Suits fans were quick to fall in love with Meghan Markle's character Rachel Zane, a sassy #girlboss schooled in the art of power dressing. And the fashion world took note of the paralegal's impeccable wardrobe, packed-full of beautifully tailored designer pieces that made her look a million dollars. But it is Rachel's vast collection of pencil skirts that caught our eye - and made us fall back in love with the oft-forgotten piece of clothing.
Meghan's character Rachel Zane is often seen rocking a pencil skirt in Suits
Power dressing isn't necessarily Meghan's typical style - she is a Cali girl and admits to liking a laidback look - but Suits has helped her style to evolve. "I now really appreciate the value of tailoring, the quality and craftsmanship of desingers' pieces," she once told InStyle. "I mean, you can't help but fall in love with a Tom Ford pencil skirt."
Pencil skirts are often overlooked, deemed too 'prim' or 'proper', but they can actually be your secret weapon for looking more powerful and confident on the job, sexy on a night out, or chic on the weekend. Plus they're flattering - providing you invest in one with the right fit and proportions, a pencil skirt flatters practically any shape by whittling your waist and enhancing your curves.
Pencil skirts work for Meghan's off-duty style, too
Meghan's character Rachel often wears her with a silk blouse or a crisp white shirt, rolled up to the elbows and with a turned-up collar to add an edge. She also pairs them with sleeveless, semi-sheer blouses to up the sexiness of her look. Our favourite pencil skirt of hers is the grey wool version with a fishtail hem - the unusual detail adds an extra sartorial edge to the look.
Meghan often rocks the form-flattering piece with beautiful silk blouses
But how should you wear yours? It's a really versatile addition to your wardrobe and you can pair it with almost anything. If you're worried that the look is too 'prim', choose a leather pencil skirt or one with a side-split. It doesn't have to be a big one, just enough to flash a glimpse of leg is perfect. If you want to emphasise your curves, tuck in your top or wear a crop top. For those wanting to up their sartorial game, pair with a slogan tee or layer with a long peplum top. Happy experimenting!