These sleek pencil skirts will make getting dressed for the office a breeze.

By Rebecca Carhart
February 13, 2019
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The pencil skirt is considered a classic wardrobe staple for a reason. Not only is the silhouette ridiculously flattering on basically every body type, but the pencil skirt style  has a way of looking feminine, professional, and sexy, all at the same time. It’s also incredibly versatile—with the right accessories, you can easily transition the sleek skirt from the office to after-work drinks.

Black and plaid pencil skirts are always in style, but if you’re looking to put a modern twist on a timeless design, there are plenty of options available that feature high-fashion touches—think romantic ruffles, eye-catching prints, and contemporary fabrics. These special details will make a classic skirt feel fresh and exciting, while the figure-flattering silhouette can help you achieve a longer and leaner look.  

But with so many options available, it can feel overwhelming to sift through them all—so to help you out, we’ve rounded up 13 pencil skirts that are so chic they’ll instantly give your work wardrobe an upgrade. Whether you’re looking for a sultry leather pencil skirt, a sophisticated tweed option, or a trendy denim pencil skirt, there’s something for everyone on this list. Keep reading to find the perfect pencil skirt that’s bound to become your new favorite.

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This plaid pencil skirt from Halogen is the perfect pencil skirt for work. The elegant black and white colorway will pair perfectly with your other office wardrobe essentials. What’s more, the tweed fabric will add more texture to your look, and the high-waisted silhouette can make you appear taller.

To buy: $47 (orig. $79); nordstrom.com.

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Girly girls will love this red lace pencil skirt by J.Crew. It’s fitted with an elasticized waistband for added comfort, and the slit at the back means you can easily move around without restriction. The bold skirt will pair perfectly with practically every top you already have hanging in your closet, including sweaters, denim button-ups, and silky shell tops.

To buy: $100; net-a-porter.com.

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The high slit on this faux leather pencil skirt by Topshop puts a sultry spin on an otherwise modest look. Layer with a pair of tights and a fitted turtleneck in the colder months, then  wear it with bare legs and a silk blouse when the weather gets warmer.

To buy: $60; nordstrom.com.

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We love this denim pencil skirt by Joseph because the black denim material gives it a simple, casual look. This versatile piece features trendy accents like tonal button fastenings and a slit down the front, along with curved seams that flatter your shape.

To buy: $275; net-a-porter.com.

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We’re obsessed with the fun print and high-fashion ruffle on this chic Max Mara pencil skirt. The cool, modern accents make this classic silhouette look fresh and current, while the below-the-knee length keeps it office appropriate.

To buy: $695; nordstrom.com.

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We love this ASOS pencil skirt because even though it looks neat and polished, it’s actually made with a comfortable sweatpant material that’ll keep you nice and cozy. The classic grey color gives it a formal feel, while the white side stripes add a modern touch.

To buy: $48; asos.com.

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Looking for a fitted, cheap pencil skirt that’ll show off your figure? Try this premium stretch option by Hybrid & Company. The flattering skirt is machine washable and comes in a variety of different prints and colors.

To buy: $20; amazon.com.

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This sleek option from St. John Collection is a great professional pencil skirt. It hits just below the knee and isn’t as tight as other options, making it appropriate for the office. We also love that the light tan skirt has a soft metallic shimmer, as it adds dimension to the pretty piece.

To buy: $595; nordstrom.com.

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How pretty is the fluted hemline on this Kate Kasin pencil skirt? The flirty hem adds a fun, feminine touch to the bodycon skirt.

To buy: $19; amazon.com.

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In the market for a sleek plus-size pencil skirt? We recommend this slightly-stretchy crepe option by Universal Standard. The flattering skirt is perfect to wear in and out of the office, and comes in sizes ranging from 14 to 32.

To buy: $100; nordstrom.com.

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This pretty pink option by ASOS is great because the long pencil skirt can really help to elongate your figure and make you appear taller. The stretchy, high-waisted skirt is perfect for tackling the boardroom but is also elegant enough to wear to formal events.

To buy: $32; asos.com.

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This faux leather pencil skirt by Spanx may look like a basic pencil skirt, but it’s actually designed to work like shapewear. The slip-on skirt features a subtle control top that comfortably hugs your body.

To buy: $118; zappos.com.

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This plus-size pencil skirt from ASOS Curve is the perfect addition to any work wardrobe. The timeless navy color makes it office appropriate, but  come five o’clock, you can easily jazz it up for happy hour by adding fun and bold accessories.

To buy: $29; asos.com.