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Last Update: August 10, 2017
Sailor Pencil Skirt
Size 14 - 24W
Size 6 -
Classic skirts can run the gamut from casual to
Natural fibers, knits, and denim are common
throughout the year, with chiffons a popular
option in warmer months and tweeds in cooler
months. Solid colors are the norm,
although some years pattern trends, especially
florals, plaids, stripes, and polka dots can make their
way into this style category.
Evening style classic
skirts tend to be black and can
come in a variety fabrics, depending on the time
of year. Chiffon is popular all year, with
sequin and velvet styles more common in the
winter holiday season.
silhouettes include pencil skirts, boot skirts,
A-line, and flare. Lengths tend to be
moderate, falling just to or just below the
knee, or mid-calf.
Often worn with simple classic tops
or career blouses, classic style skirts can also
provide the core foil to a more vibrant look in
another style. For example, a black pencil
skirt may be the perfect compliment to a trendy top
with a retro flavor, or a long boot skirt may be
the perfect pairing with a BoHo peasant blouse.
Skirts in any style are still much rarer than
dresses, but they tend to be more widely
available as weather warms up and the spring and
summer shopping seasons are in full swing.
Classic retailers such as
offer both women's plus and plus petite skirts
in quality fabrics, often natural fibers.
Solid styles for both career and casual are well
represented, along with prints with an East
Coast Prep style for size 2 to 24W. More
moderately priced options are regularly stocked
at Blair with
women's plus sizes available as large as 5X, and
plus petite sizes as large as 3X.
Department stores such as
Dillard's are go to resources for
classic pencil skirts and other silhouettes that
are career staples in size 14 to 24W.
Those looking for tailored styles can frequently
find options at modern classic
retailers such as
in size 6 to 24W. Although only one
or two styles are often available at any given
time, classic retailers such as
can also be an excellent resource for more
As hem lines come down and classic, full midi
skirt styles come into fashion more off beat
retailers such as
(size 14 to 28W) and
eShakti (size 0 - 36W) can turn
up some beautiful options.
Less expensive work appropriate, casual, and
evening options are readily found at
in size 14 to 24W and
in size 16 to 34W. Meanwhile,
Old Pueblo Traders
carries casual and work appropriate selections
in size 4 to 28W, and petite styles up to 20P.
Those looking for long evening skirts can find
them often racked with dresses at the major
department stores such as
Lord & Taylor,
in size 1X to 3X, and other lengths, frequently
in chiffon at
Draper's & Damon's.