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A pencil skirt should be in every woman's closet, no matter her size or shape. These sexy numbers fit snugly at your stomach and taper out to trace your hips, thighs, and back-end with figure-flattering perfection.
Penciled in Through History
Christian Dior designed the first pencil skirt in 1954. With his H-line silhouette, he turned attention from women's waists to their hips by tailoring pencil skirts to skim the hips and narrow at the knees. The resulting shape looked almost scandalous, but it brought a sexy, yet functional option to the women's fashion industry.
Today, most working women have pencil skirts in their wardrobe. If you don't, you should.
Getting the Right Fit
Pencil skirts should fit snugly, not tightly. Most women have to have some tailoring done to get the perfect fit, but there are tips to help you find the best fit. When choosing a skirt, find one that fits the largest part of you, which is probably your hips. Look for horizontal lines at your hips and puckering or pulling of the cloth. These are signs the skirt is too small. If you're not sure, get the larger size and have the waist taken in.
Pencil skirts should cover your curves like hot fudge covers ice cream. You want it to fit your hips and your waist comfortably. There are cuts for more boxy shapes and cuts for more curvy shapes. If you can slide two fingers in the waistband or can move the waist around, the skirt is too big. The one-finger rule indicates a great fit — if you can slide one finger under the waist without being in pain, it fits. Pencil skirts should emphasize your backside by covering it smoothly. Any bulges or creasing means that skirt is a no go.
Choosing a pencil skirt length is a matter of function. Most pencil skirts are midi skirts, meaning they stop around the knee. Pencil skirts with above-the-knee hems are mini skirts, and long pencil skirts are maxi skirts. Choose a length based on what you're doing and where you're going. Many dress codes don't allow for mini skirts. A midi skirt is a great work option since it's dress-code friendly and won't get in the way. Maxi skirts are great choices for elegant outings or more formal events.
Wearing Pencil Skirts
Pencil skirts in black or blue paired with a white tunic offers a classic look. Throw on a smart jacket and simple jewelry for business-meeting wear. Add a pop of color with a brightly colored pencil skirt with a snug button-up shirt for bold style. Patterned pencil skirts catch the eye and add some personality to daily wear. For a laid-back look, combine a denim pencil skirt with a white T-shirt and sandals.
Our collection includes pencil skirts from top designers and brands including Banana Republic, Express, H & M, J. Crew, The Limited, and more.