A Shoppable Guide to Denim Pencil Skirts

A Shoppable Guide to Denim Pencil Skirts
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Pencil skirts: the preferred silhouette of power lawyers, hot teachers, and imperious editors … right?

Not exclusively! In denim, the vibe is less boardroom, more cool-boss (think Jenna Lyons rather than Miranda Priestly).

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The form-fitting style is the sophisticated sibling of the cutoff mini and ’70s midi, and, even distressed, it can be dressed up with a button-down and heels for an easy work outfit, or worn with a going-out top (they’re baaaack) for Friday-night drinks.

To be honest, I was a little skeptical of the pencil style at first; I’m a die-hard fan of minis, and it seemed like the kind of thing that only those with Brigitte Bardot proportions could pull off. (In other words: not me.) And while I do still think it’s a knockout on hourglass figures of all sizes, I was pleasantly surprised when I tried one on the other week.

With a vintagey high-rise, knee-length hem, and perfect mid-blue wash, it was super-flattering—not to mention practically begging to be paired with a white tee and neck scarf. (I’ll avoid the “French girl” cliche here, but, well, you know…)

Ahead, pick up a few street-style-approved outfit ideas and shop some of our favorite styles.

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Mother Denim Pencil Skirt, $218; at Farfetch

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Denim Midi Skirt, $29.90; at Zara

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Plus-Size Buttoned Denim Pencil Skirt, $22.90; at Forever 21

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Current/Elliott The Stiletto Denim Penil Skirt, $198; at Nordstrom

Black Denim Pencil Skirt, $30 (was $60); at River Island

Acquaverde Norma Pencil Skirt, $122 (was $174); at Revolve

Midi Jean Skirt, $88; at Madewell

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Blank NYC Released Hem Pencil Skirt, $78; at Zappos

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