The latest a-line skirts get a contemporary update through plays on texture and length - midi fits, suede, leather and velvet give these staples a fresh twist.

Update your wardrobe with this season's a-line skirts

As the defining silhouette of the 50s, a-line skirts have always been a favourite for their waist-highlighting effect. Current trends see the iconic a-line skirt given a modern twist with a move towards texture - suede-skirts, pleats, metallics, lace and distressed leather are reinventing the look and we can't get enough. Think midi length a-line skirts worn with neat pussy bow blouses for the ultimate way to work a demure edge.

Go sophisticated and feminine with a-line skirts

Team shorter a-line skirts with peplum tops and long-sleeved peasant blouses. Choose a wrap-effect a-line skirt with a belted waist for a more constructed look, or indulge in some designer decadence with leather a-line skirts in dark tones and distressed details for a moody feel. A-line skirts featuring ruffles, lace panels and voluminous hems are a great way to give the trend a romantic factor so go with vivid colours like red and blue to enhance this. Don't forget the power of the pleat - wide or narrow, pleated a-line skirts will give a sense of nostalgia and refinement that perfectly fits in with this season's catwalks.

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