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8 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt

Try This Classic Skirt with Different Looks


The pencil skirt is one of the longest-running silhouettes in fashion. With a good reason: it's a flattering look -- when worn right -- on just about every figure. With a tucked-in shirt or belted jacket, the pencil skirt gives you a long, lean line. In addition, it shows the legs which keeps it decidedly feminine. A black pencil skirt is a wardrobe staple, and can be worn with everything from a matching jacket for a suit look to a frilly top for a night out. Here is more inspiration for how to wear this classic skirt style.

1. With a Peplum Top

Virginie Ledoyen wears a pencil skirt to the Christian Dior fashion show.
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One of the newest ways to wear the pencil skirt is with a peplum top or jacket. The belted silhouette makes your waist look tiny and plays up an hourglass shape, while the long pencil skirt gives you a slim, tall look. This look is perfect for creating a waist on a boyish figure or slimming a full waist. Either way, it's a chic and glamorous look that never goes out of style.

2. Colorblocked

Katharina Schuettler in pencil skirt - colorblocked
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Try a skirt in one color, a top in another for a simple -- but cool -- approach to colorblocking. Want to amp it up even more? Add shoes and bag in two more colors. The simple lines and classic shape of the pencil skirt let you experiment with it more than a funkier skirt, so it's perfect for mixing it up, colorwise.

3. Leather Pencil Skirt

Kate Upton in leather pencil skirt
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Been wanting to try a leather skirt? Skip the flippy leather or skater skirts and opt for something flattering and chic like a leather pencil skirt. You'll be amazed at how basic -- and wearable -- it is, going with everything from lacy tops to wool jackets.

4. Print Pencil Skirt

Mandy Moore in print pencil skirt
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Turn up the volume with a print bottom: the pencil skirt is the perfect place to do it. Try something in a vibrant color -- like Mandy Moore has done -- or opt for subdued neutrals or menswear prints like houndstooth. Either way, the print pencil skirt is long and lean enough to carry prints well and still be flattering.

5. Belted Pencil Skirt

Aure Atika in belted pencil skirt.
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Tuck in your blouse and add a skinny belt over your pencil skirt like Aure Atika has done here. The addition of a belt brings the focus to your waist and makes it look tiny. Are you curvier? Wear your blouse out and belted over a pencil skirt instead.

6. Longer Pencil Skirt

Miley Cyrus in a pencil skirt
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Miley Cyrus rocks a longer pencil skirt, one that reaches mid calf. The sleek look makes her look even more statuesque. Try this look to make you look slimmer and taller (and it's best with heels.)

7. Feminine Blouse

Julia Louis-Dreyfus wearing a pencil skirt.
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One of the prettiest ways to wear the pencil skirt is to pair it with a feminine blouse. Opt for something lacy or frilly, or a sheer top. Florals and other girly prints also work with the pencil skirt. And nothing is more classic than a bow top paired with a pencil skirt. Add traditional accessories -- like pearls -- for a can't-fail ladylike look.

8. Dressy Pencil Skirt

Tory Burch in a pencil skirt.
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Although the pencil skirt is an office staple, it can easily be dressed up. Just look at Tory Burch's metallic version, worn with a pretty top. Take the pencil skirt to cocktail hour -- even in basic black -- by pairing it with a silky sleeveless top and heels. Add glam jewelry to dress it up. Or pair a sheer top with a pencil skirt and jacket. Or give it an edgy vibe by adding something like studded pumps.
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