Last updated on August 30th, 2018 at 10:18 am
As summertime gets closer, the likelihood of trading in those trousers and jeans for skirts and dresses is pretty high. If your workplace has a pretty strict dress code, it can be difficult to be on the right side of formal while still remaining comfortable.
This is why we’ve decided to take a look at pencil skirts and how you can style them to not only be suitable for the workplace, but look funky at the same time. We’ll also look at how to wear a pencil skirt for a night on the tiles as well as how to style a pencil skirt for a casual look.
You might think of pencil skirts as a rigid, restrictive style, but wearing tailored cuts doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort. Pencil skirts are great for adding shape and classic cuts with a high waist are the perfect choice if you’re all about that vintage vibe.
The fabrics you choose can make a real difference too, going for a lightweight cotton or silk pencil skirt will not only keep you cool but will conform to your figure whilst still holding its shape. If you’d like a little more flexibility, pencil skirts made from stretchy material are the perfect option for everyday wear.
How to Wear a Pencil Skirt for Work
Wearing a pencil skirt for work is probably one of the most obvious choices when it comes to business attire. Smart, clean-cut and feminine, it’s been a go-to style for decades and remains a firm favourite to this day.
If you’re used to wearing a pencil skirt for work but feel things are starting to get a little tired with your look, there are a few things you can do to jazz it up.
Obviously, if you’re in an office environment, modesty plays a big part in what’s expected of you when it comes to work clothes and pencil skirts are no exception. Your typical pencil skirt would sit just above the knee but why not trade it in for a midi length and bring your look right up to date? This style of pencil skirt is so hot right now and works for many occasions.
If you’re buying a new pencil skirt for work, avoid those that have high splits or are overly detailed. Your business wear should be neutral in colour with no distractions that could take the attention away from you. Go for colours such as black and navy blue; this will allow you to choose a top in a contrasting colour such as white or light grey. One great look for the office would be a black midi-length, high-waist pencil skirt with a crisp, white fitted shirt tucked in. Keep accessories to a minimum, add some nude tights and a pair of mid-height heels and you’re on to a winner. Add a fitted jacket to meet with clients and everyone will know you mean business!
How to Style a Pencil Skirt for a Night Out or Party
This is where you get to have some fun with your look, if you’re about to indulge in a little party time, looking fierce is what it’s all about.
If you want to glam it up but want to keep things classy, go for a high-waisted pencil skirt but mix it up with exciting materials such as leather or satin, these will add a new dimension to your outfit while still remaining understated and flattering.
If you’re feeling really daring, go for a mid length cropped top with long sleeves, get one that sits just above the top of the pencil skirt, the slight show of skin will help slim your waist. Team them with a simple pair of heels in a contrasting colour, or if you’d like to create a focal point in your outfit, go for a striking pair of lace up heeled sandals. Do however be careful with this style of shoe as it could make you appear shorter than you are when coupled with a midi-length skirt.
If you’re not feeling the crop top, why not go for a peplum top instead? Full coverage but the added peplum will still help give your outfit shape and a more structured look. Wear with a pair of platform heels and you’re ready to dance the night away!
What to Wear With a Pencil Skirt for a Wedding
If you’ve decided that you want to wear a pencil skirt to a wedding, there are a few things that you might want to consider; does the wedding have a colour scheme? What time of year is the wedding being held?
If the wedding is in the summer, why not go for a lightweight floral blouse? Wearing a top with multiple colours will then allow you to broaden your footwear choices. If you’d like to keep things smart/casual, a nice pair of flat sandals is a great way to look the part but remain comfortable throughout the day. If you’d prefer to go a little more to the smart side, a nice pair of platform wedges with an ankle strap can add a touch of fun, but again are a good choice when it comes to comfort.
If the wedding is in the winter time, add a cropped faux-fur jacket and smart ankle boots which will allow you to still look smart while remaining practical, after all the great British weather is as unpredictable as the day is long, so it’s best to be prepared.
Casual Pencil Skirt Looks
Just because pencil skirts areusually associated with formal looks, doesn’t mean you can’t dress them down. Add a casual shirt (untucked!) and a cropped jacket, and team your outfit with a cute pair of short cowboy boots for a look that’s bang on trend.
If you’d prefer a look that’s a little more “street”, opt for funky prints and textures, choose a lightweight turtleneck jumper that can be tucked in and add a pair of trainers or canvas pumps to the mix. Swap out the trainers for ballet flats or sliders for an effortless, super- chilled look this summer.
If you’d like to wear a pencil skirt but you’re not sure how they can work for you, why not experiment and try out a few different looks? Pencil skirts can be really versatile and right now, they’re a super hot look! The perfect wardrobe staple that you can dress up or down.