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Sharpen Up with Pencil Skirt

Saturday, 15 May 2010

pencil skirtThe pencil skirt is closely related to the iconic sheath dress invented by Coco Chanel in 1926. It was a short, simple, calf-length, straight black dress decorated only by a few diagonal lines. In addition to their hip-hugging cut and length, they have another similarity - their elegant practicality and versatility. If the dress suits many occasions, being the centerpiece of the unspeakably elegant look, the pencil skirt with its provocative hipline is even more suggestive.

The pencil skirt is regarded as a classic fashion piece, a wardrobe staple, either on its own or as part of a suit. Its narrow shape can restrict movement, so pencil skirts often feature a slit, usually at the back, but sometimes instead a back pleat which is considered more modest. The classic shoes for wearing with a pencil skirt are a pair of high heels, with sheer stockings or tights.

Narrow-fitting skirts have a long history in western fashion. However, it was the French designer Christian Dior who pioneered with his New Look and introduced the pencil skirt in the late 1940s, using the term H-line to describe its shape. It quickly became very popular, particularly for office wear. This success was due to women's desire for new fashions in the wake of the drudgery of the Second World War coupled with the austere economic climate, when fabrics were expensive and still rationed, and full-skirted garments were seen as wasteful. It again became popular for business women in the 1980s, as part of the «power suit» style of dressing, and has remained a popular mainstream fashion choice ever since.

However, this is one version of the emergence of the pencil skirt. According to another story, pencil skirt as we know it is nothing else but a modification of the hobble skirt introduced in the early 1900s by the French designer Paul Poiret who fashioned long skirts that were narrow at the hem which «hobbled» the wearer (therefore the hobble skirt). This idea brought about accessories such as the hobble garter. The hobble garter limited a woman's stride so that she would not cause the skirt to rip. Eventually the trend faded with the invention of cars as it was difficult to climb in and out of vehicles in such tight fabric.

The pencil skirt feels different from looser types of skirts, and can take some adjustment by the wearer in terms of movement and posture in order to manage it successfully. Walking needs to be done in short strides; entering and leaving a car gracefully takes practice; and when sitting the legs are held close together which some can find restrictive (though others like the feeling of their legs being «hugged» by the skirt). In spite of these apparent disadvantages, the pencil skirt does have practical benefits: it is warmer due to the reduced ventilation, and is less likely to be blown up by gusts of wind.

Pencil skirts are very fashionable because of their versatility and ability to accentuate a woman's natural curves. Pencil skirts can be worn at work, and can be dressed down with different colored tights, shoes, and accessories for casual wear.  Also, a pencil skirt can be bought with slits on the sides for greater mobility when out dancing or walking around town.

Fashion experts suggest wearing dark-colored pencil skirt with a light colored sweater because the light colors will accentuate and dark will be less vivid. Also suggested is wearing a longer shirt with your skirt that stops at the widest part of your hips, or wearing a fitted blazer that is left open, showing your waistline. They also urge you to wear sexy pumps with the highest heels you can handle.

This season, the pencil skirt is the favorite, which evokes a vintage feel when worn with a shrunken jacket or cropped cardigan and high heels, pearls or a brooch. If you like a demure look, go for classic black, adding a fine knit top and peep-toe heel. Neutral shades like grey, beige and black are always chic, make for great basics and are very forgiving on the figure but don't be afraid to embrace print and colour. Contrast is the way to go, or wear tonal shades top and bottom to exaggerate your form. A white shirt looks fresh with a pencil skirt and will pop when accessorized with orange or tan. The trick to wearing bold prints and patterns is to keep things simple up top and go for a nude shoe.

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