Byline: Kim Friday

Whether full or slim, sparkly or matte, skirts are tops when it comes to bottoms this season. What makes the typically knee-skimming silhouettes new, however, is the eclectic way West Coast women style them. A dressy beaded skirt, for example, is worn with a floral T-shirt, skinny scarf and flip-flops; a casual denim version takes a trip uptown with a sleek turtleneck sweater, hat and status handbag. Popular pairings on the street include embellished or screen-printed Ts, fedoras and driving caps, sequined belts and striped scarves. And with legs on display, hosiery has made a comeback in the form of oversized fishnets, colored knee-highs, matte tights and legwarmers — unexpectedly paired with chic sandals. So whether you’re sporting distressed denim, full silk, sequins or screen-printed nylon, the rule of thumb here: Do your own thing.