On Fridays I need to look professional during the day, but I also want something that's versatile in case I go out for drinks in the evening, or even, God forbid, end up at a party. I call this look 'Rock Chic', as opposed to Rock chick, which is slightly grungier, ripped jeans and boots etc.
My go-to item for every woman is a classic pencil skirt in a great cut. Ideally something high waisted and black, that finishes just above or just below your knee. This can be worn with a button up shirt for a feminine corporate look, with a jumper and boots for a chic yet relaxed feel, or with an embellished top and heels for classic glamour.
I have many pencil skirts, but if you look for quality fabric in a cut that suits your shape, you'll be able to wear it for years to come. Pair with boots for a relaxed, comfortable look, or with stilettos for a high fashion injection.
Throw on a leather jacket, gold accessories and some sunglasses and you have sartorial perfection.
In this flat lay I've paired a pencil skirt with this years hottest crop top, the Alexander Wang silk crop, the Mania Mania Solstice necklace (now on sale), lace up boots from Wantedshoes.com.au and sunglasses from Karen Walker Eyewear.
When you have key pieces like pencil skirts in your wardrobe, mixing items and creating looks become so much easier. Invest in good quality items that won't date, in colours you will actually wear.
Hannah St James.