Easy Outfit Formulas: Chunky Knit Sweater + Faux Leather Skirt

Callan - Whitman College
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Knit sweater and faux leather skirt

Products: Sweater, Skirt

You know those days – the ones where you roll out of bed (after hitting the snooze button too many times), stumble into your closet, and have no idea what to wear? Our series Easy Outfit Formulas is here to help! Every other week, I’ll feature two items (which you might own already) that can be paired into outfits for those days when you need some quick and easy inspiration.

One of my favorite texture combinations of all time is a thick, chunky knit and sleek, smooth leather - hence, the totally chic and utterly foolproof combo of a warm winter sweater and a trendy (faux) leather skirt. I love the contrast of the casual and cozy sweater with the edgy, streamlined skirt, and it happens to be a super-versatile combination that can work for all sorts of occasions.

If you're looking to spice up your winter wardrobe, try one of these eye-catching ensembles:

Look #1

Yellow turtleneck sweater perforated leather skirt

Products: Sweater, Skirt, Boots, Socks, Hat, Backpack, Watch

This look has a trendy street-style vibe, but is still totally appropriate for the average day of classes. It starts with a comfy mustard turtleneck, which is dressed up by a perforated faux leather skater skirt.

Black lace-up ankle boots, slouchy marled socks, and a wool hat add a boho touch, but the addition of a colorblocked backpack and oversized gold watch keep the outfit sophisticated and modern. If the weather's especially cold where you are, try switching out the socks for a knee-high pair or black tights.

Look #2

Gray sweater lace detail leather pencil skirt

Products: Sweater, Skirt, Booties, Hat, Bag, Earrings

This edgy urban look is ideal for a night on the town. Start with a marled gray sweater, which contrasts nicely with a lace-edged faux leather pencil skirt. Incorporate color and print with burgundy peep-toe booties and a leopard cross-body bag, as well as a bit of sparkle with geometric earrings. For the final touch, add a warm black beanie (and sheer black tights if it's really cold).

Look #3

Red sweater leather midi skirt

Products: Sweater, Skirt, Heels, Tights, Clutch, Necklace

This retro-inspired holiday outfit proves that faux leather can even work for formal occasions. For a more sophisticated and dressy occasion, try a longer faux leather midi skirt paired with a festive red sweater. Mary-Jane heels and a silver bow clutch have an almost old-fashioned feel, but black lace tights and a bold statement necklace keep the ensemble modern and glamorous.

The result? A totally unique and unexpected holiday look.

Share your thoughts!

What do you think of the leather skirt and chunky sweater combo? How would you style it? Which look is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!