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Pencil Perfect | Three Timeless Ways to Style Your Pencil Skirt

3 fashionable ways to wear a pencil skirt from Shabby Apple CEO, Athelia LeSueur.

Versatility is a girl's best friend- especially when it comes to pieces in her wardrobe. That's why we think a great pencil skirt (or two, or three) is a must-have piece for any closet. Too often relegated to an 8-to-5 time slot, the pencil skirt is also one of your best after hour's assets. Timeless, resourceful and classic-yet-cool; the pencil skirt works perfectly for daytime or date time. It's no wonder why style icons like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Jacque Kennedy have donned this feminine silhouette for decades. We think they were on to something...

Wondering how to wear a pencil skirt? Try these simple styles for event-appropriate looks that wow:


The Casual Weekend: For the perfect daytime look, try pairing your pencil skirt with your favorite pair of casual sneakers, an un-tucked solid or graphic tee and sunglasses. An un-tucked tee and sneakers will create a more relaxed silhouette. Pick a cotton pencil skirt that doesn't have too much structure. Solid colors and large patterns work well to help create an out-and-about look. Make sure to keep your clothes loose fitting and comfortable, so you enjoy your day around the city, running errands or playing with your kids. For cold weather days add a cropped jacket, boots and a scarf with a laid-back print. To finish off your casual-cool weekend style, toss your hair into a loose pony or leave it down. Loose and natural hairstyles add the perfect finishing touch.


The Weekday Woman: You've got a lot to do during the week: work, school meetings and lunch dates- just to name a few. You need a wardrobe piece that will take you through your week in style and comfort. A structured pencil skirt paired with a sophisticated blouse is perfect for days with a long To-Do List. Pick a solid colored skirt that you can pair with your favorite blouse or pick a skirt with a pattern you love so that when the days gets hectic- you will have a perfect pattern to brighten your day. Small patterned prints work best for a work-wear appropriate looks. Choose a high-waisted pencil skirt and tuck in your blouse for a look that is just right for weekdays. Pair your structured pencil skirt with wedges or heels for work and flats for meetings out-and-about. Adding classic jewelry pieces like colorful earrings and bracelets will help you bring out your own unique style. Up-do hairstyles or soft curls work great for the workplace and lunch meetings.


Date Night Goddess: Congratulations! It's Friday! And, it's time to celebrate with a date night. The sexy silhouette of a pencil skirt is perfect for your big night. Sleek lines and a flattering fit will help you look and feel your best. Choose a bold colored skirt for your evening; red, black or metallic are perfect get-noticed choices. Large scale, geometric patterns are also a great option for a night out. Date night is an opportunity to play with patterns and colors. Mix and match your favorites until you find just the right look. Pair with a cropped leather jacket, heels and chandelier earrings (or a statement necklace) for the perfect finish. If it's a casual date, try pairing with an airy tank and strappy sandals. A modern up-do, high ponytail or loose curls are perfect for a night under the stars. XOXO.

It's pretty simple to understand why the pencil skirt has been a timeless wardrobe staple since the 1940s- for women all over the world. Its flattering silhouette and versatility just can't be beat. If you don't own a pencil skirt, invest in one now! (You can thank us later.) To begin your collection, buy a solid color or small-scale print pencil skirt so you can mix and match your tees, blouses, heels and sneakers for the perfect event-appropriate look.

Pairing your pencil skirt with other simple pieces in your closet to create looks that are versatile and stunning really is quite easy. And there is no doubt- that's part of the charm of a pencil skirt. Just pull out your ever-stylish pencil skirt and mix and match it with your other favorite wardrobe pieces. Following these few simple guidelines will help you create casual, work-wear or date night silhouettes and help you to transform your pencil skirt from daytime to date time- in no time. Don't be afraid to mix up your style with a timeless-yet-modern pencil skirt. You'll be looking so smart!

Athelia LeSueur is a wife, mother and the CEO of She created Shabby Apple to empower women with vintage-inspired clothing appropriate for the workplace.