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Q: Pencil skirts seem so frumpy, but I appreciate that they are the perfect work item. Do you have any ideas on how to wear them and still look stylish and fashionable?

A: A pencil skirt is a working wardrobe must-have!  When wearing a matching jacket, keep the look interesting with a top or camisole in a different texture and/or colour. Jazz it up in coloured or printed jackets.  Lose the jacket and pair with a neutral button-down shirt for a classic look, or a stylish blouse in an opulent fabric for a chic, elegant look. Add some personality with a coloured top and statement necklace, or select a skirt in fun, bold colours or prints (animal, geometric or floral).  Always ensure a good fit (avoid super tight!) and the correct length (typically just above or mid-end knee) to show off shapely legs to perfection. Complete with stylish shoes – bold or printed pumps, chic sandals, classy booties or sassy Mary-Janes.

The answer to this Q&A was brought to you by Chata Romano Image Consultant Marlise du Plessis

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