One of my favorite summer pieces for the office is a brightly colored pencil skirt. J.Crew Factory is currently selling their popular cotton pencil in a variety of vibrant colors. The quality of the skirt is good for the $45 price. I’ve heard a few complaints about wrinkling, but I’ve also heard people say it’s not a problem. Regardless, if you’re looking for a colored pencil skirt, they still have the best selection out there.
Other colored pencil skirts in the under-$150 price range include this Italian Flannel Pencil Skirt in ash violet and this pale pink Ann Taylor. This citron green pencil skirt from Macy’s is an affordable $35. This Alfani skirt also comes in a good selection of colors for $30. So how would I style a colored pencil skirt?
I chose the aqua-blue color in the J.Crew pencil skirt because it blends the uniqueness of a non-neutral with the versatility of a neutral. Plus, it’s not a color I already own, which cannot be said for pink, green, yellow, or purple. Did I mention I like colored pencil skirts?
For the top outfit, I kept things fairly basic. The color palette is a refined neutral in a selection of blues. The top I chose is a really cute pom-pom trim shell from Banana Republic ($50). If you prefer something you can tuck in, this Cece scalloped shell from Nordstrom ($79) can be worn untucked or tucked.
I added the Factory Clare cardigan ($25) for the topper. The Clare is a great buy for the price. They don’t hold up as well as the old J.Crew cardis (what does?), but they hold up as well as the new J.Crew cardis for half the price. Other readers have said good things about the cardigans at Land’s End and LL Bean, if durability is a deal breaker for you. My favorite cardigans come from Halogen, the durability is good and the color/print selection is nice.
For the bottom outfit, I wanted a look with a bit more pop. Red and aqua is one of my favorite color combinations. The look is a bit unexpected, but oh so chic. Plus, I really wanted to find a way to incorporate this cool Topshop blouse ($125) into an outfit post. Not feeling the red? You could also try dark purple for a sophisticated look. Or for something more unique, try a sage green or yellow on top.
As for the other accessories, with such a bold color palette it’s best to do a neutral shoe. This tan Charles David pump ($89) is a good option. If you’re done with pale-colored shoes, you could also try a grey snakeskin or a charcoal grey shoe.
Additionally, I kept the jewelry a half step above minimal with a larger hoop earring. I like these Robert Lee Morris edged hoops ($79). If you’re looking for a sturdier hoop, the kind you can wear for lifetime, try these Roberto Coin hoops.
If you have any suggestions for pieces you like, or how you would style this skirt, leave them in the comments.