Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall essentials: The pencil skirt

Disclosure: Banana Republic reached out to me to participate in their fall essentials campaign! Although they are sponsoring this post, all opinions expressed are my own.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! Ours was pretty relaxed and low key which is exactly what I needed! I'm back today for part two of my fall essentials collaboration with Banana Republic. If you missed last week, you can check out my post on the statement pant here.

Outfit details--- Sunnies: Quay "High Key" | Earrings: Kendra Scott "Danielle" (current colors here) | Top: Express (option, optionoption) | Bralette: Express (similaroption) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff "Moto satchel" (on sale here) | Skirt: Banana Republic "Luxe Brushed Twill Ruffle Pencil skirt" (c/o) | Shoes: Valentino "Rockstud leather wrap-around strap" ---

The pencil skirt is one of those pieces that I feel is universally flattering and I always make sure I have a handful in my collection. I decided on this particular one for this fall essentials campaign because I don't have anything similar. The grey twill will still be relevant for all seasons - even warm weather months. But clearly the ruffle and flirty hem steal the show. For sizing reference, I'm wearing a 4 petite.

Because the skirt is so sweet and feminine by design, I wanted to edge it up a bit, so I added a strappy bralette, studded ankle straps, and my foolproof moto satchel. The tougher details make this outfit feel more like me! Not that I don't like to wear things that are sweet and feminine. But I love pairing opposites together to mix things up and keep things interesting and a little unexpected.

If the plunging neckline + bralette combo is too much for your office (or for your girls...) you can obviously just opt for a more conservative neckline. I wanted to keep the silhouette up top pretty fitted with a top I could tuck in so that it balanced out the ruffle-y volume of the skirt. I love that grey will go with all the colors! I want to pair it with jewel tones like cobalt, emerald, and ruby red. And stripes. Of course stripes.

I have a hard time wearing flats with pencil skirts because I feel like they make my already short legs look even shorter and stubbier. If I wore flats with this, I would try a pointy toe style first. I've definitely seen taller women pull off flats with pencil skirts - even round toe flats, but I don't think it's the most flattering proportion on me. I say all of this just because shoes could take some trial and error based on your own body type so play around with it!

Even though I'm short at 5'-2", I only have a handful of petite items in my closet. For some reason I'm short, but petite sizes don't fit me right more often than not. That said, the 4 petite in this skirt did fit great. Since the skirt is already knee length on the model, I knew the regular size would end up being more of a midi length on me unless I ordered the petite!

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And that is it! Two fall essential pieces crossed off my checklist and I'm quite pleased about that! What is on your list for fall?

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  1. That is such a beautiful pencil skirt! I love the ruffle, this would be perfect for the office :)

    I find for pencil skirts that aren't petite I need to wear them higher on my waist to get them at a flattering length to wear with flats. I've also had a few tailored too :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. We are the same height! Trust me, you styled the skirt perfectly xx

  3. Look is adorable and suits you so much. Love the top too, great detail. x Jacqui

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous! I am loving the ruffle on the skirt and it is superb edged up with the strappy bralette and studded heels. I agree with you that pencil skirts do beg for killer heels more than flats. Such a fabulous look!


  5. That skirt is so pretty on you and I love that it's grey. Gorgeous Fall look.


  6. Fabulous pencil skirt, I love the ruffles! You've styled it to perfection with those gorgeous heels!

    Emma xxx

  7. That flirty skirt is so perfect for fall! I love the edgy bralette with it for contrast. Thanks for the link up Carylee!


  8. First, I love Banana Republic and it's so nice they have petites---that's what I usually get from them!
    And second, this pencil skirt has it all! I love pencil skirts but they can be a little too basic at times, but this one---wowza!!

  9. I love a pencil skirt but yours is so fabulous. Love the whole outfit. The black and gray is so pretty together.

  10. How fun is that skirt? It reminds me of the striped one from Express only this one is definitely more appropriate for work. Such a great piece!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  11. This is such a sassy outfit for the office- and so fun!

  12. I love how you 'edged-up' the pencil skirt! You look great!

    xo Jules

  13. Love the edgier details with your pretty skirt!
    jess xx

  14. I love the skirt. I'll be checking it out at the store on my next visit. I don't wear a lot of pencil skirts but the ruffles on this one are too much to resist

  15. Just purchased a very similar skirt from intermix and totally plan on wearing it with heels as I'm short too! Love the way you have styled it and thanks for hosting the link party.

  16. Look at your skirt. How pretty it is. Beautiful look.

  17. That skirt is stunning! I love a piece that has so much detail and flow to it. Perfect for the office!