I came across a red just-beyond-the-knee skirt at a few months back. It’s nothing special in terms of quality, but the texture-print embossed on the fabric takes it from basic to statement piece. I paired it with a slouchy, loose chambray shirt. I held back on wearing it because I was looking for the perfect wedge to pair with the outfit. I settled on a pair of pumps that I already owned and am more than happy with (more so after wearing them and breaking them in). In fact, I just purchased a second backup pair.
As for accessories, the belt pulled the entire look together and paired well with the shoes, while the necklace added a bit of weight to the otherwise feminine look.
Item: slim cropped pants — these have a stretch
Price: under $30
Purpose: wear to work
Pair with: crisp white button/simple royal blue boatneck long sleeve t-shirt/chic blue or light grey silk top.