The pencil skirt is quickly becoming a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. Even for the woman who is not business minded, the classic piece is a must-have.
What is a pencil skirt?
A pencil skirt gets its name from its straight, long, form fitting shape (like a pencil).
It is a slim fitting skirt that falls to the knees, or just below the knees.
It is typically considered a more corporate piece of apparel, but the pencil skirt can be worn with a variety of pieces, creating an infinite amount of looks – both professional and casual. As with most versatile pieces of clothing, the pencil skirt, when paired with the right accompanying pieces, makes a statement that can be changed by mixing things up.
Because of its versatile design, a pencil skirt is great for many occasions, such as a day at the office, an interview or business meeting, lunch with the ladies, Sunday outings or religious services, or a classy dinner party.
Here are a couple of basic ways to wear the pencil skirt:
For the office, pair your pencil skirt with a simple button-down and pumps. If your dress code (or the weather) requires it, throw on a blazer to complete the look. Most office ensembles should be in neutral colours with patterns kept to a minimum. However, choosing one piece as the “pop of colour” piece is a great way to add dimension to your look. I chose to demonstrate this using a bright red blazer, paired with a black & white ensemble in the set Professional Pencil Skirt. When it comes to jewellery for the office, keep it simple, or if you want to add interest to a neutral outfit in an easy way go with a statement necklace and subdued earrings.
You can also put stockings on under your pencil skirt when the weather is cold. Keep them in a neutral colour that matches your pencil skirt. Adding a scarf to your outfit is also acceptable, as long as the style isn’t too flashy.
This professional pencil skirt look also works for a job interview. In that case, however, it is best to keep the entire ensemble neutral. A blazer is a definite yes, and ideally is part of a set that matches your pencil skirt.
Planning to hit happy hour after work? No need to go home and change first. Get rid of the blazer and scarf, and switch out your simple jewellery for more dazzling pieces. Loosen a button or two on your shirt and you’ll be ready for post-work fun in a dash!
When you aren’t at the office but want to rock a pencil skirt, there are endless possibilities for creating chic, casual outfits. You can really have fun with colours and patterns for a casual pencil skirt look. For warmer weather, find a textured pencil skirt and a fun graphic tee. Dress the look up with some sassy heels, or dress it down with some ballet flats. Celebrities like Kate Hudson often sport this look, wearing monochrome clothing and adding pops of colour with vibrant pumps and accessories.
For colder weather, choose a pencil skirt made from thicker fabric and wear it with an oversized sweater. Knee boots will complete the look, along with accessories like a scarf. Use my Pencil Skirt Chic set as inspiration. Don’t be afraid to combine patterns and textures when putting together a casual pencil skirt outfit. You can easily wear textured tights with a colourful pencil skirt and embellished sweater. Add some glamour by going with a long, sparkly necklace instead of a scarf, or dangly earrings.
These are just a couple of ways to wear a pencil skirt. Have fun exploring your options as you mix and match various pieces to create your own pencil skirt look. You can add various accessories and mix up the style of shoes that you wear to change the look.
Pencil skirts come in a variety of styles, including peplum, which is when the main part of the skirt is fitted, and the bottom part of the skirt is ruffled. Most pencil skirts will be snug fitting, so look for ones that are comfortable to wear. Certain fabrics allow for more stretch than others. And while looking stylish is good, you don’t want to be uncomfortable and look like a penguin when you walk! Also, while most pencil skirts hit at the knees, some vary in length. Keep the weather, your age and your personal style in mind when looking for a pencil skirt.