Good morning! I hope you’re sitting down because I have… wait for it… a skirt outfit today!!!
I know. This is unprecedented. I don’t think I’ve styled a non-denim skirt on this blog in years, and that is no exaggeration.
It’s not that I don’t like skirts. I’m a huge fan of a good pencil skirt, and I used to wear them a lot in the early 2000s. Sweater trends were shorter back then, and it was easy to create the proper portions with a pencil skirt. I’m not a tucker-inner because I’m too short-waisted for that, so now that longer sweaters are in style, it’s really hard to find the right top to pair with a pencil skirt. I see women doing the front-tuck with their skirts, and I think that looks all kinds of wonky.
Thankfully, shorter tops seem to be coming back in style, and one of the best stores I’ve found for more traditional sweaters is Banana Republic. I’ve bought several of their sweaters this winter, and I’m very pleased with them. They’re still long enough to create the right balance with skinny jeans, but they’re short enough to work with a knee-length pencil skirt.
This one is my new favorite — it’s a simple black fine-gauge, ribbed-knit scoop neck sweater. It comes in 4 neutral colors, and it has a lovely fit and feel. It’s a nice, soft knit that feels good against the skin. I wore it with jeans to dinner last weekend, and then I paired it with this wool pencil skirt for a dressy work wear look that would also be nice for church. For size reference, I’m wearing a small in the sweater.
Unfortunately, the skirt I’m wearing is sold out. It’s also from Banana Republic, and I waited too long to style it. I was actually waiting to find a sweater that would work with it. They do have a lot of other skirts to choose from, though.
I tried wearing my black over-the-knee boots with this, but they were too tall. They touched the skirt and didn’t allow any leg to show, so I went with suede pumps. A knee-high dressy boot would work, but I don’t have a pair at the moment.
These tights are black, but the way the light is shining on them, they look a bit off. In real life, they’re very black. These are the Spanx brand, and I love them. It’s the only brand of tights I wear. They’re nice and opaque and they hold everything in place.
I topped off the outfit off with my coated cotton moto jacket. I like the structure it adds to the outfit, and it also give the look a bit of an edge and keeps it from being too classic. I wouldn’t need the jacket as much if I were wearing over-the-knee boots or booties, but with the pumps, this outfit could look a bit dated or too safe, so the moto jacket helps keep it current.
Finally, this necklace is Stella & Dot. I really liked the way it fills the neckline of the sweater, and the gold creates a pretty contrast against the dark color palette of the outfit. It also draws the eye up towards my face because it’s lighter/brighter than anything else I’m wearing.
The only exception to that statement is my purse. I intentionally carried a black purse with gold hardware to coordinate with the necklace and to offer another point of interest to the outfit.
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