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Here in IL, it doesn’t exactly feel like fall yet. I’m still soaking up mostly 80-degree days. If it weren’t for the early sunsets and cool, breezy nights, it could totally still pass for summer. While I love it, I also feel like I’m developing a case of sartorial FOMO. I mean, I’m not going to be one of those girls in riding boots and a blanket scarf sipping a PSL in 85° weather, but I’m also sick of bikinis, cut-offs, and flip flops. That’s why I’m so into the ONE item you need for fall. It’s a transitional staple. You can wear it now {no matter what climate you’re dealing with,} and if you’re not totally sick of it, you’ll be able to wear it this spring. If you’re feeling particularly badass and don’t care about frostbite, you can probably even wear it this winter. So…what is it?

The A-line, button front mini skirt.

If you buy ONE thing to wear this fall, that should be it. It’s a universally flattering shape, insanely versatile, and a celebrity style staple. It’s basically autumn personified. NEED. Here are three versions of said skirt to consider copping.

Suede

Via STYLEBOP.
Via STYLEBOP.

Arguably the most trendy version of this piece, the suede a-line, button front mini is already available in almost every store in your local mall. Forever 21, Topshop, American Eagle, Express, and Anthropologie are each selling their takes on the style, typically in a shade of tan, burnt orange, or black. Speaking of mall stores…I’m absolutely obsessed with THIS version of the skirt from Abercrombie and Fitch, which comes in eight colors. {I might buy two of them.} Team it with a neutral-hued ribbed turtleneck and a pair of ankle boots for a look that’s the perfect combination of sexy and tough.

Corduroy

Via Saks Fifth Ave.
Via Saks Fifth Ave.

Corduroy is one of those fabrics that you either love or hate. Seriously–have you ever met someone who’s just neutral about that particular material? I have not. If you’re a corduroy girl, don’t hesitate buy this skirt in your preferred fabric {that’s corduroy, obvs} as it’s probably the least ubiquitous iteration of the a-line skirt trend. The cord skirts I’ve seen thus far seem to have also been cut a little narrower, so if you’re into the straight, tiny, classic mini look, this could be the option for you, too. Shop Lulu’s and Urban Outfitters to get your corduroy fix.

Denim

Via Topshop.
Via Topshop.

When I first heard that jean skirts were coming back into style, I was mildly horrified. Visions of 2005 danced in my head–super short, distressed minis + popped-collar Polo shirts + tall UGG boots came to mind. Since that’s an era I’m still actively trying to black out, I was less than thrilled about a resurgence of that trend. That is, until, I realized that the denim skirt of 2015 is an a-line, button-front denim skirt, and therefore actually cute. Phew. Crisis averted. Anyway, when the denim skirt revival was first appearing on bloggers, models, and in street style photos this spring, it was in full 70s glory–maxi and midi length, slightly flared, and varied washes. If your style leans boho, denim is definitely the way to go. For fall, though, I like the look to be a bit more refined with a true mini length and a deep, dark wash. Topshop and Forever 21 both make great, budget-friendly options.

Would you ditch your yoga pants for this skirt? What’s your go-to item when it comes to fall fashion?

xx,

Liza

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