You know that the tide has shifted when Kim K has started wearing the pencil skirt – which by the way, was originally brought to the fashion forefront by Dior to counteract the full-skirted ‘New Look . And now any woman can add this to her closet.
As with many fashion rules (as well as magic tricks), the key is to incorporate the piece using slight-of-hand. If you want to distract from your bottom half, opt for a solid, dark-colored pencil skirt that you pair with a bright or patterned top. Let’s face it – no one was looking at Christina Hendricks’ backside on this night:
Conversely, if your boyish hips trouble you, choose a patterned skirt (perhaps one with a bold pattern even) and a solid piece on top. And so This palm-print skirt from Nordstrom would add the illusion of beautiful curves even to Renee Zellweger. (No offense Renee – I adore you but you could stand to eat a sandwich don’t you think?)
Remember, fit is important. This is a slim-cut skirt, but if it’s too tight, you risk being unable to move or sit down and may look like a sausage stuffed too tightly. You should never have creases or bulges when wearing a pencil skirt (fit, a quality fabric and most importantly, a no VPL underwear or smoothing shaper like Spanx will help). If you go too big, the added fabric will do you no favors. Ideally the waist sits at your waist, and the skirt fabric drops down from the part where your hips are the widest. See your tailor if you’re unsure.
I’ve picked out a few of my favorite pencil skirts across various price points – but they have all one thing in common – they’re all staple pieces that will ensure a stylish ensemble for polished perfection.