Diva’s Choice: The Fall Miniskirt

Nanette Lepore miniskirt, $248

The heat index in DC will reach between 105 and 109 degrees today, so let’s fantasize about cool breezes and brisk fall days, shall we?

Fall fashion is my favorite, and this Nanette Lepore look is precisely why. Tweed miniskirts and tights? I’d wear that every day if I could. This skirt is just perfection – the impeccable pleats, the high waist with the thick band that flatters everybody, the way it curves out to enhance your figure, and that perfect color. We see so many eggplants and cranberries in fall fashion (colors, not fruits and veggies) that it’s easy to forget that other colors are also perfect for autumn. This dark teal color is just amazing; best of all, it can go with brown OR black OR grey, so accessorizing it is easy! Such an enviable piece of fall fashion.

Diva’s Choice: The Ballerina Skirt

Donna Karan skirt, $1995

I’ve yet to feature a skirt on Diva’s Choice, but when I saw this fabulous little number, I knew she deserved the spotlight. With or without the signature black tights and leotard, this ruffled skirt from Donna Karan is clearly fit for a ballerina. (At two grand for the skirt, 800 for the leotard, and 52 for the tights, it’s clearly fit for the world’s wealthiest ballerina, but I digress.)

There’s something so wonderful about twirling around in a girly, tutu-esque skirt. And whether you’ve got legs for days like this model or an actual human’s body, you’re bound to look super-cute in such a skirt – and super-sexy in this particular skirt. The ruffles spiral around the skirt, alternating between silk organza and wool velour, making an adorable skirt into something intriguing and creative. And of course the black eliminates some of the little-girl factor and adds an element of funk. But whether you’re throwing on combat boots and a bomber jacket for a gritty-meets-pretty, punk rock prom queen vibe, or you’re donning a crisp button-down, a colorful cardigan, and fabulous heels, every woman is a ballerina in this skirt.

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