Write Your Own Fashion Statement – With THE PENCIL SKIRT
What do all women have in common? What is the one piece of dress that has stood the test of time and which has found its way in almost every woman’s wardrobe ; a piece of essential must-have, from Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, to Michelle Obama?
It is the Pencil skirt. It is a versatile fashion statement which easily adapts itself from conservative to chic by just a few changes . The Pencil skirt has been around for a long, long time, making its impact on the fashion world in every decade from its formal launch in 1940 by Christian Dior.
The origin of the Pencil skirt goes even further than Christian Dior’s formal introduction. The “Hobble Skirt”, so named because of the severe restriction it placed in movement, was in vogue in 1910. Practical considerations and changing mores made hemlines go higher and the “Hobble Skirt” evolved to the “Wiggle Skirt” by the ’50s. Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, among others redefined sensuality through the ’50s and the Swinging ’60s. Mary Quant rewrote hemlines for the Pencil skirt – anywhere from a few inches from below the knee to mid-thigh and above – the minis and the maxies were quite the rage. The ’80s and the ’90s had a craze for Pencil skirts in leopard and zebra prints, and metallic hues.
The Pencil Skirt is still a powerful fashion statement in the new millennium. No dress flatters a woman more than a beautifully matched pair of tops and a Pencil skirt. It accentuates the curves and brings out the best of the feminine mystique. Both the sober no-nonsense business professional and the peppy, saucy , sexy look, can easily be brought out by the dress.
The materials used range from the conservative wool and tweed to the more daring silk, chiffon, lace and lycra. Colours and prints are only limited by the imagination; and, along with accessories, the mix-and-match possibilities are any woman’s dream come true. Blazers, belts, clutches, pumps, bling and zing – fashionistas, divas, professionals, and even the girl-next-door, will testify to the highly creative aspects of dressing up (or down) with the Pencil.
The Pencil is here to stay.