Leather five ways // Skirt

In  my final installment of Leather five ways with inspiration on how to wear leather, it was a choice between the leather top and the leather skirt. Since I finally unpacked my black leather mini yesterday, the skirt won the battle. (See the rest of the leather garments in the series here: ShortsJacketJacket restyled,  WaistcoatLeggings).

Normally when I wear this skirt I style it slightly sexy, but this time I wanted to be comfortable while hanging out at home, and went for a monochrome outfit with a slouchy top, tights (as it was raining cats and dogs as I was getting dressed) and slip-on shoes, with a deconstructed jacket to fit on when running out. While I wouldn’t normally wear two leather garments at once, it works when you mix suede and regular leather or suede and patent leather. Anything too similar in texture and you venture into uniform territory.

While the zippers and shorter length brings my leather skirt into a more trendy category, a basic black leather pencil skirt – plain black leather, unadorned, to the knees – is one of the most versatile pieces you can have in your wardrobe. As it is an edgier version of the classic pencil skirt, it can be worn in most workplaces if teamed with a silk blouse, a blazer and heels. Once you head out of the office and to the restaurant, wear it with a sexy top and fishnets for a rocker chic look. When going for a coffee with friends, add a cable-knit sweater, thick tights and trainers for a cool off-duty look.

So if you are looking to invest in a single leather piece, to me it would be a black pencil skirt. It scores just a smidgen above the black leather biker jacket, one of the coolest garments the fashion world ever created, as you would get more wear out of the skirt since it can also be worn at work.

Warehouse black leather jacket (also worn here) // Vince white top
HM black leather skirt (similar, similar) // HM black tights
Givenchy black slip-ons (love these in lace) // Stella McCartney black handbag
Accessorize sparkly earrings // Necklace is a souvenir from Singapore
Silver ring is a souvenir from Boulder, CO
Skagen silver watch (similar)