A ladylike pencil skirt is a wardrobe staple every woman should own. It's an empowering piece that instantly says you mean business at the office - a true workwear classic.
As luck would have it, the pencil skirt is having a fashion moment for autumn/winter 2012 - and can be worn in a number of ways, depending on your personal style preference.
If you dare, invest in a leather pencil skirt and team with a boxy jacket or jewel-toned silk blouse. A simple kitten heel will complete the look - and won't pinch toes so you can wear them all day.
For a more classic look, try a tweed or wool pencil skirt and combine with a fine knit sweater in a contrasting shade to work this season's sophisticated country heritage trend.
What we love most about the pencil skirt? It's knee-length hemline, combined with a cute court heel is the ultimate leg-lengthener and if you're looking to enhance your curvy silhouette, you couldn't be more on the money! Click through our edit of the best pencil skirts to buy this season...