It may seem counterintuitive to wear a statement piece to the office, but there are ways to make it work. The statement skirt for instance, can be more versatile and work-friendly than you might think.

Basically three rules apply for office skirts: The length, the silhouette and material. Go for structured, mid-knee length finds in fabrications that look chic, not cheap.

With those fine points sorted, let’s dive straight into the 5 top outfits to try:

MONDAY: Shirt day

5 easy ways for office ladies to wear a statement skirt

Polyester skirt, $108.95 and polyester top, $75.66, both from Cool-Find K-Style

This fail-safe combination will get you through that what-to-wear morning dilemma, while making it a bit more fun than your usual sheath dress.

TUESDAY: Go for co-ords

5 easy ways for office ladies to wear a statement skirt

ASV cotton blend skirt, $218.40 and ASV cotton blend jacket, $352.10, both from Zalora

What’s another smart way to wear a printed skirt for work? To pair it with a jacket or top in the same print, to make it part of a chic skirt suit.

 

Shona Joy skirt, $170 from Et-i-kit

As with the skirt suit, pick a matching top to make your skirt look like it’s part of a dress.

WEDNESDAY: Crop it

5 easy ways for office ladies to wear a statement skirt

Man Chien linen top, $389 and Koonhor polyester blend skirt, $739, both from Cool-Find The Online Store. H & Co. raffia and faux leather heel, $117 from She Shops The Online Store

This is where your basics come in extra handy. The crop top (be it a sweater, a tee or a vest) serves to elongate, to make you look even leggier in your midi skirt and heels.

5 easy ways for office ladies to wear a statement skirt

Cotton blend skirt, $151.32, acrylic blend top, $145.27 and silver and crystal necklace, $205.80, all from Cool-Find K-Style

You can also create that “cropped” look by tucking in your oversized sweater for a waist-cinching look.

THURSDAY: Bit of bling

5 easy ways for office ladies to wear a statement skirt

Ziztar polyester blend skirt, $49.90 from Zalora

Don’t overdo the glitter to keep your outfit office-appropriate. Go for dark metallic pieces; if you do wear sequins, try details like large paillettes (round, scale-like sequins) on your statement skirt. Then keep the rest of your office simple and sleek.

5 easy ways for office ladies to wear a statement skirt

Rayon and sequin skirt, $59.90 from Zalora

FRIDAY: Denim-ready

5 easy ways for office ladies to wear a statement skirt

Polyester skirt, $64 and denim jacket, $39, both from Mango

Try this pretty Friday combination: Put on your denim jacket or shirt to go with your floral maxi skirt, to give structure to this boho-inspired look.

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