The easy way to make your pencil skirt look modern.
The longer-length pencil skirt was big on the catwalks - reaching just below the knee at Fendi, Prada and Gucci this season. Consider it a more sensual version of the midi-length skirt styles that have been pervasive over the past 12 months.
Sleek, minimalist and modern, this navy skirt has all the signatures of a Calvin Klein classic. A flash of contrast blue detailing around the pockets injects a contemporary feel.
Side detail skirt, £600, Calvin Klein at Farfetch
Make no mistake - pencil skirts can be worn during the day outside of the office. Take heed of Sienna Miller here as seen at the Burberry show, where she teamed a green style with a cropped jumper. For an added relaxed appeal, team with a pair of black heeled ankle boots.
Just Female's ribbed green skirt is relaxed without losing the shape that gives the pencil skirt its feminine edge.
Wool pencil skirt, £125, Just Female at Farfetch
A leather pencil skirt is one of those pieces that you'll have in your wardrobe forever. Angelina Jolie prefers a more classic, elegant look, having styled hers with a white silk shirt, but for a modern update, team with a simple T-shirt or a Breton top. Swap towering court shoes for strappy modest heels or a mule.
Made using soft calf leather, Joseph's classic style will mould to your body. Added stretch and vents at the back ensure you feel comfortable too.
Evie leather skirt, £745, My Theresa
Welcome the onset of spring with a floral pencil skirt. Juxtapose the classic prettiness with a modern slogan jumper or T-shirt, then add socks with heels for a truly modern look.
Mother of Pearl's elegant pencil skirt begs to be worn with slouchy knitwear or a vintage T-shirt. Wear with a pair of Converse for a youthful, yet pulled-together weekend ensemble.
Floral frill skirt, £330, Mother of Pearl at Harrods
If ever you need inspiration as to how to wear your pencil skirt, look no further than Carine Roitfeld who counts the piece as a style signature. A decorative version in jacquard or lace is perfect for evening, and ultra glamorous with a bustier.
Jacquard fabrics offer a sense of opulence that work well for evening dates. Clash textures with a black shirt and mules.
Jacquard pencil skirt, £495, Dolce & Gabbana at Matches Style
Vinyl fabrics first made a splash last season and it's still a key look for 2018. Dress it down with a fluffy knit; high necklines are a must.
Prepare to turn heads in McQ's vinyl pencil skirt, which will work well with a cable knit or mohair cream jumper.
Stretch vinyl skirt, £275, McQ at Net-a-Porter
Pencil skirts have a reputation for being somewhat uncomfortable and ever so slightly restrictive - a soft knit style will offer that elegant, feminine silhouette without any of the drawbacks.
Either team Victoria Beckham's white ribbed incarnation with a matching white top or a knit in a similar texture for instant chic.
Ribbed knit skirt, £348, Victoria Beckham at Net-a-Porter
A statement pencil skirt is a great addition to any wardrobe, and keeps this style from looking too corporate. They can be dressed up or down, but we prefer opting for simplicity - wear with a casual T-shirt and a pair of understated heels.
Diane von Furstenberg is a go-to when it comes to pencil skirts. Known for her use of colour, print and flattering cuts, hers are an investment you won't regret. Those who appreciate a more understated look should pair with a simple T-shirt, alternatively clash prints for a playful edge.
Oriental print skirt, £206, DvF at Farfetch
The difference this season is that pencil skirts are no longer designed to sculpt and sexualise, but rather to cocoon. This is also handy for those who like to be able to move in their clothes.
Ellery's long-length pencil skirt is fitted but not shrink-wrapped. Style with a boxy top for a 2018 update.
Litty pencil skirt, £183, Ellery at Stylebop
There is an emphasis on the waist this season; a belted skirt cinches to flattering effect.
Pencil skirts look great teamed with shirts, but keep them oversized so that you veer away from tired office wear.
Belted skirt, £360, Robert Rodriguez at Harrods