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...
Give your look an edge with this season's leather (and pleather) jackets...