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how to wear maxi skirts to the office

how to wear maxi skirts to the office



A wrap top is something simple and easy-to-wear that looks great with maxi skirts. When you pick one with tailored details, you instantly elevate your whole outfit to something worthy of the C-suite!

A maxi skirt is definitely a more dramatic option than your average pencil skirt in the same fabric. And sometimes that’s exactly what you need…a little bit of drama to help you stand out from the crowd. Something a little unusual that sets you apart from the masses. When you are the boss (or just want to be), blending into the background is not what you want!

That bit of drama is what I love most about wearing maxi skirts. I styled this skirt (with a really great hemline, so it’s hardly plain even though it’s a solid color) and wrap top with the gloria tote, a bag that shares the same type of drama.

The giant mandala-style motif will stand out in a sea of black and brown briefcases, and make every eye in the room settle on you: where did she get that amazing bag? is not something you hear when you choose the plain one!

Classy jewelry and interesting shoes round out the look, and solidify your position as best dressed and most confident in the room.

Check out some other ways to style the gloria tote, and pick it up for yourself here.




the denim dress formula

the denim dress formula: with purple and pearls



LBDs get all the press for being the most versatile dress in your closet, but what about a denim dress?

Try the denim dress formula when you’re in need of a short cut to being effortlessly stylish.

All you need is:

That’s it! I added dark pearls to finish off the look because I love them (but also because I’m using some dark gray denim in my next collection, and it’s been on the brain). Pearls make any outfit instantly classy, and also office appropriate. What’s not to like?

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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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versatile style: the gloria tote six different ways

You might think something has to be plain to be versatile. I rather like to think the opposite: that the more interesting your accessories, the more useful they become. I’m going to prove it to you, with six very different outfits, all starring the gloria tote bag.


Imagine wearing the gloria tote…


with distressed jeans

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Distressed jeans are super-trendy right now, but wearing them doesn’t mean you have to look like a slob. Pair them with bright colors and interesting prints, and it will look like a purposeful fashion statement, and not that you can’t be bothered to take care of your clothes!

The gloria tote is half denim so of course you can wear it with any pair of jeans. With a pretty floral top and an interesting bag, you have an effortless casual outfit that is a hundred times better than a plain tee and a plain tote!


on vacation

on vacation


A giant tote bag is always going to be useful while on vacation, whether you’re seeing the sights or just hanging out at the beach. This outfit is all about the classic nautical colors (red, blue, white, and gold) combined in new and interesting ways.

You could absolutely replicate this outfit with a plain maxi skirt and a plain bag. But then you’d look like a mannequin in an outlet store window, and nobody wants that. Choose a boldly striped skirt (stripes go with everything!) and a tote bag with an interesting motif, and you end up looking amazing instead!


with leggings and flashy accessories

purple, gold, and blue


Even though the main colors of the gloria tote are indigo blue and aubergine purple (both dark and cool-toned), she coordinates beautifully with warmer colors, too.

This would be a great outfit to wear out with your girlfriends – simple and comfortable leggings and tunic, but with eye-catching accessories, bold makeup, and amazing shoes. It would be a crime to wear a plain bag with this look!


with leather pants

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I hope you don’t think a bag that is mostly denim can’t be upscale and high style as well…

Leather pants and spindly, shiny heels are doing all the work for making this outfit glam. The gloria tote coordinates effortlessly with its eye-catching and bold design. A plain denim bag probably wouldn’t be worthy of this outfit!


with sequins

black and gold and denim


My absolute favorite flats that I wear nearly every day are gold and sparkly, so I love the idea of shiny during the day. When I saw this sequinned top, I knew I wanted to style it with a denim skirt and the gloria tote bag!

The flower-like mandala motif is very pretty and feminine, so a nice counterpoint is a classic leather motorcycle jacket and some black aviators, for just a little edge.

This outfit is so awesome the shoes almost don’t matter, but if you can wear gold heels, why wouldn’t you want to?


at the office

neutral but not boring


Some of you are thinking yeah but Valerie, I don’t have a sequinned top or leather pants. Fair enough. But I bet you have some traditionally “neutral” office wear like a navy blouse and cream or gray trousers?

What’s great about this outfit, is that it proves neutrals don’t have to be boring (the windowpane check on the pants and cut of the blouse make both pieces really interesting). The classy accessories and bold tote bag will guarantee you’ll stand out in your office full of dull black suits.

Click here for more details on the gloria tote, and imagine how you’d style her with some of your favorite outfits!