Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fall Shopping: (Non-Pencil) Skirts

When I did a fall shopping post on fun pencil skirts I got some requests for non-pencil skirt options for fall.  While I like to think that you can wear most skirts in the fall with boots, tights, or more neutral colors, there are some that just scream "fall" more than others.  

The style of these skirts are across the board.  Some are cute for everyday casual wear, and I imagine them with riding boots and tights.  Others I imagine to be more appropriate for a chic, dressed up look, either for an office or for going out.  

The skirts in the first row lend themselves to more casual style, and the third row has all the patterned skirts.

Option #1 - For a couple of years I looked for a skirt similar to this.  I eventually gave up, and now it's here!  I love skirts with buttons down the front as I think they add cute and simple details to an otherwise plain skirt.  This can easily be paired with tights and riding boots on the bottom, and on top tuck in any shirt.  

Option #2 - This skirt is too short for me, or else I'd buy it in a heartbeat.  Though it's a pretty happy color that you would think is made for spring/summer, I love yellow in the fall.  (Who are we kidding, I love yellow all the time.)  If you click to the item, ModCloth has pics of how customers have styled it.  My favorite of course is the second pic from October Rebel.  I LOVE how she pairs it with a navy printed top.  Perfect for fall!

Option #3 - Another skirt of the button variety in a fun fall color.  Pair this (and the two previous ones) with a sweater, a plaid shirt, or a t-shirt + cardigan--anything, really!

Option #4 - This is that ridiculously adorable J.Crew Factory skirt that people were swooning over.  This can totally be worn in a casual, laid-back outfit with a t-shirt and cardigan or a preppier look with a white button-up layered under a sweater.  Comes in black and tan.

Option #5 - Leather trim!  *swoon* 

Option #6 - I think I saw this from Tara on Mix & Match Fashion.  Not only is forest green great for fall, but the skirt is textured which is even better.  I can't know for sure online, but it seems like it's got a nice weight to it--definitely not those ultra flimsy skirts that roll out in the summer and spring.  Pair it with a fun patterned blouse and some heels, booties, or sleek boots!

Option #7 - Simple black skirt, in case anyone was looking for one of these.  This would go well with riding boots in a casual look or sleeker boots for a dressed up look.  Amazingly enough, it's from Target.  However, I can't tell online how thick the material actually is, so no promises there.

Option #8 - Leather pleated skirt.  YESSS.  I'm so glad this leather skirt isn't super short!  The length is elegant while still allowing you to add some toughness to your office or going-out look.  

Option #9 - I was glad to find this because most animal print skirts I see are either really short or they're pencil skirts.  This is a great option for a fuller skirt in an appropriate length.  I actually love the outfit the model is wearing on the shop site.  She pairs it with a simple, slightly delicate black blouse to soften it up.

Options #10 & 11 - These are sweater skirts!  I've never owned a sweater skirt, but it sounds comfy.  (Unless it's itchy...but hopefully creators of sweater skirts have though of that...)  These will easily transition from fall to winter.

Option #12 - I had to show at least one maxi skirt.  And of course it would be striped!  You can really wear this all year round.  In cooler weather, layer tights underneath (fleece lined tights!) and pair with ankle boots.  

Prior to blogging I thought fall looks all had to be really sleek with dark colors and slightly more dressed up.  Then I discovered that there are skirts like the ones in the first row that could be paired with riding boots or flats for casual, colorful fall looks.

Even though the skirts in rows two and three don't fit my lifestyle right now, like AT ALL, I love love love the types of looks you can make with them too!

Which kinds of skirts would fit your lifestyle better?  Row 1 or Rows 2/3...or both?


  1. I love those button skirts. I have a question though, is the button row sewn closed? I feel like I've seen similar skirts and rejected them for fear of weird gaps exposing my thighs when slouched in a desk chair.

    A quick suggestion for folks considering tweedy or sweater skirts that don't come with their own lining: satiny half-slips are your friend, especially if you're wearing it with tights or leggings that can get kind of clingy.

  2. Thanks for the tip on sweater skirts, Bethany! I usually wear slips under all skirts and dresses because you're right--they're life savers.

    To answer your question on buttons, every skirt is different. Some are sewn on, some open up, some open up only at the top for the waist but not for the rest of the skirt. I haven't had a problem with weird gaps though because usually the buttons are close enough together or the material overlaps significantly enough that you can't see through the gaps.

  3. I love the first row!
    I can imagine these with comfy sweaters and tall boots.

  4. So what kind of top would you wear with options 10 and 11? I'm definitely drawn to patterned skirts, but then I have a hard time knowing what to put on top and end up with really plain stuff.

  5. Domesticated Working WomanThursday, November 07, 2013

    I love that crew mini! Can't wait to be back in normal clothes

  6. Easy answers are anything black, whether it's a t-shirt paired with a denim jacket and simple flats, a button up with pumps for an office, or a chiffon type of top for something more elegant. A black sweater with a white button up underneath would also work. You could also try pairing them with a blazer. My default for patterned skirts is always chambray or silky solid button ups. I think what would prevent the outfit from looking plain is if the top has some sort of detail, like the chiffon material that I mentioned earlier or buttons or structure or seaming, even if the top is just solid black.

    Also, I think you could do a lot more with the white one and black one, like pairing it with a navy, forest green, or maroon sweater.

    I hope that helps!

  7. Thanks so much for the compliment, Audrey! This is an incredibly useful skirt guide! :-)

  8. Oh, weird gaps - definitely not cool. :-) I can safely say that no. 2 is not sewn up, but like Audrey mentioned, the buttons are close together so you're totally covered!

  9. I'm so glad you posted this! I'm slowly coming to terms with the reality that my wide hips (I'm pear-shaped) are just not made for pencil skirts. I didn't really know where to start with A-lines, though. This helps a lot; thanks!

  10. I have a question concerning tights. I have such a hard time finding tights and sometimes leggings that fit. I am 5'8 and 160 lbs. right around a size 12. Do you have any suggestions, usually it is the length that I have the most trouble with.

  11. Hmmm...I'm not really well versed in tights, but have you tried We Love Colors? http://www.welovecolors.com/

  12. I'm going to have to start charging YOU for me to read your blog. Second item you've posted that I had to go buy! :) love skirt #11! Do you ever shop CAbi? They have a cute A-line skirt this season too. http://www.cabionline.com/collection/clothes/owens-skirt/

  13. Im a sucker for skirts like 1-3. im not very into pencil skirts, these types are my favorite!


  14. Haha! I haven't shopped CAbi, but quite a few reps have contacted me telling me about it. Very cute clothes, but pretty out of my price comfort zone.

  15. Oh yeah, I only buy at a discount. Then it's closer to like Banana or Ann Taylor prices

  16. I have a leopard print skater skirt that I simply adore. I desperately want that yellow one, I think it might work for me because I am quite short. Thanks for the list.
    xx Abby | a geek tragedy

  17. How do you wear #4?? I've always steered away from elastic like that because it screamed little kid or granny...which is silly! Do you strategically cover it with a belt? Or make sure shirts cover it?? I just still have a hard time with an elastic waist that is so obviously elastic. Tips?!?!

  18. No, I haven't tried We Love Colors Audrey. I will look into that, thanks!

  19. THANK YOU so much for putting this post together! After trying hard to make pencil skirts work for me for years, I've finally decided that they are just not flattering on me. Instead, I've been looking at more a-line skirts like these listed, and I LOVE the options you have listed (particularly 1, 2, and 4!!). Thank you so much for putting this together!!

  20. Mini and
    Pencil Skirts are best for women and these are available in different shapes
    and budget. Pencil skirts are worn with suits or jackets. These skirts are
    more official than other types.

  21. Aubrey - can we talk underpinnings for a moment? I live in MN, where tights/leggings are a must for 60-75% of the year. I find that skirts often cling to my tights (it's the texture, NOT static), especially when I'm walking, so I'm always tugging my skirt down. I've had some success with pairing the right slip with the right skirt - what do you do?

  22. I do exactly what you've said--I wear a slip that has a smooth texture. Usually I find one slip is fine for all of my skirts though. I get mine at Target.


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