Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Work Staples: The A-line Skirt

Long time no blog, eh? Back today to continue the Summer Staples series with the A-line skirt.

Credited to the one-and-only Christian Dior back in 1955, the A-line skirt is great for summer because of its figure flattering and airy cut. These skirts are fitted at the waist and then flare out in a straight line away from the body. A-line skirts also tend to be a little on the longer side, making them great for the office. My A-line skirt is definitely an old favorite.

Some things to keep in mind when styling an A-line skirt for workwear:
  • Length. As with any skirt, keep your knees in mind. For conservative offices, stay at or below knee length. If you have some freedom, an inch or two above might be okay.
  • Fabric. A-line styles are popular for casual wear, too, but not all A-lines are created equal. Avoid clingy jersey and floaty chiffon, and look instead for thicker knits and fabrics with a bit more structure. What they add in heaviness, they make up for in the additional circulation you get underneath (you know what I mean).
  • Print. A sweet floral can be perfect for a weekend picnic, but might not make the transition well to weekday wear. Solids are most versatile, but there are a lot of print options that are office appropriate, too. My personal rule is to choose either print or color—the louder the print, the more neutral the color, and vice versa.
  • Slip/lining. As with any skirt or dress, if yours isn't lined, wear a slip. It not only helps with modesty, but it also helps most fabrics skim your body better.
  • Width. There is a lot of variation among A-lines based on how dramatic they flare out. Some will stand out just wider than a pencil skirt, while others have enough fabric to drape and fold. Both can be office appropriate, so try them out and see what you like best.
  • Styling. A-line skirts can be styled just like any other skirt. They tend to look better with heels, especially if your skirt falls at or below the knee.

How do you style an A-line skirt for the office?