The problem: You want to look cute but don’t feel like spending an hour sorting through all of your clothes to assemble the perfect outfit. The solution: Stock your wardrobe with classic pieces that require almost no planning or thought. As far as skirts are concerned, invest in these five styles that will never let you down when you’re stuck in a getting-dressed rut.

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A Casual Skirt You Can Wear Instead of Jeans

Jeans and a T-shirt will forever be one of our go-to looks, but sometimes we want to switch things up a little. In those cases, a simple cotton A-line skirt that hits just above the knee should do the trick. It’s less expected than jeans, but similarly comfortable and effortless (and a lot cooler on hot summer days). A win-win.

Get the look: Gap ($40); LOFT ($60); Draper James ($110)

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A Fancy Skirt You Can Wear Instead of a Dress

On the flip side, a dressy skirt is a kind of luxe alternative for occasions that require a little more pizzazz. Look for something with glam details (love you forever, pink sequins), and then pair it with a sleek tank to keep the focus all on the skirt. That said, you could also go all out with a statement-making top (we’re very into ruffles right now) in a similar color story to give the illusion of a dress.

Get the look: ASOS ($95); Banana Republic ($128); Tory Burch ($375)

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A Midi Skirt That Flatters Your Shape

When it comes to clothing that’s almost universally flattering, midi skirts are basically the Holy Grail. This style should be fitted at the waist and swingy through the hips (to show off your slimmest part while keeping your lower half comfortable). Then lengthen your legs with a hemline that hits midway down your calf.

Get the look: Eloquii ($90); Nordstrom Collection ($100); Kendall + Kylie ($185)

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A Pencil Skirt That Makes You Feel Like a Boss

Whether or not you work in a business-professional office, a pencil skirt is a total wardrobe staple. The beauty of this style is that it can look corporate (but still stylish) with a blazer and pumps, but it can also give off cool and dressed-down vibes with a half-tucked T-shirt and sneakers. Something to keep in mind: Pencil skirts are notoriously hard to wear off-the-rack, so this is one piece it’s definitely worth taking to the tailor for the perfect fit.

Get the look: Express ($60); Vince Camuto ($69); J.Crew ($80)

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A Maxi Skirt You Can Wear in Multiple Seasons

Say hello to the cross-seasonal piece of your dreams. A floor-sweeping skirt is elegant, comfortable and versatile. When it's warm, pair it with a flouncy tank and sandals, and as temps drop, try adding a chunky sweater and ankle boots. To avoid looking like you were too lazy to swap your wardrobe out with the season, stick to solid neutrals or prints like dark florals that look appropriate during all 12 months.  

Get the look: Forever 21 ($28); Free People ($128); Siddhartha Bansal ($168)

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