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Blouses That Look Good With a Pencil Skirt

by Amanda Rumbalski, studioD

With its narrow cut and slim fit, a pencil skirt is a wardrobe essential that is flattering for many body types. Available in various prints and colors, a pencil skirt is a versatile piece that can work for both the office and a night out. Pair with blouses that allow a detailed skirt to shine or dress up a basic skirt with an embellished top to make the most out of this sleek closet staple.

Button-Down Beauty

Juxtapose the feminine silhouette of a high-waisted pencil skirt with a menswear-inspired button-down. Stick with a neutral blouse color like ivory or gray, which are versatile options for a solid or printed pencil skirt. Neatly roll up the cuffs and tuck your shirt into your skirt for a streamlined look. Wrap a thin patent-leather belt around the waistband to highlight and define your waist. Accessorize with an oversized watch and ankle-strap heels for an effortless office outfit.

Sheer and Chic

Pair a sheer blouse in the same color as a pencil skirt with a scalloped or asymmetrical hem for a chic monochromatic look -- think head-to-toe black, navy or wine. Avoid pastel colors and layer with a matching camisole to keep the outfit polished and less lingerie-inspired. Details like a Peter Pan collar or ruffled neckline add visual interest and dress up a basic pencil skirt. Tuck your blouse into your skirt and add a fitted blazer if you prefer more coverage. Accessorize with a statement ring or chandelier earrings, and ground the look with pointy-toe heels for a classy night-out ensemble.

Totally Tie-Neck

Play up a pencil skirt with interesting details like lace insets or zippers with a billowy tie-neck blouse. Make even more of a statement with a blouse with an animal print or abstract design. For those who prefer to tread carefully with print, try a tie-neck blouse in a bold color, and tuck your top into your waistband to show off any extras on your skirt. Add a statement ring or bangles and pair with ankle booties or open-toe pumps.

Pretty Peplums

A fitted pencil skirt with a hem that falls at or just above the knees pairs perfectly with a peplum blouse for a dressed-up look. Play with texture and opt for a blouse in solid-colored chiffon or silk if your pencil skirt is a dense fabric like wool or tweed; a printed polyester blouse suits solid-hued jersey or cotton skirts. Avoid busy prints or bright colors to keep the appearance sleek and cohesive. Complement the ensemble with a bold cuff or oversized stud earrings and closed-toe pumps in a neutral color.

About the Author

Based in New York, Amanda Rumbalski embarked on a professional writing career in 2009. Her work has appeared in "Icon" magazine and on Entertainment-Central.com, and she has editorial and styling experience with "Women's Wear Daily," the "New York Daily News" and "Allure" magazine. Rumbalski holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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