Contrary to what you may think, this isn't just a summer essential

wear skirts in winter

Words: Deryn King | Images: Jacques Weyers and Getty

Wearing skirts in the thick of autumn – the brink of winter’s chilliness – sounds counterproductive, but we’re here to tell you that they are wardrobe star players that are far more versatile than they often get credit for. And no, layering them with tights isn’t your only option…

Completely disregarding skirts and dresses for an entire season is a little short-sighted when the pieces are proven trans-seasonal essentials – All it takes is one look at the street style circuit for the full receipts, but it’s all in the styling.

So, here’s a list of 6 clever styling tricks you can use to make your skirts more appropriate for the cold weather.

One key thing to remember, though, is that the midi length is your friend whether you go for the pencil shape, an asymmetrical ruffle style, a paper bag waist, or a wrap-detail situation.

skirts and boots

1. The obvious place to start is to wear your skirt with over-the-knee boots peeping out from under the bottom. 

skirt and jeans

2. And then you can thank the trend gods for coming through with skirts/ dresses over trousers this season. This combo will give you as much in warmth as it does in style value: WINNING!

skirt and blazer

3. Opposites attract: pair a feminine silhouette with something structured or sporty like sneakers, school boy brogues, a blazer or a crisp white shirt.

skirt and stockings

4. The thing with hosiery is that they not only keep you warm, but come through with the extra detail that can make a look unforgettable. We did say this is not the only way to skirt about winter, but it is still one of the best.

skirt suit

5. Don't get caught sleeping on the power of skirt suits. Their collegiate cool vibe is on trend in a major way and the jacket pairing is an obvious way to turn up the heat in winter.  

skirt and knit

6. Next to coats, playing around with knits is some of the most winter style fun you might have because of all the versatility. Don't be shy to strike a stylishly high/low fashion balance with a glitzy skirt and a chunky knit. 

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