Trend Watch: Prim Pencil Skirts for Spring

With the ladylike mood on the runways this season, it's no surprise that slim, sophisticated pencil skirts are in abundant supply.

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With the ladylike mood on the runways this season, it's no surprise that slim, sophisticated pencil skirts were in abundant supply. At Lela Rose, paint-splattered prints and bright colors made pencil skirts anything but predictable.
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A slim wrap-around pencil skirt in a bold black and white graphic had a retro appeal at Diane von Furstenberg.
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Suno's black-and-white paisley pencil skirt could add a punch to your office-ready wardrobe. Add a silky white blouse and stiletto pumps for a playful look that still makes a statement. $524 at LaGarconne.
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At Preen, pencil skirts were given a futuristic look executed in blown-up digital prints and styled with flirty crop-tops.
Maria Cornejo's effortlessly chic pencil skirt features subtle ruching at the front and was shown with a matching printed cardigan and sporty bra top.
A quirky daisy-print pencil skirt from Topshop has a girly charm, but still feels modern with the addition of a zip-front closure. $64 at Topshop.
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Reed Krakoff paired a glitzy silver beaded top with a modern leather pencil skirt with a jagged "slashed" motif.
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At Marc Jacobs, classic ginghams were given new life with quirky granny-chic silhouettes like this knee-grazing pencil skirt and sheer black-and-white blouse.
Gingham was also a theme at Jil Sander, where the pattern showed up on pastel-colored sundresses and, memorably, this extra-long pencil skirt in baby blue.
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A high-waisted woven pencil skirt in blue and taupe stripe lent a dose of sex appeal to Burberry Prorsum's globally-inspired spring collection.
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Dolce & Gabbana explored retro "chiquita banana" chic with a punchy collection of printed cropped bralets and form-fitting pencil skirts.
Geometric panels give Vionnet's classic khaki pencil skirt a dynamic, art-inspired look. $885 at Net-a-Porter.
Under-the-sea motifs like starfish and seahorses lent a whimsical appeal to Versace's spring collection. Here, a cream pencil skirt embellished with delicate gold studs.
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Metallic brocades like the shimmery floral textile used on this pencil skirt added an ultra-luxe vibe to Giambattista Valli's bejeweled spring ensembles.
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On the more modern end of the spectrum, Lanvin's sleek, form-fitting pencil skirts were often rendered in stark black and white. This particular look features a sexy thigh-baring skirt slit a the left side.
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