My New Favorite Outfit: Building A Wardrobe: Skirts

Friday, November 1, 2013

Building A Wardrobe: Skirts

Today is the third day of my Building A Wardrobe series, I hope you're finding it useful!  On day one I shared Essential Blazers and Jackets, one day two I shared Essential Cardigans and today I'm going to share essential skirts with you. It's not secret that I love a good pencil skirt, and today I'm going to share with you some essential skirts, as well as some additional options for you to consider as part of my Building A Wardrobe series.  There are lots of different types of skirts out there, but I feel that a pencil skirt has the most classic and timeless feel, therefore it'll have more longevity in your wardrobe.  Here are more thoughts on what to consider when buying:
  • The essential skirts I would consider buying are a gray, navy, black, and one additional color you love; I picked wine. Because of the classic nature of these pieces they don't often make it to the sale rack, however, you can find these at most every retailer.  I personally love Target's options.  The prices are fair and I've always been happy with the quality.
  • These essential skirts will probably not be the highlight of any outfit, but they are great pieces to add to so many looks.
  • Once you have a few of the essential skirts consider buying the additional options; these could be the "show piece" of you look for the day.  Picking a great bright color, or fun print that shows your personality is always worthwhile. As I said above  Target's options are great for this too.
  • Most pencil skirts are safely washed in the washing machine, but always double check to see if it must be dry cleaned before buying.
  • As for additional types of skirt, a-line and mini-skirts can be great too: I'm wearing a mini today, however I don't think they are the best place to start when building a wardrobe, but a great additions later on.
 Here's a visual on my thoughts for skirt essentials:

Building A Wardrobe: Skirts

Today I'm wearing a fun leopard skirt, which had been on my wish list for quite sometime. Pairing it with neutrals like tan and black make this work appropriate, but anything except boring. : )

Cardigan: Ann Taylor
Shirt: Target
Skirt: Sunny Leigh via thredup similar
Necklace: Stella and Dot same
 Bracelets: chloe + isabel c/o samesame 
Shoes: Nine West similar
Bag: Coach

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  1. Great skirt picks! I just got a few more colors of pencil skirts I think I will get a lot of use out of. Your floral button up looks so good with your mini skirt and striped top!

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  3. Ooh, I have that same sweater from Express. I never considered pairing it with turquoise. I might have to try that. :) You look cute & sassy in your mini skirt!

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  4. Nice picks on the skirts! I love a good pencil skirt. They are great for dressing up but also making them more casual, especially in the summer.

  5. I can't believe that skirt was only 3 bucks!! The floral/stripes pattern mixing with it is really fun! Have a great weekend :)

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  6. I stocked up on pencil skirts when I started my new job, and i'm so glad I did!

  7. i love all your skirts! and love the pattern mixing in this outfit!

  8. Love the layering you did in this outfit, SO cute and chic. I think I need a classic black skirt, I'm surprised I don't already own one!

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  9. I need to get more skirts! You outfit is so cute with the printed blouse layered underneath!

  10. I like the floral top peeking out from under the striped sweater
    The color of that skirt is fun too!

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  11. I love the way you styled this skirt with the floral top and striped sweater! Such a great look! And I am loving this series!

  12. Love the skirt selection. I agree with the colors. I have each color but the wine. I love pencilskirts way more than slacks. I have been on the hunt for a wine colored skirt that doesn't break the bank. Thank you! I will check Target tonight. I love the Banana Republic sloan skirts. They wear and wash well. They also are very comfy and come in great colors.

  13. $4?! Amazing. I love the options you listed (I need a wine skirt, asap), but I'd consider putting non-pencil skirts on the list, too. I have one pencil skirt from Target, and I can't get a wrinkle/crease out of it. I've tried the dryer, the iron, the blow dryer, it's no use!

  14. Ooo... That mini skirt is super cute!

  15. Great advice!! I am in the process of building up my skirt collection, as I am finding I need a few more now that I need professional clothing every day. I love that geometric one you linked to!

  16. I do love pencil skirts - i really want more fun colors and prints!
    Chic on the Cheap

  17. Oh cute! Okay, I've got two questions. What is your position on wearing pencil skirts with tights and boots? I'm not sure the proportion works, but I know that pencil skirts are the most flattering on me and so the type I have the most of. My other question is about your layering here. I think the layering of a button-down under a tee under a jacket is soo cute, but worry that it's bulky and uncomfortable. Did it work out for you to wear all day and still feel like you weren't readjusting everything?

  18. This is such a lovely post dear! I really like your outfit in this post. Your style is impeccable. Can't wait for your next post. :)

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  19. This was such a great post, I had a lot of fun reading it- I am not a big skirts person, usually when I go to work or university I wear a pair of jeans only on rare occasions, skirts!
    And to speak about your outfit- I love it! The colors you chose are wonderful, especially of the skirt- turquoise is one of my favorite colors! :)
    And I like your denim jacket, I should find like that for myself!
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  20. Great color on that Limited mini - and what a score! You find the best deals.

  21. I love your skirt collection! And what a great deal you got on the bright colored mini! I think a girl can never have enough skirts. I just grabbed my husband to show him the picture of your skirt collection.. because he thinks that I am insane for always wanting more! haha.
    You look lovely :)

  22. love your layering here. You look amazing. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. :) xo

  23. Love your layering in this look! You look great :)

  24. Love the color of your skirt. It's so gorgeous and vibrant. You did a fantastic job layering those pieces =)