We're Canceling Pants. It's Time To Give Skirts Some Love

Skirts don't always receive the love they deserve. We tend to push the traditionally "pretty" and feminine piece aside in favor of cool trousers and denim, because there's just something about a pleated A-line or a ruffled prairie skirt that feels expected and truthfully, a bit boring. But there's a few cool kids on the block making us rethink our buying strategy.

Instead of skimming over the skirt options, we're taking pause at the cute midi trends emerging. From the slow-rise of the asymmetrical hem to the "wait, I need at least five of these" rainbow-striped options, we're shining the spotlight on some truly unexpected skirt trends. Listen up, "not skirt" people: It's time to sit back, relax, and finally take off those pants. You're going to want to trade them in for one of the pieces ahead, after all.

The New Standard Hem
Sometime over the last couple of years, free-flowing midi skirts and structured A-lines gave way to the asymmetric hem. Think of it as the new high-low, but not relegated to a mullet-like short in the front and long in the back appearance. Instead, the new asymmetrical skirt plays with side lengths and patchwork cuts.
H&M Jacquard-weave Skirt, $59.99 Buy
Apiece Apart Rosehip Asymmetric Striped Linen and Silk-blend Wrap Midi Skirt, $385.00 Buy
Rachel Comey Flux Layered Ruffle Skirt, $437.00 Buy
Cult Gaia Ina Tie Skirt, $398.00 Buy
Check, Check, & Check
Didn't you know? The business appropriate look is in (or at least the pattern is anyway). This mix between plaid and houndstooth is on just about everyone's skirts this fall. From asymmetric hems to big belted options and even the standard pencil skirt cut, there's a checkered gray skirt for everyone.
Topshop Check Belted Asymmetric Midi Skirt, $100.00 Buy
Reformation Veronica Skirt, $148.00 Buy
Mango Micro Houndstooth Skirt, $79.98 Buy
Tibi Jasper Asymmetrical Ruffle Skirt, $445.00 Buy
Rainbow Stripe
Remember when striped rainbow jumpers were the thing a few seasons back? Well the trend has returned, except this time, it's in skirt form. The flowing midi skirts, often pleated and A-line, each take their own interpretation of the color reel this season with an array of fun hues.
Kenzo Rib-knit Color Block Midi Skirt, $395.00 Buy
Zara Striped Wrap Skirt, $29.90 Buy
Reformation Bea Skirt, $148.00 Buy
Gabriela Hearst Ernst Contrast-panel Pleated Wool-blend Skirt, $1,305.00 Buy
Silks & Satins
Like silk slip dresses, but better. Now you can mix and match a silky (or satiny) soft skirt with any jumper just in time for fall.
Frame Print Silk Midi Skirt, $395.00 Buy
Ganni Leclair Satin Skirt, €259.00 Buy
Lisa Says Gah Satin Wrap Skirt, $80.00 Buy
J.Crew Wrap Sash Skirt, $228.00 Buy
Button Up
Statement buttons are taking over skirts with a vengeance, but they're more of an accessory addition than they are useful. If the centered button-down look doesn't work for you, this fall has a ton of options featuring buttons that are off-kilter and to the side.
Rejina Pyo Paula Buttoned Ruffle Hem Skirt, $479.00 Buy
Zara Asymmetric Skirt with Side Buttons, $69.90 Buy
Style Mafia Notre Skirt, $150.00 Buy
J.O.A. COLORBLOCK ASYMMETRIC HEM SKIRT, $70.00 Buy
Wrap & Roll
The traditional wrap skirt is getting a bit of an upgrade. Between added-on ruffles and playful materials like leather, these aren't garden party-only fare anymore.
Urban Outfitters Ruth Ruffle Wrap Midi Skirt, $79.00 Buy
LOFT Faux Leather Wrap Skirt, $79.50 Buy
Mother of Pearl Mittie Skirt, $595.00 Buy
Topshop Belted Curve Wrap Midi Skirt, $95.00 Buy