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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Jenna on

i think they are exstermly ugly. i would not wear one!

Albina on

Angelina looks Great in the pencil skirt, she is allways the best.

monica on

angelina looks shapeless…

Deepti on


Paris Weidling on

very cute !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im loving it
-Nhaje Paris Weidling -nickname-Pmantis

jeannette on

angelina’s hair and face beyonce’s body

pammie on

I have to agree with Layla,they had the “pencil skirts,back in style!”title last fall on a people magazine.COME ON!

Laura on

i can`t help but notice what thick legs beyonce has and she always insists on wearing tight clothes.if she wasn`t famous everybody would call her fat,but now everyone thinks she`s sexy.i don`t like her.she doesn`t have a style of her own and she always copies fashion style,even if they don`t suit her :| bleah

Gaby on

I love wearing classic clothes, it goes with my profession,and i’m really glad for the come back of pencil skirt.
They bouth look ok.

JO on

These skirts have been around for years and years just at different lengths. These two look great in this type skirt. You really need a waist at least 8 inches smaller than your hips to pull it off. If you have an apple shape (I do) you can not wear a pencil skirt. Last time I was able to wear a pencil skirt was in my 20’s before I had my kids and put on 25 pounds. :-( sad.

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