The Pencil Skirt Has Had A Modern Makeover, Here Are 6 Styles We’re Buying

Adding to our rotation.

After seasons spent bare-legged in skirts that gave new meaning to the word mini, the style set has made a drastic pivot to instead favour floor-skimming hemlines and ‘50s-inspired pencil skirts.

We’ve seen the silhouette’s denim incarnation skyrocket this year to become the new it-girl staple, and now, slimline maxis and pencil cuts from leather to lace are becoming the skirting status quo.

Paired on the runway with everything from oversized graphic tees at Martine Rose to strapless tops and skinny belts plucked straight from the 2000s at MM6 Maison Margiela, the style already proves a seamless wardrobe addition.

There was ‘80s-inspired power tailoring with Saint Laurent’s skirt-suits on their Fall/Winter ’23 runway, an aesthetic also channelled at Henne’s Australian Fashion Week 2023 show, while the brief at Miu Miu was sultry and sheer, with a polka dot number only suited to the most daring of wearer.

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If anyone knows the power of the pencil skirt, it’s Henne co-founder Nadia Bartel, with her brand designing sell-out styles in various capsule-wardrobe-friendly iterations.

“I find them so flattering and they also have a wear-with-anything appeal for me,” Bartel tells marie claire Australia. “I love to style them with my simple rib tee or tank and classic points.

“Alternatively, I’ve been loving wearing them with my sandals or sneakers and a bomber thrown over the top for a more casual look.

“A denim midi is so easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion, and can really be worn all year round, making them the ideal trans-seasonal piece.”

Scroll on for our pick of the best midi and maxi lenth pencil skirts. 

The Best Midi & Maxi Pencil Skirts


Cargo Slit Skirt, $119.95 at MNG

It’s not just our trousers getting a utilitarian makeover with the cargo taking on skirt form, too.


Darcy Maxi Skirt, $199.95 at Neuw

The denim maxi is a must-have and this skirt from Neuw is the perfect pick to nail the look.


Gabrielle Midi Skirt, $209 at HENNE

After debuting on their AAFW 2023 runway, this vegan leather midi shot straight to the top of our wish-list, promising to be a timeless wardrobe staple.

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GG Net Skirt With Lace Trims, $3000 at Gucci

Sultry, feminine and on-trend, this lace midi with signature GG embroidery is utter perfection.


Valentina Skirt, $500 at SSENSE

Looking for the ultimate capsule-wardrobe midi? This pin-tuck pencil skirt from Camilla And Marc is made from a midweight suiting fabric, making it perfect for pairing back with blazer, singlets and basic tees.

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