There are countless articles in the world about fashion, and many of those are trying to provide readers with lists of everything that they absolutely “need” to have a certifiably stylish life. It’s highly doubtful that anyone actually “needs” any of this–after all, if it came down to it, we could all just wear burlap sacks to avoid nudity! Nevertheless, in the world today, many of us are blessed with having “nothing to wear” as one of our life’s bigger problems. If you find yourself facing this quandary, first take a moment for gratitude (although you really should take more than a moment). This is an incredibly small problem to have!
Now that you’ve “finished” feeling both grateful (and perhaps guilty) for your blessings, you can set aside your worries and grab a pencil skirt (ak.a. instant polish).
There are a LOT of ways to wear one of these skirts, and for good reason. A pencil skirt is, of course, a good choice for the workplace–as well as work involving pencils, if you enjoy that kind of humor–but it can also be brought out into the real world for fun (or for impressing people in general). If you’re short on time, here are three basic options for styling the oh-so-special Pencil Skirt:
1) Pair with a graphic or patterned shirt. A shirt with phrases, drawings, prints, or floral patterns will almost always work with a pencil skirt. If you want to wear your Game of Thrones shirt to work, wearing it with this skirt is one of your best chances to pull it off–AND to show people the interesting (phrases), exciting (prints), or sweet (florals) side of you.
2) Pair with a long-sleeved shirt. If you are wearing a particularly form-fitting or short pencil skirt, long sleeves will ensure that your outfit is not too revealing. If the shirt is patterned, even better! If not, add a statement necklace.
3) Go for conservative. This is one of the less exciting ways to wear a pencil skirt, and it’s probably not ideal for “fun” events, but if you ever need to make an impressive and/or businesslike impression, a blazer-and-skirt pairing is a great outfit to use!
The simplicity and flexibility of the Pencil Skirt has made it endure as an essential piece for decades, so slip into your own and revel in the awareness that you are wearing a classic (and that it can actually “go with” virtually any shirt). 🙂