What's Hot For Fall? Pencil Skirts Like Angelina's & Beyonce's

08/01/2007 at 01:00 PM ET


This classic look is coming back with a vengence this fall, but in order for this sexy skirt to reach its full slimming potential, you have to wear it right. First, find the right length and make sure it’s tapered then pair it with the right top. To define your midsection, do like Angelina Jolie and add a thin tonal belt to a blousy top. This will also give shape to a thick middle without calling attention to it. Add curves to a slim frame by opting for a higher waistline and V-shaped detail with a tucked in top to create a more shapely silhouette. Take a cue from Beyonce and add a fuller jacket cinched at the waist to offset wide hips without minimizing curves. No matter which way you wear this look, heels are a must. New styles like oxfords and straps shorten the leg, but a dark tight can counteract the effect. Stick with a classic pump to keep it safe. Check out our favorite pencil skirts for all budgets and the August StyleWatch issue for more options.

Get the Look!
Pencil skirt with matching tonal belt, $18, forever21.com

Lightweight wool double-vent skirt, $88, bananarepublic.com

Diane von Furstenberg “Manola” knit button detail skirt, $255, bloomingdales.com

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lenora on

I like the pencil skirt, I think it is very classy looking. I would wear one.

HLS on

Angie looks much better in a pencil skirt than Beyonce. This trend is not suited for anyone with an hourglass figure (same goes for skinny jeans). I continue to believe that the best fashion choices are classic, flattering pieces, with trendy accessories.

SA on


c on

People mag any news about Jolie-Pitts family.

Both women look great

tracey on

Angelina looks classy.
The skirt is not very flattering on Beyonce’s body.

JP on

Could Angelina be any more boring???

Becky on

I love pencil skirts, and i also disagree with everyone so far. I think B pulls it off better than Angie. It accentuates her curves and shows off her small waist, Angie looks a little shapeless.

alia on

They both look gorgeous….but I don’t think I could pull it off….but I do think pencil skirts are very classy….I think they look good on curvy or thin women, like Beyonce or Angie…
….btw: I love both Angelina and Beyonce! They’re awesome:)

Layla on

Umm..that skirt has been around for a while, and now just because THEY are wearing it, its “coming back”? Please. Get NEW styles.

Mary on

Nat, your comment about Angelina is overly critical. You cannot really compare Angelina with Mother Theresa for a variety of reasons. Mother Theresa is a nun who completely devoted her life to helping the poor, and while Angelina donates her time and money to many charitable causes, she is first and foremost a movie star. Both people have vastly different occupations. It just so happens that being a movie star makes you financially well off, thus allowing you to afford certain things most people can’t (and nuns make no money at all). In addition, it requires that you maintain a certain public image, i.e., dressing a certain way. Do not condemn her for being a celebrity and for having the lifestyle she has.

Oh and good luck finding decent pencil skirt for less than $20 :)

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