When you ask women to write down the must-have basics in your closet that can be mixed with many items, I’m sure many of them write down the pencil skirt. I, for one, have feared wearing a pencil skirt, especially before I began accepting my body and accepting that beautiful could be more than what the media was feeding me.

I’ve been reading many blogs where women of different sizes and shapes were wearing pencil skirts, and they looked gorgeous. It began to dawn on me how amazing those skirts look on different bodies, so I decided to pull out my never worn Kiyonna pencil skirt that I had purchased awhile ago on clearance and test out the pencil skirt waters.

This pencil skirt is a faux wrap skirt with draping, so it’s not your typical pencil skirt. Those who have read my blog from the beginning may recognize the top I’m wearing. It’s a dress I bought at Macy’s and you can see how I’ve worn it as a dress here and a skirt here. I bought the skirt because I thought the draping would camouflage my tummy, but it doesn’t, and I no longer care that it doesn’t make me magically flat-stomached. Wearing the dress underneath did cause some issues of fabric getting scrunched up under the skirt, but ultimately I was really happy with the look. I’ve raved and raved about this lace before, so you all know how much I love it.

I really find this pattern so intricate and beautiful. I think it will forever be my favorite lace item that I own!

I added on my Lane Bryant leather jacket, which for me is much more interesting and fun than a simple, black cardigan. You can also spot my Torrid thin, braided belt that I used on the waist of the skirt.

I added this daisy ring from Forever21 because I liked how the holes in this ring mimicked the lace detailing on my top. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a great picture of it during my outfit shots.

Overall, I found myself feeling very confident in this outfit, which is kind of funny since I had thought that a pencil skirt would unleash a mess of insecurities. There’s a reason why a pencil skirt is a staple in many people’s wardrobe; it’s powerful, sexy, and chic. I will definitely make sure I have a well-made, well-fitting pencil skirt in my closet from now on.

What do you all think about pencil skirts? What do you like to wear with them?

Outfit Details:

Jacket: Lane Bryant (No longer available) Similar LB Jacket

Top (Dress): Macy’s (No longer available)

Skirt: Kiyonna (No longer available) Similar Kiyonna Skirt

Heels: Torrid

Belt: Torrid

Ring: Forever21 (No longer available) Similar Forever21 Ring