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Women’s Fashion Classics: How to Style a Black Pencil Skirt

Every woman should have a figure-hugging black pencil skirt to call her own. Flattering and in a neutral colour easily thrown together with any fabric in both winter and summer, it’s a worthwhile investment. Its qualities and versatility make it formal when needed, and easy to dress down for those less official occasions. On the high street look towards Zara, Mango and Jaeger to get you sorted, or vintage loving ladies should head to their local vintage boutique or online vintage store to dig up some genuine 50s – 60s classics à la Mad Men or Pan Am.


Team your pencil skirt with a low cut blouse in a vibrant colour to attract just the right amount of attention from colleagues and customers. Vintage fashionistas should pick out a 70s style pussy bow blouse. Coloured tights are a great way to jazz up your outfit too. Choose dark purples or greens for a classy, work-appropriate look. For very formal occasions throw in a fitted blazer and pair of patent court shoes. If you work in a more relaxed environment, make do with a cardigan with button or bow detailing and leather pumps or loafers. To further stand out, make sure you choose textured fabrics to wear with your simple black skirt. The simplicity of the outfit also means you can get away with wearing more accessories. Tie a flirty scarf around your neck or highlight your femininity by wearing a waist-cinching belt. Top the outfit off with a classic trench coat for a Parisian chic result. In winter months, knee-length leather boots are great worn with a pencil skirt and coat.

Nights Out

A black pencil skirt can take you from work to bar in a mere instant. Just swap your blouse for a comfortable tank top with lace or sequined detailing for an eye-catching look. Go for tights in a brighter colour or racy lace design. Refresh your make-up and you’re good to go. For chillier evenings add an edgy cropped jacket.

Events and Special Occasions

A black pencil skirt is perfectly suited to wear as an outfit basic for different kinds of events. For casual gettogethers pair it with a fitted but stretchy jersey top tucked in or hanging over the waistline. Choose a long-sleeved top for chillier weather, and a short-sleeved one for warm. You can get away with adding many accessories to jazz up the classic look. Dangly earrings look fab, as do brooches. Seek vintage accessories for an edgy and unique image.

For special occasions choose tops in fabrics like silk or velvet to add a touch of class to your ensemble. Black tops work well teamed with pearl or gold accessories. Sleek tights and high heels make for a super sexy finish.


Tight-fitting skirts may not be the best choice for slouching around the house or outdoor activities, fair enough, but they can be worn to go out shopping or catching up with friends over lunch or afternoon tea. Team your skirt with a woollen jumper for a casual look. Choose from a simple textured version in a block colour or a cute patterned vintage piece. In colder climates wear opaque tights. Or, instead of a wooly jumper, go for a simple jersey and add in textured tights to the mix. Shoe-wise choose simple flats or even plimsolls for a comfortable retro touch.

For the best results mix new and old. Don’t buy just any black pencil skirt, rather spend time looking for something that’s just right for you.

Aida Lelde