Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw

Ace Your Fall Uniform with These 23 Sweater-and-Skirt Combos

September 23, 2014 @ 3:33 PM

BY: Andrea Cheng

Attention, all—we've found your fall uniform! Individually, sweaters and skirts are both closet staples, but when combined, the two are unstoppable as the perfect season-to-season transitional pairing. We took the duo to the next level with ideas from the fall/winter 2014 runway.

At Karen Walker, the designer charmed with a chunky turtleneck knit and a ladylike floral midi-length skirt (above). Conversely, designer Alexander Wang hit a futuristic note with a sporty textured sweater and an edgy leather mini. Meanwhile, Andrew Gn injected a dash of whimsy with robot-embroidered knit that he elevated with an elegant jacquard pencil skirt.

From girly-tough combos to white-on-whites, consider all 23 ways to wear sweaters and skirts for the rest of the season (and worn with tights, next season, too).

  • Skirt sweater combos: Karen Walker
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    1. Chunky Knit + Floral Midi

    Runway inspiration: Karen Walker
    Let the city slickers have their sleek graphic lines. For a charming rustic vibe, seek out a chunky turtleneck sweater (Wilfred, 5; and a ladylike rose texture midi (Topshop, ;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Diane von Furstenberg
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    2. Prints + Prints

    Runway inspiration: Diane von Furstenberg
    Master print mixology with abstract pieces (O'2nd sweater, 5; long as they both find commonality in the same color family. Still too dizzying? Keep one of them subdued for less of an impact (Helmut Lang, 5;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Alexander Wang
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    3. Fluoro Texture + Leather Accents

    Runway inspiration: Alexander Wang
    Experiment with different textiles, from a sporty bubble-like textured sweatshirt (HampM, ; to an edgy leather-lined mini (Alice + Olivia, 0;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Delpozo
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    4. Open-Weave Knit + Full A-Line

    Runway inspiration: Delpozo
    An all-white look is, admittedly, a hard one to pull off. The key is to gravitate toward off-whites (think: cream, ivory, ecru) and pair them with textured pieces. We did that here with an open Rebecca Taylor sweater (5; and a full ivory Whistles skirt (5;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Isabel Marant
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    5. Sporty Sweats + Asymmetric Mini

    Runway inspiration: Isabel Marant
    Nothing about this combo screams gym wear. For an edgy-chic take on the material, pair a graphic print (Sandro, 5; with a cool cross-over skirt (Alice + Olivia, 3;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Celine
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    6. Boucle Jumper + Marled Pleats

    Runway inspiration: Celine
    Mix and match cool-weather materials, like a fuzzy knit topper (Topshop, ; with a marled jersey bottom (Dorothy Perkins, ;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Elizabeth and James

    7. Chunky Sweater + Striped A-Line

    Runway inspiration: Elizabeth and James
    We love this pairing for its laid-back ease and prep-inspired aesthetic. Couple a chunky knit (3.1 Phillip Lim, 0; with a striped A-line skirt (To Be Adored, 7; and tie the two together with complementary colors.

  • Skirt sweater combos: Coach

    8. Fanciful Print + Leather Patches

    Runway inspiration: Coach
    We're starry-eyed for this look! Give a whimsical intarsia sweater a grown-up spin with a tough leather mini (Rag & Bone, 0; The Milly top (2; we picked out even boasts glow-in-the-dark graphics.

  • Skirt sweater combos: Hugo Boss
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    9. Neutral Top + Metallic Bottom

    Runway inspiration: Hugo Boss
    Ground a high-impact, statement-making bottom, like this gilded crinkled lame Tome design (5; with a modest top (Equipment, 8;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Christopher Kane
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    10. Soft & Sweet + Tough & Edgy

    Runway inspiration: Christopher Kane
    Offset a cloyingly sweet knit, like this Tibi pullover (5;, with a sharp no-nonsense skirt (T by Alexander Wang, 5;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Carven
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    11. Fitted Turtleneck + Leopard Print Pencil

    Runway inspiration: Carven
    Take a walk on the wild side with an animal print, but err on the side of conservatism with a pencil silhouette runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw (Boden, ; and a neutral top (Mango, ;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Balmain
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    12. Chunky Stripes + Pencil Thin Lines

    Runway inspiration: Balmain
    Strike a graphic note with directional lines. While Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing added interest with a chevron-like pattern, we chose to layer stripes on stripes for higher wearability. But be sure to diversify-pair chunky stripes (Nicholas, 8; with pencil-thin ones (Apt. 9, ;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Tory Burch
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    13. Cozy Knit + Floral Mini

    Runway inspiration: Tory Burch
    The designer took inspiration from the medieval times for her fall 2014 collection. Follow suit and arm yourself with a tapestry-like floral print mini (Forever 21, ; with a soft relaxed turtleneck (La Garconne Moderne, 0;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Creatures of the Wind
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    14. Graphic Top + Sweet Maxi

    Runway inspiration: Creatures of the Wind
    Counter a too-harsh all-over graphic print (Cos, ; with a soft, flowing maxi (Oasis, ;, ideally in a pastel color palette.

  • Skirt sweater combos: Andrew Gn
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    15. Playful Sweater + Jacquard Pencil

    Runway inspiration: Andrew Gn
    Inject a dash of whimsy to your look with a fun knit, like this doe deer jumper from French Connection (8; Elevate it with a dressy jacquard pencil (Jonathan Simkhai, 5;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Reed Krakoff
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    16. Gym Sweatshirt + Textured Skirt

    Runway inspiration: Reed Krakoff
    Lend some edge to your casual gym-inspired sweatshirt (J. Crew, ; with a tough-girl skirt with an asymmetric cut and texture-like print (Rebecca Taylor, 5;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Prabal Gurung
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    17. Color-block Cable + Draped Skirt

    Runway inspiration: Prabal Gurung
    A fluid asymmetric piece, like this one by Zara (; blends sexiness and comfort. Dial down the drama with a resilient top, like this chunky color-block cable-knit from Vince (5;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Oscar de la Renta
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    18. Cowl Neck Sweater + Jacquard Peplum

    Runway inspiration: Oscar de la Renta
    Make the tried-and-true skirt-and-sweater combo work for an upscale evening event with a cowl neck silhouette (Alice + Olivia, 0; and jacquard flared pencil (Topshop, ;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Michael Kors
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    19. Waffle Sweater + Fringe

    Runway Inspiration: Michael Kors
    Unite two unlikely textures with one look: a chunky waffle knit (Hope, 5; and a playful fringe skirt (Moschino Jeans Vintage, 5;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Jenny Packham
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    20. Sequins + Feathery Ruffle

    Runway inspiration: Jenny Packham
    Got an event on the horizon? Upgrade your pairing with sparkle and fancy detailing. Our pick? These two party-ready pieces: Reiss sequin jumper (0; and tiered chiffon Isabel Marant Etoile mini (5;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Dries Van Noten
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    21. Graphic Accent + Graphic Accent

    Runway inspiration: Dries Van Noten
    Streamline your look by carrying the same color accent from your top to your bottom. In this case, it's the yellow found in the geometric Kenzo pullover (5; and the asymmetric panels from the Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel skirt (5;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Chloe
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    22. Cozy Knit + Slip Skirt

    Runway Inspiration: Chloe
    To fashion a substantial look out of a delicate slip skirt (La Garconne Moderne, 5;, a rich counterpart is needed. Enter this porcelain Joie sweater (8;

  • Skirt sweater combos: Wes Gordon
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    23. Oversize Pullover + Sheer Skirt

    Runway inspiration: Wes Gordon
    Break out of your comfort zone with a semi-sheer knit and a semi-sheer skirt. The key to pulling it off? Wearing a slip underneath. We chose an oversize mohair knit by Acne Studios (0; and a sweet poplin skirt by Cos (5;

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Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw


Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw

Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw

Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw

Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw

Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw

Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw

Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw

Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw

Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw

Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw

Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw

Runway looks for less: rebecca taylor fall rtw