Today's Everyday Fashion: Casual Pencil Skirt

Inspiration: J.Crew

Inspiration: J.Crew


Today's post is for all you ladies with pencil skirts that only get worn to work. The right pencil skirt can be great for casual occasions, giving you even more options without buying a thing. The inspiration photo pulls off this concept brilliantly with a leopard skirt. I gave it a try by pairing my floral pencil skirt in the same way, with flats and a denim jacket. I also rounded up some plaid shirt dresses on a budget below. I'm in the market and wanted to share my shopping research. I'm leaning towards #3!

Jacket: J.Crew Factory, $51 (similar)
Tee: Forever 21, $11 (similarsimilar)
Skirt: J.Crew Factory, $51
Shoes: J.Crew Factory, $49
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $270 (similar)
Necklace: Stella & Dot, old (similarsimilarsimilar)
Approx. dates: Tee, necklace and purse are 3 years ago. Jacket, skirt and shoes are recent.

Plaid shirt dress on a budget

Today's Everyday Fashion: Preppy Vibes

Striped sweater and plaid skirt, riding boots
Striped sweater and plaid skirt, riding boots
Striped sweater and plaid skirt, riding boots
Inspiration: J.Crew Factory (and skirt)

Inspiration: J.Crew Factory (and skirt)


Don't have the exact outfit you love from a catalog photo? Don't even sweat it. I don't have a solid gray skirt but this old plaid wool mini was the next best thing. My hubby wasn't too keen on the stripes mixed with plaid but I think that's actually my favorite part. Her pleats add some interest to the outfit, whereas the print on my skirt adds a little sumthin'. (Also, I love mixing prints. Love.) I've been all about J.Crew Factory lately, so I'm sharing more yummy picks for fall/winter below! 

Sweater: J.Crew Factory, $34
Skirt: Boden c/o, old (similarsimilar, similar, similar)
Boots: Michael Kors/Macy's, $225 (same)
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $220 (similar)
Necklaces: Stella & Dot and old (similarsimilarsimilar, similar)
Approx. dates: Skirt is 3 years ago. Boots are 2 years ago. Purse is 1 year ago. Sweater is new.

J.Crew Factory new arrivals

Blazer  /  Sweatshirt  /  Vest  /  Scarf
Dress  /  Coat  /  Pumps  /  Sweater
Dress  /  Hat  /  Flats  /  Sweater

Sweater Dress, Two Ways with HSN

No need to adjust your screen - that's really the same dress in both pictures! Any sweater dress makes a great blank slate for fall accessories, but this one in particular (an ivory sweater dress from G by Giuliana at HSN) is special for two reasons. The collar comes off, meaning you can wear it as both a crew neck and turtleneck. And it’s got great fabrication and a loose fit so that nothing shows through like undergarments, lumps or bumps! 

I styled it two ways so far (because really, the options are endless). The ivory color pairs well with any plaid scarf you’ve got laying around in your closet, and Steve Madden suede booties from HSN finish off the casual look perfectly. I’ve been on the hunt for booties to replace a similar worn out pair, and I particularly like how pointy the toe is, and where these hit the ankle. (They also come in black.)

In my second outfit, I removed the collar on the dress and paired it with a gray leather jacket from G by Giuliana at HSN. This jacket is super soft and so luxe looking in person! I finished it off with black Vince Camuto peep toe booties from HSN (debuted in my last HSN blog post), and a leopard clutch.

The dress and jacket fit true to size, or even a bit big, (I’m wearing the XS in both.) 

Which outfit do you like better? 

HSN fall picks

Shirt  /  Dress  /  Boots  /  Sweater
Coat  /  Shirt  /  Shoes  /  Jacket
Boots  /  Purse  /  Purse  /  Wrap

Today’s post is brought to you by HSN. All images, editorial decisions and opinions are solely my own.