How to Give Your Work Wear a Festive Update

How to Style a Pleated Midi Skirt

Christmas Day is now just one month away, so there’s no need to shy away from the festive excitement. Dust off Michael Buble’s Christmas album, bake some mince pies and swap your morning Americano for a Gingerbread Latte!

It would be quite an understatement to say that 2016 has been a rocky year, so we need to embrace these Christmas cliché’s now more than ever. And if you fancy going one step further, why not give your work wardrobe a festive update?

I’m very lucky to be my own boss, because it means I get to decide on the dress code. So if I want to sit at my desk in reindeer pyjamas and fluffy slippers that is exactly what will happen. However, if you work from an office it’s still easy to make festive work wear a priority. Just invest in a metallic pleated midi skirt, and you’ll immediately start to feel the holiday cheer…

Festive Workwear Style
Ella Gregory Coco's Tea Party Midi Skirt

Zara rollneck (past season – similar here and here) | John Zack pleated skirt | Boden boots (past season – similar here) | J.Crew handbag | Claire’s necklace (past season)

Festive Workwear Update
J.Crew Signet Bag
Coco's Tea Party Metallic Midi Skirt

On its own, this John Zack pleated skirt from ASOS screams “party time”. But if you tone it down with a fitted rollneck or a fine-knit sweater you’ll find it immediately becomes more work-appropriate. And it’s soooo much fun to wear. Seriously, the twirling potential is off the charts. Just imagine swishing around in this skirt whilst listening to Buble’s version of Jingle Bells. If that style vision doesn’t fill you with joy you’re officially made of stone!

Do you like how I’ve styled my metallic pleated skirt? And how will you be dressing up your workwear for the holiday season? Leave a comment below to let me know…

P.S. How to dress up a military coat and how I dress when I’m stuck for fall style inspiration

Photos by Kylie Eyra


  1. johanna says:

    could you tell how can a petite girl you that tipe of skirt for the holidays?

    • cocos_tea_party says:

      I don’t think there’s any reason why a petite girl couldn’t style a midi in the same way. Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Palermo and the Olsens all would, and they’re very petite.

      I think the most important thing is to pay attention to your proportions. You might find that a midi that falls higher on the calf is more flattering than one that is closer to the ankle. And a skirt with a higher waistline might also work, because it would be more elongating. ASOS, Miss Selfridge and New Look all have pretty good petite collections too, so definitely check out their collections in case they have a similar skirt.

  2. Sinestezic says:

    Wow! Love the skirt!

    Madalina from Sinestezic


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