Pencil skirts have slowly become a must-have essential for every woman’s wardrobe. 

Suitable for a swish workwear update, or the perfect date night go-to, a pencil skirt oozes sophistication and shows that you mean business. Nobody’s going to underestimate you while you’re strutting your stuff in a figure-hugging design – because, what says ‘confidence’ better? 

Perfect for most body shapes and sizes, pencil skirts can come in a wide variety of different lengths and materials. Whether you want to opt for comfort in a stretchy shape, or want something that will hold you in – hello, little leather number – our edit of the very best pencil skirts has something for everyone. 

Dress yours up with a crisp white shirt or statement box-fit top, add a slick of red lipstick and some killer heels, and you’re good to go. 

See: Best Red Lipstick – The Beauty Team’s Favourites

If you’re after a more slouchy weekend-vibe, pencil skirts can be the perfect lounging option when teamed with a cosy knit or a baggy t-shirt. 

Pencil skirts are a firm celebrity favourite, with Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian rocking bodycon for most photo opportunities. Michelle Keegan and Jennifer Lopez are also paid up members of the pencil skirt crew, sporting them both on and off the red carpet. 

We’ve trawled the rails of Topshop, H&M and your other high street hotstops to select the best pencil skirts on the block right now…