I feel like the office skirt is often overlooked. Sure it is incredibly frustrating that many styles – particularly the classic pencil cut – don’t come with pockets – but they are a truly versatile piece that can be dressed up and down. I thought I’d put one to the challenge when I spent a week covering New Zealand Fashion Week 2015.
Now it’s important to know that I like to cover fashion weeks as a photographer rather than trying to get a seat as an attendee. I honestly feel like the best seats in the house are in the media riser where photographers clamour to get the outfit shots as models walk directly to the best light just in front of us. However in terms of dress code we are a pretty motley crew. The pit is still predominantly male and decked out in sneakers, jeans and if polo shirts – if they’re fancy. For the most part it’s crushed t-shirts, hoodies and scruffy jeans.
So if you enjoy dressing up in a male-dominated workplace, what are you to do? I advise incorporating dressier items into your work wardrobe and mixing them back in with “the standard” pieces and always ensure that what you are wearing is practical. To this end – when I wore a pencil skirt, it was knit one that was stretchy enough to allow me to work unexpected situations like the time I had to sit cross-legged on the floor.
You seriously don’t know what situations your work might get you into so be prepared with as functional-but-still-you outfit as possible! Now without further ado here’s a look to see three different ways I styled a pencil skirt for work:
Skirt: Seed Heritage Women’s Collection Crepe Fringe Midi Skirt
Don’t want the tassels? Seed Heritage Women’s Collection Crepe Knit Midi Skirt
Do you wear pencil skirts to the office? How do you style them for work?
Special thanks to Sonia Sly from Sly on the Wall for taking all of these photos. Make sure that you check out Sonia’s coverage of NZFW on her blog and for Radio New Zealand!