Skirts over trousers: the final fashion frontier? Our insider experts translate the season’s trickiest trend.
Hero image: Top, £95, trousers with skirt, £195, bag, £69, and shoes, £225, all Reiss
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"Layering is so key for a/w 2012. Use different textures, such as leather and chiffon, for an edgier, more modern feel – perfect for an urban look. I love mixing sweatshirts with dressier fabrics for a relaxed feel. It’s all about not trying too hard! A cropped trouser is the perfect length under a clean mini skirt – wear with an oversize knit to balance out proportions and finish with sharp pumps in optic white."
"The key to neo-classic layering is the correct mix of lengths to give the right silhouette. A tunic over a cigarette trouser is ideal, both in structured fabrics like wool or tweed. I also like layering a thin top, such as a sharp white shirt, with a fine-knit jumper and cinching at the waist with a belt. Then add a classic bouclé jacket. Fashion editors work this look effortlessly by draping a coat over their shoulders."
"Bold wallpaper prints bring the wow factor to classic pieces, making them even more covetable. When it comes to layering them, stick to clean lines and fitted tailoring – a cropped trouser with a kick flare under a long-line tunic should be form-fitting but not skin-tight. Wrapover styles also work well – then you can focus on clashing prints to your heart’s content. High stakes fashion, but worthwhile!"
"With the focus on proportion, print and texture this season, layering has come into its own. An easy way to adapt this is with accessories – a peplum belt can create the illusion of layers with minimum effort. Layering luxe knits is a great alternative eveningwear look, as seen at Marc Jacobs. Choose a slightly A-line skirt and contrast-texture trousers but stay in the same colour family to keep the look chic."