Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Pencil Skirt

Pencil skirts have a reputation for being the prudish alternative to the mini. It is the wardrobe mainstay of librarians/secretaries but when worn correctly, it can instantly be transformed into a chic and versatile item that can even act as the statement piece to the entire look.
The pencil skirt is both practical and subtly edgy. Its two-faced nature makes it an essential piece that, with a little mindful styling, can easily take you from day to night. What I really love most about them is that they're so flexible. With the right accessories and coordination, you can easily transform it from a typical librarian look into something more feminine and sleek.

This trendy garment provides a solid foundation for autumn/winter wardrobes because it allows us to exude sexiness in a subtle way, and it flatters all figures. Here I paired my plain white skirt with this colorful patterned top to give it a more modern retro vibe.
To avoid looking too prim, leave the flats at home and pair them with heels instead so that it will elongate the legs and create a slimmer silhouette. If you need to hide a belly, invest in a good pair of control pants or try a loose-fitted top with embellishments to draw attention away from the problem area. The options are endless!

Top :: H&M
Bottom :: Express
Shoes :: Aldo
Belt :: Came from Guess dress
Clutch :: eBay
Thanks for reading! 


  1. I love pencil skirts! I think they're feminine and can be very sexy when paired with the right accessories. You look gorgeous in yours!

  2. Love love love that H&M top! I get so discouraged in there sometimes because I find it overwhelming and disorganized but I keep seeing all these gorgeous pieces from there and I think I need to make a trip! You look beautiful in that sunlight!


  3. Pencil skirts are always classy! LOVE the top with it as well!! Thanks so much for you comment on my blog a while back!! Visit again soon!!


  4. pencil skirts always have a sliming effect. I love this white one, it goes perfectly with your blouse. It has a vintage feel.


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  6. i love everything about this look!
    (and i love the new look of your blog, too) ^---^

  7. You look great... I love the skirt. AND your shirt. BEAUTIFUL!

    xo everything-pretty.com

  8. I am a huge pencil skirt fan and love this pairing... To wear sandals again...that won't be till May in Chicago!

  9. the pencil skirt is a classic for a reason, as you know. it looks outstanding on you! completely professional without looking fussy. those rings show off a little unexpected rebel. adore! ;)

  10. pretty top<3

    would love for you to check out my blog and follow. let me know and ill be sure to follow back.


  11. Great top! I love how you went dark with the clutch! :) Oh man... I didn't know they had that one satin dress from Old Navy in blue!!! I would have totally bought it. Maybe next time.

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  12. You look so classy and professional ^^
    Pretty pencil skirt!


  13. I love pencil skirts! I have a red one that's my go to for several occasions. As long as I dress up the skirt differently no one will ever notice that it's the same piece. :)

  14. You're rocking that pencil skirt dear! :)

    Specially love the nude belt & the purse!! <3

  15. Thu, you look stunning! Love your ebay find. Clutches are my thing. Your hair looks gorgeous!

  16. I totally agree, you can make the look more feminine rather than 'secretary like'. I think because the skirt was white rather than black , it made and changed the whole outfit! :) gorgeous... i am really liking your blog, going to follow now!

  17. I really like your blouse! It has a vintage look to it. And I love all the accessories for this look- belt, shoes, and purse! Beautiful outfit!!!
    Good luck!


  18. I'm a big fan of pencil skirts (they're so flattering!) and I love the way you belted this one. Great top and heels too!

  19. I love pencil skirts! You look great. :)

    xx Jessica

  20. Pencil skirts are way better than minis :)


  21. love your pencil skirt !
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  22. Awesome! Love your trendy chic look!


  23. Amazing outfit!
    Love the skirt and the shoes!

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  24. you look so nice honey!! also love your hair!! :)


  25. I have so many pencil skirts and they are absolutely my favorite style. Your analysis is spot on... subtle sexiness for sure. Yes, heels are a must.

    The pencil skirt rocks!

    BTW... thanks for stopping by my blog. I read several of your posts... LOVE your style. You have a new follower. Hopefully you will follow me, too?


  26. You look so gorgeous I love this outfit!

  27. Thanks for dropping by my blog. =)

    Great outfit! I love the neutral color palette.

  28. I actually think pencil skirts are much more flattering than minis. It's far more flattering without bordering the line of being inappropriate.

  29. Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment on my last post, I cannot thank you enough for taking your time reading it.

    I super love your outfit! I always thought about pencil skirts and whether I should own one or not. Sometimes, I find them to be quite mature looking. However with yours, your skirt doesn't make you look old! ohs & you're quite pretty and young looking to begin with!

  30. Great outfit Thu! I think you really nailed it with the pencil skirt and shoe combo! :)


  31. Love everything you said about the pencil. You're right - it can still be totally sexy. I really like your top, too :)


  32. Pencil skirts are so fun. I love wearing them!

  33. you're way too sweet thank you so much :)
    love the print on white in your outfit and great pairing with heels to dress it up :D
    jessie x
    the weekend project.

  34. Love it! You always know how to add the right mix of edginess to an outfit without going overboard. Love this look.

  35. Thu, I love you. I love how you think about your outfit and why you put certain pieces together! I love pencil skirts because they are totally librarian chic, but I like the touch of those flirty sandals!

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

  36. Gorgeous outfit! I love the shirt, especially. And I loved what you had to say about the pencil skirt... the prudish alternative to the mini. Hehe

  37. i love this sophisticated outfit! would be nice to follow each other if you like :)



  38. Can't believe that is a H&M top. Adorable!


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