- pencil skirt [pen–suhl] [skurt]
- 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