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How to Make a Trendy Skirt Work-Appropriate

Photo: David Urbanke

If it feels like everyone’s making some version of the metallic pleated skirt, you’re not imagining things. Ever since Zucci-inspired dressing became wildly popular, the pendulum has swung from quiet and minimal to over-the-top, quirky grandma styling, with this piece as its centerpiece. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to adopt the exact same approach to putting together your outfits. The shiny skirt is a nice way to mix up your weekday looks, especially if you forgo the kooky sweater and pearls.

Take this Tanya Taylor combo: The pleated skirt is familiar with its red-and-silver metallic pattern. But instead of going too crazy on top, a complementary button-down in the same color scheme gives it a more serious feel. Wear it with silver sandals and you have a pulled-together outfit that works well whether you’re interviewing or you already have that creative office job.

i. SHIRT: Tanya Taylor Cal button-up, $295, Spring

ii. SKIRT: Tanya Taylor Harley skirt, $595,

iii. SHOES: Zara silver sandals

Photographer: David Urbanke; styling by Diana Tsui; model: Aqua Parios at the Society; makeup by Samantha Lau; hair by Jerome Cultrera; photo editor: Raydene Salinas

How to Make a Trendy Skirt Work-Appropriate