Wardrobe Wishlist: Express High-Waist Geometric Pencil Skirt

As winter break winds down, I’m starting to have nightmares of exams, a jam packed calendar, and having my alarm wake me up before noon. But no matter how much I dread it, next semester is coming and it’s coming fast.

Obviously this has me tearing apart my closet, sifting through piles of jeans and tanks and blazers, letting them all duke it out for a place in my tiny suitcase.

After packing my must-have PMS sweats, I moved on to “work attire,” because, sadly, instead of lounging around the house all day eating leftovers, I will actually have to wake up early and go to an internship when I get back to school.

After my pair of black dress pants and a modest sweater dress made the cut, I was extremely bored. Am I really going to go from partying with friends in my leather jacket and sequined mini to a stuffy button up? I felt my fashionista heart breaking into a million pieces.

That is until I stumbled upon Express during a daily web-surfing session and found the High Waist Cotton Pencil Skirt in Geometric. Suddenly a light bulb went off: Just because I have to wake up early and go to an office like an adult doesn’t mean that I have to leave my fashion-forward college self behind.

When it comes to a work wardrobe, it’s about compromise. The fact that this skirt from Express is professional and trendy at the same time makes it the perfect staple for an appropriate work outfit, while saving me from becoming a drone in black pants and flats. The cotton/spandex fabric allows me to move around comfortably, and the knee length keeps the sexy hip-hugging fit toned down enough for the office. And pairing it with a black blazer will ensure that it is work appropriate.

What I love the most is the geometric pattern. It’s totally unexpected, but surprisingly classy. The horizontal block colors are totally modern and ridiculously slimming (and I’ll take any help I can get; Lord knows my love handles aren’t looking their best after stuffing my face for three weeks straight).

What makes this skirt an even better buy? Trade the button-down for a sequined black tank and layered metal necklaces and you’re ready for happy hour with your friends or a dinner date with the sexy guy from last week’s toga party.

At $49.50, even the price tag is tempting for something I will get so much wear out of. What else could you possibly want out of a pencil skirt?

I’m sold.

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