I’ve always been intrigued by high-waisted pencil skirts. As a little girl, I used to dream of wearing them as part of a business suit to work because I thought they were so feminine and flattering. That dream quickly deteriorated as I entered corporate America and felt compelled to wear some variation of them every day. But I still love incorporating them into my wardrobe outside of work. Although they’re typically paired with more formal pieces, I’m amazed at how well they can take on a casual vibe with just a few small adjustments. I dressed this one up this time, but the striped pattern would fit just as well with a pair of sneakers and a casual tee tied over it.