How to Make A Pencil Skirt Work for Your Body

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Fear of the Pencil Skirt

Finding a pencil skirt that works for me is a tall order. I usually stick to A-line because they tend to be more flattering on my lower body. Pencil skirts tend to pull in all the wrong places and draw attention where I’d rather not have it.

Why a Pencil Skirt?

It’s tough to skip over the pencil skirt altogether because pencil skirts are a fashion classic. It’s such a common shape for skirts that it’s hard to find other versions. I was determined to figure something out, because making it work opens up a world of outfit possibilities. Plus, I live in Arizona, so skirts are a big deal here because it’s so friggin’ hot.
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Pencil Skirt + My Body Type

So, I found this cute navy and blush pencil skirt. At first glance, I didn’t think I’d like this pencil skirt because of its shape and print. I generally try to steer clear of prints on my lower body, as they tend to make my already wider hips look bigger. Despite my hesitation, I tried it on anyway. I am a huge advocate for trying things on, even if you don’t think you’ll like them.

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Why This Look Worked for Me

Well, my no-pencil-skirt-or-printed-skirt rules (mostly) didn’t apply to this navy and blush skirt. It actually flattered my figure! It was a little tight in my tummy, but I fixed that by pairing it with a blousy navy cami and a blush cropped cardigan. Having a lighter color on top immediately draws your eye upward. Also, I think the skirt worked because the base color was such a dark navy that it was still very slimming.

I finished the look with a chunky necklace to draw the eye towards my face,  bright pink heels to add a much-needed pop of color, and a metallic clutch for some shine.

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Sometimes, You Gotta Get Over Yourself

I love when I break my own clothing rules by finding pieces I didn’t think would work. It’s fun to change it up sometimes and this navy and blush printed pencil skirt is a perfect spring addition (if you haven’t noticed, blush is a major color this spring).

{Stacey’s Look: Ann Taylor Skirt (on sale!); Banana Republic Cami (similar); Gap Cardigan (similar); Nanette Lepore Sandals (similar); DVF clutch; Banana Republic Necklace (similar)}

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Have you ever been surprised by an outfit after trying it on? Tell me about in the comments. Thanks!


  1. My body is curvy and I’ve always had wide hips so I totally understand the ‘no pencil skirts’ rule. LOL I had the same rule for years until I fell in love with a patterned pencil skirt that I was determined to wear. Your tips are right on and you look lovely!

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