Our Shopping Editor swears by this high street office staple

everlane midi skirt
The workwear staple our Shopping Editor swears byEverlane, Maddy Alford

Post-pandemic, I've found it slightly harder to get dressed for work - anyone else? I'm a bit of a magpie, and tend to be drawn more to colourful, patterned, or embellished clothes. But on the flip side of that, my wardrobe is missing some core, neutral basics. Like those pieces that match with everything, and therefore make getting dressed a breeze. (My favourite jeans don't fit me right now either, and they used to be my solution on those rushed, nothing-to-wear type of mornings. So...cue Monday morning outfit panic.)

After mooching around online, I realised the staple my wardrobe has been missing is (drumroll please) a black midi skirt. Groundbreaking, I know. I'm not reinventing the wheel here, but that's the whole point - I've got floral midi skirts, polka dotted ones, heck I've even got a pink tartan midi kilt FFS. But it was time to invest more in some more *useful* outfit building blocks.

So I went off in search of the perfect black midi skirt. My main requirement was that it must have some stretch and "flow" to the fabric, and feel season-less. I could buy a new pair of jeans, sure. But rather than investing in more rigid garments that won't flex and mould to my body's fluctuations, I wanted something I could wear year-round and feel confident in. (Bloating? No problem.)

I eventually landed on a £45 satin slip skirt from Nobody's Child (linked here and above). It's a budget-friendly option, and I liked that it's made with more eco-friendly Lenzing™ Ecovero™ viscose fabric. It has a stretchy waistband, which means you can wear it higher or lower on your waist to give it more of a midi or maxi length, respectively. It's also majorly comfy, and I love that the fluid fabric skims away from (rather than clings to) my body.

So my Nobody's Child slip was already getting loads of use, but then Everlane sent me a package introducing me to their latest launch. (Sometimes I get to open pretty fun mail for my job). Inside the bag was their black Ribbed Knit Skirt.

Immediate yes - it's so good. Everlane's version falls more into the high-end high street price bracket at £130, but their thick ribbed knit surely looks and feels luxurious. The waist band is comfortably stretchy, and I've been layering it with smart knee-high boots, tights, rollnecks, and blazers for cold commutes to the office. If you have a more formal dress code at work, and want to invest in something that you will feel polished and professional in, I can't recommend Everlane's skirt enough. But I'm planning on wearing it with t-shirts and sandals come summertime, too - it easily dresses up or down.

everlane midi skirt
Getting dressed in the Everlane Midi SkirtMaddy Alford

I know that both skirts will stay in my rotation for years to come. They've already helped me get out the door on time on more than one occasion, because I can pair virtually any top, shoe, or jacket with them and it will match. And thanks to their stretchy, flowy nature, they're generally going to fit my body, give or take a few pounds.

Sometimes, throwing on an easy "uniform" in the morning can help us reduce the mental load of that day, simply by reducing the number of decisions we have to make. Have you done an inventory of your wardrobe yet this year?

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