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Sharpen up with pencil skirts
Latest Updated by 2004-11-19 09:54:18

While skirts come in many shapes and sizes this fall, including that full circle skirt so popular in spring and summer, fall's most prevalent shape is the pencil skirt. The idea of the best way to show off the female shape must have put designers in a vintage frame of mind. Dominating the fall runways are various skirts from the 1920s, '30s,'40s and '50s, with a modern twist.

This season, the favorite is the pencil skirt, which evokes a vintage feel when worn with a shrunken jacket or cropped cardigan and high heels, pearls or a brooch. The pencil skirt was a late 1940s creation of Christian Dior and his then-fledgling French fashion house, trimming his skirt into a new silhouette that hugs the hips and follows the curve of the leg, stopping just at or above the knee. The look caught on with women because the cut is flattering, especially for women with curves. Now the pencil skirt has become a staple addition to the wardrobe.

Sexy look

Despite its longer hem, however, the pencil skirt isn't necessarily meant to be modest. It's sexy when it tightly hugs the body or is made of sensual fabrics and worn with fishnet stockings. Chiffon silk and lycra are no doubt the suitable material to endow the already charming shape with more sexy wildness. This year, designers have added details to the skirt. Many skirts have additional straps, reaching from the hip-belt over the hips, around the waist or even connecting the bra and belt.

Make time for romance

The hottest trend is the romantic retro style. The extremely wearable tight sweater and pencil skirt, combined with some understated embroidery, is a popular accent on delicate style. Colors like lavender, peach, black, pale yellow and pink match go well with soft fabrics. Since femininity is still the dominant influence, you can add more ladylike clothes to your wardrobe with everything from lace-up boots to cameo jewelry and strong colors like red and blue.

Skirts and the city

City streets are full of young ladies walking the streets in pencil skirts, even in cold weather. Tweed checks and leopard prints are this fall's top choices in fabrics and patterns. Geometric prints are very popular this year, as abstract shapes always accentuate. It has become a top pattern choice for trendy young women who want to stand out on the high street in elegant knee-length pencil skirts. Short-length boots are a fashionable footwear addition to complement the outfit.

How to wear pencil skirts

The perfect fit follows the curves of the body and sits a little low on the waist.

The perfect length is at the knee or up to two inches below, but remember never above. The best fabric for pencil skirts is lightweight, tropical wool that creates a lean body-hugging line, yet still has some give to it. Keeping it unadorned is a basic principle of wearing this kind of skirt. Be sure there are no pockets, no belt loops, no front pleats, just an invisible zipper in the back.

Editor: Donald

By:Florence Sun Source:szdaily
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