In stark contrast to his popular A-line, French fashion designer Christian Dior introduced the pencil skirt in the late 1940s, calling it the “H-Line.”  The name did not take, but the style did, since it flattered practically any figure.  (Although, admittedly, sometimes you need a tailor to get the fit just right.)

Pencil skirts in solid, neutral colors are quite versatile.  They can be dressed up or down; it depends on what you pair them with.  For a casual look, choose a tee shirt–worn in or out.  Or, tuck in a cotton or linen button-up blouse, as I show in this post.  Add a blazer or slouchy sweater, and it’s another, totally different look.  What’s also great is that they work well with various footwear styles–high-heel pumps, kitten-heel pumps, boots, loafers, moccasins, ballet flats, or sandals.

One skirt, countless possibilities. ~Janis Lyn Johnson





Top: (Similar, in Different Colors, Here)  Skirt: (Similar Here) / Bag: Ralph Lauren, Quite Old (Similar Splurge at Nordstrom; Steal at Nordstrom) / Shoes: (Similar at Nordstrom) / Necklace: (Not the Same, But Pretty, at  Saks Fifth Avenue) .


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