One item that every woman needs to own is a pencil skirt. This is one piece that will get tons of wear – at work and play and it is even appropriate for formal events. The pencil skirt first appeared in Christian Dior designs in the late 1940s and has never gone out of style. The classic curve hugging cuts come in a variety of different shapes and lengths, making this suitable for everyone from Victoria Beckham to Kim Kardashian. Here’s what to look for when finding a pencil skirt for a curvy figure.
The pencil skirt is designed to accentuate hourglass curves, defining a narrow waist, showing off the hips and booty, and coming in again at the knees. Some stylists will tell you that this is the only body type that should wear pencil skirts but that is not true. The key is finding the right one for you.
If you want to concentrate attention on your upper body or toned calves, choose a dark, solid color worn with bright top or eye-catching shoes. For wide shoulders, balance your figure by wearing a bold print or sparkly skirt. This Velvet Floral pattern by ASOS is a showstopper.
The apple shape needs to work defining the waist. Nothing goes better with the vintage pencil skirt than a peplum! You can choose exactly where your waist flares out by opting for a peplum on top or one attached to the skirt itself!
The original pencil skirts hit knee for a demure yet sexy silhouette. Modern versions can be shorter but here’s how to choose the right hemline for your body. Let’s start with the don’ts. You don’t want the hem to land at the widest part of your leg. If that’s the calf, opt for a shorter hemline or ankle length pencil skirt.
The most classic form and one that can work for almost anyone is a pencil skirt that lands just above the knee. Like this highly recommended classic pencil skirt from the Gap. For something below the knee, this high-low pencil skirt from Mossimo has tons of interesting detail including leather panels.
Plenty of those cheap clothes out there are exactly that. There’s none of the tailoring, structure, or lining that is so essential in dressing a full figure. Even when buying a simple high-waisted pencil skirt, make sure that the fabric is thick enough to hide panty lines and more. A denim pencil skirt will quickly become a go-to item in your wardrobe. Or for something sassy, check out this amazing Leather Pencil Skirt by ASOS curve.
Fashion is about having fun! Details not only show off your unique style and personality but can also further flatter the figure. Look for items that visually add length like pinstripes, pleats, or vertical zippers or prints.
If you have assets you want to accentuate, it’s all in the details. This fabulous Louben Pencil Skirt has sassy pleating at the back to highlight the backside. Even better, it makes it easier to walk.
Styling the pencil skirt isn’t just about the skirt but what you wear on top. Many skirts are high-waisted, adding a built in layer of smoothing that helps layering on top. Structured items like tailored blazers and of course the peplum are perfect additions to the vintage skirt.
For ladies that carry their weight in the middle, look for loose tops with excellent tailoring like this MYNT 1972 Claire blouse.