Ace Your Fall Uniform with These 23 Sweater-and-Skirt Combos
Attention, all—we've found your fall uniform! Individually, sweaters and skirts are both closet staples, but when combined, the two are unstoppable as the perfect season-to-season transitional pairing. We took the duo to the next level with ideas from the fall/winter 2014 runway.
At Karen Walker, the designer charmed with a chunky turtleneck knit and a ladylike floral midi-length skirt (above). Conversely, designer Alexander Wanghit a futuristic note with a sporty textured sweater and an edgy leather mini. Meanwhile, Andrew Gninjected a dash of whimsy with robot-embroidered knit that he elevated with an elegant jacquard pencil skirt.
From girly-tough combos to white-on-whites, consider all 23 ways to wear sweaters and skirts for the rest of the season (and worn with tights, next season, too).
Chunky Knit + Floral Midi
Prints + Prints
Fluoro Texture + Leather Accents
Open-Weave Knit + Full A-Line
Runway inspiration: Delpozo
An all-white look is, admittedly, a hard one to pull off. The key is to gravitate toward off-whites (think: cream, ivory, ecru) and pair them with textured pieces. We did that here with an open Rebecca Taylor sweater ($475; rebeccataylor.com) and a full ivory Whistles skirt ($255; whistles.com).
Sporty Sweats + Asymmetric Mini
Boucle Jumper + Marled Pleats
Chunky Sweater + Striped A-Line
Fanciful Print + Leather Patches
Neutral Top + Metallic Bottom
Soft & Sweet + Tough & Edgy
Fitted Turtleneck + Leopard Print Pencil
Chunky Stripes + Pencil Thin Lines
Runway inspiration: Balmain
Strike a graphic note with directional lines. While Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing added interest with a chevron-like pattern, we chose to layer stripes on stripes for higher wearability. But be sure to diversify-pair chunky stripes (Nicholas, $298; intermixonline.com) with pencil-thin ones (Apt. 9, $20; kohls.com).
Cozy Knit + Floral Mini
Graphic Top + Sweet Maxi
Playful Sweater + Jacquard Pencil
Gym Sweatshirt + Textured Skirt
Color-block Cable + Draped Skirt
Cowl Neck Sweater + Jacquard Peplum
Waffle Sweater + Fringe
Sequins + Feathery Ruffle
Graphic Accent + Graphic Accent
Runway inspiration: Dries Van Noten
Streamline your look by carrying the same color accent from your top to your bottom. In this case, it's the yellow found in the geometric Kenzo pullover ($565; otteny.com) and the asymmetric panels from the Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel skirt ($275; saksfifthavenue.com).