Gaga for Gingham: From work to the weekend

In my day job, I’m spoiled with a fairly relaxed dress code that allows me the freedom to wear almost anything I fancy.

The upside of this is that my wardrobe isn’t split into ‘work wear’ and ‘weekend wear’. And on any given day you’ll find me in anything from jeans and a tee to a pleated skirt and oversized knit; overalls and a button up shirt or a pencil skirt paired back with a slogan tee or fun jumper.

While I understand that level of outfit freedom isn’t the norm for most working in a corporate environment, unless you have to wear a set uniform, you can still dress professionally and let your personality shine through.

And this Spring/Summer there are a plenty of office appropriate pieces— printed/patterned pencil skirts or dresses; cropped trousers, blazers, button up skirts in silk or cotton—that you can reinvent for the weekend.

One such piece that delivers on both fronts is the Gingham Midi Skirt ($185) from Cue. Made from a gingham double weave fabric from Europe, this midi pencil skirt features a front split and a narrow waistband and belt loops.

It has the transformative power to take you from a Wednesday morning board meeting to a casual Sunday brunch in the sunshine—all you need to do is swap the pieces you pair it with.

For the office, opt for a lightweight knit like this red Round Neck Knit (Cue, $85), a pair of pumps and a blazer (you could go for a coloured blazer if you want to add a fun pop of colour).

Then, come Saturday and Sunday, swap the knit for a relaxed white tee (although a slouchy tank would also work). Throw on some sandals, wedges or sneakers, a straw panama hat, and one of this season’s statement bags and you’ll be weekend ready.

Because I’m only 163cm, I don’t tend to wear sneakers with longer skirts or dresses, preferring a pair of block heels or wedges for some extra height, but this skirt also looks great with a more casual shoe, or a flat mule.

Here are three other skirts currently available at Wintergarden that can easily transition between work and play:

Veronika Maine Twill Stripe Peg Skirt, $189

Sheike Holiday Knit Skirt, $99.95

Oxford Celine Animal Print Skirt, $149

U on Sunday Fashion Editor Brooke Falvey knows what it means to dress for the occasion. After living in London for just over a year, Brooke Falvey returned home to Brisbane to share her style storytelling talents on her blog, Blonde Ambition. With a background in journalism, Brooke shares thoughtful lifestyle and fashion pieces through her Instagram account, What Brooke Wore, and her blog, Blonde Ambition, inspiring her readers to start doing what they’ve always dreamed of doing—and giving them tips on how to look good at the same time!. Ready to dress like you mean it? Get to know the girl behind What Brooke Wore.