The pencil skirt is back and it’s anything but prissy

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The pencil skirt is back and it’s anything but prissy
1. Printed pencil skirts

Oasis Press Stripe Bardot Top, £35; Stripe Pencil Skirt, £45, and Broderie Trainers, £26 (trainers available in May; bag, stylist's own).

The pencil skirt is back and it’s anything but prissy
1. Printed pencil skirts

Miss Selfridge Gingham Checked Paper Bag Pencil Skirt, currently reduced to £22.40 from £32, and Merci Print Ribbed T-Shirt, £18.

The pencil skirt is back and it’s anything but prissy
1. Printed pencil skirts

JD Williams Concept Printed Pencil Skirt, £69

The pencil skirt is back and it’s anything but prissy
2. Textured pencil skirts

Simply Be Vinyl Pencil Skirt, £35

The pencil skirt is back and it’s anything but prissy
2. Textured pencil skirts

Sosandar Burgundy Leather Buckle Detail Pencil Skirt, £139

The pencil skirt is back and it’s anything but prissy
3. Lace pencil skirts

Next Lace Pencil Skirt, £45

The pencil skirt is back and it’s anything but prissy
3. Lace pencil skirts

New Look Cream Lace Pencil Skirt, currently reduced to £10 from £19.99

The pencil skirt is back and it’s anything but prissy
4. Denim pencil skirts

River Island Mid Blue Open Front Denim Pencil Skirt, £40

The pencil skirt is back and it’s anything but prissy
4. Denim pencil skirts

Lipsy Raw Hem Pencil Skirt, £38, Next

The only skirt to be seen in this season. Katie Wright rounds up the season’s sharpest separates.

Every season, there’s at least one surprise hit on the runways, something no one predicted designers would home in on but which makes total sartorial sense when you think about this.

For spring, that unexpected sensation is the pencil skirt – and we’re not just talking workwear. Once synonymous with typing pools and temps, the body-skimming skirt has escaped the office and wants to star in your weekend wardrobe, day and night. With so much catwalk inspiration to draw on, right now there’s no shame at all in being a pencil pusher. Here are four ways to wear the trend…

1. Printed pencil skirts

Wintery checks and tartan make way for fresher prints, like gingham and stripes, for spring. Team a white logo tee with a gingham skirt, or pair a sporty striped style with trainers for a relaxed take on the trend.

2. Textured pencil skirts

Don’t discard your leather or PU knee-lengther just because winter is over – Bottega Veneta makes a strong case for textured pencil skirts in warmer weather.
Ditch the black tights and boots and swap your usual jumper for a body top and heels, for a cool cocktail look.

3. Lace pencil skirts

On the catwalks, sheer pencil skirts were a trend in their own right, seen at Victoria Beckham, Dolce & Gabbana and Max Mara.
Not quite ready to reveal your knickers to all and sundry? Us neither, which is why we’ll be opting for a pretty lace skirt, to nod to the trend without feeling exposed.
Try a lace co-ord set for your next wedding or party, or contrast a bright skirt with a block colour blouse and matching heels.

4. Denim pencil skirts

The coolest pencil skirts of the season were seen at Prada, and while these ultra high-waisted indigo designs weren’t actually made out of denim, they’ve sparked a whole heap of jean skirts on the high street.
In distressed denim and with raw edges, these are about as casual as a pencil skirt gets and they’re ideal for tapping into the cowgirl trend too, by adding a Western belt and buckled boots. For extra style points, do the double with a denim shirt.

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