The Polished Pencil Skirt

Most people think of a pencil skirt as nothing more than business attire.  While it is true that a well-fitting pencil skirt is perfect for the office, it is also true that this essential wardrobe staple is quite versatile and can be dressed up or down.  My go-to pencil skirt is a grey cotton-blend, which makes it comfortable and chic, but virtually any pencil skirt will work well with these outfit ideas.

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Grey Pencil Skirt & Navy Blazer

1. All Business

Paired with a blazer, a pencil skirt creates , of course, the perfect business ensemble.

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Grrey Pencil Skirt & Rock Angel Tee Grey Pencil Skirt & Motorcycle Jacket~

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2 & 3. Rock Out

Add a vintage rock tee or an edgy motorcycle jacket for some rock-n-roll flare.

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Grey Pencil Skirt & Tucked Chambray Top4. Denim

Tuck in a slim-fitting chambray top to look sleek and chic.

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Grey Pencil Skirt & Green Polka-Dot Tank Grey Pencil Skirt & Shiny Black Tank~

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5 & 6. Take the Heat

Tuck in a tank and add a cute belt and you have a hot look.

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Grey Pencil Skirt, Red Shirt & Grey Wrap Sweater Grey Pencil Skirt & Navy Sweater

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7 & 8. Bundle Up

Cover up with a cute sweater, leggings and a pair of boots for those chilly days.

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Grey Pencil Skirt & Black Mini Skirt9. Layer It

Layer a slightly shorter skirt over your pencil skirt for a cute and unique layering effect.

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Grey Pencil Skirt, Violet Top & Chambray Vest Grey Pencil Skirt, Coral Top & Chambray Vest~

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10 & 11. In-Vest

Look cute and casual in a chambray vest layered over a colorful top.

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Pale Green Top & Grey Pencil Skirt12. Take a Bow

Add a bright tunic and a unique belt.

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Grey Pencil Skirt & White Poplin Grey Pencil Skirt & Lavender Button-Up~

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13 & 14 Button-up

Add a sleek button-up and a belt for an instant classic look.

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Grey Pencil Skirt, Green Polka Dot Tank, & White Slouchy Button-Up15. Slouchy Chic

A sheer, slouchy button-up creates a classy and unique look.

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Grey Pencil Skirt & Purple Cartigan Grey Pencil Skirt and Purple Cartigan~

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16 & 17. Cute Cardigan

Pair your pencil skirt with a black tee and a cute cardigan.

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Grey Pencil Skirt & Purple Plaid Top18. Plaid

Dress it down with a tied plaid shirt and a white tank.

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 Chambray w Green Top & Grey Pencil Skirt Grey Pencil Skirt, Navy Blazer & Grey Sweater ~

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19 & 20 Multiple Tops

I layered multiple tops over my grey pencil skirt starting with a blue chambray shirt and a green faux-wrap top in the first picture and a navy blazer under a grey blazer-sweater in the second.

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The Crisp, Clean and Classic White Button-Up

A fitted White Button-Up shirt is an essential piece of any stylish wardrobe because it is incredibly versatile and can easily elevate the “classy” perception of an outfit.  The white button-up shirt makes almost any outfit look well thought out and well put together.  Here are just a few of my favorite ways to wear this classic piece.  Remember, almost all of these outfits can be tailored to what is already in your closet.  Just get creative!

Faded Skinny Jeans & White Poplin

1.  Golden

Paired with some Faded Skinny Jeans and gold accessories, the White Button-Up looks polished yet casual.

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Faded Skinny Jeans & White Button-Up and Chocolate Shirt

2. Casual Style

Faded jeans, a cotton hoodie shirt, and riding boots take your white button-up shirt down a notch in a cute way.

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Black Skinny Pants & White Button-Up

3. Black and White

This is a simple and polished look, with black pants, black boots and white leg-warmers paired with the classic shirt.  Add a pop of color underneath and it also stays fun.

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Grey Pencil Skirt, White Button-up & Blue Tank Grey Pencil Skirt & White Poplin~

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4 & 5 Professional

Pair your White Button-Up Shirt with a pencil skirt for a professional look.

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Black Leggings, White Button-up & Grey Wrap Sweater

6. Fall Fabulous

For a classy fall look, I wore my White Button-Up Shirt, complete with colorful tank peeping through, over black leggings, grey leg warmers and black ankle boots.  I added my grey wrap sweater and a black belt for shape.

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White Poplin & Kacki Pant Khaki Pants, White Button-Up and Aqua Cartigan~

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7 & 8 Cute with Khakis

A plain white shirt and khaki pants don’t have to be bland as long as you know how to make pieces pop.  The Black floral belt gives the outfit and cute focal point.  The aqua cardigan adds the perfect pop of color to the ensemble.

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Black Maxi Skirt & White Button-Up with Chambray Vest

9. Easy Breezy

I always imagine maxi skirts flowing in the wind.  The chambray vest and thonged sandals give this outfit a casual feel.

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Flirty Skirt & White Button-up

10. Fun and Flirty

A White Button-Up with a flirty skirt is playful yet classy.

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White Skirt & White and Black Button-Ups Brown Skinny Pants, White and Green Button-Ups White Skirt, White Button-Up and Navy Button-Up

11, 12, & 13 It Takes Two

Sometimes two is better than one.  I layered a different color button-up over my White one and chose accessories to complete the look.  Each different color can add a totally different feel to the outfit.

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Denim Shorts & White Button-Up

14. Sophisticated Summer

I teamed my classic top up with a pair of denim cut-offs, and a bright colored tank for an effortless look.

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Black Mini Skirt, White Button-Up & Red Top

15. Certifiably Sexy

A red shirt over my Button-Up, with a black mini skirt give a sexy twist to a professional look.

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LBD & Tied White Button-Up LBD & White Button-Up with Turquoise Belt~

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16 & 17 Over Dressed

My two favorite ways to wear a White Button-Up top over a dress is tied in a casual crop, or buttoned with a cute statement belt.

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Navy Dress & White Poplin Shirt LBD & White Button-Up with Gold Belt White Button-Up under Coral Dress

18, 19 & 20 Under Dressed

A White Button-Up also looks cute underneath your favorite dresses.

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Navy Blazer, White Button-Up & Blue Skirt

21. Navy

I covered my white button-up with a navy blazer over a flirtatious navy skirt.

The Lively Little Black Dress

It took me years to find the perfect little black dress in my price range.  When I finally found it, I was enraptured.  Excitedly, I brought it home and tried it on once again to make sure that it looked the same in my mirror that it did in the store’s dressing room.  Then I set to searching the web to find out how many different outfits I could make with this essential fashion staple.  After hours of surfing the Net, I was sorely disappointed.  Every article I found suggested things like “Pair your LBD with bright colored pumps,” and “Wear it with your hair up!”  All of the obvious suggestions left me wondering, where was the creativity?

So, I challenged myself to find as many cute and “wearable” outfits as I could using my new Little Black Dress.  I plan on this being a “living” article.  I will update it when I come up with new ideas.  Keep in mind that most, if not all of these outfits are versatile.  You can probably recreate many of them using clothes that you already own!  Get creative.  Imagination is the fun of fashion and style!

Little Black Dress

1. The Basic LBD

This is the most obvious and basic way to wear your little black dress.  I post this more as a reference than anything else.  Thin black belt and open-toe pumps.

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LBD & Coral Blazer

2. Pop of Color

I paired a Coral Blazer with some Pink Espadrilles for a chic look.

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LBD & Motorcycle Jacket 2

3. Rocker Chic

A Slate Motorcycle Jacket, Metallic Belt, and Black Lace-Up Boots give your LBD a “tough-girl” edge.

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LBD & Grey Wrap Sweater 2 LBD & Grey Wrap Sweater

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4 & 5 Cozy Grey

Keep warm with a Grey Wrap Sweater, Grey Flat-Heel Boots, and Black Leg Warmers.

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LBD & Chambray Top

6. Denim

Add a Dark Blue Chambray Button-Up, a Brown Leather Belt, and matching Boots.

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LBD & Red Button-Up Tunic

7. A Little Edge

Cover your LBD with a Button-Up Tunic, an edgy Belt and Lace-Up Black Boots

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LBD & Blue Men's Button-Up

8. Artistic

I took one of my husband’s Button-Ups, cinched it in with a Black Belt, added some Slouchy Black Boots and Grey Leg Warmers.

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LBD & Pink and Grey Cartigan LBD & Purple Cartigan~

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9 & 10 Comfy Casual

Cover up with a Cartigan, a Skinny Black Belt, and some flats.

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LBD & Red Accents

11. Accented Red

Put your LBD over a Red V-Neck, accent with a Skinny Red Belt, and Red Peep-Toe Pumps.

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LBD & Pale Green Tunic

12. Natural Chic

I added a loose Pale Green Top, a Big-Buckled Belt, and Tan Wool-Lined Boots

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LBD & Tied White Button-Up LBD & White Button-Up with Black Sweater-Blazer LBD & White Button-Up with Turquoise Belt

13, 14 & 15  The Classic

Add a White Button-Up and Black Heels in so many different ways.

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