How to Rock Colored Skinnies at the Office
Red skinnies: Forever 21 (available here)
Leopard flats: Fergalicious via The Shoe Department
In the past 10 months or so, I’ve gone from owning no colored skinnies (other than white) to having several pairs. I have some in denim and some in other fabrics, but they all look pretty and feel pretty much the same. They provide a great way to change up my usual office wardrobe while still being comfortable. My office is fairly casual…our only definite rules are no jeans and no shorts. Many of our customers are teachers, so in general, we’re expected to dress similarly, which is why I follow a lot of “teacher fashion” boards on Pinterest. Anyway, since colored skinnies in denim and twill are virtually indistinguishable, I figured why not give them a shot?
Here are some ways I’ve worn colored (and print) skinnies so far this year:
Here are some tips for “getting away” with wearing this trend at work:
- Make sure that the top of you looks office appropriate. A nice button-down blouse, dolman top, or layered sweater are all good choices, and adding a blazer will work wonders. Save t-shirts and sweatshirts for the weekend. And avoid showing cleavage if you have it (not a problem that I have!). Since the pants themselves are making a statement, you want to go more conservative on top.
- The dressier the shoe, the better. Pumps are the ideal choice but not always practical, then next in line would be a wedge or (nice) bootie. Flats are also fine, especially with an almond or pointy toe to make them dressier. Be careful with sandals and avoid flip-flops at all costs. I’m undecided about tall boots; I tend to view them as more casual, but I may try them over skinnies at work this winter.
- Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Your accessories don’t have to expensive in price, but they shouldn’t scream cheap in appearance. Choose thoughtfully – the wrong accessories will make you look like you just wandered out of a junior store. You want to look modern but also professional. Good choices are a nice watch, a belt, a necklace, and one nice bracelet and/or ring. A structured bag is also a good touch.
- Skinny does not have to mean tight. If your workplace is more conservative, look for a skinny that isn’t quite as skinny…something more like a “cigarette pant” or “matchstick pant” (like those black pants that Audrey Hepburn used to wear). These pants are fitted without “hugging” quite as much and don’t feel as extreme. (Loft is a good choice for skinnies that aren’t too tight.) If you are wearing a tighter skinny, try a longer top. Whatever you do, avoid the dreaded VPL!
- Every workplace is different. Some simply are not appropriate places to try out the colored skinny trend. Take your cues from those around you, but don’t be afraid to try new things!
- How to Wear Patterned Skinny Jeans (collegefashion.net)
- The best basics to reuse in your closet (clothescalendar.wordpress.com)
- How To Look Better In Your Skinny Jeans This Fall Than You Did Last Year (shefinds.com)
- Be a Jean Queen: The 5 Denim Trends You Need for Fall (stilettojungleblog.com)
- 5 Ways to Style Denim Pants (abeautifulmess.com)