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We’re Cancelling Pants – It’s Time to Give Skirts Some Love

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Skirts don’t always receive the love they deserve. We tend to push the traditionally “pretty” and feminine piece aside in favor of cool trousers and denim, because there’s just something about a pleated A-line or a ruffled prairie skirt that feels expected and truthfully, a bit boring. But there’s a few cool kids on the block making us rethink our buying strategy.

Instead of skimming over the skirt options, we’re taking pause at the cute midi trends emerging. From the slow rise of the asymmetrical hem to the “Wait, I need at least five of these” rainbow-striped options, we’re shining the spotlight on some truly unexpected skirt trends. Listen up, “not skirt” people: It’s time to sit back, relax, and finally take off those pants. You’re going to want to trade them in for one of the pieces ahead, after all.

Credit: H&M, $59.99, available at H&M

The New Standard Hem

Sometime over the last couple of years, free-flowing midi skirts and structured A-lines gave way to the asymmetric hem. Think of it as the new high-low, but not relegated to a mullet-like short in the front and long in the back appearance. Instead, the new asymmetrical skirt plays with side lengths and patchwork cuts.

Credit: Topshop, $100, available at Topshop

Check, Check, and Check

Didn’t you know? The business-appropriate look is in (or at least the pattern is, anyway). This mix between plaid and houndstooth is on just about everyone’s skirts this fall. From asymmetric hems to big belted options and even the standard pencil skirt, there’s a checkered grey option for everyone.

Credit: Kenzo, $395, available at Kenzo

Rainbow Stripe

Remember when striped rainbow jumpers were the thing a few seasons back? Well the trend has returned, except this time, it’s in skirt form. The flowing midi skirts, often pleated and A-line, each take their own interpretation of the color wheel this season with an array of fun hues.

Credit: Frame, $395, available at Nordstrom

Silks and Satins

Like silk slip dresses, but better. Now you can mix and match a silky (or satiny) soft skirt with any jumper, just in time for fall.

Credit: Rejina Pyo, $479, available at Need Supply

Button Up

Statement buttons are taking over skirts with a vengeance, but they’re more of an accessory addition than they are useful. If the centered button-down look doesn’t work for you, this fall has a ton of options featuring buttons that are off-kilter and to the side.

Credit: Urban Outfitters, $79, available at Urban Outfitters

Wrap and Roll

The traditional wrap skirt is getting a bit of an upgrade. Between added-on ruffles and playful materials like leather, these aren’t garden-party-only-fare anymore.

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