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Class, Date, and Office – 3 Ways to Wear a Colorful Skirt

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Hi again! This week, I decided to use a suggestion I received in a comment – sort of. After my first post, a reader requested I use a colorful or patterned dress. But since I wanted to choose a versatile piece, I decided to use a skirt this time, rather than a dress. The skirt I picked is this one:

Colorful floral blue skirt

Skirt

I happen to be really fond of this skirt, because it is really colorful and fun. I also like the fact that it’s small at the waist, then flares out, so it’s going to look great on just about every single body type, because it flatters the waist and makes you look super tiny, but also allows for curves.

A quick note before we get to the outfits: Although there have been posts on CF about mixing prints, I wanted these outfits to be more classic and less trendy, so I’ve tried to just keep the floral skirt as the focus pattern in each look. I know personally, mixed patterns aren’t a trend that works for me, so I’ve tried to keep the looks as easy and classic as I can.

Outfit 1: Colorful Skirt for Class

How to wear a colorful skirt - outfit for daytime

Survival Kit, Bag, Notebooks, Top, Sweater, Necklace, Bracelet, Shoes

This outfit is perfect for going to class, or to do group-work with classmates. The skirt is really easy and comfy, and because the weather has seemed to turn a bit chillier, I added a pretty cardigan to keep you warm and comfortable. (Tights, which I didn’t include in the photo, would also be good if it’s cold where you are. And obviously, you could add a jacket on top.)

I also included a nice big casual tote bag that you could conceivably roll the sweater up in, and still fit all the other things in your bag (for instance the notebooks and mini*mergency kit, which I provided as examples). I love the shoes because they’re not only girly and fun, but the black patent leather makes them totally classic.

For this outfit, as well as the rest of the looks in this article, I aimed to pick one or two main bright colors and work with them. This way, you can still wear color, but don’t risk looking like Rainbow Brite!

Outfit 2: Colorful Skirt for Date Night

How to wear a colorful skirt - outfit for date night

Shoes, Owl Necklace, Top, Earrings, Tights, Boyfriend Blazer, Bag

This outfit is, in my opinion, perfectly date-appropriate. Instead of trying to match the skirt exactly, I decided to add more color with pops of purple. Purple is really trendy for fall, and looks great against the cool blue. I also went a little trendy with the top – the lace detail makes it sexy for a date, but doesn’t reveal too much. The classic boyfriend blazer will keep you warm and will let the colors be the focus of your look.

For accessories, while I would normally rock a larger bag (because I carry my entire life in my purse, even on dates), I chose this small clutch for its glam-factor. Next, I chose purple earrings and heels for a pop of color, and added tights to keep your legs warm. Finally, I added the necklace as a sweet and interesting little detail, something to draw the eye away from your skirt and up to your face.

Outfit 3: Colorful Skirt for Work

How to wear a colorful skirt - outfit for work

Earrings, Shoes, Top, Sweater, Bag, Tights, Watch

Finally, this outfit is bound for the office or potentially a meeting with teachers. I could even see myself teaching a class in this one!

First, I grabbed some red, to contrast with the blue, and again used it as a pop of color. Because I wanted this outfit to be office-appropriate, I kept the accessories fairly minimal (you could always lose the earrings if they’re too much for you), and let the skirt, and the bright bag, be the focuses. I added an oxford shirt, which I would recommend tucking into the skirt, because it has a thick black waistband that is going to cinch your waist in nicely. Finally, I chose simple gray flats that echo the color of the cardigan, and a classic watch that would be perfect for any office setting.

Your thoughts?

So, what do you think? Do you have any items you’d like to see discussed in future? Let me know in the comments!

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15 Responses to “Class, Date, and Office – 3 Ways to Wear a Colorful Skirt”

  1. 1
    October 29th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    YES! I always wear fun skirts for all occasions and sometimes get weird reactions, especially in the fall. Thanks for this article :] It confirms that I am not completely crazy ha.

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    October 29th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I love this post so much! I’m from Australia where the weather is heating up and I can still imagine wearing all those outfits, just without the tights and jackets. In fact, a bright skirt is on my summer wardrobe wish list! Thanks for the styling inspiration! I would love to see more of these “3 ways to wear…” posts, or more “everyday” fashion ideas. It’s sometimes hard to avoid the jeans/t-shirt fashion rut.
    Love your work!

  3. 3
    October 29th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I love the first outfit – it’s very Emma Pillsbury meets Blair Waldorf…

  4. 4
    October 29th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Adorable! I love all three outfits.

    Right now, I’m really liking black pieces. (I recently wore a black tee with a black floral skirt and black boots, for example.) Do you have any suggestions for all-black or black-heavy outfits without going into “goth” territory or looking too severe? I’d love to see a post on this!

    xoxo Hannah

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    October 29th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    i m from nepal n ppl dress up so acc to trends tht most girls end up lookin alike..i love ur page….its difft…coz i still hav to convince my mom to buy stuffs for me,i show her this page n go for shoppin…oh its fun

  6. 6
    October 29th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    This was perfect. I have a similar skirt and could only come up with 1 way to wear it, now I have expanded my set thanks to you!

  7. 7
    October 29th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this post, especially the last outfit. I’m going to be student teaching next semester and I’m already sick of dress pants. I work a skirt the other day, but it was rather tame. I love how you used to blue skirt because I’ve never been sure on how to wear bright pieces to work.

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    October 29th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    If only I could wear outfits like this now. All of them are super cute and simple. It’s gotten super chilly in Wisconsin, so I’m saying good-bye to skirts until this early winter is over.

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    October 30th, 2010 at 12:21 am

    I own a very similar skirt to the one you’ve used in the examples so this is great inspiration! I usually wear it like in the “date night” look w/ black tank & heels, but i love the idea of dressing it up for work with a button down.

  10. 10
    October 30th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I love this but I have a question. I work at a department store where it is business casual. (no jeans) is the appropriate to wear to work if I wear tights under it?

  11. 11
    October 30th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Love this post! All the outfits are great. (Thanks for the slightly more classic approach–as fun as the trendy stuff can be, it doesn’t typically fit my personal style. These outfits, I would actually wear.)

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    October 30th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    These outfits are really cute but there’s no way that last outfit is appropriate for work, even if you add a cardigan and tights. The skirt is just to short. I just wanted to throw that out there because I work in an office and for some reason the interns think wearing short skirts is appropriate when in fact it is not. It just makes them look immature and it’s hard to take them seriously.

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    October 31st, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Wonderful article! I love all three outfits, particularly since you were adding pops of color. I love outfits that do that. You’re styling is fantastic.

    I was also wondering if I could suggest another “3 Ways to Wear…” article on those mundane pieces in our closet. For example, how would you style a brown, generic knit sweater that looks borderline grandma frumpy? Or maybe there could be another article like this on turtlenecks?

    I’m looking forward to seeing more!

  14. 14
    October 31st, 2010 at 6:41 am

    I have a similar skirt too and the outfits put together really gives me more ideas.

    Love the last one especially. I usually pair the skirt with a tank but never thought about doing it with a shirt before.

    Anw, just to warn others: please ensure ur skirt is not tucked in your underwear. This is esp common for this type of flowy shorter skirt. I once sat down and stood up to walk to somewhere, and a kind lady pointed out that my skirt was tucked in my shorts I wore inside (idk if this is lucky or not …)

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