Last Updated on 19th October 2013

The flared skirt is one of those versatile pieces that every wardrobe needs! In fact, akin to the classic failsafe, iconic LBD, you can never have enough. There will always be a time and a place for a flared skirt – the secret to wearing it well and appropriately lies within what you wear with it. In other words, accessorise around it!

We were overwhelmed with choice when it came to choosing just one, but we settled on this houndstooth flared skirt from McQ by Alexander McQueen. A fine choice even if we do say so ourselves!

The fact that it’s printed means that it’s already a standalone bold piece, and even teaming it with the most minimal of other items will still be enough to make a statement. The colour’s not too ‘in your face’ either, which means you can go as subtle or as crazy as you like. Here are just three ways you can wear it:

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For the office

Sleeveless linen shirt, £55, East available at John Lewis; Belle headband, £17.50, available at French Connection; Link and plate waist belt, £12, ASOS Collection available at ASOS; Black court heels, £22.99, available at New Look. Style tip: add with some white or subtle patterned tights and if it’s chilly, take a polo cardi.

For a rockin’ gig 

Fabric band, £10, available at Esprit; Converse, £44.99, available at Cloggs; Rolling Stones T-shirt, £29.99, Amplified Vintage available at Amazon. Style tip: Wear the scarf around your head and pair with a red crossbody bag for the effortless rock chick look.

For casual summer strolling

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Sleeveless racer back top, £12, Only available at House of Fraser; Braided rope belt,£17.06, available at J Crew; Deer brown Del Rey, £795, available at Mulberry; Black ankle boots, £75, SPM available at Zalando. Style tip: Tuck the top in to showcase the skirt in all its glory.

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