Wardrobe Essentials: 10 Pencil Skirt Outfits to Try
You guys! You guys! Did you know you can wear different tops with your black pencil skirt?
I know: mind blown, right? You’re all, “What even is this? HOW did I not know?” And to think you’ve been wearing that ONE top this WHOLE time, just waiting for me to come along and teach you my ways, huh? OK, OK: as with my previous outfits in this series, I’m obviously not exactly providing you with brand new information here, so you can take that as read. I don’t know about you, though, but sometimes the most obvious outfits are the ones I totally forget about, so… how about I just stop rambling now and get on with it? OK, here are some pencil skirt outfits to inspire, or simply pass a few minutes on a Wednesday afternoon…
How to wear a pencil skirt…
With a fitted top
Aaand we’re right in with a retro-inspired look: well, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t do it, would I? I’m going to try to make sure not ALL of these pencil skirt outfits are retro-inspired ones, but I’m not promising anything, m’kay?
This little sweater was from H&M last year, as was the skirt itself. Neither are currently available on the website, unfortunately, but the good thing about this kind of look is that although I’m calling it “50s-inspired”, the individual pieces are fairly modern, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find similar ones if you want to. Oh, and you’re going to be seeing a fair bit of that belt, I’m afraid: it’s not that I think all pencil skirt outfits require a belt, you understand, it’s just that the skirt is a little bit too big on the waist – whoops. Just pretend you don’t see it: unless you really like it, obviously, in which case don’t bother.
With a strapless t0p
I’m going to have to ask you to overlook the fact that this top is almost exactly the same colour as my skin… and also the fact that it’s not a top at all, it’s a bodysuit. I KNOW. I mean, I have no idea what I was thinking, really. I bought it from ASOS a few years ago, and it was one of those things I bought knowing perfectly well that the chances of me ever wearing it were slim to none, but I just HAD to have it, anyway. Well, what can you do?
Anyway, my point here is that you can totally wear a strapless top (BODY SUIT) with a black pencil skirt. WHO KNEW?
Vivien of Holloway top; Buffalo shoes (old)
03. With a halter top
Yet another retro-inspired look, and I’ll just take the opportunity here to point out that you don’t actually HAVE to wear your pencil skirt with polka dots at all times. I mean, I do, obviously, but you knew that, didn’t you? There are, however, other types of clothing out there: for instance…
With a silk shirt
This one’s all kind of, “Lookit me, I’m an important business lady, ready to do some important business!” OK, maybe not: I suspect my blouse is probably a bit too low for the office, but that’s just the kind of rebel I am, you know?
With a plaid shirt
And now I’m a cowgirl. Yee-haw, people. Yee-freaking-haw.
It’s been at least 2 minutes since I last showed you a retro-inspired look, though, so here you go:
With a bardot top
Oh, come on: AS IF I wasn’t going to show you at least one stripe bardot top! You MUST have known this was coming, surely? And while I’m on the subject of bardot tops, I’m going to sneak in another one, too…
Collectif top; Nina shoes
With a slightly different bardot top
This one’s a slightly dressier look: or it would be if I’d bothered to comb my hair, obviously. If you’re looking for something that ISN’T a bardot top, meanwhile…
Poppy Lux sweater; New Look ankle boots
With a slogan sweater
See also: ‘How to Wear a Slogan Sweater‘. I’ll be sure to link that post back to this one, then you’ll just get stuck in an endless internet loop, going from pencil skirt outfits to slogan sweaters, and back again, over and over… Let’s try to break the loop while we still can, shall we?
Zara blazer; Dune heels and clutch
With a blazer and heels
I feel like I’d wear this outfit to have important business lunches, which my imaginary secretary would set up for me in between conference calls or something. I would absolutely hate that, of course, but I DO like wearing blazers and pencil skirts, so I guess it’s kind of tragic that I just don’t have a lifestyle that requires this kind of look, really.
With a roll neck sweater
I can’t decide whether to call this one, “Cartoon Spy Girl” or simply “What the Hell Was I Thinking?” It’s a bit of both, really, I suppose. And, OK, this came out a bit more ‘Beatnik Fancy Dress’ than I’d intended, but, well… I was going to write, ‘You can’t go wrong with a black polo neck,’ here, but given that I’ve just demonstrated that, yes, actually, you CAN, I think I’ll just leave that train of thought at the station, if it’s OK with you.
Hell Bunny cardigan; Boden shoes
With a cardigan
Because if you can’t wear it with a Hell Bunny cardigan, I just don’t want to wear it. The end.
Er, no, that’s literally the end. I mean, I could probably have gone on for the rest of the day, putting together various pencil skirt outfits, but they’d just have been even more variations of the ones above, and I think you get the idea, don’t you?
10 pencil skirt outfits to try