Rachel Zane & The Power of The Pencil Skirt

All hail the pencil skirt – exuding the power of femininity since the 1950s.

Rachel Zane

Thanks to the genius of Christian Dior, working women in the 1950s gravitated toward precision tailoring and slim, mid-calf skirts that celebrated the feminine form. The pencil skirt inched its way up to the knee and become more figure hugging in the 1980s as part of the “power suit.” Fast forward to 2013, and while the colors and fabrics may change, the pencil skirt’s ability to flatter and mean business remains.

The pencil skirt is Rachel’s go-to item on “Suits.” She often wears monochromatic or tonal tops that balance her wide shoulders while curving her lower half. Rachel Zane’s style is symbolic of a woman who understands that femininity and professionalism are not mutually exclusive.

Own it, Work it.

Want the Rachel Zane style? For fall, try a pencil skirt in a rich color, or with eye-catching prints or details.

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Pencil skirts can accentuate curves or create definition, depending on your body shape. How to own it & work it in a pencil skirt:

  • Monochromatic colors – one color from head to toe – create a smooth line.
  • The more tapered the hem, the more curvy the silhouette – consider how much attention you want to call (or dial down) to your lower half.
  • With that said, full-bottom ladies, you can wear a printed pencil skirt. Pair with a solid color top that hits the hip.
  • Pencil skirts look best with high heels.
  • For basic styles you’ll wear time and again, invest in the highest quality you can afford. Pencil skirts can make you look pulled together, so make sure yours doesn’t fall apart.
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