Leather skirts are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing. Here’s a style guide on what to wear with a leather skirt for the most styling looks, plus some of our favorite outfits with the badass piece!
Like many other iconic and versatile pieces, a woman’s wardrobe should have at least one (faux) leather skirt. Leather skirts are perfect for any weather, season, and vibe there is, whether you’re going on a casual date or a formal event.
The iconic black leather pencil skirt is probably the most popular type of leather skirt there is. Another style (but not as popular) is the pleated leather skirt, and it is perfect if you want to go for an edgy, preppy look.
In this article, we are going to go over how to style a leather skirt for all seasons. We will discuss everything from layering pieces underneath to wearing different tops on top of the skirts. You’ll be able to find something that suits your own style and personal preferences.
What is the best way to feel confident when you are wearing a leather skirt? Simply put, you’ll just need to pair it with a top and shoes that make you feel amazing! While there are thousands of different tops that will look good with your leather skirt, the following 15 are our favorite ways to put together a leather skirt outfit.
What To Wear With A Leather Skirt
A blazer is the perfect choice to dress up your leather skirt for a more professional look. You can wear it to work, school, or any other formal occasion!
Simply wear a white blouse underneath your midi or knee-length leather skirt for a clean, polished look for your next business meeting.
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Sweaters of any kind are a great way to bring extra warmth to your outfit when you need it. If you want to be able to layer your outfit with multiple pieces like a slim trench coat, we suggest going for form-sitting sweaters in any color.
Of course, a chunky, oversized sweater is also a classic that looks amazing on practically any body type. It will also add some extra style to your look! If you have a plain mini leather skirt on you, it’s best to play around with bright colors and patterns for a fun vibe.
3. Sleeveless Tops
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One of the easiest and most popular ways to wear a leather skirt is with a sleeveless top, especially if you’re heading out for a party! This look is perfect for warmer weather, as it will help keep you cool.
You can choose from any style of sleeveless top, such as a tank top, camisole, or even a bodysuit! This goes well with different skirt lengths, so feel free to experiment.
To keep warm, wear this with a light cardigan, a blazer or a coat, depending on the weather. Top it off with a pair of white sneakers for the perfect springtime look!
4. Crop Tops
Another great option for warmer weather is to pair your leather skirt with a crop top. This combination will show off your midsection and help you stay cool in the heat. Crop tops come in all different styles, so there is sure to be one that suits your personality!
For an edgy look, wear this outfit with a pair of knee-high boots in your preferred color. You can top this off with a black moto jacket if it fits your style.
When the weather starts to cool down, you can start pairing your faux leather skirt with turtlenecks of any color. This look is perfect for fall and winter, as it will keep you warm during the cold season.
You can also wear black tights underneath if it’s a short skirt and a pair of sneakers or boots.
6. Button-down Shirt/Blouse
Button-down shirts are another great option for all seasons. They can be dressed up or down, so they are perfect for any occasion.
You can wear them with your favorite black leather skirt in the summer to keep you cool and casual, or in the winter to stay warm! Layer this with a classic camel coat draped over your shoulders, a pair of ankle boots, and you’re all set.
7. White Tees
White tees are a wardrobe staple for a reason: they go with everything. Leather skirts are no different, and pair wonderfully with a casual tee, whether it has a logo or is just a plain, minimalist tee.
If you don’t have a classic tee in your wardrobe yet, it may be because you haven’t discovered what style of tee looks best on you.
We urge you to try on oversized tees as well as tanks with slight shoulder padding, such as the ever-popular Eva tank from The Frankie Shop that made waves all over social media. (For a more affordable version, check out this affordable version from Shein.)
Complete this look with a cute pair of ankle boots for an added touch of glam.
8. Graphic Tees
If white tees are too boring for you, go with a graphic tee that adds a bit of personality to your outfit.
While we love the classy pencil skirt outfit that Lydia Millen wears in the featured image, if you have a mini-length leather skirt, we recommend opting for either pair of white sneakers for a casual vibe or some snake-skin knee-high boots to make a statement.
For added grunge, wear this with either a denim jacket or a black leather jacket.
A bralette is a great way to show some skin while still staying classy. It is perfect for summer nights out in the city and can be paired with a wide variety of different leather skirts!
Get a black leather midi skirt like the one above and you can definitely pair it with many types of tops and bralettes for an effortlessly chic look.
10. Denim Jacket
A denim jacket is a great way to create a laid-back look with your leather skirt. It is also perfect for layering in the fall, winter, and even spring!
And if you ever get too warm, you can always take it off and tie it around your waist. (That’s another cute style idea that we love implementing in the spring and summer!)
A long oat is one of the best ways to keep warm in cold weather. You can choose from a variety of different styles, such as a peacoat, trench coat, or even a teddy coat.
If your leather skirt is relatively short, it’s best to accessorize it with a coat that is slightly longer than the length of your skirt, not just for added style points but also for added warmth.
If you have a leather skirt that is on the shorter side and want to wear it for more than just nights out, consider wearing cardigans with your look.
This way, it’s easy to dress up or down depending on what kind of shoes you choose! You can even wear this same outfit from work into happy hour if need be.
For an ultra-glamorous touch, add some statement earrings in gold or pearls and finish off the ensemble with a pair of pumps.
13. Statement Top
We love a good statement top, and what better piece of clothing to pair it with than your favorite leather skirt? Whether you choose to go for something sequined or just a great print like polka dots, this is one way you can make sure all eyes are on you.
For an added touch of sophistication, we recommend styling this look with some classic pumps in black (or white if that’s more your style), which will add height while not taking away from the rest of the ensemble.
14. Knee High Boots
We love the look of knee-high boots paired with any skirt in the fall and wintertime, and leather skirts are no different! They add some height, and the heel makes your legs look longer.
As these boots are quite sexy, we recommend toning down the rest of the outfit to balance the overall vibe. The perfect top to pair with this outfit would be a chunky sweater or a turtleneck styled with a fashionable coat.
15. Ankle Boots
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Ankle boots are a key component to any fall or winter outfit, and they look just as great with a leather skirt as they do with jeans. Choose a boot that is on the dressier side, such as suede or velvet, for an extra touch of elegance.
If you’re looking to add some color to your outfit, go for ankle boots in a fun hue like red or green—or even pink if you’re feeling daring!
As you can see, there are a variety of different tops, layers and shoes that you can wear with your leather skirt. While we have included our top ways of styling a leather skirt, this list isn’t the end all and be all. For example, we love leather skirts with sneakers, too!
So, be sure to experiment and find the combinations that work best for you. And most importantly, have fun with it!
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