This week the subject is skirts and trousers. They may form part of a suit or could be stand alone pieces that form a miss matched suit or less formal combination. Gone are the days when it wasn’t appropriate for us to wear trousers to work (showing my age here!) and we no longer have to try and “dress like the boys”, skirts and trousers can both be feminine but still say we mean business too.
So starting with which skirts to add to your capsule wardrobe:
Trends in skirts come and go – this season they are still full and calf length – but actually most shapes and styles are catered for so it’s a case of knowing which is best for you.
Starting with the eternal favourite the pencil skirt. I’ve chosen one here from L.K. Bennett in a classic navy and cream, a great basic that you can add almost any colour too. Most of us can wear a pencil skirt, especially if it’s got a bit of stretch in it, I’d just avoid it if you are pear shaped because there are better styles for you.
The flip skirt – this one from Hobbs – is a feminine shape and great for giving your legs some attention, so just avoid it if you don’t like your legs.
The A-line skirt, here from Hobbs, again is good for most of us but is perfect for those with wider hips.
If you want to wear pleats this skirt from Jaeger is made from silk and is more forgiving for those of us with curves than a stiffer fabric.
This full, calf length skirt from Hobbs has a feminine shape, but is kept businesslike by the the fabric. In a soft wool it’s not too stiff. I’d recommend you wear it with a pointed toe heeled shoe and keep the top half neat and fitted (see how I’ve styled it below)
The next two skirts from Maxmara and Gerard Darel are a variation on the wrap and draped skirt, both good for curves. They are both good examples of working a pattern skirt in the office. I’ve shown the Gerard Darel one below. It could easily be worn with black but I’ve gone for a less obvious choice by picking out the other two colours in the print.
How to wear three of the skirt options, from formal to more business casual
Capsule wardrobe trousers
Work trousers come in 3 main shapes, wide legged, straight leg and tapered.
The wide leg trouser – from Hobbs – is good for most body shapes but especially pears. See how I’ve styled it below and note the boat neck top which gives the illusion of widening the shoulders to balance out the hip, and the pattern in the jacket worn on the top half of the body drawing the eye away from the bottom.
These straight leg trousers from Jaeger are better for those who have a straight or boyish figure and a neat bottom.
Tapered trousers like these from Jigsaw are good for those with slim legs. If you go for a cropped option remember it will shorten the leg so wear them with a heel. If you have long legs you can wear them with a flat shoe but I’d choose one with a pointed toe (see how I’ve styled them below) I’ve also softened the slightly masculine tailoring of this suit with a pink silk shirt and pink shoes.
Coloured trousers like these red ones from Jaeger will draw attention to your bottom and legs. Wear them with a longer tunic style top if you’d rather keep the attention away from your bottom.
Print trousers can work in the office especially in monochrome like these from L.K. Bennett – I’ve shown them below as a Dress Down Friday outfit with this season’s long cardigan.
So that’s the skirts and trousers to add to your autumn capsule wardrobe. Next week we will be looking at tops and knits.