Put your suit obsession on hold, because the pencil skirt is back. This must-have shape can be tricky to wear outside the office, but fashion girls and street stylers are reinventing cool new ways to wear the classic pencil that have us giving the garment a second glance. If you’re afraid of looking too corporate, here are five tips on how to avoid that.

1. Add sneakers 

There’s nothing better than your favourite pair of sneakers to make your pencil skirt look more casual. A comfortable and seriously cool combination.

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2. Include a touch of colour 

A full black or white outfit sometimes needs a touch of colour, and when wearing a pencil skirt the danger of being too serious-looking is increased. Whether it’s a pair of red boots or an orange handbag, all eyes will be on you.

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3. Go for leather

We can guarantee the leather skirt’s success in the office, on the street or on a night out. To balance out the statement skirt, match it with a light-hearted blouse.

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4. Put a sweater on it 

Take the most serious item you own (the pencil skirt, obviously) and the most casual one (a sweater). Match them together, et voilà, the result is a seriously trendy outfit.

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5. Dare to bare

One way to avoid the office-wear association is to go with a skirt with a slit. Match with an oversized blouse or tight top, statement earrings and cat-eye sunglasses.

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Now you can style this transitional item with confidence.

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