Four ways to style a black skirt for the office

In my work wardrobe basics post I mentioned that fact that I think a black skirt is a must-have. Mine gets worn three to four times per week. I would argue that it’s one of the hardest working pieces in my closet.

I’ve pulled together four different looks to give you some inspiration for styling a black skirt for the office. If skirts aren’t your thing I think black pants could easily be subbed in.

Black Skirt Look #1:

This look, for me, is perfect for Mondays because it takes so little thought. A lightweight sweater can be worn tucked in or out and a string of pearls finishes the look without too much fuss. I’m not particularly trend driven with my wardrobe, especially at work, but pearls are one trend we’re seeing this spring.

Black Skirt Look #2

In the second look I wanted to create a bit more visual interest so I added some texture with the velvet top, some shape with the peplum, and finished it off with a vintage gold statement necklace. I topped the outfit off with a simple and cozy black cardigan.

Look #3

For this look I’ve gone a little more corporate by adding a blazer. I’ve kept it casual by cuffing the sleeves and adding a unique necklace in an eye catching shape. If you wanted to make it even more casual you could untuck the tee shirt.

Looks #4

For the fourth and final look I went for simplicity again. I paired the skirt with a top I love. It has flared sleeves, which is a silhouette I adore. I finished it off with a simple necklace because the shirt is quite busy.

With all four outfits I would wear black tights and either black ankle boots or black flats, of course heels would also work perfectly. In the warmer months you could just go with bare legs or nylons.

So there you have it! Four easy outfits built around a black skirt! Perfect for the office, comfortable, and chic. What’s your wardrobe workhorse?

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16 thoughts on “Four ways to style a black skirt for the office

  1. These are all wonderful outfit ideas! Smart but fashionable. So much can be done with a black pencil skirt.
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Great post – I love all of these outfits! I think I especially like the one with the nude blazer, as I would wear something like that to work. Thanks for sharing!
    -Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? The Chic Cupcake

  3. I like all of these looks. A black skirt is such a good staple to have, especially for work! It is so easy to make so many different looks using one main piece. I really like your pink blazer – it does give it a more corporate feel. And the top with flared sleeves is so cool!!

    1. Thank you Kat! I do honestly think that my black skirt is one of the most versatile pieces in my closet!

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