great. They are basic enough to never go out of style, and they have a subtle lacing up the back that adds a little something to keep it from being boring.

    These also come in wide width, in case anyone else wants to try them.

    I feel like the Boot Crusader over here or something. What do we want? “Big-ass boots!” When do we want ’em? “Now!” This way, Aslan – to the battlefield!

    Cheers,
    Z.

  4. De September 17, 2008 at 8:13 am #

    1) I am going crazy, itching with excitement for my favorite season to start. Not just because Autumn feels the best, but because its when I can start wearing my favorite favorite favorite fashion pairing: boots + skirts!

    2) I desperately need/want that grey skirt. But thanks to my own badly timed motivations I’m down 30 lbs (to be healthy again, not just for vanity) and in between sizes. So I’m not going to buy any more clothes until I am firmly in a new size. But I will stare at it longingly on my screen and pair things from my closet with it…..I have a lovely fitted navy sweater that would be absolutely fantastic!

  5. Megan September 22, 2008 at 12:37 am #

    Awww… but I *love* Naughty Librarian! Is it OK if my Mary Jane’s aren’t clompy?

  6. Tanya September 23, 2008 at 10:27 am #

    I’d love to hear what the skirts are like if anyone gets them. I just shipped back three dresses to Zaftique, the first time I’ve ordered from them.

    The fit was great, shoulders where they ought to be yet enough room in the bust and the styles pretty flattering, but OMG the fabric! I think there was an explosion at the factory where my daughter’s dance recital costumes were made. The horror – shiny, rubbery, slippery, NASTY.