Business Casual: Taking a Bright Skirt to Work

by Rachel Yeomans | March 15th, 2012   

By Huma Rashid

Like many of you, I’m sure, I’m quite a fan of ModCloth. Their items can be rather pricey for my budget (in real life and the $100 budget I limit myself to for these posts) so it’s not that often that I buy something from there. However, I do keep an eye on the sale section, and it’s possible to find things at a decent price now and then.

Today, I found that I just couldn’t resist this adorable skirt. I could go on about it, but I’m also a fan of ‘show, don’t tell,’ so … just take a look:

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I Dove This Skirt ………. $39.99
Meaghan Ruffled Flats in Cranberry ………. $24.99
V-Neck Tee in Bright White ………. $9.98
Crystal Stud Earrings ………. $20

I love the seafoam and magenta combination. The skirt is bold and bright and funky and a little unexpected, and it’s just so youthful and pretty. I paired it with a white tee, because I often like to pair pretty skirts with neutral tops to really let the skirt stand out. The top is only $10, a great price for a staple like a v-neck tee, and there are plenty of colors available, so if you find you have a need for tees in various colors you might consider stocking up now with these.

I added a pair of ruffled flats. I admittedly am not wild about ruffles on shoes, however I don’t quite hate them either. (Unless they’re huge and unwieldy-looking, which these are not.) What I mostly loved was the color. What a great, rich color; plus it matches with the skirt.

Finally, I wanted to toss in some jewelry. Usually, my budget doesn’t leave me with much to spend on baubles, so I often just skip that entirely and trust that most of you have suitable pieces of your own and can add them on your own as well. Plus that leads toward some creative thinking to making these outfits your own, which is always fun! Today, though, I wanted to add some jewelry, so I made sure the budget accommodated that. I wanted to play with the magenta color, so I picked these stud earrings from Bloomingdale’s.

I would have loved to go with something cute and dangly, but since these are business casual outfits, I generally try to stay away from dangly earrings. They’re all but forbidden in more serious corporate settings, and while they’re certainly allowed in plenty of offices, I err on the side of caution and generally exclude them. But seriously, how cute would dangly earrings look, especially when framing a swept up, bouncy ponytail? For those of you lucky enough to work in a more casual office, I challenge you to rock those dangled baubles so we can live vicariously through you!

The decision is – in the end – yours and your human resources department’s. I picked these stud earrings because they matched, fit my budget, and would be office appropriate even in slightly more conservative workplaces.

And there we have a fun, youthful outfit featuring a happy, bright skirt that I just couldn’t resist!