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Best Bet: ASOS Abstract Print Skirt

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The most difficult part of wearing a pencil skirt is how unforgiving it is to women in a hurry. A minuscule (or even no) slit combined with less-than-stretchy fabrics can mean tiptoeing through the day. But this ASOS version features a forgiving, lightweight fabric that breathes easily in the summer heat, along with a slit that is just high enough to walk properly without being overly revealing. Try it with a tucked tank or blouse. Then don’t forget to belt it.

ASOS abstract print skirt, $59.40 at ASOS

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