Somehow black or grey pencil skirts have become every working adult’s staple work clothing. You’ll find these pieces in almost every woman’s closet. Perhaps you, yourself have worn it countless times to work and job interviews. Don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing wrong with these pencil skirts. But what if there is a way to elevate your style and that’s just by easily incorporating beige skirts into your wardrobe.

Beige is not exactly a bold-esque colour or it is like one of the many basic shades that you may have already own. It’s not bright but it’s not dull — a perfect neutral colour that compliments all skin tone and anything that you have in mind to match with.

Neutral is the main colour palette for Burberry SS19.
Not just your standard cotton/polyester skirts but leather ones too.

It’s almost as if beige could possibly replace the black pieces in your wardrobe right? As great as it sounds, there is a weakness to them. If you put on a beige skirt that is too similar of colour to your skin tone, you may look like you’re not wearing anything from the waist down.

Neutral or beige shades are basically your skin colour. Wear the same tone and shade, it will look like your skin. That can be fixed easily by just simply go for a shade lighter or darker, or contrasting undertones to differentiate between skirt and skin. It doesn’t just stop there — think textures and prints. A layered or panelled skirt adds both length and volume to your overall look. While leather adds on texture to your look, that is still appropriate for your workplace (and we don’t mean skintight leather skirt).

It doesn’t just stop there. Like how pops of colour bring life to your favourite LBD, the same applies to beige skirts. It’s neutral enough to easily mix and match with other colours. White tops; cropped, oversized, fitted, all of them look great with the beige skirts or anything of a similar hue. Black works well too but this time, we suggest going lighter (and warmer) instead. Matching with another beige piece is also possible if you’re bold enough to pull off the look.

Same applies to beige bottoms. Photo: Jonathan Daniel Pryce for Vogue

If you feel like you’re drowning in your beige skirt, belt it. It not only accentuates the waistline but also acts as a ‘divider’ between top and bottom when cinched correctly. Different textures can also act as the contrasting element between your top and bottom. For example, if you’re wearing a good ol’ polyester or cotton skirt, go for a knitted top to bring softness to your look. Satins lends similar effects too.

When it comes to footwear — anything that you’ve already own would match beige skirts. Wedges or heels provide height and some glam to your look. Avoid chunky boots or sneakers as they tend to feel sporty unless that is the look that you’re going for.

Jolin Lee
Contributor
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.