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The Fashion Memo

Make it work for work: The maxi skirt

Backstage at Loewe SS18

You’d be forgiven for thinking the maxi skirt’s natural habitat is Coachella rather than the office, but with the help of a few simple styling tricks, not only is this bohemian stalwart totally safe for work (it is floor-skimming, after all), it’s also the perfect way to render the desk-to-date dilemma a thing of the past. By MEGAN LOGUE



Head-to-toe print might be out of your comfort zone, but not only will a coordinating skirt and blouse act like breath of fresh air in a sea of safe workwear, they’ll also make mornings much more efficient, meaning you can hit snooze for an extra 15 minutes. The key to nailing this look is to opt for tailored pieces cut from subtle patterns, such as Loewe’s ditzy florals and Gabriella Hearst’s structural stripes. Pick your pattern and play hardball.

  • Gabriela Hearst
    Wight silk-jacquard shirt
  • Balenciaga
    Leather ankle boots
Loewe SS18
Julia Pelipas at Paris Fashion Week SS18


Look beyond black and gray to build a truly enviable corporate closet. Color block by pairing a vivid maxi with an equally eye-popping blouse or form-fitting sweater. Keep the look smart by opting for clean lines – this is not the place for fussy hems or superfluous details. And whether you choose The Row’s bright white maxi or Joseph’s burgundy slip skirt as the canvas for your colorful new spin on office style, there’s one non-negotiable point in the contract: finish with graphic accessories. Here’s how to be bold in the boardroom…

  • Esteban Cortazar
    Two-tone ribbed knit top
  • Fendi
    Iridia cat-eye gold-tone and acetate sunglasses
  • Joseph
    Theo silk-satin maxi skirt
  • Gianvito Rossi
    95 leather ankle boots


Put a chic twist on a corporate classic – and create a powerful silhouette in the process – by adding a tailored blazer to a floor-length skirt and waist-cinching belt. For maximum effect, choose matching separates and asymmetric hemlines to accentuate the hard/soft mix – Stella McCartney and 3.1 Phillip Lim debuted some great cropped options for SS18. When it comes to the accessories, keep it simple: a classic watch and pointed pumps are all you need nine-to-five; when it’s time to clock off, add a slick of crimson lipstick.

  • Diane von Furstenberg
    Asymmetric paneled crepe, satin and voile skirt
  • Monse
    Striped leather pumps
3.1 Phillip Lim SS18

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