Mini skirts are back in style and I am reminded of when they were very popular growing up. The schools I went to starting from middle school all had a dress code regarding skirts and shorts. They couldn’t be any shorter than where our fingertips hit when our arms were at our sides. I always thought these rules were ridiculous, who cares how much leg is showing. However, now, at 28 years old, and an accounting professional, I can’t imagine wearing a skirt shorter than that now.
One could also say that the return of mini skirts means the return of a well prospering economy, since history seems to show us that when skirt lengths shorten the economy improves. Be this myth or not, I would like to hope this is the case. For right now, let’s explore wearing mini skirts to the office, since, no matter where you are employed, whether it’s casual or a bit more buttoned up, I think that all ladies should observe certain guidelines about wearing this trend.
Lipstick – YSL #003 Ultimate Beige
Nails – Broadway Impress in Red
Mini skirts are certainly fine for the office if they are styled in ways that make them work appropriately. Here are a few options to consider:
- Cover your legs- Now that we are into fall/winter it has gotten colder, and less of us will really want to leave the house without some sort of leg coverage. I think opaque tights are probably your best bet when wearing mini skirts to work. Tights will not only create an appropriate level of workplace modesty, but they will make it easier to bend, move and stretch without worry.
- Keep your shoes on the flatter side- You have to watch heels with mini skirts, particularly for work. Heels can be fine, but chunky, stacked heels would be more appropriate than spiked stilettos, especially with bare legs. Usually the only profession where stilettos and mini skirts work is along the street, and ain’t nobody got time for being mistaken for that.
- Buy mini skirts that are age appropriate- What is considered a mini skirt to someone in their early 20’s is undoubtedly shorter than what a woman over 40 would consider to be mini. With so many different designers and manufacturers out there putting mini skirts onto the selling floor, I suggest choosing a brand that caters to your age group. The last thing I would want you to do is consider wearing a mini skirt and then buy one from a brand that is too young for you just to think that this isn’t your trend. If you decide to order online, look at the length of the mini skirt within the description. Anything that’s shorter than 17″ is most likely too short for the workplace at any age.
Yes, mini skirts may initially seem like they come with all these limitations, however, there are actually a lot of freedoms that you can take advantage of, mostly due to the proportion of this skirt style. Here are a couple:
- They look great with flat shoes- As I said earlier, flat shoes, or chunky heels, look best with mini skirts. If you are someone who veers towards flats over heels, mini skirts work really well with them. Sometimes a longer pencil skirt looks awkward with flats, whereas, proportionately, flats with mini skirts look great.
- You can wear relaxed tops and tunics- Another benefit that mini skirts have over longer skirts is that relaxed sweaters and tunic tops work well with mini skirts. Again, it’s all about proportion and what is created when you wear a longer top. A longer, relaxed top can look awkward with longer skirts, but tend to look perfect with shorter ones.
As long as you style the skirts properly, wear the appropriate lengths, and go for something modest over something shocking, mini skirts can be perfect additions to your work wardrobe. Of course, it definitely depends on your work environment. Be sure to know what your office dress code is before strolling into work wearing a mini. My guess is that your boss won’t look too fondly on, “The Fashionable Accountant said it was okay”, as an excuse.
FINANICAL TIP OF THE WEEK
Fridays are payday for most people and I know I definitely look forward to payday. There are many reasons we look forward to this day, whether our bank account is getting low, we have bills we need to pay, or something we want to buy. However, I feel like a lot of people don’t think about how much money from their paycheck they are going to put away into savings. Most of us obviously have to live on a budget, so what you are able to save will vary per person. We really need to make saving a priority though. I am not the best saver, but I am working hard on being one by making it a game. Every payday I have a designated amount that I put directly into my savings account. Then I make goals for different time frames of what I have hoped to have saved because sometimes there are obstacles that cause us to have to break into our nest egg and we need to be realistic. Other times we may have extra money leftover at the end of the month that we can add into our savings. A lot of checking accounts have the option where you can set up an automated savings plan where every paycheck, or every month and certain amount goes directly into your savings. This makes it easier to force yourself to put something away for a rainy day. Beware, don’t become a hoarder because you got so addicted to saving. You should splurge on yourself every so often because you do deserve it for all your hard work. 😉