Blouses That Look Good With a Pencil Skirt

by Amanda Rumbalski

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.

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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, 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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