Business chic: Sexy pencil skirts

Just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean you have to look and feel frumpy. Keep up your chic look this fall with these sexy pencil skirts.

Zara skirtFun with frills

Of course you want to look professional at the office, but professional doesn’t have to mean boring. A pencil skirt with a frill can be the perfect combination of work attire that still lets you show your personality. This skirt from Zara, for example, has a beautiful work-appropriate fabric and shape with an added flair that lets you have some fun at the same time (zara.com, $80). So everyone wins!

H&M skirtFor night and day

Let’s face it: Versatile pieces are the name of the game when you’re trying to get the most bang for your fashion buck, and the right pencil skirt can take you a long way. This skirt from H&M, when worn with tights and work shoes, is perfect for the office (hm.com, $35). Then throw away the tights, strap on some stilettos, and you’re ready for happy hour! This fabulous skirt is big on style without the big price tag. You’ll find it’ll become a new staple piece in your wardrobe.

Old Navy skirtThe casual look

For the most part, pencil skirts are designed to be top-of-the-line in terms of helping women look professional. But they can also be relaxed and casual when done right. Consider getting something along the lines of this double-button denim pencil skirt from Old Navy for those “dress-down Fridays” or coffee with friends (oldnavy.gap.com, $28). It’s the ideal skirt to feel feminine without being overdressed.

Forever 21 skirtA little bit of edge

Depending on the event you’re getting ready for, you may be able to go a little edgier with your look. If that’s the case, try out a piece with a bit of faux leather, faux suede or animal print worked in. Something along the lines of this ponte and faux leather pencil skirt from Forever 21 is funky and fun (canada.forever21.com, $22). Look for a piece in a neutral shade so you can wear it in a variety of combinations.

Gap skirt

Keeping it simple

Clearly there are plenty of ways to have fun with the pencil style. But the one pencil skirt every woman needs is a plain old black one. When worn with a colourful blouse, fitted blazer and some choice jewellery pieces, a black pencil skirt creates a sophisticated look that can’t be beat. The stretchy fabric and elegant cut of this ponte pencil skirt from Gap is a great option (gapcanada.ca, $60). Without a doubt, this simple piece will go a long way.

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