The thought of pulling on a pencil skirt in the morning is cringe-worthy for most women. The uncomfortable association with corporate dress codes and long days sitting constricted at a desk can strike fear in just about anyone, not to mention the awkward hem lengths and bad fabrics. Luckily, this classic skirt style doesn't have to scream boardroom boring anymore.
Take your fashion cues from the street style set and spice up those workday blahs with bold colours, menswear chic prints, and modern extras such as button detailing or smart slits that really put the oomph back in power dressing. Fabrics with a bit of stretch in cuts such as fold-over wrap styles will leave a little wiggle room during the day as well.
And spoiler alert — these skirts don’t have to be reserved for work either. We love the idea of wearing one for a casual brunch look with an oversized knit and flat boot or when paired with a shiny T-shirt and party heels for a fun night out. Shop 12 of our favourites below.
This article originally appeared on InStyle US