Pencil Skirts: The Fresh Length

Milly Pencil Skirt S/S 2011When it comes to skirts, we have many options: there are sexy mini skirts, never-ending maxi skirts, flirty and playful ankle-length skirts – and then there’s the pencil skirt. Ladies, it is time to slip into something that is the best of both worlds, something that’s both sexy and tame. The pencil skirt has a reputation for being the prudish alternative to the mini skirt, the wardrobe mainstay of high school librarians and secretaries.

But when worn correctly, the pencil skirt instantly transforms into a chic and versatile item that can even act as the statement piece of an entire look, depending on color and texture. How can you ignore the pencil skirt’s hip-hugging shape, which tapers down at the bottom to showcase a girl’s most enviable curves in just the right way? It shows the perfect amount of leg, not too little and not too much.

The pencil skirt is both practical and subtly edgy, perfectly suited for everyday wear. Its two-faced nature makes is an essential piece that, with a little mindful styling, can be reworked so that it can take you from day to night in a split-second. Here are six great options to add to your wardrobe.


Pencil Skirt Shopping Roundup

1. Ribbed Jersey Pencil Skirt from ASOS – $34.48; 2. WHITE Leather Pencil Skirt from ASOS – $137.92; 3. Leopard Print Jersey Pencil Skirt from ASOS – $24.14; 4. Derek Lam Utility Skirt from Shopbop – $525.00; 5. T by Alexander Wang Skinny Over the Knee Skirt from Shopbop – $125.00; 6. Nine to Nine Skirt from ModCloth – $59.99

Runway pencil skirt look above from Milly Spring/Summer 2011; image from