Thursday, 8 November 2007

Putting a little lead in your pencil (skirt) Part 1

How to wear a pencil skirt well

I've noticed that an awful lot of you are loving the pencil skirt but are still wondering how to wear it. Well wonder no more. The pencil skirt is a simple wardrobe classic that suits most shapes and is actually easy to wear once you get the basics right.

Let's talk underwear
The right underwear is always important to dressing well. Even more so, with fitted garments like pencil skirts. Unless you have a perfect body (and who does) you are going to need some kind of body shaper. Depending on your body shape, this can range from control top tights to a full on body.

Waist cincher
- I favour the waist cincher because although I don't really have a problem with my bum and thighs, I do have a buddha belly and pretty much no waist. It's especially useful if you're doing high waisted pencil skirts. There are all sorts to choose from but for a waspy waist my favourite is the waist nipper from Debenhams.

Magic knickers
- If you're bum is more rounded or you have saddlebags, then Spanx are your friend. Try the power panty which not only holds your tummy in, but also gives you a butt lift and thigh suck.

- If it's just an all over smoother silhouette your after, go for an all over body shaper. I think M&S do the best. They have one with multi-way straps, so you can wear with any kind of top.

Control tops - A budget alternative to control pants/wear is control top tights, they're light support so they won't give you major shrinkage but if it's a smooth silhouette your after, they are a cheap and more comfortable solution. M&S do their 60 denier opaques for £6.

Stockists: M&S, Debenhams,,

Part 2 - What to wear with pencil skirts

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