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stripes go with everything, part 3: a new take on chevron

chevron stripes


Chevron stripes have been trendy long enough for them to start looking tired, don’t you think? Which is why lately I’ve been kind of obsessed with the curvy, wavy chevron that I drew on the cassandra tote…a little bolder and much more interesting than the chevron stripes you usually see.

This suede miniskirt is another new take on chevron, and is the basis of a great early fall outfit for the office. The texture and clean lines make it appropriate for the office, the color and bold print make it effortlessly stylish.

The extremely bold statement jewelry and leather booties mean that you don’t need anything more complicated than a simple sweater on top, and you are ready to stand out among all the beige and gray! This is a great outfit to wear if you have a presentation to make at the office, and you need every eye in the room on you.

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Click here to read the next part in the series, about an unexpected way to wear stripes!




the denim dress formula: amber and indigo

the denim dress formula: amber and indigo



The denim dress formula is only three parts: a denim dress, an awesome bag, and ANY shoes.

But what if you want to add accessories?

For this styling idea, I was inspired by the classic combination of dark, indigo blue denim and gold stitching (a combination I love and use over and over again in my designs). I chose the cassandra tote because its organic cotton twill is that exact goldenrod color of the stitching on vintage jeans.

Jewelry in amber and lapis lazuli echo those colors and that classic color combination without being too matchy-matchy.

Together with this vest-style dress, they create a look that is classy and office-appropriate, and interesting and stylish enough for any other time.

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how to wear a miniskirt to the office

It’s been a while since I’ve had an office job, but I still remember the near-daily angst of what to wear to work.

Then there was the guilt when you bought something that wasn’t work appropriate. You were being impractical. Shame!

What if I told you that you could still wear your fun clothes to the office? It’s all about the styling!

This post is all about how to wear miniskirts to the office. Whether you are fresh out of college or on your 20th anniversary in the workforce, you can absolutely wear a cute little skirt to work without looking inappropriate or feeling silly. Check it out:


choose clean lines

how to wear a miniskirt to the office


Regardless of how casual or formal your workplace is, you always want to look professional. Miniskirts are already so cute, wearing one with frills or pleats or other fussy details can make you look too cute, even in a very casual office environment. A skirt with clean lines like a pencil or A-line shape is easy to wear and looks professional.

I styled this outfit with the regina tote bag, because it’s mandala-style design is pretty but not cutesy, which is perfect for the sophisticated look you’d want at the office.

You want to look like a boss, not a cheerleader!


choose tailored details

miniskirts at the office


There’s a reason suit jackets almost always have notched collars or folded lapels – tailored details like that effortlessly make a garment more formal and more serious.

This same little skirt paired with a plain sweater would be instantly unworthy of the C-suite, because it would lack the tailored details that signal “I am someone to be taken seriously.”

Elegant, high-impact accessories like white jade jewelry and the gloria tote further lend themselves to your serious look.


choose rich textures

how to wear a miniskirt to work


Tweed is a traditional choice for business wear, because it has a long history of being quite serious and formal. It’s pretty impossible to look silly in tweed. But it’s also incredibly interesting and fun to wear: it comes in so many colors and patterns!

The anjelica tote is made of high-relief denim quilting and red ultrasuede, the kind of rich textures that coordinate perfectly with a tweedy skirt and jacket. Together, they’ll definitely help you look more CEO than schoolgirl.


choose to express yourself

how to wear miniskirts at the office


There’s no reason you can’t be office-appropriate and still feel confident and happy! Don’t think you have to cramp your personal style to look professional.

This is an outfit that I would personally wear to the office, because I love that color green, and I love bold floral prints. I also love mixing florals with strong graphics, like the wavy chevron on the cassandra tote.

(Despite the more flamboyant designs, this outfit still totally works for the office: the clean lines, the embroidery on the skirt and stitching on the bag, and the pleats and cuffs on the the top hit all the points I mentioned above.)

What are the hallmarks of your personal style? What colors and patterns make you happy when you wear them? What kind of garments and accessories make you feel confident when you put them on?

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