The pencil skirt is big news this season but it's a style that many people are afraid of trying. Be it the fear of drawing attention to your hips or worrying that you'll look like you work in a travel agents, this skirt style does scare off many women. But it can also look amazing. Who cares if it draws attention to curvy hips - it doesn't stop Joan Holloway! And if you pick a print that would never exist on a uniform (hello, polka dots) you avoid looking like you forgot to get changed after work.

The key to making a pencil skirt work is to work with the shape, rather than trying to hide it. Stick to slim-fitting tops or add a peplum to create even more curves. If you're concerned about your tummy, dress the skirt down with a tucked-in tee, bunched out a bit in cool, slouchy style, and go wild with your accessories and some killer heels. The main rule is to never wear a really loose, floaty top that hides that waist-cinching style. The pencil skirt is best when its super-fitted shape is embraced, not hidden!

Spot print pencil skirt £14 George at Asda (throughout)


Sleeveless peplum top £18 Topshop
Delicious Apple bag £40 Ollie & Nic
Peaked cats eye sunglasses £16 Viva la Diva
Black and white polka dot wedges £24.99 Kelly Brook for New Look
Love Crystal cherry charm necklace £22 ASOS


Geometric embroidery top £70 Karen Millen
Pale blue metallic rigid clutch bag £29.99 Mango
Sterling silver lock bangle £570 Tiffany & Co.
Crystal teardrop earrings £5 Dorothy Perkins
Assemble pale aqua bow detail heels £59 Carvela Kurt Geiger


Johnny Cash tee by And Finally £22 Topshop

Record necklace £7.50 Collectif
Suede fringed bucket bag £84.99 Touch by Mango
Marleana studded t-bar heels £44.99 MissGuided