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Pencil Skirt

  • pencil skirt [pensuhl] [skurt]

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  1. A close-fitting skirt named for its’ straight, narrow cut from the hips to the hem. Usually knee-length or slightly longer. Often with a vent or pleat at the center back (sometimes at center front or side seam) to allow room for walking. Similar to sheath skirt.

HISTORY: Late 1940’s: French fashion designer Christian Dior introduced this style as the “H-line”, which contrasted his fuller “A-line” skirts. Has been popular style ever since, especially as career wear.

Related Terms: hobble skirt, sheath skirt, straight skirt


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