A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. If you want to appear slimmer, reveal your curves, instantly trim your waist, and assure elegance, the pencil skirt is the go to piece; for any occasion and at any time of the day. The pencil skirt has come a long way since its introduction into the fashion scene. It was introduced by the French designer, Christian Dior, as part of his 1954 Autumn Winter collection. In the designs, Dior shifted the emphasis from the waist to the hip, tailoring the skirt to curve over the hip and narrow towards the knee, reiterating his transition from his signature A-line designs to the H-line designs.
office looks don’t have to look too formal. Add some colour to your outfit either with a coloured skirt or a floral blouse. When styling with pencil skirt, try bold patterns if from your waist downward is slim and trim because it brings out your curves. If you want to look slim but you are more of a curvy type, choose tops with ruffles or a deep V-neck. For plus-size women, try a high-waist pencil skirt style with a shorter hemline, this will help you look slimmer. Also, if you want to achieve a coke bottle figure, make use of belts; the belt’s colour should be darker than your top and your skirt. High heels are usually the go to option for the office look but don’t be afraid to mix it up with something more comfortable. That said, to borrow some wise words from Queen B, “Pretty Hurts”.
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The pencil skirt has metamorphosed from an office must have to an, any occasion and an, any time of the day wear. You can make the best of the many potential of the pencil skirt by creating some very fun trendy looks. Like the photo above, you can rock the pencil skirt with a pair of sneakers and a crop top. It’s easy to put together and fun to look at. An outfit for a stroll in the park or something you wear to brunch with friends
The 1970’s brought about the addition of Lycra in fabric production; which was done for its added ‘stretch’ and ‘recovery’ properties to both knitted and woven fabrics. This has led to skin-tight clothing that still allows the wearer ease of movement. As Nigerians or as Africans, we always find a way of adding that motherland touch to our outfits. The pencil skirt can be matched beautifully with an Ankara blouse finished off with trendy pointy or peep toe heels. The outfit can also be matched with flat strap sandals, depending on the occasion. A peplum design for the blouse to provide that coke bottle curvy look.
Rocking the pencil skirt brings out the best out of your favourite Accessories, or to borrow the words of Samantha Walsh, “your goods”. And as seen from the above photos, picking the right top and shoes to match is key. This, in a way doesn’t only define the where and the when for the outfit but also helps in determining what part of the body you want to exaggerate or keep hidden. Have fun trying out some of these ideas.