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VERY sea­son, there’s at least one sur­prise hit on the run­ways, some­thing no one pre­dicted de­sign­ers would home in on but which makes to­tal sar­to­rial sense when you think about it.

For spring, that un­ex­pected sen­sa­tion is the pen­cil skirt – and we’re not just talk­ing work­wear. Once syn­ony­mous with typ­ing pools and temps, the bodyskim­ming skirt has es­caped the of­fice and wants to star in your week­end wardrobe.

With so much cat­walk in­spi­ra­tion to draw on, there’s no shame at all in be­ing a pen­cil pusher. Here are four ways to wear the trend... WINTERY checks and tar­tan make way for fresher prints, like ging­ham and stripes, for spring.

Team a white logo tee with a ging­ham skirt, or pair a sporty striped style with train­ers for a re­laxed take on the trend.

DON’T dis­card your leather or PU knee-lengther just be­cause win­ter is over – Bot­tega Veneta makes a strong case for textured pen­cil skirts in warmer weather. Ditch the black tights and boots and swap your usual jumper for a body top and heels, for a cool cock­tail look.

ON THE cat­walks, sheer pen­cil skirts were a trend in their own right, seen at Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, Dolce & Gab­bana and Max Mara. Not quite ready to re­veal your knick­ers to all and sundry? Us nei­ther, which is why we’ll be opt­ing for a pretty lace skirt, to nod to the trend with­out feel­ing ex­posed.

Try a lace co-ord set for your next wed­ding or party, or con­trast a bright skirt with a block colour blouse and match­ing heels. THE coolest pen­cil skirts of the sea­son were seen at Prada, and while th­ese ul­tra high-waisted indigo de­signs weren’t ac­tu­ally made out of denim, they’ve sparked a whole heap of jean skirts on the high street.

In dis­tressed denim and with raw edges, th­ese are about as ca­sual as a pen­cil skirt gets and they’re ideal for tap­ping into the cow­girl trend too, by adding a Western belt and buck­led boots.

For ex­tra style points, do the dou­ble with a denim shirt.

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