Postcollege, our moms tried to force us into pencil skirts — you know, for our transition to the "working world." Now, we're more likely to see them styled with vintage t-shirts on our favorite street-style stars  than in corporate America.
Sure, it has a lot to do with the Spring and Fall runways, where pencil skirts got a bold-faced makeover in graphic prints and leather. But we think it has more to do with fashion fixtures like Jenna Lyons, who's made the cool-girl riff on classic dressing so downright chic. Now, we want a pencil for every day of the week — and can you blame us? Done up in statement prints, lace, and a little sheer, these skirts are more fashion-girl than working-girl material.
Part polished, part playful, we think this 3.1 Phillip Lim Foil Stripe Pencil Skirt  ($450) would look especially smart at the office with geeky specs and a button-down.
Don't let the bold print on this ASOS Pencil Skirt in Snake Effect Leather  ($161) intimidate you — just wear it with a t-shirt or a baggy sweater for a more low-key vibe.
With this high-impact printed Club Monaco skirt  ($140), you'll just need a solid button-down or tank to make a statement.
This Gibson & Latimer Lace Pencil Skirt  ($64) isn't just for special occasions — pare it down with a chambray button-down and a pair of strappy sandals for a casual date night.
We remember falling in love with Milly's Hologram Leather Edith Pencil Skirt  ($625) on the runway  — now it's yours to shop.
You might be surprised by how flattering the graphic print on this Pinko Floral Pencil Skirt  ($231) can be.
Tibi's Splotch Splatter Print Stretch Twill Pencil Skirt  ($235) is our kind of art.
A touch of leather and calf hair makes this DKNY Runway Irina Print Pencil Skirt  ($895) the most luxurious kind of pencil.
Madewell's printed pencil skirt  ($68) is finished in a unique batik print that's perfect for pairing with Summer sandals.
This isn't your schoolgirl plaid — with a touch of sheer, the Pixie Market Mesh Plaid Skirt  ($61) feels just a little sexy.
Topshop's Mesh Panel Pencil Skirt  ($50) has an effortlessly sexy vibe that's just the thing for a hot night out.
For something totally ladylike, reach for this French Connection Water Flower Pencil Skirt  ($108) — then juxtapose it with a vintage tee on top.
This Topshop White Lace Pencil Skirt  ($100) would look amazing with a pair of lace-up heels and a silky button-down.
All you need to finish this Balenciaga Jacquard Snake Pencil Skirt  ($704) off is a black t-shirt and pumps — easy, right?
Liven up this sleek Yigal Azrouel Leather Waisted Pencil Skirt  ($590) with a printed top for the office and beyond.
Trust Kenzo to make a pencil skirt  ($396) with a seriously eye-catching lightning bolt print.
Live out your Summer days in J.Crew Collection's Mai Tai Floral Skirt  ($258) with bare legs and colorful heels — then add black tights and ankle boots for Fall.