Retro Style: Mustard turtleneck + sweater pencil skirt

sweater skirt business casual winter work outfit

Chicwish jacket xs (sleeves hemmed), Talbots tights S, Zara pumps (very similar)

One of my biggest style inspirations is undoubtedly fashion from the past. If I had to choose, my favorite period might be the 50s-60s, when popular silhouettes balanced conservatism with glamour and femininity. That balance is something I always look for, so it’s no surprise I’m often drawn to a good full skirt with nipped-in waist, tailored coat, or fitted pencil dress!
mustard sweater striped skirt ann taylor petites
This sweater pencil skirt feels Mad Men-esque with its below-the-knee length and curve-grazing silhouette (and yes, finally an AT skirt that fits at the waist!). With items this length, a high waistline is usually key for me to not feel truncated. I wore this skirt higher up, and tucked in a turtleneck sweater to continue drawing the visual line upwards. This little ribbed sweater is so good, you’ll want it in all colors! The fit runs small like reviewers said, and is especially narrow in the arms. There’s good weight to the knit, and I personally love the un-tucked length on me (hits by my lower hips) for wearing with pants.
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I prefer this outfit with bare legs, but wanted to show more pairings with tights, per your requests! I finished off this look with one of my favorite draped trench coats (use NEWYEAR20 for another 20% off) again. Please note the sleeves on this are dolman / batwing style, and I had the sleeve length shortened by a tailor.
mustard navy business professional work outfit
I always get questions on tucking, so have to say a sweater of this thickness typically will not tuck seamlessly into a fitted skirt. I usually recommend tucking lightweight, fluid blouses into heavier skirts that are lined. This skirt is lighter weight and unlined, but is made of a tightly-woven knit, almost similar to those on bandage-style dresses. I think that in combination with the striped pattern helped conceal even a chunkier sweater this time around!
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Looking back on this outfit it’s no surprise my husband liked it so much – it’s pretty much a walking ode to his beloved San Diego Chargers team (just missing a lightning bolt patch)!blue yellow business casual fashion extra petite

 

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