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A black leather pencil skirt seems sexier than a pencil skirt made of fabric, so it's probably a good idea not to wear a leather skirt to work, but save it for other occasions. 02 of 10 10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #2 -- Wear a Pencil Skirt with a Jacket Kardashian mom Kris Jenner wears a burgundy leather jacket with a black pencil skirt. Kevin Winter/Getty Images A second way to wear a pencil skirt is paired with a jacket. It could be a leather jacket, such as the burgundy style worn by petite Kris Jenner pictured above, a jean jacket, or a tailored jacket of a fabric such as wool or linen. For women who have a tummy, wearing a jacket with a pencil skirt is an easy way to hide the tummy and give the wearer a sleeker appearance. 03 of 10 10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #3 -- Wear a Pencil Business Suit Skirt Condoleezza Rice, former US Secretary of State, wears a red suit with a pencil skirt. Chip Somodeville/Getty Images Most skirt suits meant for business attire come with pencil skirts although a few come with other skirt styles, such as the A-line skirt. Wearing a pencil skirt with its matching suit jacket makes a winning combination as business formal attire. 04 of 10 10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #4 -- Wear a Monochromatic Pencil Skirt Fashion model Afef Jnifen appears in a black monochromatic ensemble with a pencil skirt. Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images Wearing a monochromatic ensemble helps the wearer look thinner and taller, good bonuses for petites. Wearing a pencil skirt as part of a monochromatic scheme works well because a pencil skirt has a much sleeker appearance than other types of skirts. For example, a full skirt worn in a monochromatic scheme wouldn't have the same slimming effect that a pencil skirt does. 05 of 10 10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #5 -- Wear a Pencil Skirt with a Sweater Princess Letizia of Spain wears a pencil skirt with a twin sweater set. Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images For a look that works well both in the workplace and for off-duty hours, pair a pencil skirt with a sweater or a sweater set such as the twin set worn by Princess Letizia of Spain pictured above. 06 of 10 10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #6 -- Wear a Pencil Skirt with Boots A model at the Yves Saint-Laurent Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 Fashion Show walks the runway in a pencil skirt, black leather top, and black boots. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Wear a pencil skirt with knee-high boots. To avoid "gaposis," make sure that the hem of the pencil skirt and the top of the boots at least meet. Having a gap between them is a sure way to emphasis a petite woman's short stature, but having the hem of the pencil skirt fall to the top of the boots creates one long vertical line. 07 of 10 10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #7 -- Wear a Print Pencil Skirt Actress Julia Mond appears in a print pencil skirt. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Although pencil skirts of solid colors are great, petites shouldn't believe that a pencil skirt in a solid color is the only option. Petites should avoid huge motifs when selecting a pencil skirt in order to maintain a proportional look. 08 of 10 10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #8 -- Wear a Dark Neutral Pencil Skirt Actress Jurnee Smollett wears a charcoal pencil skirt with a green blouse. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images I often wear a black pencil skirt, and it's easy to rely on black as a go-to color, but a pencil skirt in a dark neutral color, such as the charcoal pencil skirt pictured above, can work just as well as black for the petite woman who has a triangle-shaped figure. 09 of 10 10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #9 -- Wear a Pencil Skirt with a Dressy Top A model in Australia walks the runway in a gold evening skirt with lace top. Matt King/Getty Images) Pencil skirts can be worn for special occasions, such as a cocktail party. Combine a dressy pencil skirt with an evening top, such as the lace top pictured above, and you're all set for a night on the town. 10 of 10 10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #10 -- Wear an Evening Suit with a Pencil Skirt Queen Silvia of Sweden wear a dressy evening suit with a pencil skirt. Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Another way to wear a pencil skirt for special occasions is as part of an evening suit. Here Queen Silvia of Sweden wears a dressy, gray silk shantung suit with flattering vertical seaming on the pencil skirt and sparkling crystal beading on the jacket.