When mix-master Dries Van Noten sends look after look of amazing separates down his runway, people notice. As a huge devotee of his pairings of classic pieces with something shiny, I’m still thinking of one look from his fall collection: a chunky, varsity-striped turtleneck sweater, casually styled with a fancier, embellished midi skirt. Cool, yet still pretty, the combination looks fresher than any dress right now. The cozy effect of a sweater works with the ease of a skirt – drawing attention to the calf (above, a model dons nubby socks with a strappy, crystal-decked heel, though it’s just as easy to opt for tights). The combo is sort of bookish (a midi skirt may seem librarian-esque to some), but also purely practical. Consider these skirts of longer lengths worn with soft sweaters your new best friend. With Van Noten’s look in mind, here are nine midi skirt and sweater combinations to try this winter.