Daily Style – The Pencil Skirt Gets Casual


Skirt – Target; Chambray Shirt – J. Crew; Boots – Dolce Vita; Bag- Marc by Marc Jacobs; Pins – ban.do

Revisiting this skirt again, but today with more of a casual look, although it still has a bit of a dressed up feel.  I’ll share one more look with you all next week that is truly super casual.  Since my lifestyle doesn’t call for me to even sort of get dressed like this everyday, I always take my opportunity on Sundays to wear the outfits I would love to wear on a regular basis.

This is a perfect example of getting dressed for church; I present my best self without feeling over dressed, and the look carries me through the day without feeling uncomfortable or over done, and in this case, out to brunch with the family at one of our favorite restaurants.  This outfit is nursing friendly and kid friendly, with patterns to distract the eye from any unforeseen spills, and a lightweight, almost wrinkle proof button up shirt.

The ways I’m making this pencil skirt work for me are:

  • dressing for transitional fall weather.  it’s still warm in southern California so I’m pairing it with a lightweight chambray shirt and no tights, and closed toed casual boots, but once the weather cools down I can layer it with a sweater and a pair of tights.
  • adding the fun (yet not ostentatious) grouping of pins, again says I don’t take myself too seriously and gives the overall outfit a feeling of casual ease, and a bright pop of color.
  • the closed toed ankle boots say fall, but don’t leave me sweating while the weather is still trying to cool down.  these type of ankle booties can be worn so many ways, and are great for mommas because they help us feel like we’re wearing a dressier pair of shoes, yet they’re perfectly fine to chase kids around in.  I wrote a post a while back about wearing these type of ankle booties as a grown woman by the way, that you can check out here. Yes, women of all ages can wear these booties!
  • and can I just say one more time, how thankful I am for being able to find cute, elastic waist clothing options lately?  I don’t dare invest in any button up items right now since I’m still carrying 20+ pounds of baby weight, so this skirt is a perfect piece to wear now and later after I lose the weight (or most of it ;))

Happy hump day everyone, and please let me know if you have any questions or other ideas of how to wear this pencil skirt!  Linking up with WIWW.

Andrea Howe

Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. Get in touch: Facebook, Twitter You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

  • erica says:

    you are SO beautiful. you make being a mom look so effortless & sophisticated. <3

  • I can’t get over how amazing you look after just having a baby! as usual, love your style!

  • Trish says:

    I have a few pencil skirts too and I almost never wear them because they seem too “officey” and I’m a stay-at-home mom. But this gives me some ideas on how to dress them down… maybe also with graphic tees. Thanks for the ideas! I also appreciated the ideas on post-preggo dresses, since I’m just starting my second pregnancy.

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