The New Skirt Style You Should Be Wearing (And How To Wear It!)
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Pencil skirts are indisputably a wardrobe staple, and one that every girl should have in her styling arsenal. Right now, the must-have hemline for this classic piece is a midi length that hits below the knee. One part retro and one part ‘90s, it’s easy to work this silhouette into most outfit scenarios that call for a skirt. Here are half a dozen styling ideas.
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A super-sweet version such as this calls for playing up your curves, so add a lace camisole, cropped cardigan, and ladylike court shoes.
Burberry Embossed Duchess Satin Pencil Skirt ($1,095) in Light Green Opal; Tibi Seal Anorak Outerwear Trench Coat ($750), available in March; Tory Burch Petite Simone Cardigan ($175) in Med Navy; For Love and Lemons Showoff Bodysuit ($103); Stuart Weitzman Nouveau Pumps ($625) in Pearl Floral Python
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A monochromatic jacquard print is the perfect backdrop to exercise your minimalist impulses. Keep it graphic with a structured jacket and sleek accessories.
A.L.C. Templeton Skirt (Price Upon Request); BCBG Dru Double-Front Moto Jacket ($298) in Off White; ALC Cannon Cropped Leather Top ($645) in Black; Elizabeth and James Damen Sunglasses ($225) in Shiny Black/Rose Gold & Smoke; Knight$ of New York Great Jones Sword + Stone Cuff ($525) in Rhodium with Labradorite + Gunmetal with Mother of Pearl; Tibi Amber Heels ($365) available in Black Multi
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Whoever said horizontal stripes aren’t flattering has obviously not tried them on a pencil midi. Give a preppy spin to a traditionally punk pattern by tucking in a madras top and cinching the waist with a boyfriend-style belt.
Tibi Elsa Striped Stretch-Jersey Pencil Skirt ($198), available early March; American Apparel Unisex Fisherman’s Pullover ($78) in Black; Kule Atterbury Shirt ($225) in Plaid, available February; The Gap Double-buckle Belt ($34.95) in Black; G.H. Bass & Co. Wayfarer Loafers ($98.95) in Black/White
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Sequin skirts don’t have to be synonymous with disco balls and American Hustle. Create a model-off-duty look by adding a slouchy knit top and colorful sneakers.
Rodebjer Baluster Sparkle Skirt ($350); J Brand Jill Sweater ($395) in Duke; Vita Fede Mini Titan Bracelet ($225) in Silver; Dezso by Sara Beltrán Silver Andara Shark Tooth on Mexican Bracelet ($115); Dezso by Sara Beltrán Silver Andara Shell on Mexican Bracelet ($55); Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ Women’s Running Shoes ($129) in Wolf Grey
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Leather at the office isn’t that radical of an idea, but how you spin it is key. Go for pastel hues and keep your styling pieces conservative. Our suggestion: add a sweet cashmere henley and a fluid trench that falls past your skirt hem.
Marni Leather Pencil Skirt ($1360) in Peach; DKNY Easy Belted Trench Coat ($895) in Pale Yellow, available early March; Nili Lotan 2x2 Henley Sweater ($258) in Pearl Grey, available mid-February; Coach Hallie Heels ($248) in Cloud
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The mini-checks on this stretch skinny midi feel more finish line than fancy so give them an athletic angle by adding a dramatic baseball jacket. A single sole heel adds the right amount of height to balance out proportions.
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Karla Spetic Faith Floral-Embroidered Organza Midi Skirt ($490)
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Leith Sequin Midi Skirt ($78)
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Joie Soft Despina Skirt ($98) in Sandstorm/Caviar
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AQ/AQ Wayne Midi Skirt ($110) in Black
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Altuzarra Kepi Skirt ($1,465) in Black
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Jack by BB Dakota Convoy Paisley Brocade Ponte Skirt ($44) in Cardinal Red
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The Row Asti Chambray Denim Midi Skirt ($675)
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Aqua Pencil Skirt ($68) in Texture Chain Link
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Marni Large Floral Midi Skirt ($860) in Pink Sand
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H&M Pencil Skirt ($34.95) in Chalkstripe
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Urban Outfitters Motel Bobbie Fitted Midi Skirt ($54)