It wasn’t until 3 years ago that I finally decided to acquire a leather skirt. I’m a huge fan of skirts and dresses in general and after seeing someone walking down the street absolutely KILLING IT with her leather skirt outfit, I made the decision to get one. I have to be honest, I didn’t think they were for me and my classic style, but boy was I wrong and I’m about to prove it to you and share 10 stylish leather skirt outfit ideas that you can try and recreate in the upcoming months with pieces you already have in your closet.
That’s what we are all about in this blog. Investing smartly in basic pieces, mixing them together and creating as many outfits as possible with little to no effort and always looking well put together.
Ready for some cute leather skirt outfit ideas? Let’s learn how to style a leather skirt in 2021!
In a hurry? Go straight to what you are looking for:
- What type of leather skirt is right for you?
- How many leather skirts do you need in your closet?
- How many leather skirts do I have right now?
- Leather skirt options for every budget
- How to wash a leather skirt – Care Instructions
- Can you wear a leather skirt for work?
- Leather skirt outfit ideas to recreate – What goes well with a leather skirt?
- Final thoughts about leather skirts
- Related Fall/Winter style posts you may also like
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes
What type of leather skirt is right for you?
This will depend on your style and what you want to use it for. I have learned that the shorter ones are most versatile. Since you will most likely be wearing your leather skirt with tights, I think it looks better if it’s a short one.
Another option would be a pleated short one, a pencil leather skirt or a leather midi skirt. Again it will depend on your style and the size of your closet. How many do you want to have? Are you looking into building a minimalist wardrobe? Then my advice is to go with a short version of a leather skirt. Not too short though. Remember that if you really want to maximize every piece you have in your closet, it’s always good to think about if you can wear it for work too. That’s why my advice if for it not to bee too short or tight. Otherwise you will only end up wearing it for a date night or girl’s night out every once in a while and that’s it. And that’s not the idea here.
As for the color, there are many cute options out there, but if you have a neutral wardrobe like mine, I recommend black or dark brown. Think about what color tights and Fall/Winter shoes you wear the most and make your decision based on that. Also, not to make things harder on you, but brown and black do go perfectly well together, so just get the one your heart desires the most ;)
How many leather skirts do you need in your closet?
Just one. Really one. I’m not kidding lol.
I try to always keep this answer short and sweet, but at the same time I know it’s hard to process that for most of the basic pieces in your closet, you only need one of each (with a few exceptions). If you’ve read other articles here on my blog, you know I always try to style really basic pieces in classic ways.
As you are about to see, there are many ways to style a leather skirt and so many leather skirt outfits that you can create with really basic pieces. I hope that’s enough for you to realize that you only need one.
How many leather skirts do I have right now?
Right now I don’t have one :( But not because I don’t like them or don’t think they should be part of your Fall or Winter capsule wardrobe, but because last year me and my husband sold everything we owned and started living out of a suitcase in Airbnb’s all over the US. It’s been an amazing experience!
So, naturally, I had to downsize A LOT and my precious leather skirt didn’t make the cut. We are almost exclusively in warm weather, so it didn’t make any sense for me to keep it. That’s why I currently don’t have one (but really wish I did!).
How to wash a leather skirt? Care instructions
With most of them you can wash them on delicate cycle, with cold water and let it air dry. That’s what I used to do with mine. If you can turn it inside out, even better. However, it’s not necessary because I can’t do that with mine and I washed it multiple times and it was in top shape.
If the idea of putting in the washer terrifies you, you can also wash it by hand. The important thing to remember here is to let it air dry. ALWAYS!
A pro-tip on how to keep all your faux leather pieces looking as good as new, is to use a soft cloth with a small amount of baby or coconut oil and gently apply it all over the piece, especially where creases are more common. This will help prevent cracking. Just make sure to wait until it is completely dry before you do this step.
Can you wear a leather skirt for work?
You absolutely can!
If you want to maximize the amount of leather skirt outfits (and why wouldn’t you?), then get a short one that sits just below the middle of your thighs (Like mine. I don’t know how else to explain this lol).
Ir order to style it for the office, here are some styling tips and things to remember:
- Pair with tights and booties or heels
- Add a professional looking piece like a nice shirt or a blazer.
- Don’t forget to accessorize!
Feel free to refer to any of these looks when trying to style your leather skirt for work:
LEATHER SKIRT OUTFIT IDEAS TO RECREATE – What goes well with a leather skirt?
As you can see from the photos above, I use the same skirt to create 10 different black leather skirt outfits and as usual, I try to use basic pieces I’ve written about before here on the blog:
I truly believe in having a closet that’s small and functional and hopefully you will find inspiration to try and create your own version of any of these looks with pieces you already have in your closet.
1- Leather skirt outfit ideas with OTK boots – How to style a leather skirt in 2021
Whether you decide to use tights or not, have fun mixing your leather skirt with another sexy piece like OTK boots. If you are not trying to look ultra sexy, then keep it simple on top with a striped top, a turtle neck sweater or a t-shirt. And don’t forget to play with the accessories!
Also read: How to style an oversized sweater
2- How to wear a leather skirt with long cardigans – Leather skirt for Fall 2021
Long cardigans and leather skirts are a match made in heaven. This is a great way to look cozy, sexy and well put together at the same time. Feel free to wear anything on top, like an extra layer using a long sleeve top, a cami or even a t-shirt. Also, you can wear different shoes like flat, sneakers, booties, heels or OTK boots. It all depends on your style and the occasion.
Here you have an example: 2 leather skirt outfit ideas with a long cardi :)
Also check: How to wear a long cardigan
3- Black leather skirt outfit with a denim jacket – Styling a leather skirt in 2021
You guys know how much I love my denim jacket and these 2 pieces go so well together for one of those cold Summer Chicago nights! Notice I’m wearing my favorite white t-shirt in many of these looks!
Feel free to use a more seasonal appropriate hat (or not) if you recreate this look for Fall. And also, you can totally recreate it with white sneakers instead.
4- Black leather skirt outfit ideas with booties – Leather skirt 2021 outfit
Tights or no tights? It’s up to you! (and the weather!)
I love wearing my leather skirt with booties. You can literally add anything on top and be good to go. Do your hair and makeup and you will look so well put together. I love any of these looks for date night or to go out with girlfriends.
Also check out: What to wear on a first date (date night outfit ideas)
5- Leather skirt 2021 outfit ideas with white sneakers
I also wore the white sneakers with the leather skirt above, but I wanted to include it here too as a reminder. I mean anything looks good with white sneakers right?
Here’s a style tip: pair a white t-shirt with white sneakers with anything in the middle (in this case is the leather skirt), add accessories if you want to dress it up a little bit and that’s it! Easiest way to create many outfits with 2 very basic pieces. I promise this never fails.
PS: The best sustainable white sneakers are from this brand! I have the leather ones (linked here) and they cost me $139. I love them so much!! Every celebrity has these for a reason. They are honestly the best!!
Also check: How to wear white sneakers (61+ looks)
Leather skirt options for every budget
If you don’t already have a leather skirt in your closet and are thinking about investing in this classic closet staple, here are some stylish #waysofstyleapproved options to consider.
Short leather skirts:
Leather midi skirts:
Final thoughts about leather skirts
I would love to know what do you think about this post. Is your style classic like mine? Do you always hesitate when adding a bold piece like this one? Were you inspired with these leather skirt outfit ideas?
The key to building a good minimalist wardrobe is to have some variety. When you incorporate a few bold pieces here and there, you are able to create more and better outfits believe it or not. It makes mix and match easier and most importantly, you always look different!
I always recommend supporting more ethical clothing brands (this one is my favorite one!), think about applying minimalism to your closet and try to start thinking about building a smaller closet that’s functional and that will serve you. Not the other way around.
Believe it or not, by having too many things, it’s actually harder to get dressed every day (you know this to be true) and honestly, who wants to waste time and money by having too many things that you won’t even use and that won’t make you happy? No one wants that.
I hope this post inspires you to create some outfits with your leather skirt if you have one. I also hopes it makes you consider building a minimalist wardrobe and investing smartly in pieces you can maximize for years to come.
Thanks so much for stopping by :) Have a great weekend!
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