the pencil skirt

by jessica harshman

Paris, France 1947: Christian Dior debuted the classic modern pencil skirt [1]. Dior’s New Look – which marked a pivotal turning point in twentieth-century sartorial history – led fashion out of the utilitarian days of World War II and into the era of feminine frivolity. More than half a century later, the iconic pencil skirt has maintained its reputation as a great classic in womenswear and is definitely worthy of a permanent place in your wardrobe.

            I found this delicately layered-lace pencil skirt at a thrift store and instantly pictured it with a soft, body-hugging crop top. But for a more conservative look, I’m imagining it with a silk blouse or something soft and neutral to preserve the skirt’s grace.


Wearing: Nasty Gal top - similar, Thrifted skirt - similar, Joe's pumps, BCBG clutch - on sale in black

[1]Watson, Linda. 20th Century Fashion. New York: Firefly Books, 2004.

Text editing by Grace Piro Delia

Photography by Goldie Rosenfeld