PenCIL this in on your fashion list, then underline it in red: the sexy pencil skirt which had its heyday in the Forties and Fifties, is writing its signature all over town.
It’s good news for feminine types. Deemed the ultimate figure flatterer, the pencil flaunts curves like no other skirt and lengthens the lower body at the same time.
No longer is it sleek, simple and black and the beloved wardrobe staple for the smart office worker, though.
This time around, the pencil has undergone a spring reinvention.
Think of a trend – florals, metallics, prints and pastels – and there’s a pencil skirt working the look.
So get on the straight and narrow this season with these pencil sensations...
Pedestrian crossing: Make a statement in stripes with F&F’s Limited Edition ponte pencil skirt, £18. Raise the stakes by clashing your lines for maximum impact. Currently available in red, and a yellow version will be in stock end of February (0800 505 555 / www.clothingattesco.com).
Lace lovely: If there’s one fabric that will up your fashion game this season, it’s lace. Try Warehouse’s green number, £40, available in March (0845 122 2251 / www.warehouse.co.uk).
Pastel power: Transform your wardrobe into a mouth-watering medley of sorbet shades. Mix a delicious mint or lemon hue with New Look’s rose pink midi pencil skirt, £19.99 (0500 454 094 / www.newlook.com).
Snake hips: Go wild for animal prints like snakeskin and leopard print. Slither your legs into Hobbs Unlimited’s python print skirt, £139, available in March (0845 313 3130 / www.hobbs.co.uk).
Flower power: Look bloomin’ marvellous with every stride in a fresh-as-a-daisy floral print, like Joy’s Louche Larue pansy pencil skirt, £32 (www.joythestore.com).
Glam rock: Metallic, tick. Pastel, tick. Pencil skirt, triple tick. Work three key spring trends in one hit with River Island’s Limited Edition glam leather pale pink skirt, £70.
Tropical temptation: This season’s power prints will turn your thighs into a walking art gallery. Try Warehouse’s look-at-me Palm Mirage pencil skirt, £40 (0845 122 2251 / www.warehouse.co.uk).
Panel perfect: Kate Winslet is a fan, so it’s time to master the art of optical illusion dressing with Next’s colour block pencil skirt with side-slimming black panels, £20 (0844 844 8939 / www.next.co.uk).
True blue: Up your love of lace with a contrasting colour overlay to make a style statement. Go for this lace pencil skirt from Preen Edition at Debenhams, £45, available in April.
Get spotted: Want demure? Go dotty for Topshop’s flock spot pencil skirt, £38. Kate Middleton was spotted snapping up the version in green last year.