My favorite pencil skirt

Every woman should have a pencil skirt in their closet. With the right fit, a pencil skirt can flatter any figure. In a past career, I met with potential clients frequently, so I wore a lot of pencil skirts in black or shades of grey paired with a crisp button down. Boring. Since then I've pushed the pencil skirt beyond the business suit scenario to really own it and feel confident. 

I found this emerald green skirt on a shopping trip by chance. Ever since my client meeting days were over, I had no interest in wearing pencil skirts to my laid back, casual office. However, this skirt has it all:  bright, fun color, great fit and versatility.

You may have noticed that I tend to wear a lot of green, specifically this deep, emerald color. I'm drawn to this color and love it against my complexion and eye color. There is nothing boring about an emerald green skirt--it's just asking to be in a power outfit!

The fit was pure luck. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, take full advantage. The length hits right at the tops of my knees, showing just enough leg. The waist hits at my skinniest point just below the ribs. I'm also quite happy with how it makes my bum look. My husband agreed in the morning as I was leaving for work :)

The best part about this skirt is how versatile it is. I've paired it with t-shirts, chambray shirts and even a crisp button down, creating three completely different looks and levels of dressiness. On cooler days in fall I've paired it with a light pink sweater and knee high boots. In the middle of summer, I've worn it with a cropped lace top and wedges.  With all these different pairings, this skirt is part of my outfit rotation from spring through fall--basically all bare legs weather.

My favorite pencil skirt stats: I've worn this skirt 15 times since March 2014. I've created six different power outfits around it. That's a true closet win!

I urge you to consider the pencil skirt beyond the boring business suit. Bright color or pattern is always a great starting point in my book. Though fit and versatility are equally important for all power outfits. 

Outfit breakdown:

  • Emerald green pencil skirt:  Express (similar here for $79.50 from J.Crew)
  • Striped T-Shirt:  H&M (Any striped tee will do.  I like this option at Banana Republic for $39.50.  I might have to add this lace-up version from Madewell to my closet--$55)
  • Tan sandals:  Aldo (similar version by Madewell for $158.  Another adorable option by Jeffry Campbell for $129.95)
  • Necklace:  J.Crew Factory (I'm linking the J.Crew Factory necklace page because there are so many great options, and they are all under $25. If these were in my closet, I'd pair this outfit with this colorful necklace

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