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Lauren's Essential Black Wrap Skirt

Come at me, fall.
Vanessa Seward "Abondance" wool skirt, $530, available at Net-a-Porter.

Vanessa Seward "Abondance" wool skirt, $530, available at Net-a-Porter.

As a (largely) non-pants wearer, I've acquired quite a few skirts over my lifetime — and some guidelines for buying ones I know I'll wear. First up, a skirt has to be comfortable — i.e., not so tailored that I have to be in a certain narrow weight range to wear it — and not cinching my natural waist, which would be incompatible with my burrito-eating habit. I also only seek out skirts that are structured and either knee or midi length so that I never have to worry about unexpected exposure.

My most recent skirt acquisition, pictured above, ticks all the right boxes. It sits just below my natural waist, is both comfortable and flattering (hurrah for wrap skirts) and is long enough to cover my knees. And while it definitely falls in the "wardrobe staple" category, small details — like the three gold-rimmed buttons, and the carefully top-stitched edges — make it stand out.

I'm planning on wearing mine with T-shirts and loafers in early fall, which I'll trade out for sweaters and boots when it starts to get really chilly.

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Vanessa Seward "Abondance" wool skirt, $530, available at Net-a-Porter.

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