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October 30, 2014

Skirts & Dresses: The Casual Alternative in Every Shape & Length

Plaids, prints, athletic influences, sweater dressing…there are a lot of fun sartorial interpretations for fall in skirts and dresses. With the importance of boots, oxfords and loafers, and yes sneakers, any length skirt can be turned into an easy casual look for a relaxing weekend or an informal day at the office. The beauty of the large variety of lengths and shapes is that you can pick whatever feels most comfortable on you (show off your legs, highlight your waist) and have stylish modern options to choose from. So, let’s get into some of our favorites – from mini to maxi, and everything in between.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. If you missed any of our work or after 5 dress and skirt picks, check them out in our Fashion Finds. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered. See you next week.
https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/DRESSES/shiftdresses/PRDOVR~B3269/B3269.jsp
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Madewell - Daywalk Shirtdress
Daywalk Shirtdress
Madewell
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The pairing of a shirtdress silhouette and a great plaid pattern are the makings of a perfect casual look. Madewell’s easy fit and deep blue/black color combination makes this our top pick from the many plaid shirtdress options out there this season. We love being able to pair this with black tights and any boots. We especially love that the shirttail is longer in the back, so you know everything is staying covered all day long. As the weather continues to cool down, you can even add a black turtleneck underneath. Wear it loose, as shown, or if you are petite or curvy, a belt looks great. BB Dakota has a great buffalo plaid version, too.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Ribbed-Turtleneck-Sweaterdress-Heather-Almond/prod171410068_cat12110765__/p.prod Vince - Ribbed Turtleneck Sweaterdress
Vince - Ribbed Turtleneck Sweaterdress
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Vince - Ribbed Turtleneck Sweaterdress
Ribbed Turtleneck Sweaterdress
Vince
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A sweater dress is another seasonal must-have, especially when it’s this beautiful wool/cashmere one from Vince. The easy fit (size down if you are between sizes) and gorgeous stitch work – check out the varied rib direction and pointelle detail through the “shop it” button – makes this a worthwhile investment, especially at this new sale price. You’ll wear it for years, and in so many ways. On a casual weekend day, it looks great over leggings or skinny jeans with a long-sleeve tee or turtleneck underneath. When you’re heading out for dinner, add a cami underneath and pair it with black leather leggings or coated jeans and heeled booties.
http://www.intermixonline.com/product/exclusive+for+intermix+slim+knit+pencil+skirt+.do Exclusive for Intermix - Slim Knit Pencil Skirt
Exclusive for Intermix - Slim Knit Pencil Skirt
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Exclusive for Intermix - Slim Knit Pencil Skirt
Slim Knit Pencil Skirt
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Pictures do not do justice for this angora pull-on sweater skirt. Truly, you have to trust us. It is beyond soft and the visual appeal of the angora is simply gorgeous. The length is fresh and modern, falling anywhere from above-the-knee to mid-calf, depending on your height. The beauty of it is that any length works so alterations aren’t an issue. It can easily be dressed up with a blouse or leather jacket and tank top for night out, but we love pairing this luxe fabrication with a great flannel shirt (just tuck the front in) or chunky sweater and a pair of rugged booties for a perfect weekend look. It’s a contemporary, but easy fit, with lots of stretch. It’s so warm and cozy, you’ll forget that it’s also gorgeous.
http://www.shopbop.com/slub-french-terry-dress-splendid/vp/v=1/1574036497.htm Splendid - Slub French Terry Dress
Splendid - Slub French Terry Dress
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Splendid - Slub French Terry Dress
Slub French Terry Dress
Splendid
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Splendid’s slub French terry, that we’ve always loved, looks seasonally right in this updated and simple dress. The material is soft and comfortable, with some stretch, but has enough weight to it – thanks to the terry – that it doesn’t cling or show bumps. The seams provide curve and shape, so this dress looks great on its own or under an oversized cardigan. The below knee length is modern and works perfectly with your favorite sneakers or booties.
http://www.shopbop.com/leonora-skirt-petit-bateau/vp/v=1/1506993637.htm Petit Bateau - Leonora Skirt
Petit Bateau - Leonora Skirt
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Petit Bateau - Leonora Skirt
Leonora Skirt
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So easy to pair with your favorite black weekend staples – tights, boots (high, low, or lace-up), easy sweater or sweatshirt. The shorter length keeps it fun, but Petit Bateau’s high quality and quilted fabric prevents it from looking too youthful. Rag & Bone had a similar idea in black ribbed, with a longer back hem – no bending worries. Whichever you choose, the mini skirt is still around. Let’s just keep the mini skirts for work in our memories, and do it in this casual way, instead.
http://www.michaelstars.com/dresses/long-sleeve-scoop-neck-maxi-dress-with-side-slits-DM55 Michael Stars - Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Maxi Dress with Side Slits
Michael Stars - Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Maxi Dress with Side Slits
Maxi dresses are still important too, and we’re fans of pairing them with lace up booties or oxfords for a casual weekend look. And when it comes to knit tees, we’ve always been fans of Michael Stars. So of course, we look to them for this easy long-sleeved maxi dress. Whether you go with the twilight blue we’re featuring, or the neutral slate grey or black, you’ll get tons of use out of this. It has a slit that runs about halfway up the leg, so it won’t cling to your tights or tops of your boots. Add a belt if you are petite or curvier, and you can even layer on a short chunky cardigan or jacket and a scarf as the temperature continues to drop.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Rachel-Pally-Harlow-Long-Sleeve-Printed-Maxi-Dress-Dresses/prod171830152_cat12110758__/p.prod Rachel Pally - Harlow Long-Sleeve Printed Maxi Dress
Rachel Pally - Harlow Long-Sleeve Printed Maxi Dress
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Rachel Pally - Harlow Long-Sleeve Printed Maxi Dress
Harlow Long-Sleeve Printed Maxi Dress
Rachel Pally
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Another take on a maxi dress is this Rachel Pally wrap style. While we don’t always think of a wrap dress for the weekend, we love the stylish ease of the maxi length for a nicer brunch or afternoon bridal or baby shower. The darker color palette of black and blue python on the minimal white ground is neutral and slimming. Add a cami or bodysuit for coverage, if that’s more comfortable for you. Anything from a ballet flat to a pair of flat boots will complete the look.
http://www.michaelstars.com/bottoms/convertible-pencil-skirt-DM62 Michael Stars - Convertible Pencil Skirt
Michael Stars - Convertible Pencil Skirt
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Michael Stars - Convertible Pencil Skirt
Convertible Pencil Skirt
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Another from Michael Stars, when we are talking about new skirt lengths, we can’t leave this one out. Michael Stars is covering all their bases with this one – so you can, too. The easy stretchy fabric is so, well, easy and stretchy that you can convert it into a mini by folding it over. We like it best as a longer skirt, which looks fresh and new, especially when paired with your favorite boots and an easy sweatshirt. Of course, come summer, you’ll appreciate having options.
http://www.jamesperse.com/women/apparel/dresses/womens-brushed-fleece-hooded-dress-wtc6792? James Perse - Brushed Fleece Hooded Dress
James Perse - Brushed Fleece Hooded Dress
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James Perse - Brushed Fleece Hooded Dress
Brushed Fleece Hooded Dress
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With athletic inspiration prevalent in dressing today – and having no signs of letting up for spring - James Perse’s hooded dress in the softest brushed fleece is a welcome weekend option. It’s just as comfortable as your stylish sweats, but with a bit of a more polished feel in a contemporary fit. It comes in grey too, but we like the simple black to go with tights and casual booties or sneakers. There are ribbed panels down the sides and under the arms that give the dress some shape.
 

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