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The pencil skirt is one of the most timeless silhouettes, with countless ways to wear it beyond the boardroom. Our #WeTheCurvy columnist, Meredith Shaw, shows us how to make this tailored skirt work for everyone’s curves.
If I told you a single garment could make you feel smart, sexy and powerful, you’d buy it in every colour, right? This piece isn’t a fairy tale; it’s the pencil skirt. By definition, it’s slim-fitting—but here’s the secret: Curves look best when defined by trim shapes. Look for fabrics that hold their form, and always buy the size that fits your hips; nipping the skirt in at the waist is an easy alteration.
The pencil skirt: We love this Michel Studio double-knit pencil skirt (sizes 12 to 26) from Addition Elle because of its sleek style details and perfect blue hue. Michel Studio skirt, $72, additionelle.com.
Blazer, $250, lisettel.ca. Blouse, $99, penningtons.com. Earrings, carolineneron.com. Bracelet, swarovski.com. Clutch and Shoes,
Take some style inspiration from Mad Men’s Joan Holloway; the pencil skirt celebrates femininity while communicating total power. Give the blouse a makeover by tying the front in a knot; this styling trick shows your shape while still providing some drape.
Love & Legend Vest, $78, and booties, additionelle.com. T-shirt, $30, hm.com/ca. Earrings, bananarepublic.ca. Scarf, rw-co.com. Rings, bananarepublic.ca.
Give the sophisticated shape a casual esthetic by teaming it with a rocker tee and a distressed denim vest. This look is a great example of learning to shop your closet: The most unlikely combinations make the biggest style statements.
Michel Studio Sweater, $72, additionelle.com. Earrings, carolineneron.com. Watch, bulova.com. Booties, marshalls.ca.
A confident woman in a well-tailored pencil skirt can only evoke a positive reaction. Look for a skirt with details like studs, zippers or sequins, then don that narrow pencil shape with a glittering thin-knit sweater and coordinating booties for an extra-glam night out.
Banded pencil skirt (sizes 2 to 20), $153, josephribkoff.com. Floral pencil skirt (sizes XXS to XXL), $50, lechateau.com. Lord & Taylor pencil skirt (sizes 14 to 24), $70, thebay.com.
This silhouette is one that surpasses time and trend. Here are a few fab styles available in extended sizes.