Fashionology: your guide to the perfect pencil skirt

Tastefully prim or va-va-voom sexy; just how sharply it fits hips will determine the type and temperature of its femininity.

PENCIL SKIRT 101

  • Precise fit \ lightly skimming for classic chic or snug hugging for a hip-wiggling, Marilyn-esque rear view.
  • Classic kneelength is universally flattering \ lower calf even more for curves.
  • Check your mobility before buying a sharp pencil \ a split or vent should enable at least half-stride walking.
  • “Sit whiskers” (hip-level creases) are inevitable \ but should drop out as you stand and can be minimised by pressing or steaming them flat between wears.

HOT LOOK

“Red” and “leather” –could two elements be more evocatively paired in a pencil skirt? In fact, the Gauntlet zip-front, $299.95 by OnceWas, can be styled for prim days or spicy nights with a minor zip adjustment and a switch of modest top for silky plunged blouse. oncewas.com.au

TWR FASHION PERFECT 5 APRIL 1a. OnceWas _Gauntlet_ zip front leather skirt $299.95, www.oncewas.com.au. Source_ Eliza Crowder eliza@onetwoagency.com

OnceWas Gauntlet zip front leather skirt $299.95, www.oncewas.com.au.

NAME DROPPING

  • Anthea Crawford’s shapely stretch “black and ivory” pencil has a graphic, tweedy pattern, elastic waist and classic knee hemline, $269. antheacrawford.com.au
  • LIFEwithBIRD Someone Like You snug-fit pencil is more va-voom than prim, with a steep, asymmetric hemline rise from right knee to upper left thigh, $280. lifewithbird.com
  • Oskar Inside the Magic sleek-fit mimimalist midi pencil in black or white-striped stretch Tencel and linen, $120. oskarthelabel.com

 

STREET SEEN

Actor Keri Russell sharpens the point of pencil chic, accentuating its narrowing effect below the hips with an oversized knit on top and dagger-toe pumps below.(Getty Images)

Actress Keri Russell sharpens the whole point of pencil chic in an oversized knit and dagger-toe pumps to maximise its svelte tubular line. Photo: Getty Images.

Actress Keri Russell sharpens the whole point of pencil chic in an oversized knit and dagger-toe pumps to maximise its svelte tubular line. Photo: Getty Images.

LOOK WHAT I FOUND

Slimcut, gracefully shapely, the Liaison by Ginger and Smart chimes with “newness” on three fronts: lush floral border, assymetric below-knee hemline and glint of metal buttons, $449. gingerandsmart.com

Ginger and Smart Liaison pencil skirt with floral border and copper button vent $449, www.gingerandsmart.com.

Ginger and Smart Liaison pencil skirt with floral border and copper button vent $449, www.gingerandsmart.com.

 

 

 

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