This year, all we want for Christmas is a whole new work wardrobe. We know, we know, it's quite the lofty request, but we always feel our best when we're dressed to impress at the office. However, for the sake of reality (and Santa's wallet!), we're setting our sights on simply updating a classic, that's already in heavy rotation. We're talking about the pencil skirt — it's a true essential for the 9-to-5'er, but it can easily start to feel a little, well, overdone.
So, to keep our sartorial spirits high, we've come up with three fresh new ways to style the go-to, for everything from your morning commute to a late-night dinner. We've reached deep into our sartorial pockets to bring you these lookers, and we guarantee you'll turn heads for all the right reasons. Now, the only thing left to do is start crafting the rest of that wish list.
We're constantly resisting the urge to wear our gym sneaks on the way to work, but wedge sneakers are the ultimate salvation. Not only do they give you the chicest, easiest commute ever, but they give a pencil skirt a bit of casual-cool edge. Throw on a blazer and a pulled-together tote, and you're ready to face the day.
BDG Quarter-Strap High-Top Wedge Sneaker, $79, available at Urban Outfitters; AllSaints Valkyrie Tuxedo Blazer, $375, available at Topshop; R29 Exclusive Grace Coddington T-Shirt, $25, available at R29 Shops; Tibi Techno Foil Pencil Skirt, $435, available at Tibi; Dooney & Bourke Janine Bag, $216, available at Dooney & Bourke; ModCloth Statement of The Art Necklace, $39.99, available at ModCloth.
Layers On Layers
That's right, pencil skirts aren't just for buttoned-up boardrooms anymore. Throw a vest on to show your rock-'n'-roll side — but keep the rest of your 'fit classic and pulled together.
Tibi Techno Foil Pencil Skirt, $435, available at Tibi; Bauble Bar Gold Laurel Cuff, $58, available at Bauble Bar; Topshop Oversize Diamante Shirt, $84, available at Topshop; Michael Michael Kors Washed-Leather Biker Vest, $425, available at Net-A-Porter; Loeffler Randall Rider Bag, $550, available at Loeffler Randall; Mia Daphne Boots, $79, available at Piperlime.
Sweatshirts are back in a big way this season, and they've gone high fashion. Topping off your look with this chic crewneck is a great way to stay ahead of the style game, and keep yourself from feeling too stuffy.
Club Monaco Katie Bag, $149.50, available at Shopbop; Preen Poppy Stripe Cropped Sweat Top, $582, available at Matches; Tibi Techno Foil Pencil Skirt, $435, available at Tibi; Lulu Frost Demeter Earring, $180, available at Lulu Frost; Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, $8.99, available at Ulta; ASOS Prior Pointed Heels, $79.16, available at ASOS.