While the pencil skirt is often a “go-to” style for professional women, not all pencil skirts are created equal.   When in a professional environment, the idea is to keep the sexy factor out of your image. You want people the look at you and think “successful” rather than “sexy.”

A pencil skirt that hugs every curve of your body tells people that you want them to look at your curves. While there is nothing inherently wrong with curves, there is a time and a place for them. The office is not the time nor the place.

In order to keep your image looking professional, your skirt should fall straight from the widest point of your hip rather than following the curve of your hip. The length of your skirt should be no shorter than 2″ above the knee, at the knee or right below the knee. You do not want the hemline of your skirt to end at the widening portion of your calf. Anything longer would be impossible to walk in!

May you always look great!

Pat Roland, Certified Total Image Consultant