If you had to choose one item from your closet to crown MVP, you might name your trusty black blazer or classic trench coat, but we’re vying to elect a new closet queen bee: the pencil skirt. The hardworking staple is an office mainstay, yet can just as easily be transformed for a night out with a bustier or crop top.
7 Inspiring Ways To Wear Your Old Pencil Skirt
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It’s no wonder our favorite fashionable influencers from Olivia Wilde to Jaime Chung have all endorsed the flattering pencil skirt. Check out our celebrity tutorial for inspiration on how to wear one you already own, or refresh your options with our editor picks.
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The sheer panels on Kurkova’s Dion Lee zipper-front pencil skirt from Resort 14 lend her Dion Lee top from F/W 13 and crisp white Manolo Blahnik BB heels a sporty vibe.
Cheap Monday Zipped Pencil Skirt ($85); House of Harlow 1960 Jude Top ($145); Boutique 9 Justine Leather Pumps ($98).
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Take note on how the Russian beauty highlighted her maroon pencil at London Fashion Week by pairing it with a Burberry cropped trench jacket that just hits the waistline.
Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Cropped Trench Coat ($622); J.Crew Pencil Skirt In Super 120S ($98) in Burnished Cranberry; Steve Madden Mucho ($70) in Black.
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The Mademoiselle C star gave her look an after-hours spin with a printed sheer pencil at the Calvin Klein S/S 14 post show party. Our tip? The skirt can also be worn to the workplace with a black slip underneath.
Derek Lam Black/Cinnamon Pattern Pencil Skirt ($402); Michael Stars Long Sleeve Band Crew Tee ($62); Pour La Victoire Yaya High Heel Sandals ($247).
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Atlanta de Cadenet
How do you balance the bondage vibe of a Topshop PVC pencil skirt? Simply pair it with a sweet Reiss tie-front top like de Cadenet did at the Ashish S/S 14 show.
Cedric Charlier Satin Pencil Skirt ($423); Topshop Cotton Shirt ($64); MICHAEL Michael Kors Karlie Back Zip Ankle Strap High Heel Pointed Toe Pumps ($160) in Nude.
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The model proves all black doesn’t have to be boring by pairing an explosive mix of office-appropriate pieces (pencil skirt and blazer) with a bombshell leather bra.
French Connection Winter Romance Tux Jacket ($120); 5th & Mercer Pencil Skirt ($110) in Black; Tess Giberson Leather Bandeau Top ($340).
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Olivia Wilde let her Clover Canyon mirrored print pencil take center stage at her visit to the Good Morning America set by pairing it with an understated black top and coordinating blue Jimmy Choo sandals.
Clover Canyon Glacial City Skirt ($198); Bop Basics Crew Neck Tee ($54) in Black; Topshop Polished Premium Heels ($180).
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At a Net-A-Porter event, Kerr channeled a naughty-meets-nice librarian look by pairing her leather Nur Khan skirt with a Saint Laurent sheer polka dot top and Manolo Blahnik stilettos. The perfect finishing accessory? An Olympia Le-Tan book clutch!
American Apparel Basic Polka Dot Button Up Blouse ($62) in Black Dots On Black; Nanette Lepore Mime Leather Pencil Skirt ($398); kate spade new york Disco Nap Emanuelle Hustle Book Clutch ($328).
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Who said a pencil skirt can’t be sexy? Chung opted for an alluring effect in head-to-toe BCBG Max Azria Resort 14 at the designer’s S/S 14 show by pairing her navy skirt with a cropped leather bustier and a heavily embellished jacket.
Skies Are Blue Paisley Jacket ($74); Forever 21 Biker-Chic Faux Leather Bustier ($18); Motel Bronte Pencil Skirt In Stretch Denim ($60).
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Chalayan Silk Organza-Trimmed Jacquard Pencil Skirt ($545)
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ASOS Pencil Skirt With Wrap In Check ($68)
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Mother of Pearl Ursula Insect-Print Cotton-Blend Skirt ($430)
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Silence + Noise Kat Knit Midi Skirt ($39)
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Preen Line Elm Printed Stretch-Cotton Drill Skirt ($390)
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Sister Jane Pencil Skirt In Hexagonal Flowers ($81)
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Zara Patched Denim Skirt ($80)
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Vince Camuto Faux Leather Trip Stripe Pencil Skirt ($89) in English Iv
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Topshop Leather Panel Pencil Skirt ($190)