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An obsession among street style stars, who have been demonstrating myriad ways to style this timeless staple – without screaming OL. DILETTA BONAIUTI CANDELA NOVEMBRE Nip & Tuck The first pencil skirt appeared in Christian Dior’s H-Line collection in 1954.

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A departure from his New Look silhouette – a full skirt with nipped waist – the designer simply shifted the emphasis to the hip by tailoring the skirt to curve over the hip and towards the knee. It not only looked but also felt different to wear as women ended up walking with a “wiggle”, like a certain Marilyn Monroe.

Get Waisted The pencil skirt has a sleek tapered shape, with the hem hitting just below the knee for a figure-hugging fit. Team yours with an oversized sweater or mannish shirt. Wool-blend checked pencil skirt, $1,573, by VICTORIA BECKHAM from Net-a-porter.com.

Christian Dior and his model. No Pencil Pusher Blame it on Joan Holloway from Mad Men. Her red hair in an up-do and pencil necklace between her bosom may be memorable but it’s that pencil skirt cinched at the waist to accentuate her super-fierce strut through the halls of Sterling Cooper that turns her into one of TV’s most iconic characters.

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