How to make a pencil skirt look casual

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How to make a pencil skirt look casual
Simply changing shoes can bring your pencil skirt out of the office. (wedding day shoes image by Mat Hayward from

The slim-fitting pencil skirt became popular in the 1950s as a way to accentuate a curvy figure. Many people associate pencil skirts with suits or office wear, but a few small tweaks mean you can wear your pencil skirt to work one day and to an afternoon matinee the next. Don't relegate them to the back of the closet; make your pencil skirt work overtime.

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  • Pencil skirt
  • Variety of tops: tank top, blouse, T-shirt
  • Accessories
  • Shoes

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    Change your top. While most business environments require a more fitted blouse or suit jacket, switched tops change the look of your pencil skirt. A looser, patterned blouse will look great for daytime, a tank top adds a casual look or a fitted T-shirt would be the opposite of a work look. Getting rid of a stuffy top will do wonders for your pencil skirt.

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    Switch shoes. If you're wearing stilettos to the office with your pencil skirt, consider alternatives for a more casual approach. Match ballet flats with a T-shirt. Try sandals with a bit of a heel, if you're wearing a tank top. A more casual shoe changes the whole look of your pencil skirt.

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    Add accessories. At work, you may wear more sophisticated jewellery. You don't need that to be casual. Consider brightly coloured bangles, chunky rock necklaces, hoop or chandelier earrings and a small, colourful handbag. Leave the pearls at home, and don't be shy with colour.

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