The modern pencil skirt was introduced to the world in the 1940s, though it was not until a decade later that the piece reached fashion prominence and became a staple for the office. Associated with sexy silhouettes and a womanly figure, a pencil skirt hugs curves and necessitates graceful, careful movement. No wonder this fashion fave has stuck around and can be found in many women’s wardrobes today. It’s easy to perfect the pencil skirt look, whatever the occasion – just remember to dress and accessories to suit your body shape.
Dressing for your shape
Whilst hourglass shapes may find it tricky to find clothing to suit their shape, a pencil skirt showcases curves brilliantly. Choose a pencil skirt which falls exactly on the waist, as this will emphasis the slimmest part of your body – a skirt which fastens above the waist can shorten your torsos.
Pear shapes should choose a pencil skirt which tapers in at the hemline for the most flattering look. Go for a skirt made from a lightweight fabric as a heavier texture can emphasis wider hips and may you look and feel bulky.
Apple shapes who have a larger midsection, should choose a pencil skirt with a side-fastening and no detail on the front as this will help skim over your tummy, creating the illusion of a flatter stomach. A slit up the back will focus attention away from areas you are uncomfortable with and make the most of sexy legs!
Accessorizing the pencil skirt
The pencil skirt is a versatile wardrobe staple which can quickly be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Buying just one plain pencil skirt and adding extras and accessories is a cost-effective way of creating numerous new outfits, whilst staying on-trend through changing seasons.
For an evening out your plain pencil skirt can be combined with black tights and heels to create a stylish outfit and a unique look. The blue embellished spike collar from the range makes a gorgeous statement addition to a plain black top. A bright blue and silver chunky bangle will help tie the look together.
For a casual weekend a pencil skirt looks fab with a sweatshirt for a laid-back look. Go for a fine-knit, such as cashmere or merino which will soften the harsh lines of the pencil skirt. A pale colour like taupe, camel or peach will help feminize the look further. Keep things casual with brown ankle boots and nude tights.
A curve-hugging pencil skirt is ideal for the office though can look a little racy! Tone down the look with a pussy bow blouse and retro make-up – a sweep of black eyeliner and pillar-box red lipstick.