Reader C writes:
How would you style a navy pencil skirt for work in fall weather? I am struggling with color of tights and shoes (both style and color).
To be totally honest, a navy pencil skirt is one of the hardest items to style if you're not a lawyer and required to wear a suit and pantyhose to work everyday. My first piece of advice would be, do NOT wear your skirt with a navy blazer and navy heels. In fact, I would suggest staying away from any other solid navy item in your outfit. Navy details are fine to tie the outfit together, but head-to-toe navy? Not so much.
Here are three ways you could remix your skirt, adding some personality and style to this basic piece.
A nude heel is always a no-brainer when it comes to choosing a shoe to wear with any piece of clothing in your closet. Here I paired it with a camel sweater (so cozy for fall), some gold bracelets and studs, and a beautiful scarf which has tones of blue and brown to compliment the other pieces.
A second choice would be to wear a colored shoe and have the shoe and another piece in the outfit be similar in color. Here, I've chosen to "match" with the shirt. However, to make sure the outfit isn't too matchy-matchy, I added a belt and cross-body bag in a third color to break up the red and blue. Accessorize with a simple earring (since there's a lot going on with the shirt pattern and bright shoes), and you're good to go!
Now, you've probably noticed that, so far, the legs in these outfits have been left bare. If you must cover your legs, wearing a pair of pantyhose is not the worst thing in the world. Not the best, but not the worst. However, in the dead of winter, a pair of tights can be a lot warmer, so here's the final outfit for those cold, cold winter days ...
I have searched far and wide for a dark, opaque pair of navy tights and they are (in my search) nowhere to be found. And honestly, the idea of a navy skirt and navy tights is a little too much navy for my taste. So, if you're going to wear tights with your navy pencil skirt, I would suggest tights in a similar shade to the top you're wearing. Your shoe would, ideally, be a leather boot so only a tiny bit of the tights shows through, keeping you warm and toasty all day long.
Here, I've chosen a blouse in a deep cabernet color with navy dots and sweater tights (sheer bliss on a snowy winter day!) in a similar color. Then, to break up the shirt/skirt colors, I've added a tan belt and leather boots in similar tones and a long necklace for a touch of sparkle.
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