The pencil skirt is getting a serious rebrand. Usually associated with flight attendants and secretaries, this old-school office skirt was never really synonymous with high-fashion styling—until now.
Unexpectedly, this hip-hugging board room staple was all over the spring 2018 runways. And yet, it seems that the pencil skirts themselves haven’t changed much; what’s changed is what we wear them with: from sheer tops to eccentric accessories, the trick is to style this boardroom basic with distinctly unbusinesslike counterparts.
Whether you’re styling it with chunky sneakers or bold seasonal hues, you’ll be surprised by how versatile the pencil skirt can be. Scroll down for five of our favorite ways to style this closet staple.
1. Try an Off-the-clock Look
While typically worn during office hours, we love this workday essential for off-duty days even more. With a pair of sleek kicks and a cozy matching knit top, it’s the perfect outfit for chic but casual Sundays.
2. Style it with Suede
Give this prim and proper silhouette a California-girl feel with supple suede and a loose bohemian blouse.
3. Work it All the Way to Cocktail Hour
With a simple tee to dress it down, and stylish office essentials to dress it up, this look takes you seamlessly from office hours to happy hour.
4. Shine Bright and Bold
Take on the spring brights trend in this season’s boldest hues. Pair the skirt with so-extra accessories in equally-bright colors like citrus and scarlet red for maximum impact.
5. Pair it with Your Sunday Brunch Best
A denim pencil skirt with cool-girl basics makes for the perfect effortless Sunday brunch outfit.
Another must-have item in your closet: the prairie dress.