10 Ways to Make the Pencil Skirt Work for You
Want to instantly whittle your waist, enhance curves, appear slimmer, and look chic no matter the occasion? Simple: stock up on the coveted pencil skirt.
No longer your grandmother’s go-to ensemble, this timeless wardrobe must-have has been boosting the confidence of women everywhere for decades and it’s now hotter than ever, thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Christina Hendricks making it a red carpet staple. And no matter your body type, rocking the pencil skirt can flatter your figure and make the most out of your favorite accessories. It’s no wonder this hip-hugging skirt has withstood the test of time.
“The history (of the pencil skirt) is quite fascinating,” explains image consultant Thea Wood. “Dior introduced the design to relieve women of the impractical hobble skirt, named after a restraint for horses.”
Yikes. Fortunately for us, the pencil skirt is a lot easier to wear and is perfectly stylish for day or night.
“It highly contrasted to Dior’s ‘New Look’ A-line skirt, which is full and allows for movement. (However), if you feel bottom heavy in an A-line, the pencil skirt is your best alternative.”
Los Angeles-based stylist Laurie Brucker agrees that this simple, yet sizzling hot silhouette continues to be in high demand.
“Forget A-line skirts being ‘universally flattering,’” says Brucker. “For me and my clients, it’s all about the pencil skirt. I’ve worked with women of all shapes, sizes, and proportions and pencil skirts are ‘for the win’ in every wardrobe. I’ve seen them work on every frame and every shape.”
How can this once-office must-have work for you? Several celebrity stylists reveal how to make the pencil skirt your new thing for whenever and wear–ever.