November 29, 2012

The 5 Key-Pieces In Your Wardrobe And How To Wear Them: The Pencil Skirt

With its slim-fitting shape and straight, narrow cut, the pencil skirt has the ability to flatter any type of silhouette, which makes it a must have clothing item for every woman out there.

Its name is derived precisely from its shape, long and slim just like a pencil, and if you think this type of fit is restrictive, just wait until you hear about the pencil skirt’s predecessor. In 1908, the Wright brothers brought the wife of an associate, Mrs. Berg, to be the first ever woman to travel on a plane, and to prevent her skirt from being blown by the wind, they tied a rope just above her ankles. Due to the fact that photos from the event were highly publicised, the makeshift pencil skirt became a fad in the pre WWI years, and was named ”the hobble skirt”, due to the fact that it actually “hobbled” the wearer. Today, the look is recreated in mermaid gowns.

A few decades later, in the late 1940s, Christian Dior introduced the pencil skirt as we know it today, dubbing it ”the H-line” to describe its silhouette. The look was highly contrasting to his famous “A-line”(commonly known as New Look silhouette), but was nonetheless appreciated by women. The pencil skirt signaled a return to fashion after the war and an embrace towards a woman’s curves and soon enough, the most glamorous Hollywood stars of the time helped popularise it. Marylin Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Laurent Becall were all advocates of the sexy skirt.

Today, the pencil skirt remains a wardrobe staple for every woman who wants to be stylish and seductive. Wear yours with a tailored blazer, heels, a chic shoulder bag and a pair of 3/4 gloves and you have a perfect business-appropriate outfit.

Switch things up and make your pencil skirt party-ready by pairing it with a glamorous top (try a peplum, which will enhance your hourglass silhouette even more), a party clutch, statement earrings, sky-high heels, a glamorous necklace that draws the eye and a couple of cocktail rings.

Alternatively, pair your pencil skirt with a few punk-inspired pieces, such as a skull print shirt or a studded biker jacket and studded ankle booties, a colourful bag and a few tough girl chic accessories, such as a fish bone ring or a claw knuckle duster, and you’ve got yourself a killer daytime outfit.

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Valentino skirt


Emilio Pucci blazer


Emilio Pucci blazer – €3,094
Aspinal of London glove


Emilio Pucci clutch


Alexander McQueen top


DANNIJO necklace


DANNIJO necklace – €1,067
River Island belt


Dareen Hakim clutch


House of Harlow 1960 ring


Emilio Pucci ring


Lanvin glove


Lanvin gloves – €624
Giuseppe Zanotti ankle booties



Versace pumps


Versace pumps – €557
Linda Farrow Luxe sunglasses


Valentino pumps


Valentino pumps – €480
Top


Rebecca Minkoff shoulder bag


Jewelry


Ring


Emporio Armani watch


Ring


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