The hottest skirt silhouette to recently make its mark on the fashion world is the dirndl skirt, which is a full and flirty below the knees skirt with a circular cut. This style of skirt originated in Germany, where it’s still worn with traditional attire. More recently we’ve seen the Dirndl skirt on celebrities like Olivia Palermo and at the runway shows of designers like Jil Sander and Dries Van Noten.  This skirt is perfect for the work environment since it’s grown-up, retro, a little sexy and a lot sophisticated. Since this skirt can conform to so many styles, there really are multitudes of outfits that you create with it. If you are drawing a blank when it comes to styling this type of skirt, here are a few helpful suggestions.

With a T-Shirt

The best thing about this type of skirt is that is looks great with a plain old t-shirt. For the office pair a black dirndl skirt with a basic tucked in white t-shirt, and you’ll be looking chic and prim for work. If you want to play around with more color than opt for a floral print dirndl skirt and pair with a bright peach or yellow solid shirt, which you probably already have in your wardrobe arsenal.

With a Cardigan

A cardigan sweater is the best way to accentuate the retro glam feel of this type of skirt. Pair your full dirndl skirt with a fitted cardigan and you’ll look like a retro fashionista straight out of Mad Men.  You could opt for a pattern on both the cardigan and the skirt like floral or geometric. Or try a color blocking effect by pairing a brightly colored skirt with a contrasting, but equally bright colored cardigan.