What to wear to the office – Pencil sharp

Stuck for something stylish, comfortable, practical and flattering to wear to work? Fashion editor Karen Skagerlind explains why the pencil skirt should be top of your office shopping list, every time.

We recently revealed the work wear fashion horrors that should never step foot in the modern office – and shared three stunning little grey dresses that should. Now we wax lyrical about the ever-stylish pencil skirt.

How to stay pencil sharp at work

Skirts are definitely making a fashion comeback, and if you’re looking for a hardworking separate for your modern working wardrobe, you can’t beat a pencil skirt.

If you work in a creative environment then mix textures with this leather panel skirt from Karen Millen. You can soften the look with a silk t-shirt from Theory and give it a sports luxe feel with these Nine West courts.

Otherwise ditch the plain skirt option in favour of a printed skirt like this one from Mint velvet, and team it with an on trend pastel lilac silk shirt from Uniqlo, and patterned courts from Banana Republic.

If you’re going out after work opt for a statement pencil skirt in mono from Iris & Ink, add a classic fitted sateen white shirt from Banana Republic and patent bow heels from Uterque.

Invest in a classic piece of arm candy that can take you from day to evening and show you mean business. We think this Givenchy bag does the perfect job!

By Karen Skagerlind of Wardrobe Wand.