How To Make Your Miniskirt Work For Cold Weather

Illustrated by Alex Marino.
As much as we're loving getting reacquainted with our stash of cozy fall knits, parting ways with our summer staples (TTYL, crop tops) has definitely been more bitter than sweet. However, we haven't forfeited all of our warm-weather favorites. The fall/winter '16 runway reports made a serious case for keeping the miniskirt within arm's reach when the weather gets colder, and we're keen on following suit.

Though the concept of higher hemlines for dropping temperatures might not be as obvious (or practical) as, say, florals for spring, it's hard to deny the convenience — and stylishness — of the trend. Sure, it may not be the best choice for a snowstorm, but if you need a break from your jeans, pulling off a short skirt this season is as easy as adding tights and strategic layers. So with minis on our minds, we turned to Macy's Impulse collection to scoop up the best pieces to style with this super-versatile silhouette, from a bell-sleeved blouse to a sneakers-and-beanie combo.

Unexpected cold-weather style sidekick? We definitely think so. Check out the five looks ahead for proof that the miniskirt has you (kind of) covered, even when things get chilly.
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Illustrated by Alex Marino.
Working Woman
Whoever said miniskirts don't belong in the workplace obviously didn't know how to style one. To turn your mini into workwear, match it with a button-down blouse, refined boots, a duster vest, and statement earrings.
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Illustrated by Alex Marino.
Comfort Mode
Wearing a skirt doesn't have to be synonymous with dressing up. For a casual take on the mini, dress it down with sneakers, a beanie, and a backpack.
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Illustrated by Alex Marino.
Boho Vibes
Missing those summery peasant dresses? Get a similar carefree look by pairing an earthy suede mini with a flowy bell-sleeved top and a neutral clutch to offset the multicolored boots.
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Illustrated by Alex Marino.
Monochrome Mood
Let's face it — some mornings we can barely get ourselves of bed, much less master the art of color coordination. For days like these, try monochrome-ing it out with a black top, a charcoal mini, a leather bomber, and combat boots.
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Illustrated by Alex Marino.
Prep School
Forgo the fingertip rule and pair a patterned mini with a solid top, a blazer, and polished accessories for a new spin on the prepster look.