Wear to Work is our weekly series highlighting workwear every Wednesday.
Here, I highlight everything from better basics to stand-out splurges, all with specific directions on how to wear them and use them to add value to your work wardrobe.
Most often, it’s a post like today, where I take a key piece and show you how to wear it multiple ways.
What makes this series (and really this website) different is that I intentionally reuse pieces I know you have in the inspiration outfits, acting as your stylist. When I worked with my private clients. I sent similar emails, providing suggestions for wearing the new items in their wardrobe, with the pieces I knew were hanging in their closet.
That’s how you build a functional wardrobe. Considering every purchase and knowing how to wear it before you bring it in.
As with all of my content, this should serve as both inspiration and a source of recommendations. Be sure to look in your closet first before you buy new. You might be amazed at what you have.
So, after a year of sweats, leggings, and joggers, I thought it was time to rip off the bandaid and feature the one piece of clothing we have all stopped wearing. Skirts.
Today’s key piece is this Ann Taylor pencil skirt in color “deep fawn.” It’s available in regular and petite sizes from 00 – 18.
Keep scrolling to see a few different ways to wear it to work, including many options you already have in your closet.
The Topstitched Front Slit Pencil Skirt
Let’s talk about body type: A pencil skirt is a wonderful option if you have narrow hips and/or a straight up and down body type. The subtle topstitch detail specifically on this skirt will create a lovely shape and give depth to the outfit.
If you are more curvey, opt for something with a bit more stretch or go for an a-line cut.
For something different, pair with this fresh green ruffle top we featured last weekend. Half-tuck it into the skirt to keep your shape.
Below are two additional looks, with a few of your favorite items, including a Reader Favorite bag on limited sale.
I adore this color combination. The top is from Banana Republic in “Copper Clay.” It’s available in regular, petite and tall sizes for only $31. The skirt features a lovely, finished waistband so you can easily tuck this in without feeling like you need a belt or additional layer.
Next, I added these always popular Sam Edelman leopard print pumps for some interest. Remember, small touches of certain animal prints work like a neutral.
Need a new bag for work after being stuck at home for a year? Dagne Dover Signature Tote is much loved by our readership. It’s currently on sale at Nordstrom for $199 (usually $265) in all four colors.
Finally, I ordered this designer dupe bracelet from Amazon earlier this week (and the matching ring) and I am super impressed with the quality! The price point is perfect to buy a few and play around with stacking with other pieces you already have. Available in gold and silvertone.
This outfit is my jam.
The beauty of neutrals is that when paired together, they create such a chic and sophisticated look.
Here, I kept it simple, with the Reader Favorite Everlane Cashmere sweater in “bone,” these best selling Madison 12-hour pumps from Banana Republic, this stunning caramel-colored bag by Ralph Lauren, and these under $100 hoops from Julie Vos.
*A quick note about the term “nude” heels: I use the term “neutral-to-you” instead. Our skin tones are unique and what is “nude” to me isn’t “nude” to someone else. I often feature the Madison 12-hour pumps from Banana Republic because they offer a range of skin tone options in addition to being incredibly comfortable. I hope other brands and retailers take note.
And there you have it. When you have the right pieces, getting dressed takes minutes, your mornings are a breeze and you look and feel amazing.
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