Style Tips: 3 Ways to Wear a Polka Dot Pencil Skirt

One item that I totally miss from my closet is my polka dot pencil skirt.  I bought it not knowing how much use I’d get out of it, and it continues to surprise me with the different ways it can be styled, the different seasons I can wear it in, and the different occasions I can wear it for.

It’s been hard to find good polka dot pencil skirt options (with the exception of one at Target last year), but I found a fantastic navy/white one that’s currently on sale!

Below I show 3 ways to style a polka dot pencil skirt, and you can see the ways I’ve worn it here for even more ideas, including styling it for different seasons.

Outfit 1 – Casual
I LOVE pairing a graphic tee with a pencil skirt!  When I realized this was a possibility, it totally gave pencil skirts a new life for me.  Whereas I once thought pencil skirts should be reserved for formal or professional occasions I saw that they could totally be worn in a casual manner.
This tee is adorable and can be worn under a blazer with skinny jeans for another chic casual look!  But for the pencil skirt I paired it with some colorful sandals and a satchel.  (And I FINALLY ordered the satchel for myself after using it so many times in these kind of posts!)

Shop Outfit #1:
Tee: J.Crew Factory
Skirt: J.Crew Factory
Bag: Forever 21 (comes in green and yellow; cute coral and white versions here)
Sandals: Old Navy

*NOTE: Forever 21 has free shipping on orders over $21 right now!

Outfit 2 – Office/Work
There are tons of tops to pair with this skirt for work, but I chose a blouse that is slightly more relaxed and in a bright color so that it doesn’t feel stuffy.  I added a bracelet with a little bling to it, but nothing too crazy, and kept the rest of the accessories basic for a cleaner look.  
This top is a great option that can be worn to work or paired with jeans or shorts for a casual look.  I love the bright color!
Shop Outfit #2:
Bag: Nordstrom
Shoes: Old Navy
Bracelet: Target

Outfit 3 – Going Out
If it isn’t obvious by now I like going out looks that lean towards casual.  I paired the skirt with a great aqua top.  You can really pair this skirt with any color since it’s navy and navy is a neutral.  That’s one reason this skirt is so versatile!
Anyway, with the top and skirt combo you could actually easily turn it into a work look with a cardigan or blazer.  But for going out I added accessories like a fancy statement necklace and a brightly colored clutch.  To keep it more casual I went for a metallic sandal with a very low heel.  The necklace pulls together the shine from the metallic sandal as well as the yellow in the clutch for a chic but not over-the-top look for going out!  
Shop Outfit #3:
Top: Target (comes in 6 colors and is on super sale!)
Necklace: Target
Shoes: Target

See why I love this piece?  I never thought I’d say a polka dot pencil skirt would be one of my closet staples, but it’s totally proved itself!
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    Becky @ bybmg
    August 7, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Love these combos! Thanks for the heads up at F21!

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    August 7, 2014 at 2:36 am

    I love polka dots! Who knew that a polka dot pencil skirt could be so versatile! I think the casual look is my favorite: quirky, cute and unexpected 🙂

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    August 7, 2014 at 3:11 am

    My favorite is the casual look! I love taking something meant for one purpose and making it work for another.

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    August 7, 2014 at 3:55 am

    I would love this skirt with a graphic tee and a super tailored white blazer. It would be the perfect mix of polish and quirk.

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    August 7, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I really love it with that graphic tee!

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    August 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Great post Audrey. I have a polka dot skirt and I don't wear it that much. Thank you for the ideas. I love the one with the coral top. I'll definitely be doing that.


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    August 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Love your blog! So many great ideas! Can't wait for your baby to be born and some outfit ideas for new moms to show on your blog. Since I have a 2 mth baby, I've been struggling finding outfits that are fit for breastfeeding, casual daily walks in my suburbs area but still nice and feminine.

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    Amanda Tryon
    August 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    any ideas for a cardigan to wear with these. it is always cold when I am in the a/c (which is all the time). I struggle the most with picking the appropriate 'sweater' to wear on top.

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    Maricel Edwards
    August 7, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I was doing a closet cull and was about to get rid of my polka dot skirt from Target (I think I bought it because of you!) since I felt it passe and it wasn't inspiring me. Thank you for giving it a new lease on life!

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    August 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Love, love, love that you posted this. I have a polka dot pencil skirt in my closet wishlist

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    Shopping My Closet
    August 7, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    That graphic tee is great – very Parisian feeling!

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    August 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I just found your blog the other day off a pin and I am beyond excited. You have given me a totally new way of looking at shopping. I've definitely fallen into the jeans rut, where all I hardly ever do is buy a cute top and pair it with jeans. Last night after taking some notes from you, I headed to the mall, picked out a few things I never would have glanced at before, and am in love with the outfits I'm now capable of putting together! Thank you!!

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    August 8, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Thanks for the tip on the ring neck shell! Did you catch the natasha pumps at Target? Clearance for $15 tortoise and $24 snake. Super comfortable for the office, the sole is cushy rubber.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 8, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    That's so great to hear, Christine! Made my day. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to write with encouragement!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    OH, I forgot about that one! That's a great option, especially because it's ponte!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Ooh that burgundy color is gorgeous!

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    Ashley Brooks
    August 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I have a navy striped pencil skirt I've been gazing at longingly all through my third trimester. This post made me miss it all the more! I'd forgotten how versatile a patterned pencil skirt can be.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    You and me BOTH, sister! I can't wait to get back to my skirts!

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    August 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I just saw the burgundy last night. I might have to have those too.

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    August 14, 2014 at 6:31 am

    I really enjoy this series that you've put together.

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