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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Karla Spetic Faith Floral-Embroidered Organza Midi Skirt ($490)
Leith Sequin Midi Skirt ($78)
Joie Soft Despina Skirt ($98) in Sandstorm/Caviar
AQ/AQ Wayne Midi Skirt ($110) in Black
Altuzarra Kepi Skirt ($1,465) in Black
Jack by BB Dakota Convoy Paisley Brocade Ponte Skirt ($44) in Cardinal Red
The Row Asti Chambray Denim Midi Skirt ($675)
Aqua Pencil Skirt ($68) in Texture Chain Link
Marni Large Floral Midi Skirt ($860) in Pink Sand
H&M Pencil Skirt ($34.95) in Chalkstripe
Urban Outfitters Motel Bobbie Fitted Midi Skirt ($54)