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Thursday, November 8, 2012

What I Wore: Sharp Pencil

Today we are feeling the chill of Florida winter! But yesterday was a more typical 75+ degree day, and I dressed accordingly.

I showed off the black version of this knit pencil skirt for Visible Monday. Here's the blue one I ordered as soon as I tried on the black one! The blue gives a different vibe I think. It's more a focal point here than a solid background piece. It will do well with simple neutral sweaters all Winter, or I can go bolder and pair it with burgundy or green.

I chose a classic topper, a chocolate bow-tie blouse with mini polka-dots. It was thrifted, along with the suede belt and colorful bangles. And the skirt was a steal, via Ideeli.com.

How do you style your bright skirts/trousers? Are they the stars of the show, or equal partners with your other pieces?

Linking up with Thrifter Thursday at Coffee and Cardigans.


  1. Pam@over50feeling40November 8, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Oh I love this blue pencil...there is just nothing like a great pencil skirt!  Since I wrote about my red pencil a couple of days ago, I guess I would say that I style them as the star of the show!  This was a wise wardrobe purchase!

  2. Great look, Patti! I'm still wanting a bright skirt, but feeling as though it puts me all out of balance whenever I try one on. 

  3. i like to let the bright pieces speak for themselves
    isn't great when you find something you love that fits so well you want more than one

  4. Awesome outfit! I love the blouse:)


  5. Wow, Patti, you look fabulous! (Well, except for your head...where's your head??) I love the pencil silhouette on you! 

    I usually do both. With bright bottoms, other brights can really pop - it's a real statement look. I'm also learning the value of letting a bright piece shine and not having to shout with my colour - yay for neutrals!

  6. The chocolate brown with that cerulean blue is such a great color combination. I usually wear black or white with my bright pants and skirts. I will have to branch out to other colors...like brown. And yes, I do make them the star of the show. 

  7. I really like this smart, fitted, shapely silhouette on you, Patti's, shows off your gorgeous figure!
    I don't suppose it's any surprise that I like a mix of brights in an outfit, and often a mix of patterns too! xxx

  8. Love the skirt color!


  9. Nice Patti i like the brown and blue combination -
    I do both i guess to reply to your question, it depends what mood i am in i guess
    But i do like to put more than less !

    Have a great day

    Ariane xxx

  10. the skirt is beautiful and the polka dot top too! i love the mix of brown and bright blue so much. i sometimes combine bright colored skirts or pants with simple black tees but sometimes also with a bright color, green with yellow or green with red.

  11. Sue @ AcolourfulcanvasNovember 8, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Very fresh and classy looking Patti!  You know me well enough by now...my bright skirts and trousers are usually equal partners with my other pieces.


  12.  I love the blue skirt paired with the chocolate brown top.

  13. so pretty!  I love adding a bright pops to an outfit.  It really can make the difference.  That skirt is stellar!

  14. I am so in love with pencil skirts right now. I lack blue, but seeing yours here, I am now wondering why.

    Brown/blue is a long-standing and much loved colour combination for me. You nailed it. :)

  15. That pencil skirt is lovely on you; I love that shade of blue.

    Because I'm a bit of a spaz, I actually often pair my bright bottoms with other brights.  Not always, but often enough that I'd say my brights aren't the star of the show.  I love them with prints too.

  16. Such an adorable skirt! The shade of blue and the shape are beautiful on you! I love my bright pencil skirts too. At first, I was too afraid to pair them with anything but neutrals. Thought I've got more adventurous with equally bright tops, patterns, etc. It's just about finding the balance.


  17. Jan Graham-McMillenNovember 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Usually I'll wear a deeper solid color with a bright skirt or bottom.  But I think your print blouse looks more modern, and I applaud the brown-blue combo.  Cool.

  18. Swooning over the colors here, Patti. I love that shade of blue (I call it "alice blue") and it pairs perfectly with your polkadot chocolatey blouse.

    I like to strive for balance when wearing anything, but sometimes I do let my brightly colored bottoms be the centerpiece. I'm hardly a black pants or jeans type of girl.

  19. I love pairing brights with neutrals.  

  20. Brown with blue is a wonderful combination - though not so many people dare mixing the two...I usually like to style a bright skirt with a quiet top.
    xo from the West coast of Florida where it's getting cool too.
    Anne (Playing with Scarves)

  21. Great pencil skirt and I love the color.  Makes me want to run out and find a skirt or three.  Mini-polka dots in brown and white pair nicely with the blue.

  22. i love the combo of chocolate and blue!! Stunning!1
    I'm sure you will get loads of wear out of that skirt!!

  23. Good question, Patti! I'd say I do some of both. You look marvellous in this tailored look - great blouse, adore the colour combo. 

  24. You are a sharp pencil- how versatile and classic (and classy) the pencil skirt is. Love the blue- I can see why you ordered it so fast. 

  25. I love this classic twist on you. I style brights as the stars of the outfit. It was hot here until yesterday with sort sleeves and all.

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