Pencil skirts always intimidated me as something you could only wear to work – never on an easy day off. And the longing to create a look that could encompass both simplicity and comfort with a pencil skirt brings me here! I’ve been loving the look of “Peter Pan” collars for years, the femininity yet boy-meets-girl appeal when paired with a looser blouse or sweatshirt over the top is a combination that can’t be beaten in my book. I tried to keep this look on the more put together side of things for brunching and what not, but you could easily make this look even more wearable by switching the top out for a chunky sweater, the sneakers for your favorite gym kicks, and a baseball cap for that laid-back “cool girl” look. It’s crazy to think that a year ago all I thought you could could wear with a pencil skirt was a blazer, boy have I learned!
A good sweater and shorts combo has been a staple of mine for years, especially during transition seasons. And while I know it’s still July and summer is still in full-speed, I know that our Minnesota climate is one to swing to opposite extremes in a matter of hours; so I’ve learned to always be prepared. Removable layers have become a feature in my outfits that I can’t seem to eliminate for that reason, it’s been drilled into my head for too long! Especially when this Ralph Lauren shirt that I can’t seem to go a week without wearing holds up this well! Not a tear or stain in sight; now that’s my kind of shirt.
Can I just say how much I love this skirt? It’s insanely soft and comfortable; the perfect weekend piece by far! Although, don’t forget to wear spandex underneath, I made the mistake of walking out the door without them once and had quite a few “Marilyn Monroe” moments that day!
I am a sucker for a cute, relaxed look, and this outfit just proves that. Mix simple pieces and baby neutral hues and you have what I call the “Shelby look”. Simply put, I like to keep my style functional and versatile, that way I can go to a majority of places and events without needing to own 1,000 different pieces. And if there’s any way to prove that’s been done just take a look above at my converse – those puppies have seen whiter days! This outfit may have been worn out to the farmer’s market, but there’s nothing stopping me from re-wearing it and reworking it for different events this summer. After all, you can never go wrong with a good constructed shirt and skirt pairing.