I just went back to work after many years at home with my kids and I’m trying to figure out how to dress. I still have a pretty good body ( hourglass shape ) and I want to look businesslike, but feminine too. Lately I’ve noticed a lot of pleated skirts in fashion magazines, but I don’t really like them. Are pencil skirts still in? Thanks Jill
The pencil skirt is a classic style that never dates. I think it would be perfect for you because it will show off your curves but still look professional. Make sure you get a good fit. Your skirt should be wide enough across your hips that it doesn’t pull, but it should also be snug enough around your waist to look sleek. ( You shouldn’t be able to get more than 1 or two fingers between your waist and the waistband)
If you have trouble with fit, find a skirt that fits your hips and take the skirt in at the waist, not the other way around.
Choose a pencil skirt in a quality fabric. The nice is, compared to years ago, most suits come in versatile year round fabrics. You really get a lot of wear out of them.
Neutrals colors like black, gray, camel, taupe, navy are most business-like, and a pencil skirt with a slight pattern or texture makes it modern and interesting.
Add a silky blouse or fitted top- nothing big and sloppy. Remember the idea of a pencil skirt is to show off those curves so you don’t want anything bulky covering up your waist.
It’s always good to have at least one jacket to go with your pencil skirt for those occasions when you want to show authority at work. A jacket will instantly elevate your credibility and status. A fitted matched jacket ( same color and material as your skirt) projects more authority than a coordinating jacket. Which one you choose depends on the environment you work in.
For example, if you worked in a serious corporate environment like law or finance you’d need to go with a matching jacket. If you worked in a business casual environment like sales or communications, a coordinating jacket would be fine and you could even go with a slightly more relaxed fit. (A curvy gal may need to belt a relaxed fit)
Closed toe pumps look the most professional with a pencil skirt at work. Booties could work in a more relaxed or creative work environment.
Here are a few tips I’ve put together to help you look Fabulous in a pencil skirt. Jill, have a wonderful time back at work, and dress Fab Boss Lady! Cheers, Deborah