Right now, I am all about stretch. I have always thought stretch fabrics were a girl’s best friend, but never more so than now. This wool blend knit by A.L.C is known as the ‘Ellwood‘ and is a super thick, super stretchy, pull on skirt in a red/orange/black intarsia leopard pattern. It hugs in all the right places (as a pencil skirt should) but is so soft and stretchy I don’t even feel it on. If you recognise this skirt, congratulations you keen eye! I own the black/white/brown version, which first featured here in 2014.
It only arrived last week from my favourite eBay seller, from whom I bought it for approximately $40 (and you will see in the above link it retailed for about $540). I knew instantly that I would be pairing it with this vibrant melon-hued cardigan from J.Crew, as it complements the orange leopard spots in the skirt. I nabbed this boyfriend-style, cashmere piece from a J.Crew store in the USA (almost 4 years ago!) for about US$50 and it has been a real go-to. I love the oversized length and pockets, and the Italian cashmere knit is super thick and soft.
I wouldn’t normally wear orange and black together but as the skirt features black, this Majestic Filatures 3/4 sleeve knit top was the perfect layering piece to tone down an otherwise strong hue. Two-tone, gold chain detailed leather flats by J.Crew (purchased also from eBay for $29) finished the look.
Ideally, I would love to be wearing a pump with this look but at this stage of my pregnancy, my body is simply not allowing it. Nevertheless, I felt professional and chic, a challenge I am starting to encounter when dressing a pregnant belly for work.
I encourage you to become acquainted with American label, A.L.C. Founded by stylist Andrea Lieberman in 2009, the label aims to deliver refined and sophisticated contemporary classics. The collections now encapsulate every day basics (including linen tees, slim black pants and leather biker jackets) with versatile and distinctive ‘must-haves’ (such as silk slips, delicate printed blouses and colourful leather leggings). I love the label because everything is incredibly wearable and can be easily incorporated into your existing wardrobe. The pieces are fashioned from luxurious, (hand)wash-and-wear materials and are made predominantly in the USA. Have a look through the collections here and tell me if you don’t covet everything!!
Even though the ‘Ellwood’ skirt is no longer available (except here, God bless TheRealReal), you can click to shop other gorgeous, winter-appropriate A.L.C. skirts, all on sale, below.