Figuring out what to wear to work shouldn’t be a bore. To make your weekdays easier, welcome to Business Casual. Every Wednesday, we’ll highlight the best office-appropriate clothes, whether it’s for the job you have or the one you want.
There’s a reason that when people get dressed for a big meeting or interview, they often go for a pencil skirt. It’s sharp, it’s sleek, and it says you run a tight ship, both in your closet and at the office. But honestly, how comfortable is a pencil skirt for everyday wear? Sure, there’s a slit and some stretch, but the shape is limiting. Your legs are squashed together, an especially unpleasant experience in the summer. By the end of the day, you’re dying to tear that thing off.
Which is why, if you want to look pulled-together yet still feel comfortable, you should opt for one of these looser skirts. They let you sit and spread out without feeling like you’re trapped in a sausage casing. Really, letting your legs breathe is a tiny luxury you can enjoy during even the worst week at the office. Scroll ahead to shop our favorites.
The Expensive-Looking Pick
The On-Trend Option
The Smart Basic
The One You Can Wear Year-Round
A pretty camel is just the right shade to bridge your warm- and cold-weather wardrobes.
The Breezy One
For when it’s really hot outside and you want something that’ll allow the breeze to pass through.
The Best Deal
Khaite is a fashion-editor favorite and this skirt happens to be 70 percent off — a fantastic end-of-summer bargain. Plus, there are plenty of sizes left!
Original Price: $760
The Skirt Version of ASMR
This skirt is going to be divisive — the color and cut is meant for a person who prefers soothing neutrals and has a job with a fairly liberal, creative dress code.
The Other Trendy Skirt
Here’s another version of the ruffled wrap-skirt trend, this time in an icy mint shade.
The Universally Appealing Preppy One
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