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How to Wear a Pencil Skirt: 7+ Styling Tips for You

Pencil skirts lend a fuss-free, no-nonsense look when paired with fitting tops and footwear. Suitable for all body types, the narrow-cut skirt accentuates the posture of your lower body. So, whether you have a slim figure or a plus size one, we got you covered.

Different Types of Pencil Skirts and What to Wear with Them

1. Black Pencil Skirts

When in doubt choose black, as the timeless appeal of this shade is hard to ignore. A simple white or light colored tucked-in shirt with a black pencil skirt makes a perfect office wear or an interview attire.

Also, for a casual appearance, you can wear off-shoulder or turtleneck tops. Team up with a jacket or a blazer for a perfect winter look. If you have an hourglass figure like Kim Kardashian, try oversized tops, camisoles, simple crop tops or blouses.

What to Wear with a Black Pencil Skirt

Stretchable pencil skirts are a comfortable option for pregnant ladies. Wear a black maternity pencil skirt from just above the belly with a skimpy short blouse or full-sleeved top to rock your baby shower party. The color black makes your baby bump appear less prominent.

How to Wear a Maternity Pencil Skirt
Shirts to Wear with Pencil Skirts

Shoes to wear: Black pumps and ankle-length boots; all sorts of flats for soon-to-be moms.

2. Jean Pencil Skirts

If big hips and thighs are your problem zone, then wear high-waist jean pencil skirts preferably of dark shades without any pocket for a slimmer look. Jean pencil skirts with waistband nicely cover up a rounded tummy well, making your midriff appear slim.  You can wear all sorts of tops with such skirts.

On the contrary, if you have a slender figure, you can wear denim pencil skirts with intricate textures, buttons, and pockets as these give a voluminous appearance.

How to Wear a Jean Pencil Skirt

However, a denim shirt paired with such skirts is perfect to flaunt a retro look. Wear these skirts with easy breezy white shirts during hot summer days.

What to Wear with Denim Pencil Skirt

Shoes to wear: Pumps, platform shoes or booties.

3. Khaki Pencil Skirts

Khaki skirts are extremely urban, and because of its neutral shade, all dark colored blouses go well with them. If you have a heavier upper body, wear a loose fitted top along with a khaki skirt and pair with a leather jacket.

For a dramatic look, wear a full-sleeved black top, a pencil skirt with a belt, and a pair of black stockings.

What to Wear with a Khaki Pencil Skirt
What to Wear with Pencil Skirt

Shoes to wear: All sorts of heels.

4. Striped Pencil Skirts

Horizontal stripes are good for very tall women to subdue their height. Wear it with tank tops for a casual chic look. Skirts with vertical stripes are apt for short and petite women, giving them a taller look. Choose a zebra printed skirt which ends just a few inches above the knee as it will make your legs appear elongated.

How to Wear Striped Pencil Skirt

They make a perfect winter attire as well. Wear with loose tops and stockings or leggings while going to school or college. If you wish, wrap around a scarf for a bohemian charm.

Tops to Wear with Pencil Skirts

Shoes to wear: Stilettos or leather boots.

5. Leather Pencil Skirts

There are various shades available, but black is the most sought-after one. Don’t forget to wear kohl and mascara, as these go well with leather skirts.

Women with A-line figures characterized by wide hips, thin torso, and waist, can wear a loose-fitted top with a leather pencil skirt. Choose tops with a plunging neckline if you like to show off your curves.

You can also tuck in a semi-sheer shirt with a midi pencil skirt to sport a sophisticated look. For winter, wear turtle neck sweaters while heading for a night out, or a dinner date with friends on Christmas. A leather jacket can finely accompany you.

For a more striking look, try out unusual shades of leather skirts like burgundy and pink.

What to Wear with a Leather Pencil Skirt

Shoes to wear: Closed-toe heels or ankle-length gladiators.

6. Lace Pencil Skirts

Lace skirts are typically feminine, hence ideal for attending wedding parties, bachelorette brunch parties, and other girly occasions, especially during the fall season. Black, nude, white, beige – try out all shades to be a trendsetter.

What to Wear with Black Lace Pencil Skirt
What to Wear with a Lace Pencil Skirt

Shoes to wear: Anything your heart desires.

7. Metallic Pencil Skirts

Metallic pencil skirts are simply the best for a dramatic look. If you have a small torso, wear a mid- or low-waisted long pencil skirt and team them up with a crop or a loose-fitted top without tucking it in. For a movie date, such an outfit will blow the mind of your significant other.

How to Wear a Midi Pencil Skirt
Tops to Wear with Metallic Pencil Skirts

Shoes to wear: Stilettos, boots or wedges.

A Few More Tips for Wearing Pencil Skirts

  • Ruched pencil skirts, defined by gathered fabrics, hide round tummies or wide thighs.
  • Choose pencil skirts with ruffles if you have love handles (wide waist) or a pear shaped body, to flaunt the famous rockabilly style.
  • Gold or silver sequin pencil skirts are best teamed with simple cotton shirts, preferably white, to highlight the skirt.
  • Wear velvet skirts with sweaters, cardigans or jumpers for a chic look.
  • For scorching hot days, choose jersey or knit pencil skirts of white, purple, mint green, olive, orange, gray or some bright neon shades. White tops are perfect for these.
  • For a fresh spring look, wear a floral pencil skirt, team it up with any light colored top and a pair of sneakers.
  • A shapewear beneath your skirt can make your figure appear perfect.
  • For a slimmer look, wear dark colored pencil skirts, like maroon, mustards and black, with light colored tops.
  • To look taller wear mini pencil skirts with either front zippers or a slit. Also, wear shoes that reveal your ankle bone.
  • For an apple-shaped body, wear structured knee-length pencil skirts with tops having fine embellishments or heavy embroidery.

As fashion and comfort go hand in hand, one should not be compromised for the sake of the other. So, follow the tips and attend casual or formal occasions like a diva.

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