lately we’ve had a bit of an obsession with the classic pencil skirt. here’s the thing about these little gems: they never, ever go out of style. if you’re looking to pick up an “investment piece” (we know, go ahead and punch us for using this phrase), this is a silhouette worthy of a splurge. not only are they a timeless favorite, they’re flattering, elongating, and very easy to dress up or down.

we picked up this floral pencil skirt at zara for a mere — wait for it — $25. and let us tell you in no uncertain terms: we’ve worn the shit out of this thing. whether worn with blouses for work or with a screen tee for a casual look, it has paid for itself in dividends. here, we’ve paired it with a screen tee and some delightfully over-the-top earrings from j. crew, and topped it with our favorite moto jacket from nasty gal for a look that’s half rock and roll, half glam.

this is a really easy to look to re-create on the cheap or with an — here we go — “investment piece” for a look that will never go out of style.

top: prince peter collection (similar here); skirt: zara; earrings: j. crew (similar here); jacket: nasty gal; pumps: sam edelman.