By InStyle Staff
Oct 26, 2013 @ 9:20 pm
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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 outBalance 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: turtleneck, $98; Mango necklace, $40; CC Skye cuff, $125; C. Wonder clutch, $198; L.K. Bennett pumps, $375; at L.K. Bennett, 248-602-3409.

2. For the workplaceGo 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; H&M bag, $30; Ranjana Khan bracelets, $96 each; at Ranjana Khan, 212-921-0786. Loeffler Randall pumps, $375;

3. For a casual lookIt 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; Purse Bliss by Hanes Hosiery, $13; Kenneth Cole New York bag, $220; Sandro boots, $565;

Plus, see nine ways to work texture into your fall wardrobe: