Pencil Me In

Christian Dior created the pencil skirt in the 1950s so that professional women could feel feminine, sexy, and effortlessly put together – without actually being shaped like a pencil. Tired of staring at that awesome piece of fashion with no idea how to wear it?

Here’s how:

It’s no secret pencil skirts fit snug. Flatter your curves by choosing skirts in dark or muted tones. We like these: Boston Proper, New York & Company, and Nanette Lepore.

If you’re looking for lighter colors for spring, neutral shades like grey and beige are always chic, make for great basics and are very forgiving on the figure. But you can spice it up with bright colors and floral prints.

Brands like Spiegel and Newport News offer pencil skirts that help you accentuate your waist and hide your tummy. Try a crisp button-down tucked in or use a bright cardigan to add a pop of color.

Looking to draw attention away from the derriere? Choose pencil skirts with flared hemlines, pleats, or ruffled bottoms.

Minute Mentoring Video: Already have the perfect skirt? Ann Roth shares what fabulous shoes are in this spring.

By Artesia Peluso

“Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just
because that talent wears a skirt.” Shirley Chisholm

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