Fall Fashion 2011: The Leather Skirt

 

A leather skirt is one those “iffy” trends, meaning it’s a trend that most of us like (frankly, I love it), but aren’t too sure how to wear it, so we avoid it all together. Well, I’m going to try and convince you to give the leather skirt a chance (at least a black leather skirt). The skirt is actually quite versatile, it can be worn to work with a classic tailored blazer (if it’s knee length) and it can also be worn for a night out on the town with your homies. Plus, it’s a style that always comes back around so the cost per wear can be spread out over a 20-30 year time period (possibly even longer if you gift it to a daughter/granddaughter).

So check out my picks for the leather skirts I think you should seriously look at adding to your fall 2011 wardrobe.

The Leather Skirt: Fall Fashion Trend 2011

The Classic Leather Skirt

This is the leather skirt that will stay in your closet forever (seriously, you’ll be rocking this skirt ten years from now). What makes it classic? Well the basic shape (the classic pencil skirt) to the type of leather used (soft black leather), all make this skirt a true classic.

black skirt Fall Fashion 2011: The Leather Skirt

Black Leather Skirt, $198.00 at White House Black Market

Mini Leather Skirts

I’m not a big fan of telling folks what they can’t wear, but the mini leather skirt really is a trend that is best left to people under 25. Not that a person over 25 couldn’t wear it, it just looks a little hooch the older you get. If you’re on the border of the age limit and/or you don’t give Dolce & Gabbana about what the people think, then make sure to wear the look with a pair of patterned tights to bring down the hooch factor.

leather mini skirt Fall Fashion 2011: The Leather Skirt

Kookai Leather Mini Skirt, $86.20 at Asos

Broke? Try Faux Leather Skirts
Whether you’re broke or you avoid leather for ethical reasons, this skirt is perhaps my favorite leather skirt look of the season. The A-line shape means it works for most body types and the under $80 price means it works for most budgets.

faux leather skirt Fall Fashion 2011: The Leather Skirt

Faux Leather Skirt, The Limited, $79.90 

How Wear with a Leather Skirt

The key to wearing a leather skirt is to keep the top simple. That means pair the skirt with:

- A classic white blouse
- A Simple solid color scoop neck cashmere/cotton Knit top
- A Boyfriend cardigan

DO NOT pair a leather skirt with the following

- A leather jacket
- A jean jacket
- A bulky top or sweater