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Feel chic and polished with a classic pencil skirt reboot - Trade alert

Fashion and jewellery trade buyers will be used to seeing weird and wacky trends make their way from the catwalks to the high street, but it's less often that something a little more classic comes along.

However, it appears to be happening now, with the return of the sophisticated, chic pencil skirt. Vogue magazine has highlighted it as one of its key looks for SS18 after designers including Balenciaga, Hermes, Gucci and Victoria Beckham paraded theirs down the runway late last year.

Plus points of the pencil

This is great news for anyone who favours a preppy, ladylike appearance, as there's nothing like a pencil skirt for creating femininity and poise. They have long been seen as something that can be flirty yet professional at the same time, making them as good for the boardroom as they are for a night out with the girls.

As Vogue states, this "is a skirt in which to win dates and attract glances"; it creates a nice long, lean line and shows just a hint of leg without any flashing of flesh, while it'll go with everything from your camisoles to your shirts and blazers.

However, a trend wouldn't be a trend if there wasn't a slight reboot and SS18's pencil skirts are no exception. Rather than being extremely fitted as we have seen in the past (think Mad Men and the wiggly walks they created on the likes of Christina Hendricks), they're slouchier and more boyish.

This season's pencil skirts are also designed to sit high on the waist and fall just below the knee, making for a silhouette that's still feminine, but modest too. We'd say this is likely to be a result of the influence of the #MeToo movement and that desire to look good but not necessarily have the body on show.

More key things about this year's pencil skirts were embellishment aplenty, sheer materials (layered with fabrics like jersey underneath) and energetic, colourful patterns.

Getting the look

There are loads of different ways to wear the pencil skirt because it's just so versatile. You can dress it down with a plain T-shirt tucked in, or add a shirt and blazer for the office.

For a really retro feel, try adding a peplum top and belt high on the waist, as it has the added benefit of being extremely figure-flattering. Two trends in one can also be achieved by teaming a pencil skirt with a floaty, patterned sheer blouse a la Jackie Kennedy.

However, one thing to avoid is wearing your skirt with high-heeled court shoes, as Vogue highlighted it as a no-no for this season. Instead, look for kitten heels or pumps as perfect partners.

Further adventures in accessories

Jewellery trade buyers will no doubt be on the lookout for items to go with this update on the classic look, so we're making it easier by offering some key pieces we think will be ideal alongside a pencil skirt.

You'll want something traditional yet with a twist, while long lines will work best because they continue that illusion of elongating the body. Tight chokers and the Gothic feel won't do for this trend!

We love this necklace in silver and rose gold tones because it has multiple chain links to lead the eye downwards yet it isn't at all chunky. There's also this style, which has chic little stations of rose gold-look metal. They're a little like baroque pearls, but slightly more contemporary to avoid making the look too 1950s.

You could also opt for this really unusual piece to jazz up a plain T-shirt, or this necklace that would work for daytime or evening. 

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