Before the maxi dress, when temperatures rose, our first instinct was to reach for our barely-there Daisy Dukes and miniskirts to beat the heat. However, when free-flowing skirts and dresses became a runway favorite, it was learned that we could add variety to our summer wardrobes without flirting with potential heatstroke. Who knew going long could be so right? Today, maxi dresses and skirts are no longer considered a trend, but rather staples to our everyday wardrobe. Designers have found novel ways to update the garment by toying with different fabric weights and using eclectic, graphic prints and asymmetrical hems. With the introduction of new styles to the maxi dress and maxi skirt, tastemakers have also found ways to add intrigue to the classic item. Today, maxi dresses and skirts are not solely reserved for spring and summer, but can also be easily transitioned into colder temperatures when paired with the right pieces.

What attracted me to the featured Fashionista was the rich, eggplant color of her skirt and the light, sheer fabric. The color is the perfect autumnal hue but the fabric is lightweight enough to combat the last of the sun's rays in this transitionary month. For a similar look, look to this product, sold at PacSun, which also features a vibrant hue and sheer texture — the Angelina Jolie-like high slit is sure to add intrigue to any outfit. Another maxi skirt that comes in an autumnal hue, also featuring high slits, is this skirt from Urban Outfitters. Owning bottoms in neutral colors is essential if you want to be able to maximize the versatile nature of the garment. If you are more of a business in the front, party in the back type of girl, then I would recommend a skirt with an uneven hem, like this piece by American Eagle.

Maxi skirts come in a variety of colors, from neutrals to neons, and an array of fabrics and prints, which allow you to transition them from season to season. When wearing them during hot temperatures, I recommend pairing them with light, cotton tank tops, chiffon shirts and cropped tees. Complete the outfit with a fun updo, strappy sandals and bold jewelry. When wearing this piece during the fall, you can make like the featured Fashionista and pair your skirt with a graphic sweater, structured leather bag and soft, bohemian waves. I would also recommend layering this skirt under chunky knit sweaters, voluminous scarves and western booties for a look that allows you to be warm and fashion-forward.

Whatever the weather is like at your campus, adding a maxi dress or a skirt in an update fabric, color or hem is the perfect way to add diversity and style to your everyday wardrobe.

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