10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt

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10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #1 -- Wear a Leather Pencil Skirt

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Actress Angelina Jolie wears a black leather pencil skirt. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

We see a lot of leather, especially black leather, fashion during the fall and winter seasons, and certainly looks in leather continue in popularity. Wearing a pencil skirt in black leather is a way to look slimmer and trendy at the same time.

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.

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10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #2 -- Wear a Pencil Skirt with a Jacket

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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.

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10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #3 -- Wear a Pencil Business Suit Skirt

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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.

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10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #4 -- Wear a Monochromatic Pencil Skirt

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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.

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10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #5 -- Wear a Pencil Skirt with a Sweater

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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.

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10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #6 -- Wear a Pencil Skirt with Boots

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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.

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10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #7 -- Wear a Print Pencil Skirt

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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.

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10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #8 -- Wear a Dark Neutral Pencil Skirt

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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.

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10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #9 -- Wear a Pencil Skirt with a Dressy Top

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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.

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10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt: #10 -- Wear an Evening Suit with a Pencil Skirt

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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.