Whether you’re heading to brunch, a boardroom meeting or the bar, the pencil skirt is your fast-track to looking polished and put together. Coined the ‘pencil skirt’ due to its slim, long cut, it curves down toward your knees and draws attention to your hips and lower legs creating a gorgeous silhouette. At navabi, our collection of plus size pencil skirts include comfy jersey and soft ribbed knitted styles to sumptuous faux suede and delicate lace. There are also plenty of smart black designs just waiting to be paired with a crisp white shirt and black blazer for wearing to work.
The queen of the pencil skirt
The first person that comes to mind when we think of the pencil skirt is Christina Hendricks’ character Joan in hit TV show Mad Men. Ironically the actress had never owned a pencil skirt until starring in the series, but after looking so sensational in every scene she worn one we will forever link the two. To channel her retro infused style, team a high-waisted pencil skirt with a printed, pussy bow blouse. For extra effect try imitating her signature up do to further channel the Sixties feel.
Working it 9-5
It’s easy to see why the pencil skirt has become a staple of the office wardrobe. Figure-hugging without revealing too much, the pencil skirt strikes exactly the right balance between smart and stylish, making a beautifully feminine alternative to the classic trouser suit for the ultimate professional look. It can also be worn with a variety of tops depending on the season. Lightweight styles like cool cotton shirts and chiffon blouses are perfect in warmer months, while a thin, polo neck knit or cashmere V-neck are just the ticket to stay cosy yet chic in winter.
Making it day friendly
On off-duty days where you don’t fancy wearing jeans, pencil skirts make a glossy alternative. A relaxed printed tee or Breton top tucked into a pencil skirt, finished with a cross body bag and trainers creates an effortless ensemble that won’t have you compromising on comfort. If trainers aren’t your thing, opt for a pair of pointed flats instead.
After dark allure
A pencil skirt and curves are a match made in fashion heaven. High-waisted styles in particular create a sensual silhouette which makes them an alluring option for evening. Black lace and faux leather designs make for a luxe, textural contrast when paired with a silky camisole or blouse (if you fancy more coverage). If you’re in the mood for something bolder, a red or fuchsia block coloured number styled with pin thin stilettos will add instant impact.
If you want to make the most of your waist, simply highlight it further with the help of a belt. You’ll need to go for one that contrasts with both the colour of your top and skirt to make sure it really stand outs. Slightly worn, brown leather designs look great with casual pencil skirts like khaki and denim. For something a bit more special go for an embellished or patent style, just be conscious of pairing either with a pencil skirt that’s fussy detail wise around the middle. Less is more in this case.