Of all the types of skirts on the fashion market, my favorite by far is the pencil skirt. Yes, I adore the miniskirt and I find maxi skirts to be casual and pretty, but there is just something about the pencil skirt that gives the garment that “it” factor that makes the skirt stand out heads and tails above their sister skirts.
Pencil skirts (true pencil skirts where the hemline fits right at the knee) come across as sultry, sexy, beautiful, form-fitting, enticing, alluring, slinky and appealing. Not a bad combination for one skirt!
There’s no need to speak flirty lingo when dressed in a pencil skirt: no words needed because the skirt will control the flirt! A true glamour girl always lets her clothes do the talking; she does the strut filled walking!
A skirt is the lower part of a dress or gown, covering the wearer from the waist downwards, or a separate outer garment serving this purpose.
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: 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 pencil skirt gets its name for its shape: long and slim like a pencil.
Pencil skirts look great when worn as a separate piece of clothing (especially worn with a crop top) or as part of a dress suit or business suit. A pencil skirt usually has a vent or pleat in the back, or sometimes on the side of the skirt, since its slim, narrow shape can restrict walking and movement of the wearer. Due to the tight fit of the pencil skirt, the wearer is forced to take smaller, delicate, sexy steps!
The pencil skirt clings and hugs the body in all the “write” places. Show off your hips, curves and lower legs and catch the attention of people’s grateful faces!
Nancy Mangano’s Pencil Skirt Fashion Tip: The ideal shoes for wearing with a pencil skirt are high-heeled pumps, platform stilettos, strappy heeled sandals or high-heeled ankle boots. The higher the heel, the better the look. The high heel, when paired with the pencil skirt, emits a highly pleasing aesthetic fashion vibe and adds some sway and swagger to your sexy, feminine walk! For over the top glamour, go bare legged, or wear opaque stockings or sheer stockings! Beautiful!
Pencil skirts and 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. This full length skirt with a narrow hem seriously impeded walking, but wow, was it ever worth the costs. Fashion isn’t meant to be practical, but practically aesthetically pleasing and perfect!
A true fashion diva struts her stuff like a queen! No “behind the scenes” effort to be seen!
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: The French designer Christian Dior introduced the classic modern pencil skirt in his 1954 Autumn Winter collection. This skirt quickly became popular with women, particularly for office wear, since the skirt is business appropriate yet still sensual, sleek and sexy. The success of the pencil skirt was due to women’s desire for new fashions in the wake of the Second World War rationing, coupled with the austere economic climate, when fabrics were expensive.
The pencil skirt feels different from looser fitting skirts, and impacts the wearer’s movements and posture. Due to the form fitting hemline, walking needs to be done in short strides, and entering and leaving a car gracefully may take some practice. When sitting, the legs and knees are close together.
The outcome? Activities such as climbing ladders and riding bicycles can be very difficult in a pencil skirt. However, activities such as turning heads and feeling va-va-voom sexy when dressed in a pencil skirt are a sure deal!
Basic Types of Popular Skirts:
- A-line skirt
- Bell shaped skirt
- Circle skirt
- Divided skirt
- Full skirt
- Inverted Pleated skirt
- Pencil skirt
- Pleated skirt
- Short skirt
- Straight skirt
- Wrap skirt
The pencil skirt: the “write” skirt for all occasions!
Since the 1970s and the rise of pants for women as a fashion option, no one skirt length has dominated fashion for long, but the alluring pencil skirt is at the top for a stylish, glamorous look that always remains fashion strong!
“I dare say, watching you walk in that sleek fitting skirt is a pleasing sight to behold.”
“I adore my hip hugging pencil skirt. I feel empowered, sexy, feminine and bold.”
“Your skirt paired with the ruffled blouse and your five inch heels makes me want to stare.”
“If you ever master the pencil skirt and stiletto heels it’s all you’ll want to wear.”
“I’d ask if I could borrow your pencil, but you’ll probably give me a yellow number 2.”
“You’ll need to write your own fashion ticket and buy a pencil skirt for you!”
Pencil Skirt: Take the test…dress in a pencil skirt! You’ll not only pass the test, but you’ll never go wrong. Be fashion strong all day long!
Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com