The Hunt: Pencil Skirts for Work

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

We haven’t done a hunt for pencil skirts in too long — what are your favorite pencil skirts for work these days, ladies? (Are you Team A-Line, Team Pencil, Team Dress, or Team Pants?) I’ve always been a fan of pencil skirts as a great structured basic — pair it with a low heel or sleek flat, pretty much any kind of top (blouse, fancy tee, pullover, cardigan) and a necklace or two and you’re good to go. If bare legs are OK at your office (know your office) then Jockey slipshorts or Spanx are great to wear beneath them — meanwhile check out our favorite tights for work as the weather gets colder. (We also have a Guide to Pantyhose, should you need them for interviews, very formal/big days, or if you just prefer pantyhose!) An important note on pencil skirts: don’t forget to cut the vents! Many pencil skirts come with a slit in the back, side, or front; this may be sewn shut with a loose little criss-crossed stitch.

These are some of the pencil skirts for work that we’re loving now — we’d love to hear your favorites!

pencil skirts for work under $  20Old Navy’s ponte collection is full of great basics. They may not be as thick as the ponte you’ll find elsewhere — and they may not last as long as more expensive versions — but as far as style, structure, and price point, they’re a great basic if you’re building a work wardrobe with no money. The pictured skirt comes in 5 colors, sizes XXS-XXL, and today is marked to $ 20. Ponte-Knit Pencil Skirt for Women
pencil skirts for work in fun prints under $  50This scuba skirt has been around for years, and it’s always a top seller at Macy’s, coming back again and again in fun colors and prints. While it’s $ 59 full price, it’s often marked below $ 40 — before you even get to coupons and so forth. It comes in regular, petite and plus sizes, and is machine washable.  Alfani Scuba Skirt
pencil skirts for work - No. 2 doubleserge cotton J.CrewJ.Crew’s No. 2 pencil skirt is a classic — but let’s talk for a second about the best-selling pencil skirt in double-serge cotton at J.Crew Factory, where a lot of more traditional J.Crew basics seems to live. They’re regularly priced $ 69 (today on sale for $ 35 in 7 colors), come in petite and regular sizes 00-20, and in general are a great basic. Word on the street is that J.Crew is going to get a “refresh” in September, so we’ll see what becomes of the No. 2 pencil skirt — right now there are very limited sizes and colors left.  Pencil skirt in double-serge cotton
pencil skirts for work - alfaniThis ponte knit skirt from Vince Camuto has been a best-seller at Nordstrom and Zappos for years; like the Alfani skirt it’s a pull-on style. We’re picturing it in plus sizes, but it also comes in regular sizes; both are on sale as part of the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Vince Camuto Ponte Knit Skirt
pencil skirts for work in fun prints: BodenThe Martha Skirt at Boden is always a great option if you’re looking for a fun print — it comes in petite, regular and long sizes 2-18. It’s regularly $ 110, but right now it’s marked to $ 55-$ 66 depending on color. (Nordstrom also has one print, full price at $ 110.) (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!) Pictured: Martha Skirt
high-waisted pencil skirts for work: classic sophisticated style from Black HaloThere are a lot of nice splurge options for pencil skirts, but in terms of “classics” I’d probably go for this one: the high-waisted pencil skirt from Black Halo. The below the knee length can be difficult to style with flats, but with heels it’s a no brainer — and the high waistline makes for a super sleek silhouette. It’s $ 230 at ShopBop, Amazon, and others. (Other options for a splurgey but classic pencil skirt: St. John and Armani.) Pictured: High Waisted Pencil Skirt

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Ensemble: Sweatshirt and Pencil Skirt

I liked the way this dressy skirt was styled with a casual sweatshirt and sneakers. A fun Sporty Luxe combination that smacks of 2018. Our current fashion era celebrates irregular outfit juxtaposition so this is on point. It’s one way to take the bombshell and twee out of a pencil skirt, and make it more practical and comfortable to wear. 

Of course, you don’t need to pair the look with sneakers. Feel free to choose footwear that tickles your fancy, and use any colour palette. I’ve chosen patterns, graphic sweatshirts and plaids to add interest to the outfit in the ensemble. Use solids if that’s more your thing.

Fringed Tweed Pencil Skirt

Fringed Tweed Pencil Skirt

The outfit formula is dead simple. Choose a fun pencil skirt and combine it with a sweatshirt that matches it in some way. The pairing can match perfectly, or match in an abstract way. Wear the sweatshirt untucked or semi-tucked. Choose anything from sneakers and flats to booties, pumps and tall boots as shoes. Pop a pair of leggings under the skirt, or wear hosiery for warmth. Finish off the look with a coat or jacket, and a bag that works with the palette of the outfit. Add jewellery, eyewear, scarf and watch as desired.

Ensemble: Sweatshirt & Pencil Skirt


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Now Trending: Not-Your-Librarian’s Pencil Skirts

Pencil skirts on the Spring 2018 runways.

Fendi Spring 2018, Max Mara Spring 2018, No. 21 Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

Could it be the golden age of Vetements is over? Runway fashion, which for a while (mostly) left behind glamour and maturity in favor of a seemingly endless stream of athleisure, has once again shifted course.

If there’s one thing fashion girls can’t have enough of right now, it’s quirky-cool business casual attire: think hot pink suits, oversized check blazers, artfully embellished button-downs. And if the high volume of slim skirting on the Spring 2018 runways is any indication, un-boring pencil skirts are next on that list.

Fendi saw a chevron-striped midi paired with multiple layers of transparent, horizontally striped toppers. Max Mara went a more classic route, teaming a floral print pencil skirt with a rather simple black silk blouse. No. 21 riffed on the sexy librarian look: there, a sheer, statement collar polo complemented a ruched-front red leather midi. A silky V-neck cami took the place of the librarian-favorite argyle vest.

Pencil skirts on the Spring 2018 runways at Gucci Spring 2018, Prada Spring 2018, Dries Van Noten Spring 2018.

Gucci Spring 2018, Prada Spring 2018, Dries Van Noten Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

Alessandro Michele, meanwhile, couldn’t resist more literal geek-chic styling. The first look to walk Gucci’s sprawling Spring 2018 runway? A pink-checkered pencil skirt paired with a strong-shouldered overscale blazer, crisp white button-down, layers upon layers of costume necklaces, metallic fishnet tights and Farrah Fawcett feathered hair. Prada showed a New Wave mashup of cat-eye shades, a cartoon-printed, citrus-hued sweater vest, pointed patent brogues and a black, red-streaked pencil skirt. Still, Dries Van Noten’s styling suggestion was by far the most daring. Rock a sheer pink pencil skirt with 50s-style briefs, a similarly transparent top and a glimmering, marine motif bomber jacket, he said.

With its sleek lines, body-skimming shape and flattering knee to mid-calf hemline, it’s easy to see the pencil skirt’s timeless appeal. Note: to avoid looking predictable, dated or stuffy, opt for midis in fun materials and patterns, or with decidedly modern accents. Or, if you do go the classic black route, a printed/graphic statement top is an absolute must.

With that in mind, shop 20 of our current favorite pencil skirts (most of them a little bit business, a lotta bit party) in the slideshow below.

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