Office wear

What to wear for work? It MUST be a pencil dress from Walk in Wardrobe!


Victoria Beckham style pencil dress - great for the office!

Victoria Beckham style pencil dress – great for the office!

If you are a fan of Mad Men, you would have noticed Joan Holloway rocking out her curves at work in pencil dresses.  Joan’s work clothes have inspired women across the nation and have shown us that work outfits do not have to be dowdy and boring.  The pencil dress is the perfect outfit for work, being smart and feminine whilst also adding a touch of sexiness with a little wiggle when you walk!  So why are pencil dresses so fantastic for work?

Timeless classics which are smart yet glamorous

Long sleeved colour block work pencil dress

Long sleeved colour block work pencil dress

These dresses have really stood the test of time and vintage reproduction pencil dresses have been in vogue for years.  Although there have been some minor modernizing tweaks to the pencil dress, the overall style of the dresses have remained the same.  By way of example, whilst in the 1950’s, pencil dresses were generally made of ridged fabrics, nowadays there are many more pencil dresses and skirts made out of stretchy fabric, to ensure that whilst wearing it at work, you still have uninhibited freedom of movement.  The key to the glamour of these dresses and skirts lies in the cut.  The elegant pencil cut flatters the contours of the figure to give a streamlined shape and also gives a very neat and professional look.  The slight taper that the hemline has draws attention to a fuller hip and a smaller waist, giving you a glamorous and sexy shape.


These dresses are perfect work to after work events and are great desk to dinner dresses.  For a professional, chic look at work, team your pencil dress with simple jewellery and some heels and an up do.  Then after work, accessorise accordingly for your night out:  if you are going out for a casual night, you can change out of your work stilettos and match the dress with some flats and add a few chunky bangles for a really different look.  Alternatively, if you are going out after work to a formal event, just add a few statement, sparkly accessories to your pencil dress, a bling clutch bag and some show stopping stiletto shoes, and you have a glamorous, sophisticated outfit.

Great on all body shapes

I have yet to find a body shape which does not suit the pencil dress.  These dresses look great on petite figures as they give the illusion of a hip and emphasises a tiny waist.  They also have the added benefit of elongating a smaller lady.  For the curvier lady, pencil dresses appear to streamline the figure and again, focuses on the smallest part of the body, the waist, giving a much sought after killer hourglass shape.  Many of our pencil dresses also have rouching along the tummy area, which is a real boon if you are trying to hide that problem area!

To me, a pencil dress is a definite wardrobe essential, and they are so versatile you can really get your monies worth out of them.  Whilst a Victoria Beckham pencil dress may set you back over £1000, you can get that Victoria Beckham pencil look at a fraction of the cost at our boutique!