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Fall Fashion 2011: The Prettiest Maxi Skirts and Dresses

People say there was life before the maxi, but we’re skeptical. How could we have gotten by without the universally flattering and oh-so-comfy floor-length smocks that have swept summer fashion by storm? Fortunately, we don’t have to find out just yet; maxi skirts and dresses are sticking around for another season, and the colors and patterns are bolder than ever. Here’s a look at our fall favorites to help you step into the next season with flair. Related stories: Fall Fashion 2011: Hot Accessories Under $50 Six Ways to Update Your Summer Wardrobe for Fall Fall Fashion 2011: Menswear-Inspired Heels
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Lace Appeal
Showstopper
Retro Goddess
The Staple
Foxy Lady
Color Frenzy
Diamonds in the Rough
Plaid Fad
Endless Summer
Call of the Wild
The Color of Fall
Say It Loud
Class Act
Casual Whimsy
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Lace Appeal

Bohemian, elegant, and versatile, this beautiful hand-crocheted dress from Free People hits all the right marks. Dress it up, dress it down, just make sure to wear a slip under this one unless one big wardrobe malfunction is what you’re after. (_$298, Free People)

Showstopper

Be prepared to stop traffic in this eye-catching maxi from Ella Moss. The tailored fit hugs your figure and gives you legs for days, while the slanted stripes add instant edge to your look. (_$138, Ella Moss)

Retro Goddess

This pretty gown from the indie designers at Mod Cloth is just retro enough to feel perfectly fashion forward. Pair it with some fall-friendly oxford booties and you’ll be the best-dressed belle no matter where you go. (_$59.99, ModCloth.com)

The Staple

If you haven’t jumped on the maxi train yet, now’s the time, and this basic maxi skirt from Victoria’s Secret is a great place to start. Its slight flair at the bottom is sure to flatter just about every body type, and it comes in a variety of fall-friendly colors. (_$39.50, Victoria’s Secret)

Foxy Lady

The best thing about maxi dresses (aside from the comfort) is that you can show off great patterns and fabric in large, uninterrupted swaths. Case in point, Deyrolle’s tailored, vintage-inspired gown; you’ll feel foxy in this playful, bushy-tailed print.
(_$360, Deyrolle Pour Opening Ceremony)

Color Frenzy

If you can’t decide which fall color is your favorite, wear them all with this paint swatch–inspired dress from Anthropologie. The hues match Pantone’s fall color picks almost exactly. (_$178, Anthopologie)

Diamonds in the Rough

The graphic diamond pattern of this silk skirt from Anthropologie is reminiscent of the 1950s, but its sleek, breezy silhouette gives it a casual, ultramodern flair. (_$168, Anthropologie)

Plaid Fad

Part grunge goddess, part Sound of Music school marm, this plaid A-line skirt from Forever21 will come in handy whether you’re going to grammar class or an indie music festival. (_$17.80, Forever21)

Endless Summer

If you’re having trouble letting go of summer, this skirt from C&C California might help you make the transition. The ombre color change resembles the tie-dyed days of summer without being too dippy, and the light-to-dark color scheme helps ease in a darker fall palette. (_$98, C&C California)

Call of the Wild

Heed your animal instincts with this leopard-print skirt from Mink Pink.
(_$93, Lulus.com)

The Color of Fall

This yellowish-greenish hue, also known as bamboo, is poised to be one of fall’s hottest colors. Embrace it early in this oh-so soft cashmere maxi from Crumpet. (_$490, Net-a-Porter)

Say It Loud

At $735, you might not be able to pay rent after getting this designer Missoni skirt, but at least you’ll look amazing while camping out under the bridge. The bright hues in this pattern echo summer, but the wool blend will keep your warm as the winter months approach. (_$735, MyTheresa.com)

Class Act

This super-soft striped maxi dress is the perfect blend of form and function for fall. Smart, sexy, and elegant and so comfortable you could sleep in it. (_$118, White House Black Market)

Casual Whimsy

This paisley floor-length frock is a bundle of 1970s-era nightgown bliss. Just add a solid blazer and chunky shades for instant fashionista status. (_$585, Net-a-Porter.com)

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