Best Bet: Front Pleated Skirt

A smart black skirt is a perennial fall staple, and Zara’s latest version gives the typical A-line silhouette a welcome twist. The clean lines and just-above-the-knee length make pleats look more chic than schoolgirl. It’s less constricting than a pencil skirt, but still has a slightly fitted shape, so it won’t swallow your figure if you’re on the shorter side.

Front pleated skirt, $39.90 at Zara or online.