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Easy Outfit Upgrade: Match Your Shirt to Your Skirt

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Match Your Shirt to Your Skirt (Source: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America, Ian Gavan/Getty Images Europe, Ian Gavan/Getty Images Europe, Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)You're staring into your closet 15 minutes before you have to bolt for a meeting/date/interview/night on the town with the girls. Nothing looks like it'll work, until you think to yourself, "What would Lupita do?"

Who is more inspiring than the ultra-talented and ridiculously fashionable actress Lupita Nyong'o? In recent months, she, like so many other stylish stars, has taken a liking to monochromatic looks. Pair a top with a matching skirt and you're ready to roll.

Stars at the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends 7th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon February 27, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)more pics »But perhaps you never got around to adding a skirt suit to your wardrobe. Fret not: You can fake it. In fact, pairing a top—whether it's a tank, a tee, or a blouse—with a skirt in the same shade is a little trick we've been using for years. You look pulled together, slimmed down, and a little metropolitan in two simple steps. Step one: put on a shirt. Step two: pull on a skirt in a matching hue. Best to make sure the textures or patterns play well off each other. 

'Boulevard' Premieres in NYCActress Emma Watson attends the 'Boulevard' Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 20, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics Emma Watson and Emma Stone, two actresses known for their strong sartorial sides, both paired skirts with feminine tops in the same color family. Note how they both played with texture and used opaque pieces as a foil to more sheer ones.

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Stars in RomeActress Emma Stone attends 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' Rome Photocall at Grand Hotel St Regis on April 14, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Getty Images)more pics »TV host Melanie Brown took the idea of pairing a skirt with a matching shirt and ran with it. She kept both pieces in graphic black and white, made the most of simple cuts, and let the patterns play off each other.

Arrivals at NBCUniversal's Summer Press Day Recording artist Mel B attends NBCUniversal's Summer Press Day at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on April 8, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Getty Images)more pics »If we were to to shop for pre-made skirt ensembles, we'd stop in our tracks for this Pixie Market striped set featuring lace details ($89). Then again, we might backtrack for ASOS's adorable printed oxford ($28.58) and skater skirt ($34.30) duo

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Match Your Shirt to Your Skirt(Source: Pixie Market, ASOS)If it's separates we're shopping for, J. Crew's striped skirt ($118) and Madewell's striped ponte tank ($69.50) would pair up to hit a perfect balance.
Easy Outfit Upgrade: Match Your Shirt to Your Skirt
(Source: J.Crew, Madewell)And of course, there's the simplest trick in the book: matching a tank with a perfectly similar skirt to create a faux dress, a la Topshop's curvy pleated skirt ($90) and a lemon colored open-back tank from Dorothy Perkins ($35).
Easy Outfit Upgrade: Match Your Shirt to Your Skirt
(Source: Dorothy Perkins, Topshop)
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