5 Ways to Make Pencil Skirts Pop

Pencil skirts may seem painfully "work appropriate," but their newest iterations are anything but boring.

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J.Crew's black and white sequin skirt (<a href="http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/Collection/skirtspants/PRDOVR~79046/79046.jsp?srcCode=AFFI00001&siteId=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-cwkFzrbuCsBVEE9hNcTUYgn" target="_blank">$695 at J.Crew</a>) will take you from work to evening with the addition of a stripey tee by Kain (<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/317396?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Hy3bqNL2jtQ-_-Custom-_-LinkBuilder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-nHrypFPjaLHiap.4_h1Vcwn" target="_blank">$90 at Net-a-Porter</a>) and Zara's strappy kitten heels (<a href="http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-us-S2012-s/244401/828093/BASIC%2BSLING%2BBACK" target="_blank">$49.90 at Zara</a>). A pair of gold studs by Mociun (<a href="http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=17831&sid=186&pid=" target="_blank">$405 at LaGarconne</a>) keeps the look modern while lending a hint of glitz.
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A classically chic navy pencil skirt (<a href="http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=4903896&langId=-1&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-8pbkAPW0ynFarhK8vDNOzw&cmpid=aff_ls_tsus&_$ja=tsid:21416|prd:Hy3bqNL2jtQ" target="_blank">$76 at Topshop</a>) pairs perfectly with Equipment's peachy silk buttondown (<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/188386?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Hy3bqNL2jtQ-_-Custom-_-LinkBuilder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-HFqlEUfQVWSTM6c1oH_0Kg" target="_blank">$210 at Net-a-Porter</a>) and a pair of chunky grey platform pumps from Brian Atwood (<a href="http://www.mytheresa.com/us_en/maniac-pumps-157749.html?siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-R4LmJAnirNR103AQ97Dp2g&quid=61058463421S1091658T&gkid=acx&utm_source=Affilate&utm_medium=INT&utm_campaign=2" target="_blank">$619 at MyTheresa</a>). For a little glam, we added Shorouk's sparkly rope bracelet (<a href="http://www.mytheresa.com/us_en/baraka-halwa-bracelet.html?siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-To75iEknzF7hPaIEG0VqTw&quid=61058463421S1091658T&gkid=acx&utm_source=Affilate&utm_medium=INT&utm_campaign=2" target="_blank">$220 at MyTheresa</a>) in a coordinating peach hue.
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We paired ASOS' preppy striped skirt (<a href="http://us.asos.com/countryid/2/ASOS-PETITE-Stripe-Midi-Skirt/y9aty/?iid=1901398&MID=35719&affid=2135&WT.tsrc=Affiliate&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-77TOjJM6LL0y2PCRlpKumg" target="_blank">$35 at ASOS</a>) with Miu Miu's subtly flared V-neck blouse (<a href="http://www.mytheresa.com/us_en/button-down-crepe-blouse.html?siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-C3Fd1BEfklc8lZuWuty5Dw&quid=61058463421S1091658T&gkid=acx&utm_source=Affilate&utm_medium=INT&utm_campaign=2n" target="_blank">$741 at MyTheresa</a>) for a chic summer look. Sergio Rossi's slim suede pumps (<a href="http://www.forwardforward.com/fw/DisplayProduct.jsp?code=SGIX-WZ6&d=Womens" target="_blank">$570 at ForwardForward</a>) add a dose of sex appeal, while Eddie Borgo's spiked gold bangle (<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/191694?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Hy3bqNL2jtQ-_-Custom-_-LinkBuilder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-9R_2MKq_sEtdRolvlYpw3Q" target="_blank">$350 at Net-a-Porter</a>) can toughen up any ensemble.
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Mixed-up prints and patterns are among our favorite summer trends, so we tried J.Crew's stripey pencil skirt (<a href="http://www.jcrew.com/womens_special_sizes/petite/skirts/PRDOVR~87049/87049.jsp?srcCode=AFFI00001&siteId=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-V96pP0HiUE0ZMoCGX6ajywn" target="_blank">$118 at J.Crew</a>) with Preen's silky brocade blouse (<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/314493?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Hy3bqNL2jtQ-_-Custom-_-LinkBuilder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-d60mJtgl0xkqmkEKrm4uAAn" target="_blank">$750 at Net-a-Porter</a>) and simple leather sandals from Givenchy (<a href="http://www.forwardforward.com/fw/DisplayProduct.jsp?code=GIVE-WZ11&d=Womens&utm_source=ls&utm_medium=affiliate&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-RnmiFTWinMvg9GITPG0JSw" target="_blank">$850 at ForwardForward</a>). Aesa's structured jewel-shaped studs (<a href="http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=13104&sid=186&pid=" target="_blank">$175 at LaGarconne</a>) feel cool and modern but just shimmery enough to enliven the look.
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