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A pencil skirt is a thin, leg hugging skirt, that often has a slit, or pleat to allow a better range of movement.

Created in the 1950’s by Christian Dior, the goal was a feminine body-hugging design.

The original design often made women move quite a bit when they would walk, so over the years the skirts evolved to include a slit up the back or side to give some ease of movement.

The goal was to draw attention to the hips, rather than the waist. This makes it an ideal skirt for any body type.

Your size, hape and figure muct be put into consideration when choosing a pencil skirt.

Go up a size and have it custom tailored if your bottom is heavy.

With all that said and done, here are 7 ways to rock a pencil skirt.

For clean lines:

Keep your lines cleans by using a body-shaper under the outfit. Wear a black pencil skirt with a white blouse and blazer. Use pumps and pair it with a matching shoulder bag, or briefcase.

For white skirts:

Black pencil skirts are generally considered office wear, but consider a white pencil skirt, paired with the right top and shoes instead. White skirts can work, just use that to highlight your outfit instead of your top and shoes.

Using a belt:

A knee length pencil skirt, with a brown belt and white shirt are always a winner. Just make sure you match shoes to the outfit so you don’t look too casual. Heels and pumps are a winner here; avoid sneakers, sandals and less dressy shoes.

For greys:

Consider a grey pencil skirt. This is so versatile, that you can really dress up the outfit with your shoes or top to complete the look. You can also pair it with a sweater, or a blazer.

For blue shades:

Blue pencil skirts are a good choice with sweaters, and brown belts. Wear a white blouse to complete the look. This works well with your hair up in a bun.

With a sheer top:

A long hugging pencil skirt, paired with a see through top and black bra scream sexy, and is perfect for an intimate date night for two. Add in some red high heels, and gold or silver jewelry to complete the look.

For leather:

Now that pencil skirts come in a huge variety of fabrics, you can try wearing a leather one, with a sexy top, some heels and a cute shoulder purse.

View photos of celebs rocking pencil skirts to perfection, following the above listed rules.

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