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.
The knitted one
Pencil skirts have a reputation for being somewhat uncomfortable and ever so slightly restrictive – a soft knit style will offer that elegant, feminine silhouette without any of the drawbacks.
Either team Victoria Beckham’s white ribbed incarnation with a matching white top or a knit in a similar texture for instant chic.