Free the Knees: 6 Skirts You Absolutely Need For Spring Weather

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F*ck tights. F*ck jeans. And f*ck leggings.

This winter has gone on too long and my wardrobe -- and mental health -- are in need of a change.

I wake up every morning hoping it’ll be the day I can wear my Alexa Chung-inspired jean skirt to the office without having to rifle through my drawers to find a non-ripped pair of stockings.

Hell, I wouldn't even mind shaving every day if it meant I'll finally be able to pair my new loafers and polka-dot socks with the suede skirt I've been eyeing ever since Taylor Swift showed us all how it's done.

There are only so many times I can make the leggings-and-black-top combo look work or drinks appropriate.

It’s time for spring. It's time to show some skin. It’s time to free the knees.

Yeah, it’s probably too early to reveal your entire body to the world (especially if you value your fingers and toes and don't want to get frostbite), but you can start with a little ankle, a little calf and even a little knee in one of these six skirts.

Statement Mini

There's no better way to welcome the warm weather than with a bright pop of color or eye-grabbing pattern. Just stay away from a white mini until you get a bit of sun on your vitamin D-deprived legs, OK?

Buy it (from left to right):

Choies Sunflower Print High Waist Skater Skirt, $20; Marc by Marc Jacobs Plaid Skirt, $149; Choies Mini Skirt with Structured Pleats, $20

Jean

I never thought I'd see the day, but jeans skirts are actually cool again. If you’re lucky, you can beg your mom to go through your clothes from middle school and send you the skirt you used to wear with leggings and Converse. (And if fate is on your side, it might even fit.)

Buy it: 

Thierry Mugler 1980s 80s Vintage Blue Denim High Waisted Jean Skirt, $295; Alexa Chung for AG Kety Denim Skirt, $245; Rag & Bone Jean Cotton-Denim Mini Skirt, $119

Suede

It may seem like a fall fabric, but suede is everywhere right now. While a style on the thicker side might not be the best option for the sweaty 90-degree mid-July weather, a tall boot and the perfect suede skirt is a great option for the weird 50-degree March temperatures.

Buy it: 

Topshop Front Zip Suede Skirt (Nordstrom Exclusive), $250; Gucci Suede Skirt, $1,990; Topshop Suede Button Through A-Line Skirt, $110

Leather

A leather -- or, let’s be real: pleather -- skirt is the easiest way to make the button-down/skirt combo a little more unique and a little edgier. It’s also a pretty versatile piece to have in your closet. Buy it in black, chestnut or even a shocking color, and I guarantee it’ll be your go-to skirt for happy hour/brunch/running errands this spring.

Buy it: 

Warehouse Leather Pocket A-Line Skirt, $97; Harve Benard Chocolate Brown Leather Midi Skirt, $67; Warehouse Leather A-Line Skirt, $89

Midi

I bought two midi skirts back in the fall and haven’t once regretted it. They work with crop tops, t-shirts, v-necks… basically, any top you already have will work with a good midi skirt. Just ask Kylie Jenner.

Buy it:

Forever New Stripe Sateen Midi Skirt Co-ord Skirt, $63; H&M Flared Skirt, $60; Madewell Trelliswork Eyelet Skirt, $108

Knit

It's officially spring, but don’t toss your knitwear just yet.

Mix and match your knits by throwing an oversized, off-the-neck sweater on top of one of these skirts, and you’ll perfectly master the winter-to-spring transition.

Buy it: 

Diane Von Furstenberg Walda Striped Knitted Pencil Skirt, $445; Pink Queen Red Trendy Slit Stripe Printed Knitted Midi Skirt, $14; Alexander Wang Metallic Knitted Mini Skirt, $275