Why They Call It a 'Pencil Skirt' & 10 Reasons Why One Needs to Be Hanging in Your Closet

The One Skirt Everyone Woman Can and Should Wear. Meet the Pencil Skirt, Our Top 10 Picks & How to Wear Them:

Pencil skirts are your fashion friend and rank high on the list of Fall Essentials (you're starting point for answering, "what do I need in my closet for Fall," and the best shopping checklist known to woman). Sure, it may take a little coordination to get in and out out of your car, but it's worth the extra ten seconds of choreography.

History lesson, stay with me: Christian Dior took the concept of what was called the 'hobble' skirt in the early 1900's (i.e. if the hem is too narrow the woman hobbles around; not cute), a silhouette he fondly remembered his mother wearing, and made the classic pencil skirt we know and love today. Dior brought the pencil skirt to the public at the end of  World War II using it as a piece that would help transition women out of their war-time jobs and into their homes again.

I'm cracking up at the thought of getting all dolled up just to run a household, but so it was only a short sixty years ago. Hard to believe. Either way, here's a shout-out (not sure he'd love that expression, but I'm going with it) to Mr. Dior and his creation that has led to countless sophisticated fashion-'do' moments over the years. Not to mention, the category itself is a personal favorite and will forever be a part of my wardrobe. Can't live without the pencil skirt.

With Fall upon us, a new take on how to pull of this punctuated look finds it's way into the Fashion Mix which I adore. See what I'm talking about with the looks that will inspire you on how to wear the pencil skirt. But first, check out the Top 10 pencil skirt picks to help get the shopping momentum started (as if you needed a push, please) while keeping it simple and in slide-deck form:

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Ah yes, Top 10 pencil skirts, check. That will serve up what to wear. Now it's time for the fundamental follow-up in fashion, how to wear it. I mean, you truly can't have one without the other. Here are some looks to inspire:

look 1 (www.style.com), look 2 (www.style.com), look 3 (www.style.com), look 4 (Lucky Magazine September 2012 ), look 5 (www.style.com), look 6 (www.glamourmagazine.co.uk), look 7 (www.fashiongonerogue.com), look 8 (www.style.com)

We at The StyleShaker always like to encourage our readers to shop their own closets to determine whether or not any updates to the inventory are needed.

You know that there's a black hole in there you've been shying away from for at least 6 months know. If you don't know what you're working with, you're simply missing out. Note the day job: Closet Consultant & Virtual Closet Creator. I've seen the black holes, and held hands of my courageous clients as we dive-in head first. Nine times out of ten, we've come up for air with some goodies (not to mention additions to the Goodwill and consignment piles). Worth it.

So take a peek into your own closet. If you come up empty, hit up the Top 10 so you can baby-step your way into the shopping arena. Should ten picks not be enough, then it's time to take a look at the StyleShaker Closet where edited picks, usually those that didn't make the Top 10 cut, end up every week. See a sneak peek below:

We always open up the Q&A to our readers so feel free to drop a line with any questions you may have about a piece you love/own/wish you owned if you need some inspiration on styling and how to wear it. Just send an image of your puzzle piece in question and we'll show you a few ideas on how to wear it. Done and done. Click below to get the ball rolling...

Pencil skirts are just one part of the Fall shopping list. To say that there's plenty more where that came from would be an understatement, but entirely true as well. See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop here.