I'd really wanted to go to my conference on Friday dressed like an upscale modern professional woman. I'm not. I could not justify buying skirt for one conference. I just don't see any upcoming events where I would need a new "professional" skirt. My office is very casual.
So, I have a very nice neutral color skirt (khaki, beige, what ever) that I wore with a nice twin set and sensible shoes. I looked like a lady from New England instead of an upscale professional from Manhattan. Hey-guess what, I am a lady from New England... and yes, I did wear my pearl necklace to complete the look.