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Pencil Me In

Nothing is more simple, elegant and versatile than a pencil skirt and guess what, you don’t need to be pencil-thin to pull off this sleek cut, any body type can wear one if you follow these simple fit tips.

If you have an hourglass figure choose a slim, but not tight, fit that follows the contours of the body. The pencil skirt should hit at or below your belly button because high-waist styles tend to exaggerate the bust and shorten the torso. Wear it with a fitted top or nipped in jacket to show off your slim waistline.

If you have full hips and thighs look for a skirt that has a slight taper, if the skirt comes straight off the hips you will end up looking like a square and if it is too pegged you can look like a lightbulb. Choose a pencil skirt in a dark solid cotton or lightweight wool, avoid bulky patterned wool, brocade or tweed as they can add more weight. Pair with an interesting sweater or jacket belted at the waist to bring the eye up.

If you have a tummy select a style with a wide waistband to hold in your stomach. Look for a skirt with a clean silhouette, avoid details, belt loops or pockets around the waist. Wear it with a hip length, loose fit top with a fitted jacket.

If you have a straight figure try a fitted, tapered cut in a pattern or a thick fabric to make your bottom half look more curvy. You can also create the illusion of an hourglass shape with embellishments like high-waistbands, pleats or a waist cinching belt. Wear it with a body hugging sweater or peplum jacket to help define your waist.

As far as length is concerned the most universally flattering length ranges from 1 inch above the knee to 1 inch below the knee depending on your height.

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