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What's Hot For Fall? Pencil Skirts Like Angelina's & Beyonce's

08/01/2007 at 01:00 PM ET

MARK CHILTON/RICHFOTO/GLOBE; STEVE SANDS/BAUER-GRIFFIN

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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blair on

beyonce pulls the look off SO much better then angelina. does no one remember marilyn monroe? these skirts we’re dominated by women with curves in the past. straight up and down women just can’t pull off the look like a curvy woman can. just look at eva mendes! i’m sorry angelina but it just makes you look frumpy.

Boo Wangensteen on

WONDERFUL FOR TODAYS YOUNG WOMEN

Prissy on

Angelina does not have the body for a pencil skirt. Beyonce does and wears it very well. I think you look better when you have curves in the pencil skirt, it accents you figure and you lool more womanly. Kudos to Beyonce, sorry Angelina!

amw on

I love pencil skirts. They are classy and sophisticated, but also sexy. I think Beyonce wears the pencil skirt better because it accentuates her small waist and shows off her curves. I think pencil skirts look better on women with an hourglass figure.

ctg1989 on

Pencil skirts flatter any body…curvy or not. It’s a great addition to the fall wardrobe.

shopaholic on

Angelina is way too skinny for a pencil skirt. I mean have you seen the victoria’s secret models, they fill in their skirts not swim in it like Angelina. Besides, I don’t think Angelina knows how to dress down. She even goes to the park with her kids wearing a pencil skirt. Come on Ang, lighten up.

Rachel on

Honestly I liked the look better on Beyonce,

kayleon on

i like both ladies on thrir pencial cirte they both beautiful

CURVY BEauty on

I really love both actresses in the pencil skirts, I admire the fact that they both have a unique body shape that flatters the appearance of the skirts in different,classy ways.I really ADORE the fact that Beyonce is curvacious and “hourglass” shaped because there’s nothing like flaunting what you were born and blessed with!I just recently purchased a pencil skirt that is stretchy and will definitely hug my “hourglass” shape as it does with Beyonce’s pencil skirt…who gave anyone the right to say who looks best in a pencil skirt(toothpicks or hourglasses w/a little extra meat on their bones)MEN LOVE CURVES,NOT STRAIGHT FLAT ARROWS!Yes,pencil skirts are classic and give off a flair of sensible style,but one’s body shape shouldn’t project one for looking flawless and hot…rock on Beyonce,you and your HOURGLASS!

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