Insomniac Sale Picks: Pencil Skirts

*In this late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Stephanie requested a few picks for pencil skirts, so here we go:

Karen Kane Structured Knit Pencil Skirt – was $98, now $87.99

You all know I’m a huge Karen Kane fan, and this sleek, seamed pencil skirt strikes me as a classic. At 24″ it’s a bit longer than many styles, which is great for those who prefer a more modest look in this style of skirt. Features a back zipper closure, straight hemline, and back vent for ease of movement. Available in sizes XS – XL.

Pim + Larkin Ladylike Elongated Pencil Skirt – was $59, now $29.99

Another great longer option! This bold yellow skirt clocks in at 23″ and a full lining makes for a smooth, sleek fit. This version is a linen blend, so it might be a “buy now, wear later” option, but if you’re a rule bender, wear this through fall and winter with white, black, purple, gray, and cornflower blue. Available in sizes XS – L.

Vince Camuto Brushstrokes Pencil Skirt – was $89, now $58.90

I’m not a huge fan of most printed pencil skirts, but this one really appeals to me. The pattern is neutral and therefore practical, but also abstract and eye-catching. Not a skirt for anyone who feels self-conscious about her hips, but a great bet for those who want something bolder than a solid color. Available in sizes 0 – 14.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for pencil skirts:

  1. J.Crew – I consider J.Crew to be the main pencil skirt source in the U.S. Always in stock in a variety of colors and usually several fabric options.
  2. Nordstrom – This department store generally carries several options, but I’ve heard nothing but praise for the Halogen Seamed Pencil Skirt.
  3. Banana Republic – I love my BR skirts of all kinds, and have found that even when they aren’t carrying a-lines and full skirts, they’ve got sturdy, lined pencils. There are more than half a dozen available now, including this sleek black welt pocket one.

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  • Great pencil skirts, real throwback to the 1950s/60s. Some really nice designs here, actually think the plain yellow one looks best for pure simplicity.

  • AnnR

    I noticed that the new Nordstrom catalog shows a few A-line skirts. The tide of fashion may be moving off of pencils, which may not be a bad thing. Although they’re flattering to many, there are other styles of skirts!

  • Oh my gosh! THANK YOU! These are amazing! And I’ve been toying around in my head about buying yellow, but I didn’t know what colors to wear with it! Now I know…thanks Sal! 🙂

  • hmmm … The J.Crew link isn’t working?

    • Sal

      Thanks, Caroline – all fixed now!

    • Sal

      Fixed!

  • Mary W.

    I loved the graphic look of the Vince Camuto Brushstrokes skirt until I saw the photos in the link–the back center seam is horribly mismatched. 🙁 I’ll bet the side seams are too.

    I understand it uses a lot more fabric to match patterns at seamlines, but the recent poor quality of department store clothes is one of my pet peeves–the original price was $90 and let’s face it, probably cost less than $10 to make. I don’t want to pick on anyone’s country, but the quality issue seems to have gotten much worse with clothes made in China.

    So I’ve stopped buying these clothes and now shop for quality items at thrift stores and I’ve gone back to sewing some of my own clothes.

    • Chris

      Mary,

      I completely agree with you. I hope I don’t get slapped for being too political but here goes. It’s hard to ignore the low quality but still high prices of items made in China. Whether we’re talking about clothes or tools, it’s the same low quality.

      I don’t blame the Chinese workers. They’re just trying to make a living. I don’t even blame the Chinese gov’t. Whom I do blame are the so-called American companies who sold out American workers and went to China for manufacturing. Of course Chinese manufacturing can produce precision, high quality tools and beautiful, well made clothing BUT NOT FOR THE PRICE AMERICAN COMPANIES WANT TO PAY for the goods.

      I say support the clothing manufacturers who stayed here if you can. Karen Kane is one such manufacturer. Personally, I’d rather save up for one of Karen’s approx $100 dresses than have 5 $20 dresses that fall apart and fade after a few washings.

  • And now for another made-in-China skirt the above posters will hate! 😉

    I finally found a pencil I love. Perfect length, nice seams, fits beautifully, soft and stretchy ponte so it’s very comfortable, and only 20 bucks. Ideal. Target.

    http://www.target.com/p/mossimo-women-s-ponte-pencil-skirt-assorted-colors/-/A-14089907