If the classic pencil skirt is the Anna Wintour of your wardrobe--serious, chic, and all business--then today’s trend topic, printed pencil skirts, must be the Carine Roitfeld. In other words: just as powerful during the day, but unquestionably cooler and more fun at after-work events. Depending on how it's styled, the skirt’s sleek silhouette and bold, graphic pattern can look either sophisticated or sexy, making it truly suited to day-to-night dressing. The trend was a smash hit on the S/S 13 runways, championed by the likes of Joseph Altuzarra and Roland Mouret, and with so many celeb and fashion insider fans as well, it’s become clear we need to stock up on this closet must-have stat. Keep reading to see how Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Taylor Tomasi Hill, and more are wearing the look, then shop the season’s chicest styles.
Joseph Altuzarra proves you can take this trend stylishly through fall by pairing the Pali Jewel Printed Skirt ($1430) with the Mistral Safari Jacket with Gathered Body ($2150) and Gianvito Rossi for Altuzarra Light Brown Knee High Boots (price upon request).
?Marni Gold Flower Jacquard Front Slit Skirt ($790)
All eyes were on Bell at The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Most Powerful People in Media event when she hit the red carpet in a ruffled Hunter Dickson top and Marni pencil skirt.
?Marni Small Dot Print Pencil Skirt ($438)
The Aussie model was the picture of polished perfection while running errands around NYC in her Balenciaga Jacquard Snake Pencil Skirt ($704), which she styled with 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Silk Chiffon-Sleeved Jersey Top ($140), Givenchy’s Medium Antigona Satchel Bag ($2405), Lanvin heels, and Linda Farrow sunglasses.
Etro Colorblock Printed Pencil Skirt ($925)
The founder of Ever Manifesto and System magazine upgraded her understated Equipment top and Balenciaga shoes with a blue python pencil skirt from Reed Krakoff (check out the designer’s Python Curved Pencil Skirt ($3490) for a similar style).
?ASOS Pencil Skirt in Snake Print ($54)
Spotted here at a press preview for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition Punk: Chaos to Couture outfitted in Rochas’ Printed Chine Pencil Skirt ($2070) and High-Neck Top ($1035) and Celine heels.
Michael Kors Zinnia Wool & Silk Shantung Floral-Print Skirt ($995)
The casting agent/Tales of Endearment blogger looked flashbulb-worthy in No. 21’s Leaf Embroidered Pencil Skirt ($725) paired with the Belcor Sheer-Sleeve Blouse ($206) by Theyskens’ Theory, Pierre Hardy’s Colour Block Shoulder Bag ($1171), and Stella McCartney’s Leopard-Print Cnavas Wedge Slingbacks ($760).
Derek Lam Pattern Pencil Skirt ($402)
Studio Schermo Skirt ($310)
Aron Pencil Skirt ($263)
Printed Crepe Pencil Skirt ($395)
Pencil Skirt ($365) in Mint/Navy
Aurora Skirt ($965)
We Surrender Pencil Skirt ($182)
Printed Pencil Skirt ($60)