Leave it to effortlessly cool brands like Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Ronson to spark one of the most arresting yet attainable fall trends: the maxi skirt. That’s right, dear readers. It’s time to forget about “short and sweet” because floor-sweeping skirts are having a major fashion moment, thanks to the aforementioned brands and stylish starlets such as Isabel Lucas and Hilary Rhoda. So, how can you make this look work for you? If you’re partial to prints, take notes from Isabel, Hilary and Olivia Palermo—they’ve each elevated their look from simple to statement-making with a few smart styling choices. Similarly, if solid colors are your thing, you’ll find plenty of inspiration from Margherita Missoni or Charlotte Ronson’s fall show. Whichever way you go, we’re sure you’re going to love this grunge/glam look. On that note, we present our latest Trend Report!
Although Isabel Lucas is known for her laidback hippie aesthetic, she truly impressed us last week at the Hollywood premiere of Waiting For Superman. We love the way she gave her maxi skirt a 1970s-inspired twist—via a bold floral print, lace top and leather sandals, naturally—without taking away from its contemporary appeal. To recreate this look, pick a bold floral skirt such as ASOS’s Floral Jersey Maxi Skirt ($16.85) or Topshop’s Marble Print Maxi Skirt ($80). Add a subtly sexy spin to your ensemble with a lace top like Free People’s Lady Victoria Top ($78). For fall, we recommend swapping out your leather sandals for boots—we like Nine West’s Contico Boots ($149).
If one thing in fashion is certain, it is that we can always count on Italian model/actress Margherita Missoni to bring us a perfectly put together bohemian-luxe look. Case in point: this cool ensemble, which Margherita was spotted in at a Missoni cocktail party earlier this year. We’re simply smitten with the details: cropped knit top, layered necklaces, and, of course, a flowing maxi skirt. To try this look for yourself, start with Topshop’s Crinkle Maxi Skirt ($60) or J Crew’s Sophia Silk Chiffon Skirt ($368). Then, simply add a cropped knit, such as Sparkle & Fade’s Shaker Cropped Pullover Sweater ($58) or Topshop’s Knitted Sheepskin Jumper ($65), and a beaded necklace like Nicole Miller’s Beaded Layered Necklace ($140).
Obviously, there was no shortage of style at London Fashion Week, which wrapped up on Tuesday, but reality star Olivia Palermo still stood out in this fashion-forward ensemble. We like how Olivia smoothly balanced her flirty floral maxi skirt with a zippered leather jacket. The look is casually chic, which makes it perfect for day and night. To get Olivia’s elegant-meets-edgy ensemble, start with Blu Moon’s Almost Famous Skirt ($154) or CP Shades’ Plaid Maxi Skirt ($298). Throw on a heavily-embellished leather jacket like Doma’s Leather Studded Shoulder Jacket ($658) or Topshop’s Marshall Cropped Biker Jacket ($100), and then finish off your ensemble with a colorful tank such as James Perse’s Cotton Tank Top ($77.41).
What can we say? Hilary Rhoda nails it every time she walks out the door. In July, she was spotted at the 11th annual Love Heals at Luna Farm event in the Hamptons wearing a striped maxi skirt which she accessorized with a cropped white tee and denim jacket. The result? A laidback surfer-chic look that will be perfect when summer rolls around. If you can’t wait until the warmer months to take your cues from Hilary, start with ASOS’s Stripe Full Maxi Skirt ($26.96) or Pearl’s Jersey Stripe Maxi Skirt ($30.33). Complete your look with a tee, like Alternative Apparel’s Molly Crop Burnout Rolled Sleeve Tee ($35), and cropped denim jacket, such as KUT From The Kloth’s Denim Jacket ($45.90) or Cheap Monday’s Jean Jacket ($85).
For our final dose of inspiration, we’re turning to the Fall 2010 runways, where Charlotte Ronson showed a collection of cool downtown separates. For instance, look at the sleek and sophisticated all-black look above. Its part grunge, part glam, and all gorgeous. To turn this runway look into reality, pick a chic black skirt such as Rick Owens Lilies’ Jersey Maxi Skirt ($695) or ASOS’s Seam Detail Maxi Skirt ($43.81). Layer your skirt under a rugged knit sweater, like Alternative Apparel’s PE Sweatshirt ($38), and a thick knit scarf, such as Bop Basics’s Thick Knit Eternity Scarf ($68). Then, finish your look with an oversized leather jacket; we like Dallin Chase’s Solomon Leather Jacket ($610) and Sara Berman’s Classic Leather Biker Jacket ($320).
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