I love the elegance and sophistication of a draped skirt. It can be a throwback to the ladylike fashion of the Mad Men era, or a modern twist on a mini. Try a longer skirt in a neutral color (I’m loving shades of gray, slate, and mushroom right now) to keep the look appropriate for work. Try a shorter style in a brighter color to liven up your look for a night out. Pair them with anything from platform heels to riding boots, but stick to a sleek cut with a few strategically placed folds in the front for a flattering shape. Avoid a skirt with drapes on the sides over your hips, this will make you look wider.
A few of my favorites, clockwise from top left: Elizabeth and James, Bolongaro Trevor, Elizabeth and James, Silence and Noise, Alexander Wang, Main Range, and Paul Smith.
Get your culture on: Did you know there is an Institute for Draped Clothes? It exists for “the research, study, preservation, and promotion of draped clothing such as saris, belted plaids, Roman togas, sarongs, and other unstitched costumes found all over the world and history.” Who knew?