It’s time to ditch the old pantsuit and blouse combo. Work wear doesn’t have to be boring, bland or unimaginative. There’s a way to look put together without putting in too much effort (emphasis on the too). Say hello to your new go-to office-approved ensemble. You can even take this one from office hour to happy hour.
Chloé’s pre-fall 2014 collection sported skirt combos of all kinds. The designer gave new life to spring’s looks by adding graphics, lace and curving seams. Chloé’s collection gave way to transitional pieces. By pairing looks with jackets in double-face wool and reversible shearling blanket coats, the show was a hit. Waight Keller gave old ideas new life. “Why should good ideas go in the bin after one outing?” My thoughts exactly. Think of skirts as the new “do-it-all” piece. Pair them with sweaters and booties for early fall, add tights for winter and then proceed to swap out for tank tops or T-shirts and sandals for spring and summer.
Keeping this idea in mind, I decided to rummage through my closet and voila! I found a skirt that I haven’t worn since maybe freshman year (I’m slightly surprised yet relieved it still fits). I added a silk cami from J.Crew and strappy black sandals. By pairing an old item with two new pieces, I gave this skirt some life. I threw on simple accessories. I didn’t want to detract from the whimsical pattern of the skirt. This look is great for the office; it’s easy to piece together and surprisingly comfy. If your work environment is more strict, just throw on a nude blazer and you’re good to go. You can always toss it aside at the end of the work day, right? If you’re suddenly hit in the face with “I have nothing to wear,” give your closet another look. Mix and match. Play around. It’s just clothes, anyway. That’s the point of fashion—to have fun with it. Why do you think runway shoes are such a hit?