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15 Trendy Ways Fashion Girls Are Wearing Leather Skirts

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Leather skirts are a classic year-round closet staple, here’s how to style them to look chic

Leather skirts are an underrated garment. Leather gets a bad reputation for looking too edgy, and is assumed to not have a place in an elevated wardrobe – but that couldn’t be more wrong.

Attention should be paid to real leather products, as faux leather can look shiny and rigid, and that is when leather products begin to look cheap. Real leather gets softer and better over time, meaning if you invest in a piece, it can last you years.

A leather skirt is as classic as a leather jacket, but the type of skirt you choose depends on how you wish to style it. To help you along the way, we’ve put together a set of 15 ways to style a leather skirt.

What To Wear With A Leather Skirt

1. Cardigan

Cardigans are no longer grandma-core, but thanks to brands like KHAITE and The Row, are essential in every chic closet.

If you walk through Parisian streets, the cardigan will crop up on every corner, usually paired with jeans or a mini skirt, and boots and ballet flats – depending on the time of year.

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BP. Cozy Eyelash Cardigan
BP.

Cozy Eyelash Cardigan

At Nordstrom

superdown Tobi Faux Leather Skirt
superdown

Tobi Faux Leather Skirt

At Revolve

Tory Burch Bow Logo Cap Toe Ballet Flats
Tory Burch

Bow Logo Cap Toe Ballet Flats

At Nordstrom

2. Cropped Trench Coat

Trench coats are a classic closet staple, and cropped versions are a youthful rendition of them, perfect for spring and fall where a proper coat isn’t necessary.

A pleated miniskirt matches the playful vibe of the cropped coat, and when paired with tights and boots works for a day out in the city, or brunch with girlfriends.

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 L’Academie Zoey Cropped Trench Jacket
L’Academie

Zoey Cropped Trench Jacket

At Revolve

Lulus Bold Charm Black Vegan Leather Pleated Tiered Mini Skirt
Lulus

 Leather Pleated Tiered Mini Skirt

At Lulus

 Børn Verona Chelsea Boots
Børn

Verona Chelsea Boots

At Nordstrom

3. White Blazer

Nothing matches better than black and white, and this outfit proves that. Maxi skirts are all the rage right now, either in denim or in leather.

It can be difficult to know what to pair with it, but a white blazer brightens up the outfit and is great for a summer evening, or dinner date.

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Bardot Maison Split Back Blazer
Bardot

Maison Split Back Blazer

At Revolve

BLANKNYC Leather Midi Skirt
BLANKNYC

Leather Midi Skirt

At Revolve

Larroudé Annie Slingback Stiletto Sandals
Larroudé

Annie Slingback Stiletto Sandals

At Nordstrom

4. White Tee

When in doubt, nothing matches up to the versatility of a white t-shirt. A white midi skirt with a clean white sneaker is perfect for this casual, but still elevated look.

Paired with a cute belt and purse this is perfect for a fun date, like bowling or going to the movies.

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Eileen Fisher Crewneck Boxy Stretch Jersey T-Shirt
Eileen Fisher

Crewneck Boxy Stretch Jersey T-Shirt

At Nordstrom

Lulus Bold Sophistication Black Vegan Leather High-Rise Midi Skirt
Lulus

Vegan Leather High-Rise Midi Skirt

At Lulus

VEJA Gender Inclusive Esplar Sneakers
VEJA

Gender Inclusive Esplar Sneakers

At Nordstrom

5. Bodysuit

To cinch in your waist under a sleek leather skirt, a bodysuit is the perfect accompaniment. This is a great way to style a monochrome outfit, including accessories and outerwear.

If you struggle to style outfits, particularly ones with color, stick to one color.

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 Lulus Charming Essential Brown Square Neck Long Sleeve Bodysuit
Lulus

Square Neck Long Sleeve Bodysuit

At Lulus

Hudson Jeans Cargo Faux Leather Viper Skirt
Hudson Jeans

Cargo Faux Leather Viper Skirt

At Revolve

Steve Madden Harli Booties
Steve Madden

Harli Booties

At Nordstrom

6. Wool Coat

Leather is naturally a warm fabric, and so pairs well with other natural fabrics like wool and cashmere – making it perfect for the winter.

Nothing looks sleeker than a long winter coat with a mini skirt underneath. To keep it chic, ensure you wear tights (without any rips).

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MANGO Belted Wool Blend Coat
MANGO

Belted Wool Blend Coat

At Nordstrom

LAMARQUE Juliana Mini Skirt
LAMARQUE

Juliana Mini Skirt

At Revolve

Hunter Refined Tall Gloss Waterproof Rain Boots
Hunter

Tall Gloss Waterproof Rain Boots

At Nordstrom

7. Herringbone Blazer

Herringbone is a classic fabric engrained into a sartorial aesthetic – if you want to look like you know fashion, get a herringbone piece in your closet.

Paired with a leather skirt, even one that would usually look fun, the herringbone will elevate the outfit.

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Endless Rose Herringbone Notch Lapel Blazer
Endless Rose

Herringbone Notch Lapel Blazer

At Nordstrom

Lulus Certified Charm Black Vegan Leather Mini Skirt
Lulus

Vegan Leather Mini Skirt

At Lulus

Jeffrey Campbell Dagget Boots
Jeffrey Campbell

Dagget Boots

At Revolve

8. Fine Knit Sweater

Leather doesn’t just work for casual outfits, but pairing a leather skirt with a fine knit or sweater, can be a great option for work and formal occasions.

Keep your jewelry minimal, and pair it with kitten-heeled pumps in a neutral color to look chic, and elevated.

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Splendid James Cotton & Silk Blend Sweater
Splendid

James Cotton & Silk Blend Sweater

At Nordstrom

Lulus Theresa Black Vegan Leather Slit Midi Skirt
Lulus

Vegan Leather Slit Midi Skirt

At Lulus

Jeffrey Campbell Ribbons Mules
 Jeffrey Campbell

Ribbons Mules

At Revolve

9. Neutral Blazer

It’s usual to pair black with other cool tones like white and grey – but you can pair black with warm tones like nude and brown.

This is another great outfit for work or one which works from day to night.

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Lulus Executive Essence Taupe Scuba Knit Blazer
Lulus

Taupe Scuba Knit Blazer

At Lulus

AFRM Amiri Faux Leather Maxi Skir
AFRM

Amiri Faux Leather Maxi Skirt

At Revolve

Franco Sarto Tana Half d'Orsay Pumps
Franco Sarto

Tana Half d’Orsay Pumps

At Nordstrom

10. Matching Set

No outfit is easier than a matching set. This is a great option if you struggle to pair pieces together. In the case of the matching set, the brand has done the difficult bit for you.

When it comes to accessories, you can opt for a completely monochrome look, or go for a pop of color.

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The New Arrivals Catroux Blazer
The New Arrivals

Catroux Blazer 

At Revolve

The New Arrivals Mara Skirt
The New Arrivals

Mara Skirt

At Revolve

Madewell The Corinne Lug Sole Loafers
Madewell

The Corinne Lug Sole Loafers

At Nordstrom

11. Black Tank

Much like a white tee, anything goes with a black tank top – a leather skirt included. Go for a monochrome outfit with black pumps and a black purse.

It can be tempting to over-accessorize a monochrome outfit, however often less is more.

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Free People Kate Rib Stretch Cotton Tank
Free People

Kate Rib Stretch Cotton Tank

At Nordstrom

WeWoreWhat Faux Leather Midi Skir
WeWoreWhat

Faux Leather Midi Skirt

At Revolve

Manolo Blahnik BB Pointed Toe Pumps
Manolo Blahnik

BB Pointed Toe Pumps

At Nordstrom

12. Grey Tee

Grey is a great color for casual outfits that still look put together. A grey tee paired with a maxi leather skirt can be great for any occasion.

Pair with black pumps and a mini bag for a summer evening look, or sneakers and a slouchy tote for a day of shopping.

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SKIMS Boyfriend T-Shirt
SKIMS

Boyfriend T-Shirt

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Amanda Uprichard X Revolve Dossi Faux Leather Maxi Skirt
Amanda Uprichard

 X Revolve Faux Leather Maxi Skirt

At Revolve

Jimmy Choo Romy 60 Patent Leather Pumps
Jimmy Choo

Romy 60 Patent Leather Pumps

At Nordstrom

13. White Button-down

A good quality white shirt is a staple in every closet, no matter your aesthetic. Pair a satin white shirt with a mini leather skirt and heels for a cute evening outfit. 

Alternatively, a cotton shirt with a leather mani skirt and pumps can be a great office-friendly outfit.

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Lulus Sophisticated Presence Ivory Collared Long Sleeve Button-Up Top
Lulus

Collared Long Sleeve Button-Up Top

At Lulus

Alice + Olivia Maeve Back Slit Faux Leather Midi Skirt
Alice + Olivia

Back Slit Faux Leather Midi Skirt

At Nordstrom

ALDO Jocelyn Strappy Sandals
ALDO

Jocelyn Strappy Sandals

At Nordstrom

14. Turtle-neck Sweater

A good turtleneck sweater is a staple in every winter closet, particularly a cashmere one. You may think you can’t tell the different between a synergic and natural fibre sweater, but once you compare both, the different is light as day.

Pair it with a mini leather skirt and ballet pumps for a French-forward look.

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AGOLDE Pascale Turtleneck
AGOLDE

Pascale Turtleneck

At Revolve

PAIGE Tarra Faux Leather Miniskirt
PAIGE

Tarra Faux Leather Miniskirt

At Nordstrom

Christian Louboutin Sweet Jane Patent Pumps
Christian Louboutin

Sweet Jane Patent Pumps

At Nordstrom

15. Pyjama-style Shirt

Pyjama-style shirts are all the rage, either in elaborate prints like from Casablanca or feather-cuffed sleeves at Sleeper. They add a playful vibe to an outfit, and in particular work in beautiful contrast with a structured leather skirt.

Keep the rest of your outfit toned down with minimal accessories. If this is to be worn during the day time, think about dressing it down with loafers or sneakers.

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COS Wide Sleeve Crinkle Satin Button-Up Shirt
COS

Wide Sleeve Satin Button-Up Shirt

At Nordstrom

BLANKNYC Leather Midi Skirt
BLANKNYC

Leather Midi Skirt

At Revolve

Ada Classic Wrap Belt
Ada

Classic Wrap Belt

At Nordstrom

We hope you found this style guide about what to wear with a leather skirt helpful! If you’re still looking for more fashion inspiration, check the posts down below.

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