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Class to Night Out: Leather Skirt


The leather skirt trend seen on Kristen Cavallari, Olivia Palermo, and Gwyneth Paltrow
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Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. This column will focus on one piece per week, and teach you how to take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

What do Kristin Cavallari, Olivia Palermo and Gwyneth Paltrow have in common? Okay, they’re all stunningly gorgeous, but they also know how to rock a leather skirt.

Leather can be a girl’s best friend or her worst enemy. At its best, a leather piece can instantly add a touch of sophistication and edge to any outfit, but at its worst, it can cheapen your look. This week, I’ll be showing you how to rock a leather skirt the right way – read on to learn how to rock a leather skirt for the classroom and for a night out.

Leather Skirt: Class

How to wear a leather skirt during the day with a cardigan, blouse, earrings, flats and tights
Skirt, Top, Cardigan, Tights, Earrings, Flats

Take your leather skirt from alluring to adorable by wearing opaque black tights, and pairing it with a more conservative top in a fun color – I love the gold color and bow detail on this blouse! Add a cozy printed cardigan to balance out the look and provide additional warmth. Funky geometric earrings and cute red flats keep the outfit from looking too fussy, creating a fun and flirty look that’s totally classroom-appropriate.

Leather Skirt: Night Out

How to wear a leather skirt at night with a lace tank, pink heels and clutch, and statement jewelry
Skirt, Top, Clutch, Necklace, Ring, Pumps

Create a bewitching evening look by pairing your skirt with a floral print lace tank. Girly details like these will balance out the edgy look of the leather so you don’t look too costume-y. Try out fun accessories like a wild necklace with geometric details and a cool rhinestone knuckle ring to bring out your inner rocker, and add a pop of color with a clutch and matching pumps. I’m currently obsessed with fuchsia, but try experimenting with your favorite color trend!

Your Thoughts?

Would you wear a leather skirt to class? What about for a night out? What do you think of the outfits? Leave me a comment and let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Posted on on February 24, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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20 Responses to “Class to Night Out: Leather Skirt”

  1. 1
    February 24th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I love my leather mini, this post was so perfectly timed, thank you :D

  2. 2
    February 24th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Love all of this! Sending it to my cousin who just got a fabulous leather skirt.

  3. 3
    February 24th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    These outfits with the leather skirt are great, I love the one for class with the cozy sweater :)

  4. 4
    February 24th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Love these outfits!! I like leather skirts but I don’t think I’d ever wear one, but great post!

  5. 5
    February 24th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I will totally incorporate my leather skirt into my class attire now…most nights I will have plans after my last class, is over at 8:30pm cst. So I’m always up for dinner and drinks afterwards. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

  6. 6
    February 24th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Ah! I love the texture on that leather skirt.

  7. 7
    February 24th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Carina I love your day to night posts, but I go to OU too. Would you REALLY wear a leather skirt to class in like Morton?? Love love the night outfit though. If you can promise you’ve worn one on campus without being stared at or down, I will totally try it out lol

  8. 8
    February 24th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    By the way I wasn’t trying to be rude in my last comment, I just am thinking about HOW casual our campus is, people wear uggs to go out so I was just curious about whether that first outfit could really be pulled off on a Tuesday in PSYCH 101.

  9. 9
    February 24th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Nessa: I think it all depends on whether you care enough to wear what YOU want, rather than trying to focus on how much you can blend in with the casualness of the crowd. To be honest, it really shouldn’t matter how “fancy” you are. Appearing nice and dressed-up never hurt anyone. Be your own person. If everyone else is wearing jeans and hoodies, WHO CARES!

  10. 10
    February 24th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I love wearing my leather skirt with about anything. It hads an edge to my outfit that I’m addicted to. Love the suggestion thus far!

  11. 11
    February 24th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    @Nessa, the college I attend everyone is always dressed very casual. Flats/Sneels/Uggs and I’m always the oddball out walking around in tights, heels, pencil skirt and whatnot. It doesn’t matter what is around you because fashion is centered on you. If you have the time, the energy and the will then that is enough because what is on your body affects you and only you and isnt influenced by what others have on.

  12. 12
    February 25th, 2012 at 12:37 am


    If it’s your style and you wear it with confidence I see no reason why anyone would have a problem with it! Personally, I would feel very uncomfortable going to class in sweatpants and Uggs, it’s just not me. Wear what you love!

  13. 13
    February 25th, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I have a leather skirt just like gwyneth paltrow’s, but it’s brown instead of black. It used to be my grandma’s back when she was young and recently she gave it to me, so I have been wondering what to wear it with. I loved the outfits you put together but I think they only work for a short skirt like the one you pictured and not for one a little bit longer like gwyneth’s. does any one else have any ideas on how to wear it? my problem with it it’s that it looks too dressy for my taste, i want to style it more casual.

  14. 14
    February 25th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I would not. Did you know that leather is made out of the flesh of dead animals?
    Soft leather comes from younger baby, and sometimes even unborn cows. There are also lots of dangerous chemical used in the tanning process which pollute the rivers of the Earth and can’t be good for our own skin. Would you wear your cat or dog?
    I don’t mean to gross anyone out or offend anyone but this article made me very sad. Why can’t we look great day and night without needlessly hurting an animal?

  15. 15
    February 25th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Jenni – Totally see what you mean; as a long-time vegetarian I try to avoid leather if at all possible because I agree that it’s cruel and pretty gross when you think about it. However, although this article says “leather skirt”, we’re talking more about the look than the actual fabric – you could just as easily substitute a faux leather one for the looks here. In fact, faux leather ones are cheaper so they’re better for your wallet, too!

  16. 16
    February 25th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I love leather skirts, I collect them! I’m also a vegetarian so I only wear used leather. I think it’s better to reuse something, but I won’t buy new leather. I just wrote a blog post about 6 ways to wear a vintage red leather skirt! I paired it w/casual and dressy ways. I almost don’t want leather skirts to become trendy because I love having them to myself so much, haha.

  17. 17
    February 26th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I agree that there are so many humane, inexpensive, stylish alternatives to leather. That’s why I am so disappointed to see college fashion promoting cruelty like this. I am a longtime reader of this blog and am really disappointed that anyone would suggest that wearing an animal and promoting wearing animals as a way to look good. This blog and everyone who reads it is a role model and super influential – we can use that to promote kindness instead of cruelty.

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    March 10th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I am so totally looking to buy this new trend. I love how the leather skirt looks. But I would buy it a little shorter (not too short), like some of my favorite bloggers are wearing them like Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere. I love it and would try it! :) I love the going out outfit.

  19. 19
    April 18th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    where do i buy this

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