Styling for Fall – the new skirt lengths & how to wear them

I love wearing skirts for Fall.  It’s more easy to throw on a pair of pants or jeans when it starts to get chilly outside, but there’s something a little more special about dressing up a skirt with leggings & the right pair of boots for day or a great stocking (or bare leg) for night .  What do you think?

Here are some of the latest  for Fall/Winter 2013:

Floral lace skirt, only $54,
Floral lace skirt, only $54,

The Lace Midi

Keep the rest of your outfit slim and simple and let this embellished, bell-shaped style be your statement.

A lace skirt is so pretty no matter what length – straight or flare.  Of course you can’t make the mistake of wearing a lace top with it – it would be overkill & could also look cheap.

The Box-Pleat Mini

 Wool skirt, $398, Blue Label,
Wool skirt, $398, Blue Label,

Extra-wide panels take this girlish silhouette from prep school to cutting edge. The Fit: A high-waisted look is slimming; a tailored button-down or turtleneck balances the fullness below.

I love how they paired this Ralph Lauren number with a wide belt & booties in same color.  Also the midnight stockings & turtleneck give it added polish.

The Kick Flare

Tulle skirt, $295, Jean Paul Gaultier,
Tulle skirt, $295, Jean Paul Gaultier,

Give your pencil skirt a rest (but not for long) and wear this equally tailored – but way more fashion-forward style to the office instead. Keep the polished look going with something unfussy, like a boxy crew neck sweater.

This style reminds me a bit of the tulip skirt (also in style).  I’m happy because I hung on to a nice silk DKNY…..just in case.

 Brocade wool skirt, $390, CH Carolina Herrera, 212-744-2076.
Brocade wool skirt, $390, CH Carolina Herrera, 212-744-2076.

The Quilted Full

Wool skirt, $1450, Michael Kors,

It’s impossible not to feel put-together wearing this beautifully textured, ‘50’s-inspired cut.  Keep it tighter on top with something like this sweater: a subdued fitted knit that feels appropriately classic.  The Shoes: enhance the ladylike vibe with a sweet Mary Jane or pump in timeless black. Flats will make it look too dowdy.

ASOS skirt

Take the A-LINE

This classic skirt flaunts an early-’60s attitude, and the polished daytime look is ever-appropriate. But A-line obsession is rooted in the universally flattering, hip-and-thigh disguising shape that lets us have our cake and eat it too. And for that, it will always have a place in our closet.

There’s a prim, clean-scrubbed vibe to these skirts. So add a fitted little jacket or a basic belt, and carry a structured bag. And while it may be tempting to slip on a pair of flats, these skirts, especially those that fall below the knee, beg for the height of a ladylike heel.

(left to right) Michael Kors, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana, Victoria BeckhamKate Spade New York Skirt, $328
(left to right) Michael Kors, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana, Victoria Beckham.

 Pencil Skirts, especially in Leather are always so sleek and sophisticated.

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I love, love, love straight pencil skirts. This look works on all ages but especially good for older women because it’s so classic. Some women feel too curvy for this look, but embrace curves if you have them.  They can work really well with a pencil skirt— think Mad Men (I’ve never even watched the show but know the look). This is an investment piece.

How to style it: This is such a versatile style whether you wear a button down shirt or cardigan over top. A crisp white tucked-in shirt is super classic and can be taken from day into night by adding bold jewellery and a red lip. Pair with open-toe or strappy shoes and don’t forget – ADDitude! Pencil me IN!





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