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A classic piece that can easily transition into just about any style, the pencil skirt is not only a great wardrobe staple but it’s also the perfect project for beginners. Check out one of our favorite pencil skirt patterns and 3 different ways you can create and style yours to make it truly your own!

At the Office

A solid pencil skirt is a must have for any wardrobe. It’s a great office-ready piece that can be paired with just about anything, from a printed top to a structured blazer to a chunky sweater – providing you with endless styling possibilities.

Watch by Fossil, earrings by Anita Ko, top by Dries Van Noten, tassel loafer by Rochas, gold bangles by Lee Angel, black bangles from JC Penny, skirt from Topshop, jacket from Maison Scotch.

Dinner & Drinks

A printed pencil skirt is a serious attention grabber. Don’t be afraid to go for a large, eye-popping print – you can offset the bold statement by keeping the rest of your outfit streamlined and neutral. Or, take it over the top and pair your printed skirt with a printed top – there really are no set boundaries.

Turtleneck from J. Crew, jacket by Burberry, boots by Alexander Wang, skirt by Givenchy, socks by Fogal, stack rings by House of Harlow, gold pendant by Max and Chloe, bag by Chloé, gloves from Zara.

Saturday with Friends

It’s their curve hugging shape that makes pencil skirts an inherently sexy piece of clothing. They don’t have to scream seduction all the time though. Pair a sturdy suede skirt with laid back basics to put a fun and casual spin on the style.

Chambray shirt from Madewell, faux fur trapper hat by Albertus Swanepoel, boots from Rag & Bone, socks from Fat Face, cape by Gro á Live, skirt by JITROIS.


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    Mar 10, 2012, 01.18 PMby purplehaze

    i love pencil skirts! I have just turned 30 and starting to appreciate the classiness and sexiness and timelessness of this style of skirt its not just for office workers and my mum! i cut up one of my tops last week and resewed the sides to fit me and voila had a pull on pencil skirt no waistband needed it was a stretch fabric. definitly gonna try more patterns and colours!

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    Dec 19, 2011, 08.51 PMby Leah Heta


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    Dec 2, 2011, 10.32 PMby unahowe

    I went rummaging one day and came across a pencil skirt pattern: Simplicity #5259 I love all the combination.

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    Dec 2, 2011, 02.41 AMby carluchi

    I want that suede skirt so bad!!!

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    Nov 30, 2011, 10.31 PMby kidiki

    Does anyone have a pattern recommendation for a pencil skirt?

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    Nov 29, 2011, 11.26 PMby svoebel

    A metallic silk tweed similar to that used in the Alice and Olivia Wilhemina Metallic Tweed Jacket will do well in a pencil skirt. I bought a similar fabric several years ago from Shamash & Sons (NY). Will post when finished! This pattern will probably do well in an animal print microfiber as well — or an underlined and lined silky animal print (must have body). Very versatile with boots or heels and a sweater.

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    Nov 29, 2011, 12.38 AMby neama

    I LOVE pencil skirts – they suit my curvy figure perfectly, and pull in the tummy! Thanks Burda….:) Inspirational, as always

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    Nov 27, 2011, 02.20 AMby ndimi

    Great suggestions, thanks.

    I’d have liked to see some people wearing the outfits suggested. Flat boots with a pencil skirt… nope, can’t picture it. To me, pencil skirts and heels, whether kitten or siren, is the way to go.

    That said, pencil skirts are lovely. So elegant, so easy. :)

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    Nov 26, 2011, 01.26 PMby Sewing And Style

    that is exactly my plan for the next few weeks! PENCIL SKIRTS!!!! In all kinds)))))) This pattern is great, but if you like a higher waste -also a good one by Burda Magazine 2/2011 model 107

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    Nov 26, 2011, 12.59 PMby postmodest

    oh yes, printed pencil skirt is what I neeeeeed.

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