For the past few seasons, the pencil skirt has been owned by Joan in Mad Men. The seams barely held together when she was poured into the slim lines of a pencil skirt, and she held us captivated by that striking silhouette as she sashayed around Draper HQ.
But now - impossible as it seems - it is time to leave Joan behind, for the pencil skirt has advanced this season. It has moved beyond simple line and form and has adopted colour! sequins! patterns! textures!
This season's pencil skirt, brought to you by everyone from Balenciaga to Banana Republic looks just as good worn with a statement knit and ankle boots on the weekend as it will with a crisp white shirt and heels to work.
Two jobs for the same price - work wardrobe ergonomics you just can't argue with.