It's time to break out your tights and boots, readers, as today's story on fall skirts will certainly require them both. With so many different skirt lengths, textures, and patterns available however, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the bounty of options on the market. That's why we've narrowed down some of the season's key shapes in a variety of stylish prints and rich fabrics. So we'll stop skirting the issue now--and let you take a look at our must-have picks!Designer Inspiration
Skirts figured prominently on the F/W 12 runways, but we were particularly intrigued by Derek Lam's rendition. The designer's Black Leather Floral Embroidered Pencil Skirt ($3990), paired with the Grey Wool Pullover With Black Lambskin Leather Trim ($1450, 212.966.1616) and Grey Leather Devon Ankle Booties ($790, 212.966.1616), is sophisticated with a fashion-forward twist--and exactly the kind of look we'd like to channel this season.
Pencil skirts were once regarded as part of a humdrum work uniform, but these fun printed versions--from ladylike lace to vivid floral--pull double duty at the office and cocktail hour. Temper their busy patterns with a solid-colored blouse and sleek pumps.
Ann Taylor Hand-Drawn Lace Print Skirt ($88)
Kenzo Printed Pencil Skirt ($325)
H&M Geometric Pattern Pencil Skirt ($70, available at end of October)
A fluted hem gives these skirts a flirtatious vibe. All you need is a fitted top to balance out their voluminous proportions; try a cozy yet snug sweater in a neutral hue like charcoal or brown.
Stella McCartney Patti Tweed Mini Skirt ($845)
ASOS Lace Skirt with Trumpet Hem ($60)
Topshop Frill Hem Mini Skirt ($64)
Your go-to date outfit this fall? Team a feminine, swingy circle skirt with a simple tank top, shrunken blazer, and ankle boots for a look that's pretty--but not precious!
Milly Delphine Swirl Skirt ($235) in Gold Yellow
BCBGeneration Striped Circle Skirt ($88)
An edgy panel skirt, particularly one with an interesting fabrication like tweed or metallic jacquard, gives you instant downtown cred. We suggest streamlining the rest of your look by pairing it with a simple shell in black or a bright, autumnal color!--Tiffany Tse
Rag & Bone Amanda Skirt ($395)
ICB Mix Paneled Skirt ($345)
Edun Zip Front Laminated Skirt ($298, available October 1st) in Black
Derek Lam runway image, courtesy of Derek Lam.