4 Ways to Style a Black Pencil Skirt

how to style black pencil skirt petite

I got so much great feedback on my first IGTV styling video, I’m back with another one featuring a piece most of us already have in our closets: the classic black pencil skirt! Click here to watch the full video, with a few styling tips & tricks that I apply to my everyday outfits.

Featured item: Express high waist stretch skirt (I’m in 00 regular)

Fit notes: This skirt is very stretchy but it’s not bodycon or too curve hugging (which you’d want to avoid in the workplace). It’s made in office-appropriate material with lining and actually fit my natural waist without waist alterations! The back center slit comes up pretty high so I will be stitching it closed about 2 inches.

1. Night Out
  • Bristols 6 Nippies
  • H&M lace cami xs (similar)
  • J.Crew earrings (similar)
  • Ann Taylor sandals sz 5 (updated version)
  • Chanel wallet on chain (shop preowned)
  • Blank NYC faux leather jacket xs

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2. City Chic

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3. Professional
  • Uniqlo shapewear S (light level of control)
  • Ann Taylor scallop top xxs
  • Similar black headband
  • Chanel pearl brooch (similar)
  • Banana Republic cap toe pumps 5 (my review)
  • Tory Burch small Robinson tote (older version)

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Professional alternative: top with a cropped collar-less blazer for a sleek black suit look

4. Casual
  • H&M nursing camisole XS (older version)
  • Madewell whisper tee XXS
  • Clear elastics (also useful for this too-long belt trick)
  • H&M denim jacket (similar in petites by J.Crew (very shrunken fit!) and LOFT)
  • Gucci soho disco bag (duty free w/ free shipping)
  • Soludos espadrilles sz 5

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Styling tips summarized from my video:

Tip #1 (Night Out): Mix materials and textures like satin, lace, and leather to add interest to a simple black & white color palette.

Tip #2 (City Chic): When wearing your trench coat open, tie a bow at the back to add a little shape and to keep from losing the sash.

Tip #3 (Professional): Tuck tops into shapewear shorts to help keep them in place and smooth under skirts.

Tip #4 (Casual): Layer a neutral nursing tank top under regular tops for easing breastfeeding access.

Tip #5 (Casual): Roll up the waistband on your skirt (only works with some fabrics) to make the item a little shorter for certain outfits. Cover up the rolled waistband with your top.

Tip #6 (Casual): Use a clear hair elastic to knot up a shirt hem to define your waistline

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