How to Put Together Cute Outfits With Skirts

Actress Amy Smart wears a cobalt maxi skirt with a black tank top at an event in Santa Monica in 2013.
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If jeans are your cool-weather standby and shorts are your summer staples, mix things up in every season with a well-chosen skirt. With a variety of cuts and styles available, you can find a skirt that both flatters and makes a fashionable impression -- no matter your shape. Once you land on an ideal silhouette, pulling together a cute outfit is as easy as integrating accessories and separates that may already hang in your closet.

1 Go Long

Channel your inner flower child with a long flowing maxi skirt. When teamed with fitted pieces up top, a maxi can flatter a variety of figures and heights. If you're particularly petite, select a high-waist style and keep the fit slim. For a resort-ready look, opt for a mid- or high-waist navy-and-white striped maxi skirt, a silky white crop top and a denim jacket. Slide into neutral espadrille wedges to complete the look and add height. Hourglass and straight figures alike can keep the look simple with a floral skirt, gray ribbed tank and cognac gladiator sandals. Wear a long tasseled necklace or feather earrings for a dose of hippie glam.

2 Go Short

Miniskirts are warm-weather essentials and come in a variety of styles, from tiered to denim to ruffled. Apple bodies, which are thicker through the middle with svelte legs, are especially flattered in this style of skirt. Because minis show so much of your legs, it’s best to be a bit more covered on top. For a casual look for class, slip on a dark denim miniskirt and a white T-shirt; finish the look with neutral ballet flats and a stack of colorful bangles. Transition your look into fall by teaming the same skirt with a neutral tank and burgundy boyfriend cardigan -- belt the waist to create definition, particularly if you have a rectangular, or straight, figure. For extra warmth, add a pair of black tights and ankle boots.

3 Go Cozy

Take an unexpected turn in an above-the-knee A-line skirt by pairing it with a cozy sweater or sweatshirt. This style flatters pear shapes with a defined waist and wider hips. Mix a dusty pink skirt with an off-the-shoulder gray thin-knit sweatshirt, or team a black-and-white plaid skirt with a crimson boyfriend sweater. Both looks work well with stack-heel ankle boots, which serve as a balance for the softer clothing items. Finish either outfit with a metallic pendant and studs and a black cross-body bag.

4 Go Classic

Slim-fitting pencil skirts are more than just office wear -- they can be the basis for a cool urban look. These skirts let hourglass figures showcase their curves. The simple addition of a button-down blouse and accessories is often all you require. Rock a pencil skirt in a graphic print and team it with a simple white blouse. Or mix a basic black pencil skirt with a blue denim button-down; roll up the sleeves, add a chunky gold cuff and have fun with your footwear -- leopard-print pumps, red ballet flats or cognac knee-high boots are fashion-forward options that are anything but predictable.

Stacey Kole holds a Master's Degree in Education and has written for a variety of education publications. She also was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy, penning cover stories on such celebrities as Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough.