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The pencil skirt and the A-line skirt are two of the most common skirt styles you will find when browsing through racks at women’s clothing stores. The popularity of these two styles through the years can be credited to their simple yet elegant construction. Most women who wear skirts find themselves reaching for one or the other of these two classics when getting dressed.
The “A-line” silhouette takes its name from its resemblance to the outline of the capital letter “A”. This skirt’s waistline is slender and clings gently to the hip. From the hip to the hem, however, the cut flares out gradually from the body. A-line skirt hems are usually cut at the knee or just below it, a length that works well for women of any height.
Pencil Skirt Silhouette
The pencil skirt takes its name from the shape of a pencil, which is long and thin. From a slender waist, the pencil skirt hugs the curve of the hip and clings close to the legs, ending in a slightly tapered hem. Younger women may successfully wear shorter versions of this skirt, but the pencil skirt style is traditionally cut just above or below the knee.
Wearing an A-Line Skirt
The A-line skirt creates a flattering look for almost every body type. Unlike the pencil skirt, the A-line style draws the eye away from the curve of the hip, making it an especially good choice for women with rounder or heavier hips or legs. The A-line skirt is versatile, working with almost any style of blouse or top. Depending on how you choose to accessorize, an A-line skirt can look casual or dressy. This style of skirt is also supremely comfortable, allowing the wearer ease of sitting, bending and walking.
Wearing a Pencil Skirt
This skirt accentuates the curves of your lower body, drawing attention to the hips and buttocks. Because of the narrow hem, your knees and legs are also highlighted. If you don’t want to accentuate your curves but still want to wear this style, you should opt for a skirt constructed from a simple black fabric. A pencil skirt with two darts in front can also be a good choice for those women who want to makes their hips and legs look leaner, suggests the Chic Fashionista website. A pencil skirt can be dressed up with a silky blouse, creating a chic professional look for the office. You can also wear a pencil skirt with a shell, cardigan and flats for a more casual look.