Lydia's Look for Less: pencil skirts
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The legendary pencil skirt, a symbol of the fifties, air hostesses and synonymous with restriction, has had a major upgrade. Once black, boring, and impossible to walk in, the pencil skirt is now colourful, stylish and most importantly, wearable. Originally confined to an office attire staple, the pencil skirt was reinvented on the catwalk in September 2017. Fendi showcased an unforgettable blue and bronzed striped skirt and Max Mara redefined ladylike pencil skirts with their delicate white and purple floral skirt.
Gucci also incorporated spring pastels with a pink pencil skirt that is a world away from bland boardroom basics. Meanwhile, Erdem proved that the pencil skirt can be the perfect party piece - their collection featured a number of dazzling silver skirts. The high street has quickly followed suit, the new pencil skirt shape is slightly looser and there are prints, patterns, slits and wearing them without heels is absolutely allowed, if not fervently encouraged.
Laid-back vibes One of the best pencil skirts shown on the runway was Max Mara’s uber chic trench style tan skirt and luckily for us River Island have created a near perfect match for £40. This skirt is extremely versatile - ideal for both work and play. For classic smart styling wear with a white shirt and black heeled boots. One of the many great things about this skirt is that it will work well with nearly any colour - so pair with lilac, the colour of the season, either in chunky jumper form or a streamlined trench coat.
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Korean/London brand Side Party have created a great replica of the dusky pink skirt. Whilst on the more expensive side at £69, it can be worn in a multitude of ways. Pink and red are a great colour combo this season, so pair this skirt with a red jumper or shirt and white heeled boots for a street style look. For an ultra feminine and dressed up vibe wear with sugary pastels of powder blue or lavender shades and high heels. Or, alternatively for a more casual look a white or grey jumper with chunky biker boots and a puffer jacket will give this girly skirt an edge. This lightweight pencil skirt will also work great in summer with a white square neckline tank top, white trainers and sunglasses. Bringing back the bad-girl Balmain was leading the way when it came to showcasing revamped pencil skirts, for a similar version of their bold vinyl black skirt head to ASOS where you can find the skirt for £28.
Whilst this a great skirt for an evening look, it also works well for day time when paired with a blue or red denim jacket and a simple white t-shirt underneath. Or to return it back to its classic look wear with a black blouse or shirt but wear with mule or kitten heels for a fashion forward edge. I'll be back in two weeks time, to give you more tips on how to nail the trending looks.
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