I’ve never been a huge fan of pencil skirts, probably because I work in a creative environment where they always felt too stuffy. Don’t get me wrong. I love how polished and boss lady they can look with a beautiful blouse and killer pumps, but the look just seemed more suited for Claire Underwood than for a magazine editor. But I was totally underplaying the versatility of a pencil skirt, because it doesn’t just have to be all business. In fact, when paired with a casual tee it’s suddenly perfect for more casual work environments like mine, summer Fridays, or even weekend cocktails. I love how the skirt makes the tee more polished and the tee keeps the skirt from feeling overly serious or stuffy, and the right choice of footwear can completely transform the look.