Pencil Skirt Styling Tips

Last week, I did a post on pencil skirts. A few of you mentioned being admirers not wearers and I am hoping to change your minds! Also, Jessica asked if I could help with some ideas on what to wear a pencil skirt with, as she has gotten back into form after baby #5. (Hooray!)

Here are a few different ideas:

{1, 2, 3, 4}

America Ferrera's colored top has the most beautiful neckline, which draws attention to her beautiful face!

Angelina Jolie's blousy top is cinched with a thin tonal belt. This can give shape to a thick middle without calling attention to it.

Victoria Beckham knows how to rock a pencil skirt! Here she pairs it with a fitted button-up (the classic pencil skirt combination).

From J.Crew is an offbeat pairing of tweed pencil skirt and graphic tee. I may not make this exact pairing, but I love the idea of wearing a simple tee (or possibly an embellished one) tucked into a pencil skirt.

Here are a few tops to pair with pencils:

1 - Upper Lattice Woven Top - Forever 21 - $22.80
2 - Striped Jersey Blouse - Tulle - $16.00 (Orig. $40.00)
3 - Long Sleeve Oxford - Shade - $36.50
4 - Watercolor Graphic Tee - Old Navy - $14.50

Also, don't forget your body shape. If you are a pear (not sure?, click here to find out), you need to keep a few things in mind. Your hips and thighs are the widest part of your body, and you don't want to draw too much attention to that. Wear a bit of volume and color on top to draw the eye up. Also, make sure your skirt doesn't cut in too much at the hem. You want a skirt that is more straight, or one that actually flairs a bit at the bottom.

What's your favorite way to wear a pencil skirt? Leave a comment!

Thanks for reading, and as always,

Happy Shopping!


  1. i love angie j.'s look. i could buy that and wear it home. except, i've never even tried on a pencil skirt.


  2. I love the first two- America & Angelina. I don't own a pencil skirt- maybe it's time to get one since they seem to be everywhere!

  3. you could always pair a nice blazer over the top with a belt to cover a waist or bulge you're not wanting to show off. i love pencil skirts i wear them all. the. time. i tuck everything in and wear lots of belts, cardigans and blazers.

  4. this is an awesome post! thank you so much. I love pencil skirts. Look for more textured ones, tweeds, etc.

  5. Yes I LOVE this post! I think partly because I love pencil skirts. Thanks for the different styling ideas!

  6. I love Angelina's look here. So chic. I really need a new pencil skirt. These are fantastic!


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