Pencil skirts for work or formal occasions can often be the “safe” choice, but you can also turn it into something fabulous simply by adding a belt. It’s the best way to take it from ”blah” to “aha!” In this edition, I’m wearing two pencil skirts both with a skinny belt, but you can use any type of belt that you feel suits your body and outfit best.
Go from Business Casual to Cocktail Hour
I love this look because it’s versatile – it’s proper enough for the office but cool enough to go out for drinks after. I dressed up a plain white pencil skirt with a black skinny waist belt with a gold buckle and accents. This skirt is an old one but you can find similar plain white pencil skirt with a slit or something a little more funky at ASOS.com. To make it business casual I wore the skirt with a white button up. You can spice it up by wearing a white button up that has lace, or patterns. Note my large, clunky watch. If it looks like a large, heavy men’s chronograph, that’s because it is! Big chunky watches are “in-season” so to speak and I love this one: it’s my favorite Diesel gold-tone watch from Macy’s. It makes a bold statement at the office during the day and is an equally cool accessory during a night out. I also wore chunky cuff bracelets to accompany the oversized watch. I kept the shoes simple with some strappy sandals and added a plain white clutch – you can leave this in the car and add it to your outfit after the office. And, it’s always a good idea to add red lips to your look once you’re off duty from work!
Stay Comfortable but Look Cute
I love my heather gray knit pencil skirt because it’s soft and comfortable. But I felt it needed something to give it more excitement. First I added a beige leather belt. Helpful tip: This slim belt from OASAP is long enough to be doubled for a more dramatic look. I usually like to add the belt and then everything else. Next, I added an understated, but fabulous long-sleeved top from ASOS in yellow. Unfortunately this top is an old one and no longer available, but any long sleeved light yellow top will do. This adds a little bit of color since both the belt and pencil skirt are neutral. I wore the same sandals here as in the first look. I feel like this look is conservative (wear it to brunch) but stylish enough to wear out (wear it to dinner and drinks.)
Bottom line: plain pencil skirt + a leather belt = wonderful possibilities