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The Hunt: Stylish Pencil Skirts

stylish pencil skirts for workSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Ladies, here’s something we haven’t talked about in far too long: which are the most stylish pencil skirts for work? I’ve heard the J.Crew No. 2 pencil skirt is on the upswing (reviewers note it’s more similar to older versions of the skirt), and the old reader favorite, Halogen’s pencil skirt, is still getting positive reviews even after the design change — but otherwise it seems very much to be an open field right now.  Do you prefer pencil skirts in solid neutrals or suiting fabrics — or do you find colorful pencil skirts to be an easy way to inject fun to your working wardrobe?  Do you prefer midi skirts or A-line skirts these days? Which are your favorites?

We’ve rounded up some of our favorites on the market right now — and ooh boy are there some good sales. First, some specialty groups:

Curious for our last discussion on the best pencil skirts? Check it out here.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Luxe Flannel Pencil Skirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Luxe Flannel Pencil SkirtOooh: Classic. Great ladylike length, nice discreet side slit, and made of a comfy wool/spandex flannel? Sign me up. The skirt is $129 at Talbots, available in Baccara Rose (pictured), sand, brown, black, and gray. Luxe flannel pencil skirt

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: No. 2 pencil skirt in double-serge wool

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. Many thanks to this week’s TPS guest poster, Stephanie from Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle.

No. 2 pencil skirt in double-serge woolI like to think of the past few years as the J.Crew renaissance. After a few years of ho-hum clothes, they are suddenly turning out styles so perfect that big name designer boutiques are now stocking capsule J.Crew lines. How crazy is that? Jenna Lyons, J.Crew’s President and Executive Creative Director, deserves a retail gold medal.

And, really, we’re all the winners in J.Crew resurgence. The stylish, yet affordable, professional options from J.Crew just keep getting better. One of my absolute favorite pieces from the new Fall collection is the J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt. This skirt is so well thought out that it’s practically impossible to find a single style fault with it. The double-serge wool construction is substantial enough for winter wear and will smooth out little figure flaws without the aid of your trusty Spanx. The length is great for the office and exceptionally flattering. Plus, it comes in 6 of those rich, beautiful colors that J.Crew is known for — from basic black and acorn (a neutral beige) to vibrant flame and spicy gold.

I love the look of a well-made pencil skirt paired with a simple, solid color button down shirt. But, this iconic skirt shape also pairs well with sweaters, shells and blazers for the office. I’m sure many of you already have a go-to black pencil skirt, so why not pick up this skirt in a color to pair with neutral shirts and sweaters this Fall? The No. 2 Pencil Skirt is available for $120.00 at J.Crew. No. 2 pencil skirt in double-serge wool

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Leopard Jacquard Pencil Skirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. This week, we welcome guest poster Becki Singer of Shopping’s My Cardio.

Leopard Jacquard Pencil Skirt - bebeBLACKThis just goes to show there’s fashion everywhere. Not in a million years would I normally suggest Bebe for anything, really, much less work-ready fashion. But this jacquard pencil skirt is exactly what I’m after this season. Printed pants are all the rage, but they’re tricky to pull off, especially at the office. This print is subtle with substance, the silhouette is as classic as it gets, and the navy/black palette can’t help but be closet-friendly. Pair it with mushroom, pink, or a rich emerald green, and you’ll have an unexpected wardrobe workhorse. This is also a great piece to use for your first pattern-mixing attempt. Add a zigzag or a tribal print in the same color family, and you’re instantly a trendsetter. It’s $129 at Bebe. Leopard Jacquard Pencil Skirt – bebeBLACK

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Bengaline Tab Front Pencil Skirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. Today’s guest post is from Capitol Hill Style. Thank you for guest posting this week, Belle!

ASOS Tailored Bengaline Tab Front Pencil SkirtThere is nothing like the look of a crisp blouse tucked into a simple black skirt. Unfortunately, keeping the blouse from shifting during the day can be a bit of a chore.

This tab-front skirt from Asos ($43) has an elastic waistband to keep the skirt in place. I’d wear it with a pair of Spanx (to ensure a body-conscious fit that flatters), a light grey button down, and a black statement necklace. It would also look fabulous with a pair of tights and black booties. ASOS Tailored Bengaline Tab Front Pencil Skirt

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: ‘Femme’ Pencil Skirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Rebecca Taylor 'Femme' Pencil SkirtNordstrom has a few Rebecca Taylor pencil skirts on sale today. I’m liking this “femme” pencil skirt, which has a ruffled flounce in the back and has some nice seam detailing. Was $225, now marked to $129.90. Rebecca Taylor ‘Femme’ Pencil Skirt


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