Skirt suits rank among the least-exciting work clothes imaginable. If they’re the uniform in your conservative office, you’re probably sick of them. If not, they’re probably relegated to a neglected place at the back of your closet, among your interview outfits.
But in the spirit of examining creative layering options (and just being economical, really), the Cut has devised a few ways to repurpose your workwear outside of office hours. We found that the fitted structure of suiting makes for a wonderful contrast in proportions to this season’s layers, whether you’re pairing a pencil skirt with slouchy winter knits from COS or a fitted blazer with voluminous wide-leg trousers from Aritzia.
Click ahead to see four different ways to deconstruct the polished skirt suit for a variety of ensembles, from an after-hours party to a casual weekend outing.