Summer chambray skirt styled two ways

halter top denim pencil skirt summer classic outfit petites

Ann Taylor skirt sz 00p (shrunken – read below), halter sweater sz xxsp c/o,
Ann Taylor block-heel sandals sz 5 (also styled here), earrings (also styled here)

For some start-of-the-workweek outfit inspo, I’m spotlighting a piece that can transition well across settings and seasons alike: the chambray skirt. Chambray is definitely a neutral in my opinion, and one that pairs just as beautifully in nautical, breezy summer looks as it does in rustic, layered fall outfits. This Ann Taylor skirt is fully lined with pockets, and has “paper bag” gathering with a sash belt for cinching the waistline. Wear it with a playful print blouse for the office, or a halter top with statement earrings and hair pulled back. As an extra layer, either a white blazer or cropped white cardigan can top off either of these two looks.

summer business casual work wear office outfit ideas

Ann Taylor also made this same style skirt in a textured seersucker stripe pattern – I ordered it to try on as well, and unexpectedly fell in love with both versions! The summery seersucker fabric is very low-maintenance with no ironing needed, due to the textured ridges. The chambray-linen blend does need gentle ironing, but still travels well and stays fairly wrinkle-free with wear.

ann taylor petite orange camp blouse work outfit

Fit-wise, these skirts are true to size for Ann Taylor bottoms, so will be roomy off the rack on someone my size. However, the sash tie belt does help, also both the chambray and seersucker materials can be shrunken a bit in the machine dryer (so hang dry if you want to avoid that!). Please note the lining fabric does not shrink, so you’ll have to hem the lining if you shrink the exterior fabric down more than a few cm. I check the dryer every 15 minutes or so and try on the piece, to make sure it doesn’t get too small and that the fabric doesn’t get too damaged / fried by the high heat. Also, I removed the sash belts before washing and drying since I wanted them at full-length for optimal bow tying!

cute summer work business professional outfit pencil skirt

Skirt measurements in 00p before machine drying: 13.5″ across waist, 18″ across hips, 22″ length.

Skirt measurements in 00p after machine drying: 13.25″ across waist, 17″ across hips, 21″ length. This is just based on my own experience – the amount of shrinkage on a cotton piece will definitely vary based on the temperature and duration that you machine dry it under.

ann taylor orange print blouse chambray bow skirt petites

I love my AT camp blouses as they are super lightweight, drapey (easy for tucking in), and machine-washable. I have a few in solids and had been waiting for this whimsical fruit print one to go on sale! This top also looks adorable print-mixed with the aforementioned seersucker skirt, or with solid white pants or skirts. Its true color actually falls in-between the coral red of my photos here, and the muted orange in the stock photos.

nantucket summer preppy outfit ann taylor petites
chambray bow pencil skirt summer halter outfit

Thank you to Ann Taylor for partnering on this post.


51 thoughts on “Summer chambray skirt styled two ways

  • Jean May 24, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I think it would be super chic in the summer paired with white bottoms! And it's perfectly fine with any pencil skirt, you can just jazz it up with statement earrings.

  • Jean May 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks! It's MAC velvet teddy – a very "wearable" shade for everyday

  • Jean May 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks! I've been showing a few in my posts before this, and will definitely have more as summer nears!

  • Jean May 24, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I'm so happy to hear that! Dressing the part and wearing clothes that actually fit can do wonders for self confidence (this goes women with all different body types / sizes)!

  • Jean May 24, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Happy birthday!! What a wonderful little spot to celebrate at!

  • Jean May 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Yes, ASOS has some amazing skirts that fit nicely off the rack! Unfortunately they don't make too many work-appropriate styles or lengths. I think the skirt (after you shrink or alter it down) will look adorable with the pom earrings!

  • Jean May 24, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I usually just get xxs in J.Crew to factor in potential shrinkage of pieces in the dryer! I've been gravitating away from clothes that are too fitted or clingy so haven't had the need to try their xxxs yet.

  • Jean May 24, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Nicole! I do have a post:

    I would wear either a regular bra with the halter/racerback accessory mentioned in the post, or here I just went with my usual nippies covers (last item mentioned in the undergarment post) : )

  • Naina May 30, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Hi, stumbled upon your blog while searching for dressing tips for petites n still reading the blog after almost 2 hours.You are soo adorable. Thanks for such a awesome blog which is going to help me a lot.I learned some things n still learning from your posts.

    i am 32 yr old Indian 4ft 9" extra petite with short neck and mother of a 6yr old cute DD.
    i m very self conscious n so low confident women n with no make up n always frustrated to find clothing or shoes for me. every brand hv different size so for xxp like me its extremely hard to find stylish clothing or shoes.

    I live 60+ miles from Nordstrom or BR OR An Ty. so i dont know my size.
    so my question is how to shop online for extra petites who is not as thin as you instead is little bulky in waist with short neck.

    how to decide color and style pallate on whole from hair style to shoes ?
    how can i work especially on me as i can consider some of your style ideas but they wont be good on me as they are on you.
    I hope you would understand what am i trying to say.

    with your inspiration i m going to learn about make up soon but how should i practice it?

    Thanks again for guiding us for building up our confidence.

  • Anonymous June 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Naina, as a longtime reader of Jean's blog, I'd like to encourage you to ask these questions in her latest blog and IG posts as she may miss your comment. Hope this helps!

  • Maureen June 3, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Hi! I love all your posts! I bought the skirt and am considering purchasing the shirt. I live in florida and its always hot. Even though you described the halter as a sweater material, do you think it would leave you feeling hot? appropriate for summer? Thank you 🙂

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