I surprised myself last year and added a black pencil skirt to my wardrobe.
I work from home and lead a seriously casual lifestyle, so a black pencil skirt never seemed like a good fit for my wardrobe. But then I found this stretchy, pull-on, Ponte version of a pencil skirt and I was all kinds of smitten.
I’ve never really been a skirt / dress girl — I’m more of a jeans / shorts girl.
But this simple skirt taught me that the right skirts and dresses can be off the charts comfortable.
And I’ve noticed that the workhorses in my closet are the pieces that look fancy but feel comfortable.
So, black pencil skirt, I’m super happy to see you again this spring.
Here are 4 ways to style it with a casual + Unfancy vibe:
LOOK ONE: Stick with a palette of black, b&w stripes, and denim. Pair a boxy crop top with your pencil skirt and finish with a slightly oversized denim jacket. Slip on sandals with a low heel, grab your tiniest cross body purse and you’re obviously on your way to wherever the cool kids are hanging out.
03 | Bag by Marc Jacobs
04 | Sunnies by Ray Ban
05 | Sandals by Madewell
LOOK TWO: Easiest outfit recipe ever: white tee, black skirt, and denim jacket. But with all these basic pieces, make sure to add a subtle statement with an accessory. To me, the key to this outfit’s success is that necklace. It’s minimal, but it adds another dimension to the outfit — just a hint of pattern.
01 | White tee (old) / similar (made ethically)
04 | Sandals (old) / similar (made ethically with an emphasis on empowering women + communities)
05 | Bag by ONA
06 | Sunnies by Ray Ban
LOOK THREE: Feeling edgy? Here you go: Stick with an all-black palette. Tuck the tank into your skirt, add booties, and grab your moto jacket. Break it up with a cheetah patterned clutch. Oh, and don’t forget your fresh fruit. Hah! The things we put in these flat-lay photos. Calling myself out + not caring one bit. :)
02 | Moto jacket (old) / similar
04 | Sunnies by Ray Ban
05 | Cheetah clutch (old) / similar (made in the USA)
LOOK FOUR: Two shades of blue mixed with that warm caramel — bless my happy heart, it’s my favorite color combo! If you’ve been looking for a way to shake up your chambray shirt, try tying it around your waist and pairing it with a darker chambray or blue top. And there you go. You’ve got a cute outfit — great for running errands or a quick coffee date.
04 | Bag by ONA
05 | Sunnies by Ray Ban
06 | Sandals (old) / similar (made ethically with an emphasis on empowering women + communities)
So what about you? Do you have a black pencil skirt in your closet? Do you ever dress it down?