Office wear for women has always been a tricky path to navigate. There’s pressure to look chic and stylish, but tough consequences if you accidentally show too much skin or show up underdressed. While many offices have adopted a much more laidback approach to workwear over the years, there’s still a standard to uphold and straddling the line is tougher than ever. So, where do maxi skirts and dresses fit into this puzzle? While you might not have seen them anywhere near the workplace just 10-20 years ago, there’s definitely ways to work your maxi into your weekday rotation – even if you don’t work out of a virtual workspace. This guide to wearing your maxi dress or skirt to the office makes it easy to look fabulous and still feel comfortable in trendy maxis that feel light as air.
1. Dark Hues
The key to rocking a maxi dress or skirt at the office is to keep it as understated as possible. While a brightly coloured, tropical patterned maxi is undeniably hard to resist, it fits better on a beach than the boardroom. Choose a maxi with a solid hue or a simple pattern and add accessories that subtly compliment it for a winning work look. Find fabulous maxi skirts and dresses at Alamour the Label for your new favorite work outfit.
The simplest way to dress up a casual maxi dress (especially if it’s sleeveless) is with a buttoned-up cardigan that cinches your top half and creates a beautiful streamlined effect. A solid cardigan also helps tone down brighter hues in the dress, to make the outfit more business casual than weekend casual.
3. Chambray Shirt
A chambray shirt over a maxi dress or maxi skirt is a great way to give your outfit some much-needed structure. The tailored shape of the shirt gives your top half a fitted shape, which helps balance out the looser skirt. Plus, the chambray style is just dressy enough to work at the office, without clashing with the more casual style of a maxi dress or skirt. Top this outfit off with heeled ankle booties for a cute but office-appropriate look.
One of the quickest ways to transform your weekend maxi dress or skirt into an office-ready look is to add a couple inches to your height. Depending on your height and body type, it’s easy to let yourself become overwhelmed by a maxi dress or skirt’s billowy, often shapeless look. Heels help you own your look, so that the skirt doesn’t wear you. While stilettos definitely don’t go with the more casual feel of a maxi, wedge heels, booties, and the trendy block heels are perfect for balancing a wider skirt.
5. Cropped Sweater
We love the look of a cropped sweater or jacket over a maxi skirt. It gives you a fantastic A-line shape, while being supremely comfortable (and who doesn’t like comfortable clothes at the office?). Tuck a collared blouse underneath for a cute, preppy look, or drape a statement necklace overtop for some added bling.