Its official – the pencil skirt is back with a vengeance for Spring Summer 2012. Made popular in the 1950’s, the tailored, slim fitting design has been present on many of the major catwalks this season, as well as in numerous high street stores.
How was it worn on the runway? Versace brought the glamour, as to be expected, with stud embellished designs, a collection with a truly Donatella vibe. Think blow-dried, bouncy, blonde hair and golden accents. Prada paired their leather, racing car adorned designs with matching bandeau tops and an exposed midriff whilst Peter Pilotto explored a world of digital, sci-fi prints. The effect was a refreshingly modern take on the popular ladylike chic trend which has dominated the collections.
To avoid looking dated go for subtle designs with edgier elements, such as a leather or print version, both of which can be found on a high street budget. Think the exposed midriff is a step too far? Granted the bandeau top may be a bit much for most; however the same effect can be achieved with a cropped roll neck top and a high-waisted skirt. This allows only a subtle amount of midriff to be seen, erring on the side of demure, whilst giving a nod to both the ladylike and mod trends. Look for designs in a thick cotton which are infinitely more flattering than their thin jersey counterparts.
The pencil skirt is, perhaps surprisingly, a versatile piece. Colours, textures and prints can be clashed as long as the wearer has the confidence to pull it off. The only stipulation? Unless you are of somewhat model-esque height this is a look that is best worn with heels.