February 9, 2014

outfit post | pencil me in

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with pencil skirts.

While I love the look of them — what’s more posh than a sleek skirt hugging all the right curves while staying sophisticated and chic? — many of the pencil skirts I’ve tried are boxy, shapeless and put me at risk for a FUPA.

(Please don’t Google Image FUPA at work, mmk?)

When I got the chance to meet with Arkansas fashion entrepreneur Nancy Martin of N.A. Martin and try on her designed-in-Bentonville-and-made-in-New-York pencil skirts, I was pleasantly surprised by the amazing fit and feel.

kimberlyloc wears a dark olive green na martin pencil skirt and violet hobo bag

The fabric is forgiving to those of us who like to eat, and the sizing caters to vanity (I got a size 4, which feels a bit big but leaves some room for lunch, and I’m typically a size 6/8), so there’s that bit of psychological “yes!” going on with the collection.

I got a dark olive green pencil skirt from N.A. Martin and am craving a few more, especially the black waffle and cream waffle; I love the texture of those skirts, which give the staple colors a bit of edge.

N.A. Martin’s classic pencil skirts also pop in a bit of color in the lining; you can see a pretty aqua shade in the black waffle.

I’m excited to see what N.A. Martin has to offer for spring (there’s some talk of prints and patterns).

No matter what Nancy comes up with, it’s guaranteed to fit like a glove — or, perhaps, how a pencil skirt should fit. Goodbye, boxy, shapeless skirts!

kimberlyloc wears a dark olive green na martin pencil skirt

kimberlyloc wears a dark olive green na martin pencil skirt

kimberlyloc wears a dark olive green na martin pencil skirt and gray via spiga coat

kimberlyloc wears a dark olive green na martin pencil skirt, gray via spiga coat and violet hobo bag

kimberlyloc anjolee ring

kimberlyloc gray via spiga coat and ruffled striped top

Photos by Laura Hall / Laura Put Together

Top // The Limited (similar)

Skirt // c/o N.A. Martin

Tights // Target

Booties // c/o Ross Dress for Less (similar)

Bag // Hobo the Original via Frankly Basic (also love this one, this one, this one, this one,

Ring // c/o Anjolee (see more of their beautiful diamond eternity bands)

Coat // Via Spiga via Rue La La (similar)

Lipstick // Ecco Bella “Merlot”

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  • sarita coren

    Ok so I commented on FB and forgot to say how much I also love the entire look: ‘specially them shoes and tights (already mentioned the skirt in other comment). It’s shopping Sunday :-)

    • kimberlyloc

      You’re too sweet! Thank you ma’am, let me know if you get one, and Nancy is super-accessible — have her help you if you need it! The sizes are very vanity, so if you get one, order a few sizes smaller!

  • NA Martin

    Thank you for the shout out! You look great in our #namartinpencil I love how you showed its versatility and that it is seasonless.

    • kimberlyloc

      Thank you for sharing your collection with me, Nancy! I love your pencil skirts — absolutely fabulous. I will be sure to let you know when I’m in Bentonville again :)

  • beautybybritanie

    You are the cutest thing that ever lived. I adore you and your poses. I just remember when we met and we instantly started going into poses together for the camera… it was hilarious. I miss you!!! Also I am obsessed with this outfit.. beautiful!

    • kimberlyloc

      You are too sweet! We would have so much fun taking pictures together if only we lived closer! Let’s do a photo shoot in LA this summer after the green beauty event! I have too much fun with you, love :) xoxoxoxo

  • Gita

    cute coat girl, but you betta keep it on because it looks damn cold on those pics hahahaha

    - Gita
    mimiandchichi.com

  • Amber Karlson

    Kim, this outfit looks so good on you! Very flattering! That purse is to die for!!!

    • kimberlyloc

      Thank you! It’s definitely a staple in my wardrobe … a good pencil skirt is hard to come by! I’d been eyeing this bag for a while and got it at an amazing bargain. Love a pop of color! xoxo





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