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The Perfect 1950s Pencil Skirt: A Timeless Fashion Staple

A bit of background on this famous House of Foxy staple and how to style it...

The 1950s was a decade of classic fashion, and the pencil skirt emerged as a must-have item in many women's wardrobes. This figure-hugging skirt, with its high waist and slim fit, epitomised the elegance and sophistication of the era. But the pencil skirt was not just a pretty piece of clothing; it was also a symbol of changing times, as women entered the workforce in increasing numbers and sought a balance between style and practicality. Today, the pencil skirt remains a versatile and timeless piece, offering a touch of vintage charm to any wardrobe.

So, what makes the perfect 1950s pencil skirt? Here are some key features from the era that we have influenced our recent rework:

High Waist

The classic 1950s pencil skirt typically has a high waist that sits at the natural waistline, accentuating the smallest part of the torso and creating a flattering silhouette. Ours has a fused waistband to ensure that 'cinch' at the waistline.

Slim Fit

The pencil skirt is designed to hug the body, fitting closely through the hips and thighs before narrowing towards the knees. This fit creates a sleek and streamlined look that is both elegant and sophisticated. There was often a vent or pleat at the back to ensure the wearer could walk easily - although still with a wiggle!


The perfect 1950s pencil skirt typically falls below the knee, with a hem that hits somewhere between mid-calf and ankle - the Foxy pencil skirt is around 31inches. This length is both flattering and practical, offering coverage and versatility.


The fabric of a pencil skirt can vary, but some popular choices in the 1950s included wool, cotton, and satin. These fabrics offer structure and durability while also providing a luxurious feel and appearance. Nowadays, we modern wearers expect or prefer a fabric with some stretch which can aid fit. 

When choosing a 1950s pencil skirt, it's important to consider the fit and size carefully. A skirt that is too tight or too loose can ruin the intended look, so take the time to find the perfect fit. It's also worth considering the type of fabric, as some may require dry cleaning or special care.

Once you've found the perfect 1950s pencil skirt, it's time to have fun with styling. Here are a few ideas:

Office Chic

Pair your pencil skirt with a crisp, white blouse and a tailored jacket for a professional and polished look. Add a pair of pumps or flats and some simple jewellery to complete the ensemble.

Casual Cool

For a more relaxed look, try pairing your pencil skirt with a tucked-in t-shirt or tank top. Add a denim jacket and some pumps for a cool, casual vibe.

Evening Elegance

Take your pencil skirt from day to night by pairing it with a silk camisole or sparkly top. Add some heels and a clutch for a glamorous evening look.


The 1950s pencil skirt is a timeless fashion staple that offers versatility, elegance, and a touch of vintage charm.

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