Style 911: Can I Wear A Metallic Skirt To Work?

“I recently bough a metallic black pencil skirt thinking I’d wear it to work, but every time I put it on I feel waaay overdressed for the office. (And my office is dressy!) How do I wear metallic during the day? Is it even possible? Help!” – Lauren S.

Fret not, you can easily wear your new skirt to work, especially since you say your office is dressy. The key to wearing metallics during the day is keeping everything else simple. That means no crazy prints, shoes can be interesting but ideally monotone, and you probably shouldn’t get out of control with your accessories. We’ve got a few ideas after the jump.
Your skirt is dressy and serious, so stick with something a little more whimsical on top. [$60, French Connection]

Resist the temptation to pick a patterned tight. Instead, choose a solid opaque coupled with a fun shoe that’s clearly work-ready (not party-ready). The wooden heel on these will ground the outfit a bit. [Shoes: $24, Newport News, Tights: $12.50, HUE]

As with the rest of your pieces, the bag should be simple and a bit fun. Plain black with a little shine–like this very aspirational MJ number here (similar cheaper bags abound, obvi)–is always a win. [$498, Marc by Marc Jacobs,]

Have a fashion or beauty dilemma on your hands? Email your queries to [email protected] with the subject line “Style 911” and we’ll do our best to help sort you out.