A turtleneck shirt or sweater on its own is stylish and comfortable. A pencil skirt on its own is form-fitting, slinky and sensual. When a turtleneck sweater is worn with a pencil skirt, fashion magic happens.
A turtleneck (or polo-neck) is a garment -usually a sweater – with a close fitting, round and high collar that folds over and covers the neck. A turtleneck can also refer to a type of neckline, the style of the collar itself.
A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. Generally the hem falls to, or just below, the knee and is tailored for a close fit. The skirt gets its name for its shape: long and slim like a pencil.
In fashion, a turtleneck worn with a pencil skirt gives off a feminine, powerful vibe. Merely by the form-fitted fashion, the outfit looks chic, sophisticated and stylish. At the same time, the garments cover the body to where the mixture is also appropriate for the office or as business attire.
Turtleneck and Pencil Skirt Fashion Tip: If you’re going for a sexy, sensual look, wear five or six inch heels or platforms with the outfit. If you prefer to appear more office friendly or casual, dress your feet in a one to two inch pump, or flats. The shoe can change the entire appearance of the outfit.
Pencil skirts rock a fantastic look with bare legs and open-toed heels. However, if you want to cover your legs, sheer stockings, opaque nylons and fishnets add a major amount of glitz and glam.
Turtleneck garments have been worn for hundreds of years, dating back to the 15th century. From the late 19th century, turtlenecks were commonly worn by athletes, sailors and naval officers. Since the middle of the 20th century, black turtlenecks have been closely associated with academics, philosophers, artists and intellectuals. Think Steve Jobs and his signature mock turtleneck!
Narrow-fitting pencil skirts have a long history in western fashion. The predecessor to the pencil skirt was the hobble skirt, a pre-World War 1 fad inspired by the Ballets Russes. The French designer Christian Dior introduced the classic modern pencil skirt in his 1954 Autumn Winter collection.
Turtleneck Fun Fact: Turtlenecks have historically acted as substitutes of the traditional and dominant shirt and tie look.
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: The pencil skirt (which I find to be the most visually appealing of all skirts) feels different to the wearer than looser skirts, and impacts the wearer’s movements and posture. Walking needs to be done in short strides. A vent or kick pleat in the center back seam of the skirt, the front or the side, makes it easier to walk with normal strides, while preserving the slim, slinky lines of the skirt.
Turtlenecks + Pencil Skirts = Exquisite Fashion Flair!
The pencil skirt is a particularly popular skirt both for dressy occasions and office wear. When worn with elegant turtlenecks of silk or nylon knit, especially made with French cuffs for formal dress affairs, the combination calls for worldwide sophisticated glamour.
Turtleneck Fun Fact: Designer Halston said, “Turtlenecks are the most comfortable garment you can wear. They move with the body, and they’re flattering too, because they accentuate the face and the figure. They make life so easy: you can wear a turtleneck to work and then afterwards throw on a jacket, and it becomes very dressy. You can go anywhere you like.”
Yes, and with a mixture of a turtleneck and a pencil skirt, the flattery and flash of your figure truly does stand out.
One of the reasons I find the turtleneck and pencil skirt combination to be sexy and alluring, is that even though the majority of your skin is covered, the ensemble emits a sensual, sexy, fashionable aura. Finish the look off with a great pair of high heels and you scream off the charts movie star glamour without trying hard.
Pencil Skirt Fashion Tip: Pencil skirts look fabulous when worn as a separate piece of clothing or as part of a suit.
Turtleneck Fashion Tip: Fashion is definitely unique to each person’s preference, but I find turtlenecks to be most attractive when worn with no necklace. If you do want some neck jewelry to dress up you turtleneck, a long, dangling, simple chain looks elegant and not overdone.
Pencil Skirt Not So Fun Fact: When wearing a skin tight pencil skirt, entering and exiting a car gracefully takes practice. When sitting, your legs tend to hug together, while activities such as climbing ladders and riding bicycles can be difficult.
But hey, no one ever said fashion is practical! Only fabulous! And well worth the effort!
“Excuse me, I need to fill out this form. Do you have a pencil I can use?”
“Sir, my pencil stays on me. But you really do amuse.”
“I don’t see one. Is it covered by your hair and tucked behind your ear?”
“Cute, sir. You can’t miss my pencil. It hugs my hips and my rear.”
“Ah, a gal with a sense of humor and quite a kittenish flirt.”
“Sorry to disappoint you. My pencil is my skirt!”
Wear a turtleneck with a pencil skirt: you’ll never be disappointed!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846