UPDATE: This story was originally published on November 2. Since a leather skirt is a must-have piece this season, we wanted to make sure it was on your radar!
Pop quiz: What's often duplicated (but never repeated), has been mastered by the Italians, and is currently one of fall's hottest trends? If leather was your guess, then you get a stylish gold star. But know this: It's not reserved for jackets alone, anymore. This haute hide (or its faux counterpart) absolutely shines in the form of a sexy skirt—and yes, you can pull it off.
To prove it, we've put together three versatile ensembles using one fierce-yet-classy leather skirt. Paired with a crisp white oxford shirt, you're office appropriate, but slip on a silky sleeveless blouse and you're ready for a night out on the town. And to complement the crisp temps, we promise your cozy sweater never looked hotter than it will against this little leather number. To be clear, you'll turn a few heads in any of these looks—but there's nothing bad about looking this good.
Leather at work? You betcha! Simply tame down the sexiness (a bit) with a classic, white, oxford button-down shirt, fitted blazer, and oversized bag, and you’re office appropriate. For your feet, knee boots show off your stylish side while still being conservative enough for the boardroom.
Rebecca Taylor Perforated Leather Skirt, $595, available at Rebecca Taylor; McQ Alexander McQueen Mini Peacoat, $635, available at Otte; Faith Connexion Annabelle Dexter-Jones Poplin Shirt, $260, available at Net-A-Porter; Rebecca Minkoff Romeo Satchel, $550, available at Rebecca Minkoff; Miz Mooz Feist Boot, $239.95, available at Nordstrom.
Fit For Fall
Leather is completely fitting for a crisp fall afternoon — but to make this skirt work, we dressed it down with a colorful, plaid shirt and a cozy, neutral-colored, pullover sweater. Solid black tights emphasize the casual appeal, while hot wedge booties remind you that you’re sporting a skirt. And for a little added personality? A fashionable-yet-functional oversized red bag.
Danz N Motion Convertible Tights, $11.95, available at Target; Ted Baker Elma Black Wedge Ankle Boots, $281.43, available at ASOS; A.P.C. Plaid Cotton-Flannel Shirt, $225, available at Net-A-Porter; Rebecca Taylor Perforated Leather Skirt, $595, available at Rebecca Taylor; Rachel Comey Chunky Side-Zip Shell, $541, available at La Garconne; Brahmin Sara Rose Satchel, $365, available at Brahmin.
Dinner plans? Dancing? To ensure you look like a classy lady and not a lady of the night, we’ve chosen a flowy, sleeveless top that shows off a little skin — but not too much — in one of fall’s gorg jewel-tone hues. Accessorize your arms with not one, but two matching (and pretty awesome) gold cuffs à la the days of Cleopatra. This perfect little clutch is just enough to fit all of your essentials, while the strappy pumps will elongate your gams in this little, black, leather number.
Rebecca Taylor Perforated Leather Skirt, $595, available at Rebecca Taylor; ASOS Smooth Double Cuffs, $26.39, available at ASOS; Elizabeth and James Lori Silk-Chiffon and Leather Top, $295, available at Net-A-Porter; Elizabeth and James Tango Heels, $325, available at Zappos Couture; Lulu Guinness Fifi Clutch Bag, $301.67, available at ASOS.