The skirtLace pencil (Tamara Lace Skirt, £69 at Phase Eight)
A wardrobe staple, the pencil skirt has been the subject of a revival in recent years. Leather is a very on-trend option for the season, as is tweed, brocade and digital prints - but I find that a lace pencil skirt is a great addition to a wardrobe, with this one from Phase Eight fitting the bill perfectly.
Wear withA denim shirt or Breton-style knit and leather biker jacket for the daytime. It can then be dressed up in the evening with a silk shirt or leather t-shirt and peep-toe heeled shoe boots.
Style tipPencil skirts are no longer the preserve of the workplace so think outside the box a little when it comes to styling them. They can look great with brogues, loafers and heeled ankle boots as well as the more traditional court shoe. Pair them with a looser style slouchy top for a more relaxed look.
The skirtSkater style (Wool Skater Skirt, £79 at Boden)
Skater-style skirts have become increasingly popular over the last few seasons. I love this cheeky little flippy number from Boden. The vibrant red will add a lovely pop of colour to your wardrobe, whether at work or at home.
Wear withTo contrast with the flare of the skirt, wear with a short fitted knit - either cable or cashmere, or a long sleeve jersey T and a statement necklace. Chunky heeled loafers will add height, or show off those slim ankles with flat patent ballet pumps to rock that beatnik 60s vibe.
Style tipThis style skirt is fabulous for anyone with curvier hips as it skims (rather than clings) and swirls in all the right places. The wider hem also has a slimming effect on the legs.
The skirtMidi-length (Wool Midi Skirt, £89 at Boden)
With a little styling, this slightly tricky length skirt can look fantastic. Midi-length skirts have skirted (excuse the pun) on the periphery for a few seasons now, never quite taking off the way that minis did in the 60s when there was one length and one length only!
Wear withA denim or white shirt and crew (or v-neck jumper), as shown in the picture with a cross-body bag for a 1970s feel. Alternatively work in some embellishment on a knit to dress it up for a festive lunch out.
Style tipDon't be put off by midi-length skirts. Their long lines can make it look as if your legs go on forever. Wearing them with a chunky heeled knee-high boot not only adds height but also makes them super stylish.
The skirtBell shaped (Cotton Bell Skirt, £29 at Kew)
This is another style of skirt which has gained popularity over the last few seasons and I think, will continue to do so. With a fuller shape they can take a little getting used to but it's definitely worth persevering with them.
Wear withA black polo neck. Spotted en masse at the Dior SS13 show in Paris, a black polo neck epitomises Parisian chic and offers the perfect balance to a bell skirt. If a polo neck doesn't suit your body shape, wear with a scoop-neck fitted top instead or one with gentle ruching.
Style tipDue to the volume in a bell-shaped skirt, the top half is best kept neat and fitted - whether in a shirt, knit or leather t-shirt. If wearing a black top and skirt, work in vibrant colours in a statement bag or pair of heels for a chic look.
The skirtTweed (Top: Herringbone Tweed Mini, £89. Bottom: Sparkle Tweed Mini Skirt, £79. Both at Jigsaw)
All things tweed and heritage are readily available this season. Thanks to their traditional origins, many are made of lovely warm fabrics so are great for those of us who feel the chill. This herringbone tweed mini, and sparkle tweed mini both from Jigsaw are both simple, on trend and chic.
Wear withDue to the weave and texture of tweed, a simple knit, or a print in the same colour palette as the skirt is a stylish option. Wear with fine roll necks or slouchy sweaters and heeled loafers or shoe boots.
Style tipIf a particular trend such as heritage appeals but you feel that a might be a little too much, wearing a skirt is a good compromise. A stylish nod to a trend can be more effective than embracing it head to toe. Also a slouchy or chunky knit serves to dress a piece down, meaning that you feel less conspicuous.