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 office one
The difference this season is that pencil skirts are no longer designed to sculpt and sexualise, but rather to cocoon. This is also handy for those who like to be able to move in their clothes.
Ellery’s long-length pencil skirt is fitted but not shrink-wrapped. Style with a boxy top for a 2018 update.