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Update Your Wardrobe with a Pencil Skirt

Pencil skirts are an attractive choice for many women because they are a close fit and can be considered very slimming. These wonderful skirts are a wardrobe staple and are made to hug your figure, following your natural silhouette. A shorter pencil skirt can elongate your shape and accentuate your legs. Classic and stylish, pencil skirts, also known as business skirts, are a great choice for your professional wardrobe and look right at home in a business setting.

Pencil Skirt Outfit Ideas

Pencil skirts are fashionable and look great with different styles of top. If you choose a high-waisted pencil skirt that's reminiscent of the 1950s, a stylish choice is a blouse that can be tucked into the skirt. This outfit creates an optical illusion that makes your legs look longer because it appears that your legs extend up to your natural waist. This look works especially well for women with long torsos. Since a pencil skirt fits so close to the body, you can choose a loose and flowy blouse to balance out the slim skirt, or opt for a close-fitting sleeveless top for an all-over sleek look. These looks work well in a monochrome palette, or top off a black pencil skirt with a colorful blouse in an orange or red shade.

Lengths of Pencil Skirts

Pencil skirts come in varying lengths. Generally, you'll find three: right above the knee, at the knee, and below the knee. The length you choose will largely depend on what you'll wear with it. If you choose a skirt that goes below your knees, you'll want to wear heels with it, especially if you wear it with a long top. Longer pencil skirts like this can shorten the appearance of your legs, so wearing heels helps counteract this. A shorter pencil skirt goes very well with flats. Pencil skirts in muted tones are a traditional choice, but a brighter skirt can liven up your look.

Pencil Skirt Types & Colors

The fun thing about pencil skirts is they're not just one style. The typical pencil skirt outfit is a simple form-fitting skirt with a high waist, but there are lots of variations beyond this. You'll find options for skirts with lace accents, slits, sheer panels, and more. These details help to add more to the skirts than the usual plain design. Classic pencil skirts are typically dark colors or neutrals, but modern variations come in bright colors, prints, or stripes.

Choose a solid color skirt with texturing, such as lace and satin, or go for a skirt with a pattern or printed design. There are animal print skirts, ones with paisley designs, and floral pencil skirts as well. A basic pencil skirt with a ruffled hem adds interest to the outfit. Update your work wardrobe with a pencil skirt this season. With so many skirts to choose from at JCPenney, you're sure to find one that will complement your current wardrobe nicely, or build a whole new look.

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