Gap New Pencil Skirt + J.Crew Palmera Ruffle Cami

Gap has always been dependable for great basics. Now I realize that’s true not just for casual basics like tank tops and flip flops, but also for professional dress wear like classic pencil skirts! What’s amazing about this “New Pencil Skirt” is that even though it looks dressy, it has the feel of a casual, comfy item I have come to expect from Gap. Here’s the secret (I think) – 3% spandex. Usually when I wear pencil skirts, the material is pretty stiff and since it’s cut high, it feels awkward and somewhat binding whenever you move, bend over, sit down, etc. Not this skirt. It literally molds to your body and moves with you. I’m a bit sad that the length is so long; feels like the 24″ length J.Crew pencil skirts typically have. Hits me slightly below my knee. I got my usual J.Crew skirt size in this, but it feels a little large at the waist and I have a feeling it may stretch out a bit throughout the day, so I probably could have sized down.

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I’m wearing: J.Crew Palmera Ruffle Cami, Gap New Pencil Skirt, Nine West Getby Wedges

Also pictured here is the J.Crew Palmera Ruffle Cami. J.Crew usually has many versions of this ruffle cami every season, and I’ve always been tempted to try it but just never pulled the trigger enough to get them at a good price in my size. I got this one size too big because that was the only one available for such a dirt cheap sale price. I thought a loose fit may look better with this kind of top anyway. I really love it! I feel so professional and dressed-up in this, whether in jeans, casual skirts, or pencil skirts. The silk material is so light and breezy, and the ruffles definitely do not look like shredded paper to me. I really want to pick up more of this cami in all the different ruffle versions J.Crew has produced. It’s out of stock now on the J.Crew site, probably due to the low sale price, but keep an eye out for pop backs!

Meanwhile, definitely get the Gap New Pencil Skirt now for only $44.50.

PS. Bear with me through all the background changes. I am trying to figure out the best place in my apartment to get some good lighting, and it apparently is not my kitchen!

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