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Say hello to your new favorite piece, the bias-cut skirt. That technical-sounding description just refers to how the fabric is cut on the diagonal (or bias), rather than parallel to the weave, to create clothing that curves, hugs and drapes more elegantly than a straight-cut piece of cloth. In a skirt, the net result is that your rear end looks a little shapelier, your waist a little trimmer and your legs a little longer.

Although the style was innovated by French couturier Madeleine Vionnet in the 1920s, the look is totally timeless—and bias-cut skirts work with everything from military boots to ladylike heels. Here are ten of our favorites, all for less than $100.

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Zara

Fishtail Hem

Not only does this side-zip skirt come in the most attractive shade of pink but its hem is cut a bit longer in the back, so it makes you look that much slinkier.

Zara ($40)

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& Other Stories

Chiffon

Meet the skirt you’ll be reaching for first in your closet once you see how flattering, feminine and just plain wear-with-everything this happy black-and-yellow floral print is.

& Other Stories ($89)

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Topshop

Red Satin

White high-tops plus a fire-engine-red skirt equals a fun outfit that stands out in a crowd.

Topshop ($55)

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Shopbop

Leopard Print

On-trend animal print in a neutral black-and-white combo—we’re wearing this from the farmers market to Sunday brunch.

Moon River ($64)

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Need Supply

Basic Black

Pair it with flat ankle boots for work or strappy heels for cocktails—a staple black number can do it all.

Stelen ($78)

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Lulu's

Citrus Green

Tone down the neon-bright hue of this skirt with a neutral top. Note the figure-flattering yoke, the fitted piece at the waist that hides the darts that make the fabric swish so well.

Lulu’s ($78)

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Free People

Reptile Print

Scaly snakeskin adds street-style edge to an otherwise demure fit.

Free People ($98)

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Nasty Gal

Deep Blue-Green

A rich aquamarine hue amps up the mermaid vibes of the body-skimming silhouette.

Nasty Gal ($50)

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Shopbop

Navy Blue

A chunky fisherman’s sweater thrown over a luminous deep-blue skirt, paired with silvery sling-backs? You’re ready for date night at a sidewalk café.

Lioness ($72)

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Nordstrom

Polka Dot

In a dotted crepe, this skirt has a retro feel that’s at home with a pair of ankle-strap heels and a French-tucked blouse.

Halogen ($89)

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