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Fashion: Sarah Stright-Hartley

May 21, 2014

Sarah Stright Hartley: A versatile pencil skirt is never No. 2

NEW CASTLE — If there is one skirt that can always go from day to night, it's definitely the pencil skirt.

Wear it to the office to take charge of a business meeting, wear it at night on a date, and wear it in-between for a casual, but put-together, look.  Since it's spring and all, my favorite pencil skirts are bold floral ones. I love the one to the right and decided to throw it together for three different scenarios to show you how versatile the style can be.

Casual — The first look can be great for running errands, or going out for lunch. To make the skirt casual, pair it with a fun graphic T-shirt like this Vogue one. Add to that a statement necklace and bright wedges that echo a color in the floral pattern. For chilly days, just add a cropped jean jacket. Cute, casual, and totally polished.

Professional — The most obvious place to wear a pencil skirt is to the office. But a bold pattern like this can brighten up a dark office. Take color cues from the skirt itself and wear a pretty coral blouse and then top it off with a graphic black and white blazer. This makes your outfit very cool but also professional, especially when paired with simple, neutral accessories like the shoes and bag.

Date — My favorite way to wear a pencil skirt is for date night. Because of the cut of a pencil skirt, it's a curve hugger that is perfect for a night out. For spring, try it with a cropped top. Since the skirt itself is high waisted, you'll only show a sliver of skin which reads as mysterious and ultra sexy. A fitted leather jacket in a light color and simple accessories let the skirt be the star of the show.

What do you think of pencil skirts? Are they a "must" for every woman?


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