As an immense lover of all things fashion, I simply adore pencil skirts. Yes, adore them! Of all the styles of skirts on the market, pencil skirts stand out heads and tails above the rest, in my book of fashion choices.
The snug, tight fit of the pencil skirt, with the slinky and sensual visual effect, makes pencil skirts the most popular and sexy of all skirt cuts.
A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. Generally the hem falls to, or just below or above, the knee and is tailored for a close, hugging fit.
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: The pencil skirt is named for its shape; long and lean like a pencil.
The pencil skirt may be worn as either a separate piece of clothing, or as part of a dress suit. The slim, narrow shape of the pencil skirt (especially as it clings to the knees) can restrict movement of the wearer, so pencil skirts often have a slit at the back, or at the sides. A kick pleat, which exposes less skin, can also be used to give movement to the wearer, instead of a slit.
Pencil Skirt Fashion Tip: Since the popular pencil skirt exudes glamour, pencil skirts look fabulous when worn with high heels (which will help to accentuate calf muscles), bare legged or sheer stockings and crop tops or feminine, tight fitting blouses or sweaters.
Pencil skirts exude glamour to the wearer in all types of weather!
If you aren’t a lover of high heels, or if you prefer to wear flat shoes from time to time, ballet flats or sandals look elegant with pencil skirts, creating a more casual, youthful appearance that echoes the 1960s. Also, what do you get when you mix pencil skirts and loafers? The classic “prep” look!
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: Narrow-fitting skirts have a long history in western fashion. The predecessor of the pencil skirt is the hobble skirt, a pre-World War I fad inspired by the Ballets Russes. The hobble skirt, a full-length skirt with a narrow hem, seriously impeded walking…hence the name “hobble skirt.”
Hobble, hobble, walk and wobble the catwalk dressed in the pleasant pencil skirt!
So flirt your fabulous girly figure when adorned in a pencil skirt…
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: The French designer Christian Dior introduced the classic modern pencil skirt in his 1954 Autumn Winter collection. The pencil skirt quickly became popular with women, particularly for office wear. This success was due to women’s desire for new fashions in the wake of the Second World War and Cold War rationing, along with the austere economic climate, when clothing materials and fabrics were expensive.
Write your way into mainstream fashion when dressed in a pleasing pencil skirt!
For the wearer of pencils skirts, this cut of skirt feels different from more loose fitted skirts, impacting the wearer’s movements and posture. Because pencil skirts fit snug and hug the hips, buttocks and thighs, pencil skirts can make the wearer feel sexy, appealing and alluring, while maintaining an overall classy look.
I’m hooked on the pencil skirt’s sensual, high glam and high fashion look!
Pencil Skirt Fashion Tip: If you do step out in a slinky, dinky, tight fitting pencil skirt, walking needs to be done in short, graceful strides. Entering and exiting a car with ladylike flair takes practice. When sitting, the legs will be held close together due to the slim cut of the pencil skirt at the knee.
The moral of the above paragraph? The visual allure of the pencil skirt is well worth its movement limitations…however, activities such as climbing ladders and riding bicycles can be extremely difficult to pull off in a pencil skirt. If you’re an adventurous spirit, I said can be difficult to pull off; not impossible. So hey, fashion diva, whether you’re heading out to pump gas or attending a black tie theater event, if you’re so inclined, slithering yourself into a fine looking pencil skirt will work just fine!
Basic Skirt Fun Fact: A skirt is the lower part of a dress or gown, covering the wearer from the waist downwards. The hemlines of skirts can vary from micro to floor-length. Generally, with the pencil skirt, the hemline stops at, or just below, the knee.
Although pencil skirts hold the number one spot for beautiful skirts in my fashion book, there are many styles of skirts that are popular, comfortable and can bring out your own unique fashion glamour girl and style preference.
Basic Types of Skirts:
- A-Line Skirt: A slight flair at the hem, making the skirt in the shape of the letter A.
- Bell-Shaped Skirt: Flared from the waist, then cylindrical for much of the length.
- Circle Skirt: A skirt cut in sections to make one or more circles, so the skirt is full and hangs smoothly from the waist without darts, pleats or gathers.
- Full Skirt: A skirt with fullness gathered at the waistband.
- Pleated Skirt: A skirt with fullness reduced to fit the waist by means of regular pleats or folds.
- Miniskirt: A skirt with the hemline above the knee; often at the thigh or slightly below the buttocks.
- Pencil Skirt (Straight Skirt): A tailored skirt hanging straight from the hips and fitted from the waist, clinging to the hips, thighs and buttocks, often tightening at the knee.
- Wrap Around Skirt: A skirt that wraps around the waist with an overlap of material.
I greatly adore all types of skirts, don’t get me wrong…but the pencil skirt exudes a look that is sophisticated, feminine, sexy and strong!
A fashion fan of the pleasing pencil skirt? Pencil me in!
Just one look, that’s all it took, and on the pencil skirt I was hooked!
“It’s going to take you all day to walk this mall with your baby step shuffle.”
“No problem. I have all day…no feathers will I ruffle.”
“But the faster you walk, you’ll have more time to get other things done.”
“Sweetheart, I’m wearing a pencil skirt. I can barely walk…let alone run.”
“Is fashion and its glorious aesthetics worth it to you to lose time?”
“Hands down…I’ll give up everything else to wear my slinky pencil skirt, on a dime!”
“The pencil skirt must be some skirt divine!”
“The most superb skirt on the planet. Simply sublime!”
So the next time you’re in the market to purchase a new skirt? Go with the pencil skirt for a tight fitting look that’s a fashion homerun every time!
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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