Pencils – gotta’ love ’em. “But people don’t use pencils much anymore, with email, texting,” you say. “The pencil is quickly dwindling away.”

Ah, maybe so, but the pencil skirt is here to stay!

The pencil skirt – such a staple of women’s fashion! A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut (long and lean like a pencil). Generally, a true pencil skirt has a hem that falls to, or just below the knee, and is tailored for a close fit. A pencil skirt, when hugging a feminine figure, appears long, elegant and slinky!

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Pencil skirts look great from the front and the back. Let’s get real…pencil skirts exude sex appeal!

Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: The slim, narrow shape of a pencil skirt can restrict the movement of the wearer, so pencil skirts often have a slit at the back, or at the sides. When walking in a pencil skirt, you have to take small steps so as not to fall down. Hey, fashion is easy on the eyes, but not always easy to pull off!

Not sure what to wear? May I suggest a pencil?

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Some classic shoes for wearing with a pencil skirt are pumps or high stilettos. These shoes always glam up an outfit. If you are dressed in a more casual pencil skirt, flat shoes add a youthful appearance that gives a throw back look to the 1960s. Want to go preppy? Slip your feet into a grand pair of loafers!

Who said pencils are just for writing?

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Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: The French designer Christian Dior introduced the classic modern pencil skirt in the late 1940s. Narrow fitting skirts have a long history in western fashion. The predecessor to the pencil skirt is the hobble skirt, a pre-World War I fad inspired by the Ballets Russes.

Remember: A true pencil skirt seriously impedes walking, so hobble lightly so  you don’t wobble and fall down. Baby steps…but they are worth it!

When wearing a pencil skirt take short strides, but the longer walk is worth the ride!

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Fashion Tips for Wearing a Pencil Skirt Well:

  1. Move gracefully.
  2. Do not climb ladders or try to ride a bicycle.
  3. If your skirt doesn’t slit in the back or the sides, be careful bending over. You don’t want to rip the seam out of the back of the skirt.
  4. Pencil skirts, when worn with a nice blazer or shirt, make great office apparel.
  5. Pencil skirts make for perfect garments to wear in the wind. Generally, the skirt is too tight to be blown up. In fact, you’ll be lucky to be able to slink yourself out of it when it comes time to take the darling skirt off.



Pencil skirts, though covering your hips and thighs, sky rocket sex appeal sky high!

Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: A slit in the back or the sides of a skirt is often referred to as a vent or kick pleat!


Whether you’re walking the catwalk, walking down the street, or merely sitting, the pencil skirt is always fashion fitting!


Fashion Tip: If you’re sitting in a classroom wearing a pencil, and someone asks you if they can borrow your pencil, you may want to think twice. Unless the class is boring…you could really add some spice!

Still not sure what to wear? I stand by my suggestion of the pencil skirt!

As a fashion lover, I tip my hat to the miniskirt, the maxi skirt, and most all skirts in between. But the pencil, with its body hugging shape and its slinky appeal, takes the ribbon as the skirt queen!

You sly, sexy minx you!

Long and lean: the pencil!

Time to take that test? When wearing the pencil, you’ll always do your best.

Ace the fashion test: Wear the pencil!

Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two murder mystery novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her lifelong relationship with fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.


About authornancymangano

Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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