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Friday, March 30th 2012

Straight & Narrow: How to Wear a Pencil Skirt

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Hugging curves in all the right places, the pencil skirt has dominated the workplace since its origins out of the fabric rationing of WWII. Loved by everyone from Joan Holloway to Carine Roitfeld, its continued popularity is a testament to style’s classic shape and flattering silhouette.

Adding a pencil skirt to your workwear wardrobe is a simple way to double, even triple, the number of outfits in your 9-to-5 rotation. Wear it with a bold Equipment blouse muted by a neutral Theory blazer. For a more casual look, layer a soft, cashmere sweater over your favorite button-down. A sequined, cropped jacket draws attention to the trim waist created by the skirt, and also brings a bit of sparkle to the office. But, the best thing about a pencil skirt is the quick transition from day to night. Throw on a playful peep-toe pump, add a statement ring, and you are ready to ditch the conference calls for cocktails.

--Libby S.

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