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How to Wear a Pencil Skirt and Sweatshirt

Meet Your Cool-Girl Alternative to the Cocktail Dress

We're only a couple of weeks into December, but lest you should already tire of the proverbial cocktail dress, we've got your fix. This season we're drawing on the polished but laid-back outfit combos we saw on the likes of Tibi's Fall runway, with slouchy sweatshirt tops and posh pencil skirts. It's the best of both worlds — a mix of comfort and cool — that's as fresh and unexpected as it is easy to pull together. The trick is finding luxe fabrics to make the ensemble all the more eye-popping. Look to festive jacquard in seasonal reds and greens, sleek leather, and satin-finished peplum to dress up, then counter with a sportier sweatshirt top (that'll also keep you cozy!). Should you fear you're not quite party-ready, that's where your footwear factors in — opt for a minimalist, totally sexy ankle-strap heel to finish it off, and if you're still in search of something to glam it up, don't hesitate to complement your neckline with your favorite statement baubles. Et voilà, you're set for a night out in three easy pieces — just shop our editors' picks for every party girl's chic alternative to party dresses.

Shop from left to right: Tibi Neoprene and Floral-Lace Sweatshirt ($425), By Malene Birger Olinas Leather and Jersey Paneled Pencil Skirt ($695), Tibi Carine Ankle Strap Sandals ($395); Dsquared2 Sweatshirt Style Top ($394), J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Metallic Floral ($100, originally $148), Steve Madden Realove Pump ($80); Mango Sequined Sweatshirt ($50), By Malene Birger Doraona Silk and Wool-Blend Peplum Skirt ($395), Proenza Schouler High Heel Ankle Strap Sandal ($695)

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