Q. I have several good blouses and sweater sets that I have been wearing to work with linen skirts during the summer. Now I'd like to buy fall skirts to go with the tops, which are mostly in shades of off-white, camel, tan and black. Any suggestions as to style and color?
A. A skirt that hits close to the knee is appropriate for the office. An especially flattering style that is showing up in many fall collections is a straight or slightly A-line skirt with a ruffle at the hem. In a fall fabric such as wool or a wool blend, the ruffle looks feminine but not frou-frou.
Black, gray and a variety of brown shades would work with your blouse and sweater collection. So would forest green and many shades of red. Of course, a tweed or plaid fabric in several of those shades also would look attractive.
XJean Patteson is the fashion writer for the Orlando Sentinel. Fashion questions of general interest should be sent to Patteson at the Orlando Sentinel, 633 North Orange Ave., Orlando, Fla. 32801. Or send e-mail to jpatteson(AT) Individual replies are not possible.
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