Top: Kohl's | Corduroy Jacket: Macy's (nearly 10 years ago!) | Skirt: Marshall's | Belt: Kohl's | Shoes: Urban Outfitters (shop)
I've decided that I need to learn how to dress down a pencil skirt. I'll spare you the many reasons for this so as not to bore you, but I will say that if I don't learn to do this I'll continue to stare longingly at my pencil skirts and never wear them.
So far I've noticed that if the pencil skirt is colored the outfit feels less corporate. Check. Easy. And yesterday I tried making a classic grey pencil skirt more casual by adding a corduroy jacket and some pops of bright colors like red and orange. I think it worked! I got several compliments on my outfit, but none of the awkwardly said, "Wow, you're so dressed up..." comments. I don't know why it took me so long, but I'm relieved to say that I think I found a way to give my pencil skirts some love. Whew!
**update 12/14/11 - I've now done a more in-depth post on this. Find it here.