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Fall Skirts: The Silhouettes and Materials I Love for this Season

Fall weather is fast approaching and so is the need for on-trend fall skirts. The stylish skirts shown on runways this past spring are making their way to racks and should soon be finding their way into your closet. Skirts are such staple items in my wardrobe and I love that I can wear them into winter by adding a pair of tights! I'm currently in preparation mode for New York Fashion Week; it's only about a week away and I've already packed some of my favorite new skirts for fall. This year, my closet with be filled with A-line and circle skirts, the fit-and-flare style, and, of course, pencil skirts!

The A-line skirt is a fall must-have and is universally flattering on any woman. This classic shape exudes an early '60s ladylike attitude and begs to be worn with a fitted top, structured bag, and leg-lengthening heels. The A-line midi is this season's most sought-after length and shape. The midi has redefined skirt lengths thanks to designers such as Jil Sanders, Tory Burch, and Céline. Though there is some variance in length—some midis hit right below the knee, and others right at mid-calf—it's still a great shape and style for any body type. If you're on the shorter side, pay careful attention to where your midi hits and consider having it hemmed if it's too long. You really don't want it to go past mid-calf, and should avoid having the skirt hit right at the widest part of your leg. Taller girls may find a longer midi for a more flattering effect—you don't want your midi to turn into a confused mini! Fashion blogger Blair, gets it just right in her red gingham-print A-line midi skirt.

The fit-and-flare, worn by Crystalin (above in black), is also a style that compliments a wide range of body types. This flirty skirt style is another fall must-have. Wear this skirt now with a cute top and sandals and later with a sweater and tights. Can you say versatility?

The classic pencil skirt is back again for another round. While this style of skirt normally screams corporate badass, with a great tailored fit and the right accessories, this skirt can be perfect for a night out! To keep this skirt from looking a little too 9 to 5, pair it with a fitted tee, anything leather, or a fashionable sweatshirt! Stylist Devon Rachel, pairs her green pencil skirt with a graphic tee and leather jacket for the perfect girls' night out look.

While most of these silhouettes started showing up on racks this spring and summer, the materials and colors will be drastically different for the fall season. Out come the tweeds, wools, jacquards, and leathers in an assortment of darker colors, prints, and patterns. I'm loving the rich, vibrant colors for this fall season. Earthy greens and browns, steely grey, and bursts of color in fuchsia, purple, and orange. Check out all the color trends for this fall, here, and choose your favorite!

But before you do that, let's talk materials. With cooler days come heavier, richer fabrics, and I can't wait for things to cool off enough to start wearing them. Tweed is back in a big way this season and there's nothing classier than a tweed pencil skirt—especially if you can find one in a punchy color combo or with interesting detailing like an added peplum or leather accents. No way anyone's mistaking you for a stuffy old college professor in this stylish brand of tweed.

Wool is another great cool-weather skirt material, and while you'll find plenty of black, navy, and grey options while you're shopping, keep an eye out for some of the fun printed wool skirts on the market. A playful plaid or bright color-blocked design can really update this classic material. Because wool is a heavier material, you'll typically find it used for pencils skirts or other cuts that require structure, but a lightweight wool can be fun in a circle skirt or A-line cut.

Leather is here to stay, too, and that's okay by me! It's one of my favorite skirt materials.  You can get so many different styles of leather skirts these days—and in both real and faux leather. They come laser-cut, studded, colored, with finishing details like peplums and pleats, and in all sorts of cuts and lengths—you name it, you'll see it! In the picture below, I rocked a white leather studded mini for a late summer look. I paired it with a light, flowy top and sexy black heels, then threw on my black leather jacket to keep it edgy. I'll keep rocking this skirt in fall, too, by ditching the heels and replacing them with a pair of tights and ankle boots. See how versatile skirts can be?

Photos: Blair courtesy of Atlantic-Pacific, Crystalin courtesy of Crystalin Marie, and Devon courtesy of Devon Rachel
Find more fashion inspiration from Nicholl at The Chiffon Diary!

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