Best Bet: Laser-Cut Gathered Skirt

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The little black dress is an uncontested classic, but the little black skirt makes a similarly easy staple for day. This mini from Opening Ceremony lets you show some leg without looking risqué (it's also available in white for a more summery feel). Though there's no shortage of skirts packing store racks for spring, this one wins us over with the details: the flattering gathered waist, convenient pockets, and laser-cut floral hem (the 70 percent discount doesn't hurt, either ...). Though it's from Opening Ceremony's Tron-inspired collection, the look is more sweet than sci-fi.

Laser-Cut Gathered Skirt, $104 (originally $345) at Opening Ceremony or online.