The stylist did a great job of putting together this outfit. It’s one way to de-bombshell a pencil skirt and make workwear look more interesting. A soft striped blouse is layered under a roomy grey cowl neck pullover, worn with a leather pencil skirt, high vamped cut-out booties, and finished off with an angular clutch. The effect is modern, relaxed yet chic, interesting, ever so slightly edgy, and comfortable. 

It’s the details of the outfit that make it stand out.

  1. It’s a cowl neck and not a crew neck pullover.
  2. A soft printed blouse, and not a solid stiff button-down shirt, has been used as the layering piece. The blouse collar is unbuttoned to complement the neckline of the cowl and elongate the neck of the model.
  3. The sleeves of the pullover are pulled up and scrunched, while the sleeves of the blouse are left full length, buttoned and un-scrunched.
  4. The blouse is untucked to show a little stripe peeking out from under the pullover.
  5. Hosiery has been left off the outfit, thereby creating a horizontal line across the ankles with high contrast footwear.  The “stump factor” is offset by the very high heel of the shoe. 

It’s the concept of this outfit that might serve as an inspiration for your own outfits. Of course, you can add black hose, sheer or opaque, to create a longer leg line with a lower heel, and add extra insulation. No need to wear a leather skirt when a basic pencil skirt will do just fine. Tuck in the shirt if that’s better suited to your body type. Wear a fitted pullover silhouette if that feels more like your style. You can also substitute the skirt for trousers or jeans, and wear pumps or knee-high boots instead of booties. Choose any colour palette, and any pattern. Make the look work for you. 

DKNYC Faux Leather Trim Cowl Neck Pullover