No one would ever accuse the schoolgirl staple of being unsophisticated. Retooled with softer, wider folds and a midthigh-grazing hem, this separate can travel in any circle. We took a Raoul skirt ($215; at Lord & Taylor) and styled it three ways, from formal to casual:
1. For a night out
Balance the skirt's volume and showcase your waist with a trim turtleneck. Gold jewelry and patterned pumps make a subtle statement against an all-black palette.
Credits: Maxstudio.com turtleneck, $98; maxstudio.com. Mango necklace, $40; mango.com. CC Skye cuff, $125; ccskye.com. C. Wonder clutch, $198; cwonder.com. L.K. Bennett pumps, $375; at L.K. Bennett, 248-602-3409.
2. For the workplace
Go for a play on proportion and texture with a slim-cut tunic top. The silhouette visually lengthens your midsection, while the white fabric and serpentine stitching add dimension and contrast.
Credits: Catherine Malandrino tunic, $295; revolveclothing.com. H&M bag, $30; hm.com. Ranjana Khan bracelets, $96 each; at Ranjana Khan, 212-921-0786. Loeffler Randall pumps, $375; loefflerrandall.com.
3. For a casual look
It may seem like an unlikely pairing, but an of-the-moment quilted jacket (in always neutral army green) tempers the skirt's ladylike vibe. Wedge booties lend extra edge to the look.
Credits: Tibi jacket, $545; at Saks Fifth Avenue. Elizabeth and James top, $295; nordstrom.com. Purse Bliss by Hanes Hosiery, $13; macys.com. Kenneth Cole New York bag, $220; kennethcole.com. Sandro boots, $565; sandro-paris.com.
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