Pencil Skirts: The Best Skirt For Every Body Type

How To Style A Pencil Skirt - Thrifting Diva
Every woman needs a flattering pencil skirt in her life, as they never go out of style.  Simply said, pencil skirts is a wardrobe essential.  They’re elegant, feminine, classic, and versatile.  Find a pencil skirt you like, get it tailored to fit you just right, and you’ll find yourself reaching for it again and again.

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I consider a pencil skirt a foundational item in a woman’s wardrobe.  There is nothing wrong with having some trendy items in your closet.  However, if building a stylish but practicable closet, there are some items that you absolutely need ready and waiting in your closet.  These items are considered foundational wardrobe items.  These pieces must be 1) flattering and 2) versatile.  When you have these base items, you will never run out of things to wear, and you will end up buying less because you won’t be trying to fill that unidentifiable void in your closet.  The pencil skirt ticks those boxes.

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It’s really not a surprise that pencil skirts continue to outlast all trends.   No matter your body type, rocking a hip-hugging pencil skirt can flatter your figure, make you appear slimmer, and look chic no matter the occasion.  This timeless wardrobe items has been boosting the confidence of women everywhere for decades and it’s now hotter than ever.  If you don’t already own a pencil skirt, you should absolutely put this piece on your shopping list.

How To Style A Pencil Skirt - Thrifting Diva
Fit and length are the two most important details that you must pay attention to when it comes to the pencil skirt.  Pencil skirts tend to be most flattering when the hem ends around the knees. It can be slightly above or below but not any shorter.  Thankfully, you do not have to have the perfect proportions to wear a pencil skirt.  If you want to hide your tummy, wear cardigan sweater over your blouse and accentuate your waist with tiny belt. This will draw attention from your tummy and balance the proportions of the whole look.  I purchased this beautiful floral pencil skirt from Asos several years ago for under $20 on sale.  You can check out how I styled it completely differently on the blog before, here.

How To Style A Pencil Skirt - Thrifting Diva
I love the floral print on this pencil skirt.  The colors, and the print give me the opportunity to play with different tops to style this skirt differently each time I wear it.  If you are looking to add a pencil skirt to your wardrobe, look for a print or color that you know you would get various outfits from that one skirt.

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As I was heading to an evening reception, I choose this black sleeveless feather trim top.  I found this beauty at Macy’s, in the Last Act clearance section for $11.98.   Yes, that price is correct.   I don’t own a lot of black pieces, but when I saw this unique top with the feathers, I immediately grabbed it up.

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Completing this look are these thrifted Eva Mendes strappy heels.  Eva Mendes has an affordable fashion line at New York  & Company.  I thrifted this pair from Goodwill in Annapolis, MD, for $7.95.  These were my first pair of Eva Mendes shoes, and can I tell you, if I could wear these heels with everything, I would.  They are amazingly comfortable.  Let me say that again.  These heels are ridiculously comfortable.  Comfortable, beautiful and under $8.  Can you really ask for anything else when it comes to your shoe game.

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I accessorized this outfit with this box clutch that I also got from Macy’s Last Act clearance section for $18.  This black clutch was marked down from $89.  Talk about a score when I found this cute piece!

Do you already own a, or a couple, of pencil skirts? What are your go-to styling tips for pencil skirts?

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30 Comments

  1. Pencil skirts are my absolute favorite! When I was working in corporate I had close to a dozen different kinds of pencil skirts. I love love how you’ve styled it. I never would have thought to put a shirt with fringe like that over the skirt, you look fabulous!

  2. I’m totally in love with this outfit, you look great! I like pencil skirts but can’t really wear them for work as they’re not practical. I sometimes wear them on evenings out but haven’t for a while. You’ve definitely inspired me to do so!

  3. You are so right! The pencil skirt has been a staple in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember. My mom was born during the Depression error and she always told me when I was little: if you keep a pencil skirt in your wardrobe, you would always look professional & respectful for any occasion.

  4. Yes that skirt is very flattering on you and the top goes well with your skirt. I don’t have a pencil skirt because most I’ve tried on have not fit well but I will keep looking.

  5. I just love the pencil skirt style, unfortunately I haven’t found one that I really adore. But you’ve inspired me to keep at it because I just love the structure and how flattering they can be.

  6. You always have the BEST style. I love pencil skirts as it is…but this one is especially beautiful with the pretty pattern! So colorful and bright for summer. LOVE it!!

  7. Totally agree with you right there! Loving the skirt that you’re wearing. I’m very much into colorful clothes these days especially florals. Pencil skirts are really flattering.

  8. Pencil skirts are great because you can dress them up for work, or dress them down for a party or night out with the girls. You look gorgeous!

  9. Your pencils skirt is so cute and live the shoes you are wearing with that outfit too. I agree pencil skirts are always a must for every women’s wardrobe must haves!

  10. I actually don’t own any pencil skirts. I usually don’t like the way the fit me but after reading your post, I need to rethink that. They really are very flattering and so classic. Love the way you styled it with the black feather top and red heels.

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