may flowers and floral pencil skirt

those may flowers continue to bloom. this time with a floral pencil skirt. how happy is this floral print? i dare you not to smile when you put this skirt on. it even has a matching blouse which would look like a dress if worn together. many of you write in asking for nine to five looks. if you work in a creative environment or enjoy casual Fridays, today’s ootd fits the bill. what’s better than a pencil skirt when headed to the office?

the first pencil skirt appeared on the scene in 1954. the slim-fitting skirt designed by iconic designer Christian Dior was introduced as part of his H-line collection. it was a dramatic shift away from tight waists and full skirts, which had dictated fashion runways for several years. the hem falls just to or below the knee for a tailored close fit. its name, pencil skirt, was coined for its shape – long and lean like a pencil. when this skirt was first introduced in the mid-fifties, it immediately became a staple of work wardrobes, with the hemline rising or falling depending on current trends. pencil skirts look fantastic with cardigans or blazers that take are perfect for a nine-to-five look. if your office has a relaxed dress code, don’t be afraid to wear a pencil skirt sans blazer. instead, choose a fitted top or tee in a solid color for a fun and casual look. don’t you love a closet staple that can easily be dressed up or down? versatility is a key factor for a hard-working wardrobe.

may flowers and floral pencil skirt

today’s opens in a new windowfloral pencil skirt harkens from a favorite retailer of mine opens in a new windowJ.Crew that always keeps pencil skirts in stock. what a fun, happy print with pops of pinks, purples, blues, and yellows. a simple white tee adds a casual chic vibe, while the opens in a new windowpurple cardigan last opens in a new window seen here keeps the outfit office-worthy. a white belt (similar opens in a new window here), opens in a new windowlavender sandals from opens in a new windowAnn Taylor, and a white handbag (sold out similar opens in a new windowhere and opens in a new windowhere) from opens in a new window Ralph Lauren that’s been on rotation all spring complete the outfit.

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31 Comments

  1. Very flowery and radiant spring colors
    Very pretty, it will bring anybody spirits up!!!
    Thank You again for sharing with us soo a lovely outfit!!!
    Have a nice day

    Posted 5.4.21 Reply
  2. Maxine abels wrote:

    Love the floral skirt. It is difficult to find cotton or cotton plus in pencil skirts. I wear my skirts just below the knee. The cropped sweater is fresh looking with that skirt. I’m past 80 but enjoy the preppy style .

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  3. Barb B wrote:

    Love the bright colors! They look very pretty for spring. BTW I hope you make the Sephora cut! I love to see you wear stylish outfits age appropriately! It makes clothes fun!

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  4. LYNN A TADDEI wrote:

    Thank you for the great style/shopping tips you include in this blog. However, I have a question:

    The tops that you wear (especially cardigans and jackets) always look like they’re too small for you. They had color and style but they always look like you can’t move in them and that they aren’t comfortable. Just saying. . . . .

    Posted 5.4.21 Reply
    • really? i can move and groove in all of my clothes. but most women wear clothes that are too big. a jacket should have the seams hit
      the bone on your shoulder same with cardigans. just sayin’!

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      • Charlene Burroughs wrote:

        I love this outfit Beth! The bright color looks stunning with your silver hair.

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  5. Alec wrote:

    Love the look. Even more, love the links.

    Thanks as always for making fashion fun again.

    Posted 5.4.21 Reply
  6. Eve wrote:

    Now, that’s a “wow” look. You are not afraid of pattern or color. Bold and beautiful! I can’t wear it but I sure admire women who can.

    Posted 5.4.21 Reply
    • this outfit is so cheerful! it just puts a smile on your face.

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  7. Meg Knox wrote:

    Hi Beth from “down under” Love this outfit but it needs pink or mauve nail polish! I am so enjoying your daily posts. Thank you so much.

    Posted 5.4.21 Reply
    • i think i’m wearing cajun shrimp polish. if only i could switch out colors so quickly! hello, down under.

      Posted 5.4.21 Reply
      • Meg Knox wrote:

        Thank you for the reply Beth. Sorry I didn’t mean it as a criticism -I just love matching colours! Your daily emails are a breath of fresh air and even enjoyed “down under” even though our seasons are exactly opposite!

        Posted 5.5.21 Reply
        • none taken! i seriously meant i wish i could change my nail color on a whim. just recently i had lavender nails that would have gone
          beautifully with this outfit! thanks for being here.

          Posted 5.5.21 Reply
  8. Elizabeth Husar wrote:

    love the skirt Beth, so cheerful and fun. have left a nomination on Sephora for you, I always look forward to your posts.

    Posted 5.4.21 Reply
    • thanks so much for your support, elizabeth! i have the most amazing readership!

      Posted 5.4.21 Reply
  9. SUSAN wrote:

    You look so classic and modern. So pretty but happy fun colors. Thank you for sharing it with us. Wishing you a Happy Mothers Day, enjoy every moment!

    Posted 5.4.21 Reply
    • thanks so much for stopping by, susan! happy mother’s day!

      Posted 5.4.21 Reply
  10. Laura Burell wrote:

    Today’s outfit was gorgeous. Seems like everyone wants to wear gray,black, and white.
    Lovely!

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  11. Terri Lynch wrote:

    Beth,
    This is one of my favorite looks for summer- a skirt, a white tee, a cardigan and heels! Gold hoops and necklace too! You look great in the purple. I enjoy your blog every day. Keep up the great work! 💐💕

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  12. Priscilla C Herrera wrote:

    Outfit is absolutely adorable!

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  13. Brenda wrote:

    You look beautiful in that color.

    Posted 5.4.21 Reply
  14. Linda wrote:

    Love your outfit but I am short at 5’1″ and feel that the print on the skirt is a little large for me. Would I go to a smaller print pencil skirt?

    Posted 5.4.21 Reply
  15. Marilyn Clancy wrote:

    Beth
    You look like what we all need..a new beginning .thanks for the uplift today
    Marilyn

    Posted 5.4.21 Reply
  16. Janet Loop wrote:

    I love the bright colors in this outfit. They look great on you.
    The purple cardigan looks great matched with the skirt. As always, this is fantastic pairing.

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  17. Andrea wrote:

    Oh Beth, that outfit is such a breath of fresh air. Full of springtime joy but still chic and versatile.

    I worked for a very conservative financial institution at one point, where we had to wear uniforms. My husband always joked I looked like a cross between a stewardess and a funeral home director. He was right, so I bent the rules ever so slightly with my footwear. Lime green kitten heels/small purse, for my dark navy suit made me feel feminine. The other women just loved to see what I would come up with, and the customers loved it too. We only get one spring a year, after all 🌷

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  18. MP wrote:

    Super cute outfit! I have so many tops/ tees that would go with that skirt. love, love, love the sandals but I know what those thin straps feel like. 🙁 Not worth the pain to me.

    Posted 5.4.21 Reply
  19. Sandra wrote:

    I just purchased the beautiful floral pencil skirt. If I look half as good as Beth does in hers I will be happy!

    Posted 5.4.21 Reply
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