Runway To Real Way: Skater Skirts From Summer To Fall

September 2, 2014 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way

Skater Skirts, Runway Looks, Skirts Summer to Fall

Happy NYFW Week! Even as we type this, LV monogram bags are being zipped up with this season’s Loubs and the latest Tom Ford sunnies and crucial wardrobe decisions are being finalized for the biggest week of OOTD’s in the country. And while the traditional summer to fall staples will surely be accounted for, there are sure to be a few new trends spotted outside the “tents”. One of our faves that we hope to be seeing all week – and all season, for that matter – is the skater skirt. Swingy, flirty, and fun, this cute little number is a no brainer for that crucial transitional closet phase. Here are a few we’ll be sporting this season.

On the Fall 2014 runways, there was no shortage of skater skirt love. Sally LaPointe redefined fall casual chic by pairing ove-sized chunky sweaters with sleek metallic skirts. We’re loving the subtle shimmer and muted pattern and looked for a similar number that we could even wear now. ASOS’s flutter-sleeved Skater Dress would out a swing in our step that  late summer patio party or rooftop cocktails. And once the fall chill sets in, toss a chunky sweater or it and Sally LaPointe would be proud.

If you’d like to start introducing fall fabrics to your wardrobe now while the summer temps are still simmering, our best bet would be to try leather. Seasonally versatile and universally flattering, a leather skirt with bare legs is a bold statement to usher in the new season. 3.1 Philip Lim seemed to agree by choosing lush, leather skater skirts as a fixture on his Fall 2014 runway. Craving more of the movement and less of the bulk, we found a suitably swinging alternative with Halogen. Lightweight leather + pleats = countless ways to be chic this season.

Now that we’ve covered the neutrals with black, brown, and metallic, who’s to say that tops need to have all the fun? Infuse a jolt of color (to be discussed further below) or a graphic pattern into your skater skirt to keep the fall wardrobe blahs at bay. Lela Rose chose patterned separates for her Fall 2014 collection, pairing them both together and separately on the runway. Taking a cue from her black and white symmetry, we’ve named Trina Turk’s adorable ‘Chalice’ skater skirt as our replacement for jeans this season. The perfect complement to bright colors, neutrals or even other patterns, we’ll officially be living in this skirt until the first snow falls.

Finally the moment has come to embrace all the fall colors we’ve been waiting to bust out of our closets again namely, orange.  We’ve decided to make a rule that pre-Halloween orange should technically still be channeling summer. Bright, neon, or pastel, these crucial pre-fall months are where we can enjoy the bolder side of orange. After fall has officially settled in, the citrus hue relaxes into it’s warmer jewel tone, joining its fellow mustard, royal blue, and burgundy. Donna Karan understood this, trotting out a dazzling tomato-colored frock in her Fall 2014 collection. With just as much movement and a fraction of the budget, we pounced on this Poppy Stretch mini from BCBGMAXAZRIA. Let your legs live for as long as they can this summer with these fun and flirty skater skirts. And the best part is, when the temperature starts to drop, reinvent them all with a whole new crop of patterned tights!

1. Silver Skater Skirt
Runway: Sally LaPointe Fall 2014 RTW
Real Way: ASOS Deep Plunge Skater Dress In Silver Jacquard, now $73.52

2. Brown Leather Skater Skirt
Runway: 3.1 Philip Lim Fall 2014 RTW
Real Way: Halogen® Pleat Leather Skirt (Regular & Petite), $228

3. Black and White Graphic Skater Skirt
Runway: Lela Rose Fall 2014 RTW
Real Way: Trina Turk’Chalice’ Pattern Skater Skirt, $168

4. Bright Orange Skater Skirt
Runway: DKNY Fall 2014 RTW
Real Way: BCBGMAXAZRIA Poppy Stretch ‘Lucy’ A-line Mini Skirt, now $60

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