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October 23, 2012

6 Tips To Wear A Pencil Skirt

Xhilaration lace pencil skirt, Jason Wu for Target handbag, LA fashion blog, Los Angeles style
how to wear a pencil skirt, Xhilaration lace pencil skirt, sequin collar necklace, Jason Wu for Target handbag, LA fashion blog, Los Angeles style
Xhilaration lace pencil skirt, Jason Wu for Target handbag, LA fashion blog, Los Angeles style
mint green sweater, sequin collar necklace, Jason Wu for Target handbag, LA fashion blog, Los Angeles style

H&M sequin collar, Mossimo sweater, Xhilaration skirt, Jason Wu for Target handbag, and Shiekh pumps (similar)

I'm going for a decidedly more ladylike look with this combination that I wear so rarely - a pencil skirt and pumps. Being petite, a pencil skirt only works for me with pumps. I have found that boots, flats, and any heels that are too strappy can visually shorten my legs. Here are some tips I've learned about how to wear a pencil skirt:

Do opt for the right length. From slightly above to slightly below the knee is the most flattering hemline. Mid-calf styles can be unflattering if they end at the widest part of the calf. 

Don't forget about the right footwear. Ankle boots, kitten heels, ballet flats, or knee boots work well for taller ladies, while sleek heels or pumps that elongate the leg are best for petite women. I prefer pumps with 4" to 5" heels. 

Do get the right fit. Too tight and the skirt will ride up. Too loose and it won't show off your shape.

Don't hide your waist. Tuck in that top or sweater (and consider adding a belt) to create a leaner line and highlight your waist.

Do choose fun prints and on-trend details to express yourself and bring character to your pencil skirt. This season, peplums, digital prints, leather, and lace are prominent trends that can be found at a variety of price points.

Don't think that pencil skirts are for stuffy office dress codes. Dress them up for night with a sparkly top, patent heels, or a moto jacket. Dress them down with a soft pullover, drapey tee, chambray shirt (tucked in, of course) or a denim jacket.

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