Welcome to Day 3 of my Spring Roundup. If you’ve seen the first two days (Spring Dresses and Spring Stripes) the you know you are in for a fun wearable collection of pieces that you can mix and match all season. Today, I am talking Spring Pencil Skirts. The pencil skirt is a wardrobe STAPLE. If you work in an office and do not currently own one – please buy one of these NOW! You won’t regret it.
Spring Pencil Skirts Selection Criteria
For my selection criteria they had to be items I either already own or would buy. I tried to include a mix of different items and looks. I also made sure all the sizes were available and that at least a some of them included petite sizing. You will see some overlap here as stripes and floral prints make for good pencil skirts!
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My Top Spring Pencil Skirt Picks
Halogen Stripe Pencil Skirt – This is my top pick! Yes, I know this is striped and could have gone on Tuesday’s post but it is also a beautiful spring pencil skirt. As you can see from the picture – this skirt has so many style options. You could keep it neutral with an ivory top (try the CECE Cap Sleeve Blouse) or a navy top (I’m currently longing for this Ted Baker one to appear in my closet). An even better option though is BOLDER – I’m thinking red (the Vince top above) or yellow (the jumper from yesterday). You could even do a little pattern mixing with florals (see Thursday’s post) or stripes (yesterday). For a jacket I would opt for navy or ivory depending on the top.
Halogen Floral Print Pencil Skirt – Florals are big this spring and you will see more options tomorrow but today’s focus is the pencil skirt. I love the bright colors and the larger pattern. I have a similar skirt from Boden that you can see on my Instagram feed today. Pair this skirt with white, black, blue or coral for totally different looks. I love the Halogen Bow Back Pullover in coral (remember it’s all in the details). For a unique jacket to pair with it check out the Topshop Ruffle Crop Jacket in Blue.
Halogen Floral Print Pencil Skirt – I know, more floral pencils (but this one is 40% off). I’ve showcased this skirt before as a good candidate for pattern mixing using the coordinating striped sweaters that pair perfectly. There is a Ted Baker version that sells for three times the price making this one a total bargain!
Non-traditional Pencils (Not for Every Office)
Some office spaces are more flexible with their dress codes. Some are not. Mine varies depending on the day and the location. If I have a customer meeting a suit is absolutely required. If I’m in Rochester, NY or Dayton, OH or Melbourne, FL there is a looser interpretation than in my home office of Washington, DC. I use this to my advantage – to incorporate trendier pieces. These pencils fall into that category.
Halogen Scalloped Lace Pencil Skirt – Lace overlays are still very popular and are starting to be more wearable in formal office environments. The key is to keep the other pieces tailored. I would pair this with an ivory or black silk button down. The nice thing about trendier pieces is they multitask better (my HUGO suit – not so much). This skirt will transition beautifully to brunch with the girls or an afternoon wedding. For those occasions, I would pair with yesterday’s blue seersucker striped top.
Faux Leather Pencil Skirt – (This also comes in red for the ultra daring). A mini is not for every office environment or for every occasion but if paired appropriately it can work. I did a whole post on the minis in the office here. The key is balance, and similar to the lace skirt it works best paired with tailored pieces. I would wear this with a white button down and black jacket for a mod 80’s vibe. Hesitant to wear this to work? This one also works for other occasions …. think happy hour and date night! For date night I would pair it with a little lace shell like the Vince Camuto Lace Blouse.
CeCe Ponte Faux Wrap Pencil Skirt – This is a bonus skirt …. while technically a pencil skirt it isn’t specifically for spring since it is black. I love the tulip hemline though, so if you don’t have the perfect black pencil skirt yet – this is a great candidate.
Happy Spring Shopping! (It’s also Nordstrom Triple Points time through Sunday so its a good time to stock up!)
P.S. Check out my Pinterest page for several outfit ideas featuring many of the standout items from this week. You can see how to mix and match the various pieces.