How To Style Your Pencil Skirt: 10 New Ideas

The pencil skirt is back in a big way this season, via Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Erdem and Calvin Klein. Cast aside any aspersions you might have about them feeling dated; for spring/summer 2018, it’s less about the va va voom Marilyn Monroe version that was designed to wiggle around in and more about cocooning a woman’s shape. They are fitted, but not skin-tight. They also come in materials not associated with their corporate reputation – think knits and vinyls. To avoid looking too office-bound, choose a shade in a bright colour, or choose a heavily embellished style – the more feathers and sequins the better. If you truly want to bring your pencil skirt forward, then ditch towering heels, bid adieu to platform court shoes and swap for a strappy modest heel instead, or if you’re feeling bold, socks and shoes – much more modern, and a lot more comfortable.

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The long-length one

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The longer-length pencil skirt was big on the catwalks – reaching just below the knee at Fendi, Prada and Gucci this season. Consider it a more sensual version of the midi-length skirt styles that have been pervasive over the past 12 months.


Sleek, minimalist and modern, this navy skirt has all the signatures of a Calvin Klein classic. A flash of contrast blue detailing around the pockets injects a contemporary feel.

Side detail skirt, £600, Calvin Klein at Farfetch


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