The Pencil Skirt: Flattering, Feminine, and Fashionable

October 27, 2007 • Magazine

The Pencil Skirt: Flattering, Feminine, and Fashionable

The Pencil Skirt: Flattering, Feminine, and Fashionable

Sat, 2007-10-27 11:00

Jacqueline Zenn

No other piece of clothing has quite the same effect as a pencil skirt. Slip into one that fits you like a glove and soon your inner femme fatale will take over — all you need to do is to add a pair of high heels for instant glamour and sex appeal.

Although pencil skirts are a perennial fashion classic, they’re also the perfect foil to all the crisp blouses, oversize tops, and dramatic sleeve treatments that make up this season’s trends. After all, when you’re doing any kind of volume on top, it’s best to go narrow on the bottom to balance everything out. Here’s a rundown of the current offerings:

Every girl needs a great black skirt in her wardrobe, and this one by Orlando Espinoza is versatile, yet far from basic. For instance, you could wear it to work with peep-toe pumps, a fitted blazer and sexy little top underneath, and come evening, remove the jacket and you’re ready to turn heads. If you’re looking for something a little more elaborate, this intricately draped Marc Jacobs skirt would definitely stand out, even when paired with the simplest of tops.

Of course, it’s also fun to borrow from the boys and try a pencil skirt in more masculine fabrics, like tweed, houndstooth, or herringbone — and this one by Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti fits the bill nicely. A high-waisted style in plush wool is another excellent winter option, and the button detail on this Catherine Malandrino skirt has an elongating effect (and don’t we all want to look long and lean?).

Think that the pencil is one silhouette that means strictly business? Think again – these slim skirts are also ideal for evening, especially when done in a dressy fabric like brocade or a bold color, like this vivid red crossover skirt by Donna Karan (this curve-hugging cut is clearly not for wallflowers). A subtly metallic style is equally eye-catching; for instance, this silver number by Paul and Joe is sure to impress.

Women of all shapes and sizes can look amazing in pencil skirts; it’s just a matter of finding the right one. The only rule of thumb when it comes to shopping for this style is to stick to knee length for maximum leg-lengthening (this hemline works on virtually everyone). Granted, there is some trial and error involved, but once you locate that perfect skirt — you know, the one puts a Marilyn Monroe-esque wiggle in your walk — it’s definitely time to splurge. Like a luxurious cashmere coat or fine Italian leather boots, an amazing pencil skirt is an investment piece that you will wear time and time again.

Top To Bottom:
Orlando Espinoza $290

Marc Jacobs $935

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti $390

Catherine Malandrino $225

Donna Karan $795

Paul and Joe $532

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