I get a lot of questions from my female readers on using skirts to craft appropriate outfits. It seems many women either fall into the “too sexy” or “too dowdy” categories when they wear skirts. This is dangerous because (A) I can’t imagine a “sexy” skirt is very work-appropriate and (B) it totally doesn’t fit your personality. To give a visual answer to your questions, I decided to quickly put together three looks using a skirt as the focal point.

Work Day

Work-Appropriate Outfit (with Skirt)

Reiss Skirt, $154 / Reiss Oxford Shirt, $150 / Acne Leather Jacket, $1,136 / ASOS Heels, $27 / Coach Portfolio, $248 / iPad Mini, $529 / iPad Stylus, $20 / Hermès Perfume, $65 / Vanessa Mooney Ring, $65

This look is all presenting yourself in a office-appropriate manner without having to check your fashion personality at the door. This midi skirt from Reiss is professional without being dowdy in the slightest. Midi skirt are great on any figure because they hit slightly below the knee, hiding any pesky ‘trouble spots’ while showing off your natural curves. The black accessories and Acne leather jacket toughen up this look to make it an easy transition into happy-hour drinks.

Night Out

Going Out / Night Out outfit (with Skirt)

Proenza Schouler Skirt, $349 / J.Crew Vintage Tee, $29 / Michael Michael Kors Jacket, $101 / ASOS Heels, $74 / Jose & Maria Barrera Necklace, $740 / Steven Harkin Clutch, $173 / Double Hair Bow, $8

The printed skirt is a sneaky trend, but when worn appropriately – you can hit a style homerun. To create a chic (but comfortable) outfit for a night out, a fool-proof approach is letting the skirt be the statement. With this look, I took a sportier route by tucking in a vintage grey t-shirt and adding a bouclé jacket. The clutch mimics the lines in the skirt’s print, while the strappy heels and hair bow keep the look feminine. With this look, get ready for some attention!

Weekend Warrior

Weekend Outfit (with Skirt)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Skirt, $210 / Dorothy Perkins Sweater, $29 / Dorothy Perkins Leggings, $19 / Steven Madden Lambii Boots, $129 / Coach Penny Crossbody, $198 / Aida Kibur Bangles, $58 / Kris Nations Zodiac Necklace, $48

Everything I wear between Friday night and Monday morning should continuously promote my lazy weekend schedule. It’s about being comfortable. This Marc Jacobs skirt is perfect for running around the city. Light, loose and gorgeous – it’s hits all the marks. Pair it with a cozy sweater, black leggings and chelsea boots and you’ve created the ultimate weekend outfit. Just don’t forget your Metrocard… can’t go anywhere without that damn thing.