If there’s one article of clothing that doesn’t get enough love in your closet, it’s the cocktail skirt.

Whether it’s because of a certain cut, or that the profusion of sequins makes it unwearable unless after dark, the cocktail skirt is one piece in your wardrobe that costs way too much for way too little wear.

If you think about it, wearing a dressy skirt in the day has its own perks. Namely, you get to glam up a simpler outfit, and should last-minute plans with the girls arise, you’re already prepared to head out after work!

Take your cue from Carrie Bradshaw – who famously wore a Dior ball skirt to a souk – and equip yourself with these 8 tips.

Image: HBO Films

Check out our edit of wallet-friendly cocktail skirts under $100!

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