It’s no big secret that the legal profession is ultra conservative, but dressing for the office doesn’t need to be boring. Welcome to The Elements of Legal Style, where The Law Babe will highlight the chicest office-appropriate style options, so that you can dress like a partner even on an associate budget.
Hi there, Law Babe! Today we’re talking about the classic pencil skirt, one of the quintessential pieces that we all know what professional women are supposed to have in their closets. Whether you’re new to the legal game and buying one for the first time or looking to replace one that you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a little tricky to find exactly the right fit and style in this age old staple.
First things first. When it comes to the pencil skirt, I recommend that every Law Babe have at least one pencil skirt in either a solid black or blue suiting fabric. After that, you can get wild. Pencil skirts can be a simple way to implement a bit of fun and pattern into your work wardrobe. I like to pair a patterned or colored pencil skirt with a solid shirt (like a classic white button down) and neutral heels for a polished but fun look. Of course, consider skipping the crazy colors and patterns for important meetings in favor of your neutral suiting skirt.
When it comes to the neutral pencil skirt in suiting material, I like to purchase pencil skirts as part of a suit set, so I always have a pencil skirt on hand that matches a blazer. When I purchase my suits, I tend to buy them in collections of 3’s: the blazer, the pants, and the pencil skirt. However, I also think it makes sense to have a few suiting separates that are more throw and go, for the days you don’t need to wear a blazer but what to look fantastic.
Solid and neutral, or fun and colorful, when it comes to work wear essentials, there are few styles as polished and feminine as the pencil skirt. They are put-together, professional, and still flirty enough to take you from the office to happy hour.
Here are just a few of the (million) fantastic options out there:
T Tahari Suit Skirt ($68)
Marks & Spencer Tailored Fit Pencil Skirt ($33)
Dorothy Perkins Grey Spot Pencil Skirt ($45)
Boden Modern Pencil Skirt ($95)
Anne Taylor Ponte Pencil Skirt ($69)
Do you have any go-to pencil skirts? What’s your favorite way to style this classic feminine piece?!
Stay Smart, Law Babe!