Style and Styling

Styled for Work and Play: Long Pleated Skirt

Happy day, reader dear!

It feels like time to revisit the Styled for Work and Play post theme! I’ve done a few of these in the past, and they are one of my favorite kind of posts. Writing them requires me to look at my clothes in a different way and stretches my style muscles. (And hopefully inspires you to do the same!) Yes, even someone who works as a stylist can get into a rut, styling the same piece in basically the same way. You know how that goes, right? The dark jeans with the white tee, dark jeans with the blue tee, dark jeans with the pink tee, ad infinitum…

I’d venture to say that’s not styling, that’s simply variations on a theme. You might argue that’s what styling is: Variations on a theme. But let’s try and stretch the variations! Sort of like you would do to get the most out of a piece you would pack with for a trip. You remember trips, right? You pack a bag and go somewhere that isn’t your home and see and do things you wouldn’t at home. Maybe even meet people? It’s one of my most favoritest (I’m making up words as I go, peeps!) things to do and I’m getting desperate. It’s probably time for another Staycation, since actual travel isn’t yet on my horizon…

For Work

Granted, my work is pretty relaxed. But then again, isn’t work attire for many of us at this point?

You could also wear this with a grey blazer belted over the top for a Pinterest-worthy style steal… (That might be on my Copycat Style Board!)

I think I’d choose a swath of grey pearls and a pair of silver hoops to finish this!

For Play

Denim, a tee, or both takes the pleated skirt from work to a more relaxed vibe. No, you’re not cleaning the garage in this outfit, but you could certainly go to brunch (Still hoping…), to the grocery store, or hang out at home. I don’t know why some people seem to feel that the only clothing worthy for hanging out at home in are the same clothes you’d clean out the garage in… If I’m relaxing at home, I don’t want to be dressed to clean out the garage; that would make me feel like I should go do it!

I’d swap the pumps in the look above for flats though… Or maybe booties! Like this…

Wouldn’t this be cute with a neckerchief?

For Party (Someday?)

This time, let’s wear a silky cami with the pleated skirt and pop on a pair of gunmetal peeptoe pumps. Yes, right now this would be a bit chilly the way it is, so a grey wrap thrown over the shoulders refers back to the pumps and the silver jewelry.

I want to wear this! Maybe for Valentine’s Day?

How About You?

Do you like to travel? How do you feel about a staycation? Where would you “go” on your next staycay? Where do you want to go on your next vacation? Do you feel comfortable in a skirt? Or are skirts only for dress-up in your world? (Yes, I am a Nosy Parker!) Could you see yourself wearing any of the styles above? Do tell… I love to hear from you. Ooooh! What would you like to see me Style for Work and Play next month?

Stylishly yours,


  • Leslie Susan Clingan

    Wish I could feel comfortable wearing camisoles and spaghetti straps. I think they are so feminine and pretty but I am large chested and absolutely hate wearing a strapless bra. So I skip the dainty tops. Dad gum it.

    Love the pleated skirt with the denim jacket. So cute.

    • Liz K

      I can’t do spaghetti straps either. Same reason. I’m not as chesty as I was, but hate strapless bras. I think I could manage for a few hours, especially if I’m not doing much walking around!


    Liz, I love all your skirt outfits today! I would wear them all except the last party one because I don’t wear sleeveless anymore. I’ve been on dialysis 24+ years so my arms are all scared up from dialysis acccess fistula’s. I actually only wear skirts so I wear them dressed up and down. You had some very cute ideas today! Thank you for all the work you put in! You are a inspiration!

    • Liz K

      I don’t generally wear spaghetti straps, but I love the look! That’s a LONG time to be on dialysis. I was just listening to an interesting podcast about the man (and team) who invented the first dialysis machine (and home version). It was a wrenching tale to listen to the commentaries by the panel that was in charge of deciding who would get to try the new treatment. Glad to be an inspiration today! Have a lovely weekend, Natalie!

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