There are items in a girls closet that can literally be whipped out for anything. leather skirts are one of those key items for me. I started out with 0 now I have 3, and I have worn them for everything from a night out, to work and all other functions in between. They look great with a sweater, a t-shirt or blazer. If you’re staring at your leather skirt or considering getting one and thinking how do I wear this? I have some ideas for you!
Here’s what I will cover:
Leather Skirt Lengths
The length, shape, and detailing of the leather skirt is important because it will determine how versatile your wardrobe choice is i.e. whether what you’re wearing works for daytime, nighttime or both. Where possible, I’d encourage you to start with getting a neutral colored leather skirt in a classic straight cut. I use the word neutral here because a neutral color is not the same for everyone. For me, that was black. I bought my black leather skirt first, then later added a dark brown/burgundy skirt, and a white mini leather skirt.
The black skirt has fairly minimal detailing, just the stitching pattern that connects the leather skirt at the front and the back, and reaches about mid-thigh (or about 2 inches above my knee). I have found this to be my most versatile skirt because I can dress it more conservatively for work, and play up it’s a sexy look for a night out. Otherwise, I wear the white mini skirt for a night out or casual occasions, and the longer calf-length skirt purely for work.
My skirts also don’t have a lot of detailing in terms of zippers, grommets and the like. The leather skirt is a sexy item all on its own, and for the sake of being able to mix and match different looks, I generally stay away from too much detail on the skirt (even if it’s on sale).
Leather Skirt Outfit Ideas
Day time leather skirt ideas
Leather skirts can be worn for brunch or work.They can jazz up an otherwise boring weekend look by adding a little edge.
Leather Skirt with a Button Up Shirt
This is one of my favorite ways to wear the leather skirt for a daytime look. It’s pretty simple, just pair your leather skirt with a shirt with a nice little detail, some heels and you’re good to go. I additionally like the pussy bow shirt because it gives an air of innocence that is not traditionally associated with leather skirts (leather skirts and generally most leather clothing is either edgy, tough or sexy, don’t you think?). Pairing it with the shirt gives it a nice simple look that makes the leather feel daytime appropriate.
Leather skirt, Lace, and a Blazer
If we can ignore the fact that I’m not smiling in the blazer photo (and the fact that the blazer hits me at the widest spot on my body) you might just become convinced that this is a totally cool look that you can rock. I love my wide hips anyways so it doesn’t bother me that the look draws attention to them. If you work in an environment where blazers are encouraged, then put together a simple top, a blazer, and your leather shirt and you’re good to go. Additionally, this look can also work with either heels or flats. I’ve worn my leather skirt with flats and heels. The length of your skirt matter, however, so you wants a skirt that is at least mid-thigh, if not a few inches above your knee.
Additionally, this look works if you have an event to go to after work, like say drinks with friends, by allowing you to just wear the skirt and your top and you’re all set. Bonus points if you change into some strappy heels in your car, or add a pair of fun earrings to add even more excitement t your look.
Leather Skirt with a T-shirt and Cardigan
I can rock the leather skirt and t-shirt look on a weekend, with or without the cardigan depending on the weather. O like the simplicity of this look, and it can work for events like going to a casual lunch, hanging out, or going to a daytime festival. It’s a comfy look, that simply swaps out jeans (which one might typically wear the ts-shirt and Birkenstocks with) with a leather skirt. I like it because it’s a little sexier than just the jean look and versatile enough for daytime wear.
Night-time leather skirt outfit ideas
Leather skirt outfits at night are literally anything goes. But here are some ideas I turn to quite often.
Jean Shirt and Leather Skirt
I wear jean shirts a lot, they practically go with everything and leather skirts are no exception. In this outfit, I paired short A-line leather skirt with the jean shirt, hoop earrings, and cheetah shoes. I love the fun, funky and sexy look. I would opt for a clutch or a simple leather bag. It’s a good idea to have a few clutch purses in simple colors, but for some reason, I’d love to pair this look with a cheetah print clutch, thoughts?
This look can be rocked for a date, a night out on the town or even a concert or casual event (just swap out the heels for flats if comfort is what you seek).
Leather Skirt, T-Shirt, and Jean Jacket
You’ll notice I am basically wearing the same look as I did previously from the waist down, and have swapped out the top for a t-shirt, layered with some necklaces and thrown on a jean jacket. I like this look because it can be dressed up with the heels, or down with some sneakers. And it works either ways! The sneakers; look fits if you are going to an early evening event or you like a sportier look, while the heels takes the look up a notch in terms of the dressiness overall.
Leather skirt with a silk buttoned up shirt
Ok, does this yellow look a little off on me? I have yellow undertones, so it should work but it seems a little off when I look at it. This is one of those looks where accessories can really play a difference. I would wear this look to work or to drinks by adding some hoop earrings. I like a simple silk shirt, and I call out the silk because the texture combo is pretty sexy. Pairing silk with my leather skirt, hoop earrings and my trusty cheetah print shoes (God, I love those shoes) and I’m set for a night out, or dinner. I like to also wear the shirt with sevral buttons unbuttoned and the sleeves rolled up, it’s really a matter of preference/mood.
Leather vs pleather skirts (or jackets)
Leather vs pleather? I opt for real leather, and unless you’re anti-leather as a lifestyle choice (more power to you!) I would recommend real leather simply because it ages well, and feels a lot less plasticky. I love a beat-up leather bag, and although I’m not necessarily looking for that in my leather skirts, I have seen some antique numbers that hold up well over the years. All things remaining constant (that is my hips stay about the same) I can get more wear out of a nice leather skirt than a pleather one.
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