My rules for rocking a pencil skirt.

I like to think of myself as a pencil skirt aficionado. In fact, it's the most worn item in my closet. Yes, over jeans. 

I've learned that not all pencil skirts are created equal either. The fit is key. It has to hug in the right places without being too tight thus showcasing your flaws. You mommas might be able to relate to this topic as I struggle with it daily! 

I love pencil skirts for their femininity and because it takes zero brain effort to complete an outfit. It really is the outfit!

photography by Cleodine Photography
My favorite two pencil skirts are this one in wool and this one. I have my eye on this one and I am dying to get my hands on this mint skirt for Spring. Truly, I've had the best luck with the J.Crew versions which are a bit pricier but worth the investment because they hold up amazingly well.

Onto the good stuff...what's the best way to rock a pencil skirt? Here are my rules:
  1. Contrasting brights will always look sharp together. Think of Starburst colors!
  2. Monochromatic is surprisingly easy as well. Choose one hue and throw it all together with a hot statement necklace.
  3. Watch your silhouette. It's perfectly acceptable to wear a chunkier knit or loose blouse tucked into your skirt. Skin tight tops = not on trend. The key is to offset the fitted look of the skirt and balance it with a looser top.
  4. Generally speaking, a fitted pencil skirt is sexy and professional. No need for plunging necklines. 
  5. Opt for a midi pencil skirt that hits below the knees. With pumps, even the most vertically challenged women (me!) will appear leaner and taller!
  6. If you're going to invest...opt for one colorful skirt and a classic color like black. You can't go wrong!
P.S. Don't forget a cute clutch. Consider this your finishing piece!
(this post originally created for Stilettos & Diaper Bags)

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