I love the fact that even though it's a pencil skirt, the denim textile and the ruffle detail help to keep it playful and casual. Combined with my Tim Gunn-inspired "Carry On" t-shirt, and some fun layered necklaces, it's sufficiently girly, but not too dressed up. If you aren't careful, a pencil skirt can feel very stiff and corporate. By choosing a denim one, that helps to keep my look casual, but pairing this silhouette with something as casual as a t-shirt also helps prevent the look from being too office-worker-esque.
Since I felt so great in this skirt all day, I decided to swing by the Ann Taylor Loft on my way home from work to see if there was another great deal waiting for me. You never know what kind of bargain you'll find and today was no exception. I walked out with a short grey wool skirt. The shape is more my standard silhouette- fitted waistband with full, short, above-the-knee skirt. But the best part about it was the price: $4.77! Honestly, I spent almost that much on my latte this morning! I won't get to wear it until the fall, but it's going to be a perfect staple for my wardrobe. Grey is obviously a fabulous neutral and the skirt length is going to work with flats, heels and boots. I can picture it already- a pair of tights and some layers on top- there will be plenty of combinations to choose from! It's hard to believe we'll be pulling out the fall looks soon, but I have to admit, I'm looking forward to it. It has been a very humid summer, one where I feel I haven't even enjoyed being outside because it's been so uncomfortable. I'm looking forward to weather that's cool and dry. Until then, I'm going to work on some more fun outfits to make with my pencil skirt. I'm an official convert!