Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work 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.
We haven’t done a hunt for pencil skirts in too long — what are your favorite pencil skirts for work these days, ladies? (Are you Team A-Line, Team Pencil, Team Dress, or Team Pants?) I’ve always been a fan of pencil skirts as a great structured basic — pair it with a low heel or sleek flat, pretty much any kind of top (blouse, fancy tee, pullover, cardigan) and a necklace or two and you’re good to go. If bare legs are OK at your office (know your office) then Jockey slipshorts or Spanx are great to wear beneath them — meanwhile check out our favorite tights for work as the weather gets colder. (We also have a Guide to Pantyhose, should you need them for interviews, very formal/big days, or if you just prefer pantyhose!) An important note on pencil skirts: don’t forget to cut the vents! Many pencil skirts come with a slit in the back, side, or front; this may be sewn shut with a loose little criss-crossed stitch.
These are some of the pencil skirts for work that we’re loving now — we’d love to hear your favorites!
|Old Navy’s ponte collection is full of great basics. They may not be as thick as the ponte you’ll find elsewhere — and they may not last as long as more expensive versions — but as far as style, structure, and price point, they’re a great basic if you’re building a work wardrobe with no money. The pictured skirt comes in 5 colors, sizes XXS-XXL, and today is marked to $20. Ponte-Knit Pencil Skirt for Women|
|This scuba skirt has been around for years, and it’s always a top seller at Macy’s, coming back again and again in fun colors and prints. While it’s $59 full price, it’s often marked below $40 — before you even get to coupons and so forth. It comes in regular, petite and plus sizes, and is machine washable. Alfani Scuba Skirt|
|J.Crew’s No. 2 pencil skirt is a classic — but let’s talk for a second about the best-selling pencil skirt in double-serge cotton at J.Crew Factory, where a lot of more traditional J.Crew basics seems to live. They’re regularly priced $69 (today on sale for $35 in 7 colors), come in petite and regular sizes 00-20, and in general are a great basic. Word on the street is that J.Crew is going to get a “refresh” in September, so we’ll see what becomes of the No. 2 pencil skirt — right now there are very limited sizes and colors left. Pencil skirt in double-serge cotton|
|This ponte knit skirt from Vince Camuto has been a best-seller at Nordstrom and Zappos for years; like the Alfani skirt it’s a pull-on style. We’re picturing it in plus sizes, but it also comes in regular sizes; both are on sale as part of the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Vince Camuto Ponte Knit Skirt|
|The Martha Skirt at Boden is always a great option if you’re looking for a fun print — it comes in petite, regular and long sizes 2-18. It’s regularly $110, but right now it’s marked to $55-$66 depending on color. (Nordstrom also has one print, full price at $110.) (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!) Pictured: Martha Skirt|
|There are a lot of nice splurge options for pencil skirts, but in terms of “classics” I’d probably go for this one: the high-waisted pencil skirt from Black Halo. The below the knee length can be difficult to style with flats, but with heels it’s a no brainer — and the high waistline makes for a super sleek silhouette. It’s $230 at ShopBop, Amazon, and others. (Other options for a splurgey but classic pencil skirt: St. John and Armani.) Pictured: High Waisted Pencil Skirt|
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