6.02.2015

For the Love of Pencil Skirts


The first time I wore a pencil skirt was my senior year of high school when I was in the musical "The Pajama Game". I was cast as a middle-aged secretary named Mabel. In the plays I participated in I was frequently cast as a old woman. That was okay with me because it meant I never had to endure the awkwardness of kissing peers on stage, which many of my friends who were cast as romantic roles experienced! 

When I sang and danced as Mabel, my hair was sprayed grey and I had drawn on wrinkles. I wore a button up blouse fastened with a brooch and a long, blue pencil skirt. Although this obviously wasn't my best look, it helped me discovered the pencil skirt and how flattering, ladylike, and timeless it is.

Today I want to share with you two classy pencil skirt looks!





I paired this cobalt blue pencil skirt with a short sleeve knit blouse and some peep toe flats.

This was definitely a bargain outfit! The skirt and shoes are from Marshalls and the blouse was a thrift store find. I have had these shoes for about 8 years (even before I was cast as Mabel!), I just love them and they have held up well! 



A deep side part with a twist pulled into a ponytail compliments a classic look. I accessorized with simple hoop earrings and a sweet necklace. 





I bought this darling white pencil skirt with a lace overlay on the front panel last Spring. I was a bride-to-be, and I bought LOTS of white things that season! Luckily, most of them are still wearable without looking too bride-y.


I loosely tucked in a three quarter sleeve peach sweater to my white skirt. I can't for the life of me remember the brand name, but it's usually sold at Nordstrom BP and I found it at Plato's Closet (score!). The skirt is Worthington from JC Penney. I LOVE these wedges from Payless ShoeSource and have been wearing them with everything. They're really comfortable too.



 Loose curls and a pearl necklace complete the look.


Ok, now that I'm thinking about it, the first outfit really reminds me of my Mabel costume. I can't find a throwback picture, but I think I'm ok with that ;)

What's your favorite way to style a pencil skirt? I would love to hear from you.

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13 comments:

Nicole Mölders said...

Nice pencil skirts and styling. Top of the World Style. I love pencil skirts too. Have a nice humpday.

Candace Shiflet said...

k you look so cute! and that's funny that you were usually cast as an old lady hahah but kissing peers would be so awkward so I'd love the old lady roles, too! pencil skirts are my fave! I love the bodycon ones from f21, they're so cute and SO cheap!
xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

Kelsey said...

Thank you Nicole!

Kelsey said...

Thanks Candace! Being an old lady was fun, and while I wished I was the exciting, romantic role sometimes, I think being an old lady fits my heart pretty well :)
Yes f21 always has great cheap basics like pencil skirts! Love them!

Happiness at Mid Life said...

I am a pencil skirt gal and love wearing them but wear them mostly for work. Loving your fun flats!

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

Brooke A said...

Haha, you sound like such a cute secretary. I remember wearing one of my first pencil skirts college and feeling super professional. They have since become a staple in my wardrobe that I wear often. Love the way you styled yours!

Brooke
pumps and push-ups

Kelsey said...

Thanks for the invite Alice, just linked up!

Kelsey said...

They do have a nice professional feel Brooke! Thanks for stopping by :)

Sydney Fashion Hunter said...

Hi there! I found your blog through Style Elixir. I love your blue skirt. I host a weekly link up (http://bit.ly/1ANamsE) and would love you to stop by and add a link if you get a chnace :)

http://www.sydneyfashionhunter.com/

Kelsey said...

Thanks for the invite Sydney I will be sure to link up!

Jaclyn Kent said...

Hello! Fellow pencil skirt-lover here! I have a blue one just like yours, too! I love the idea of a white pencil skirt!

Megan Crean said...

You can't go wrong with a pencil skirt! I love both looks and those shoes are adorable!
~~Megan~~
http://www.poshprime.com

Daily Sports USA said...

I really like to wear pencil skirts and both looks are great.